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Community Sports

  • Local man harvests 23-pound turkey
    Vandalia resident Todd McDowell harvested a 23-pound turkey on Monday, the first day of turkey hunting season. Hunting near the Kaskaskia River, McDowell got the kill early in the morning. In addition to its size, the turkey had a 9-inch beard and 1-inch spurs. A photo of McDowell and his turkey was lost due to a memory card malfunction.
  • MLB Pitch, Hit and Run returning
    The Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition will be returning to Vandalia on Saturday, April 27. Hosted by the Family YMCA of Fayette County, the free event is part of a national competition held by the MLB and sponsored by Scott's. The event will be held at the Vandalia high school baseball and softball fields, and is open to all youth ages 7-14. The competition begins at 4 p.m. Boys and girls are divided into age groups of 7 and 8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12, and 13 and 14.
  • Deadline for YMCA dodgeball is Saturday
    The deadline to register for the Family YMCA of Fayette County's youth dodgeball league is Saturday. Children in grades 3-8 may register for the league, which begins play on April 9. The registration cost is $15 for members and $30 for nonmembers. The league will be split into  grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursday, with the grade 3-5 games from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the grade 6-8 games from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Games will be played on April 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25.
  • PHOTO: Area Players Inducted to KC HOF
    Members of the 1988-89 Kaskaskia College baseball team were recently inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame. On the team were Vandalia's Robert Garrison and Mulberry Grove's Curt Thacker.
  • PHOTO: Tumblers Compete in Edwardsville
    Members of the Triple A Tumbling squad recently participated in a competition in Edwardsville.  The tumblers are coached by Larry and Anita Merriman, Deb Richardson, and Ashley Sebright.
  • Registration open for YMCA soccer
    Registration has opened for the Family YMCA of Fayette County’s spring soccer league. Children who are 4 years old through fifth grade may register, and the registration cost is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. The registration deadline is March 2, and a late fee for $20 will be assessed from March 3-12. Children will be broken up into three groups: 4-year-olds-kindergarten; grades 1-2; and grades 3-5. All players must be 4 years old by April 30.
  • Several from area to be honored by Kaskaskia College
    Five local natives will be inducted to the Kaskaskia College Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 16. Vandalia’s Robert Garrison and Mulberry Grove’s Curt Thacker will be inducted as members of the 1988-89 baseball team, and Brownstown’s Lyle Doehring, and Patoka’s Luke Walker and Harlan Gerrish will be inducted as members of the 1966-67 men’s basketball team. The induction ceremony will be held following the Blue Angels women’s basketball game at 2:30 p.m. A brunch will be held prior to the induction.
  • Knights of Columbus free-throw shootout is on Sunday
    The Knights of Columbus is hosting a free-throw shoot-out at Vandalia Jr. High on Sunday at 2 p.m. Boys and girls ages 10-14 may enter the free event, and trophies will be awarded to the winners of each age group. All participants will receive a certificate.
  • Deer numbers down locally; up state-wide
    Firearm deer hunters in Illinois harvested nearly 100,000 deer during the two weekend seasons, according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The 99,324 deer taken are 1,504 more than in 2011. The first season (Nov. 16-18) saw 72,111 deer killed, and the second season (Nov. 29-Dec. 2) added another 27,213 to the total. There was a statewide increase of 5,610 deer killed in the first season, and a decrease of 4,046 in the second season.
  • YMCA Briefs (Dec. 13)
    Women's self-defense course begins in January A six-week women's self-defense course will begin on Jan. 2 at the Family YMCA of Fayette County. The program will be held every Wednesday night through Feb. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Registration cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members, and the course will be instructed by Don Theirry and Jessie West. The program is designed to improve awareness and de-escalate situations, while learning in a safe environment.