Community Sports

  • College tourney coming to Vandalia
    A college club baseball tournament named in memory of two local individuals will take place at Vandalia Mutual Field at Vandalia Community High School on Sunday, Oct. 28. The Metzger-Thiele Classic, named in honor of Fred Metzger and Brenda Thiele, will be a three- or four-team tournament, featuring college club teams from the region. Vandalia graduate Kyle Hawkins will be pitching for for Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville during the tournament, which will begin at 9 a.m.
  • PHOTOS: YMCA Soccer
    Photos from Saturday's YMCA soccer game.
  • YMCA is free to everyone this weekend
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County will be open for free to non-members from Friday- Monday during Autumn Family Fun Days. In addition to free access to the facility, the YMCA will be offering hour-long training sessions for children and adults. The sessions are open to members and non-members. Any child who participates in  all of the activities will be entered into a drawing for a $75 gift card to Wal-Mart and a three-month long family membership to the YMCA. The following training sessions will be offered:
  • Sports Briefs (Sept. 20)
    5K run to be part of Grand Levee The National Road Interpretive Center is holding a 5K run as part of Vandalia’s Grand Levee on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. Registration on the day of the run is $25 and opens at 8 a.m. The race begins in Ruemmelin Park, and the top five males and females will each receive an award. Proceeds from the race will benefit the National Road Interpretive Center, by providing money to help with the maintenance of the center’s exhibits. Questions should be directed to 283-9380 or nationalroadil@yahoo.com. St. Elmo Golf Club hosting tournament
  • YMCA hosting Parents' Night Out on Friday night
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County is hosting Parents' Night Out on Friday. The fun-filled evening for kids ages 5-12 offers parents a night to themselves and a night of fun for their children. There will be an open gym, games, face-painting, movies and a concession stand at the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 10:30 p.m. Registration opens at 5:15 p.m. and the cost is $10 per child, and $5 for any siblings.
  • Two Guys & Two Gals golf tourney coming to St. Elmo
    The St. Elmo Golf Club is hosting its Two Guys & Two Gals tournament this Saturday and Sunday. The four-person scramble will have shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. each day. Limited space is still available. The entry fee is $200 per team and includes green fees, Saturday lunch and a free practice round. For more information, call 829-3390 or visit www.stelmogolfclub.com/events.html.
  • PHOTO: Women Out Walking
    The Fayette County Health Department recently held a Women Out Walking program to encourage women to regularly walk. The winners in the program were members of Team 7, which was led by Elise Sarchet. Team members averaged 22,020 steps per person per day during the program's 12 weeks.
  • Protz finding success in Charleston
    Vandalia resident Randy Protz is currently in second place in the points standings for the Super Pro Division at Coles County Dragway. At the end of August, Protz qualified for the 2012 Coles County bracket finals team. His daughter, Brandy, also qualified in the High School division.
  • Earnest wins two Team USA medals
    Vandalia native Josie Earnest added to her collection of bowling awards by taking the individual bronze medal for Team USA in a tournament this past week. Bowling at the international PABCON Adult Championships in Henderson, Nev., Earnest finished third in the Master’s Division all-events on Saturday by averaging nearly 220 pins per game throughout the week-long tournament. The all-events pin totals included games bowled earlier in the week as an individual and those bowled with a team.
  • Well, Casey seeking 50 players to start fast-pitch softball league in Vandalia
    Former Vandalia Freight players Rich Well and Nick Casey are seeking 50 players seventh-grade age and older to join a fall men's fast-pitch softball league in Vandalia. The registration cost is $20 per player, and wooden bats will be provided. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 5. Teams will be picked by four team captains on Sept. 5, and players will notified shortly after. Games will begin on Sunday, Sept. 9 and be played every Sunday until Oct. 14. Game times will be 2 and 4 p.m. at Ruemellin Field.