Community Sports

  • Running for the Score
    The VYO football teams won four games against EAWR on Saturday. Scores can be found in the prep scores and schedules or on Page 3B of the print edition.
  • Season-ending slo-pitch tourney won by Buckstop
    Buckstop Archery’s Justin Atwood last Thursday was named the Most Valuable Player of the Vandalia men’s slo-pitch league’s season-ending double-elimination tournament. Atwood allowed one earned run in four games during the tournament to help Buckstop take the title. Buckstop was also the regular-season champions and Atwood the regular-season MVP. All-Tournament Team P – Justin Atwood, Buckstop C – Justin Durbin, Buckstop 1B – Jon Keck, Keck’s 2B – Drew Jones, K-Moe’s 3B – Tony Alstat, K-Moe’s SS – Josh Atwood, Buckstop OF – Brent Bayles, Buckstop OF – Jon Lotz, Keck’s
  • K-Moe's upsets Buckstop, wins slo-pitch tournament
    K-Moe's upset Buckstop Archery, 10-9, last Thursday in the championship semifinals of the Vandalia men's slo-pitch single elimination tournament, and then went on to beat Ugly Koyote, 17-5, to take the title. Jeremy Logue in the seventh inning hit a two-run homer to break an 8-8 tie against Buckstop, and K-Moe's would retire the final batter with the winning run on base. Against Ugly Koyote, Logue's bases-loaded triple gave K-Moe's a 10-run lead in the sixth inning to end the game. Logue was named tournament MVP.
  • VYO football holds season-opener
    Vandalia went 2-2 against Carlinville on Saturday.
  • YMCA to offer exercise programs
    The YMCA will offer several fitness programs in September. Every Monday and Wednesday starting Sept. 12 from 5:30-6:30 p.m., the YMCA will offer aerobics with Lynn Ferguson. Every Tuesday starting Sept. 6, the YMCA will offer two bootcamps:  “Wild Bootcamp” from  5-6 p.m. and “Mild Bootcamp”  from 6-7 p.m, with Haron Denton On every Tuesday and Thursday starting Sept. 8, Zumba will be offered from 9-10 a.m. with Alison Durbin. Contact the YMCA at 283-1258 with questions or to register.
  • Field of Dreams reaches agreement with Park District
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee and the Vandalia Park District last Thursday came to an agreement on renovating the backstop at the high school softball field, and made concrete agreements on several other issues at the park district meeting. Despite claims from the park district board that the chain-link fence backstop is “in too good of shape” to tear down, the Field of Dreams committee gained permission to remove the fencing to build a brick backstop, and the park board also gave a $3,000 contribution to the project.
  • Atwood named MVP, Buckstop champs of slo-pitch league
    Pitcher Justin Atwood was named the Most Valuable Player of the Vandalia’s men’s slo-pitch softball league after he helped Buckstop Archery to a 23-1 record and the league title. Six other Buckstop players were also awarded. The league wrapped up its regular season on Tuesday, and began a single-elimination tournament on Wednesday. The finishing order of that tourney will determine the seeding of the end-of-season double elimination tournament that begins next Tuesday.
  • YMCA flag football, soccer starts soon
    Registration for YMCA flag football and soccer is open. The YMCA is also registering for a volleyball clinic. YMCA flag football is for children in second-fourth grades, and games are played at Miller Field. The soccer league is open to children age 4-first grade, and children in grades 2-5. All games are played at Miller Field. The volleyball clinic is for children in grades 3-8. Registration forms are available at: http://fayetteymca.com/wp/?category_name=membership-registration-forms.
  • Field of Dreams and Park District reach agreement
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday received permission from the Park District to tear down the backstop at the high school softball field. In addition, the Park District gave the committee $3,000 to put toward the renovation project. Other maintanence agreements and communication details were also ironed out between the organizations. Much more on this story will appear in the Aug. 18 edition of The Leader-Union.
  • Field of Dreams committee wants new backstop
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee on Thursday will search for an answer as to why the Park District will not allow the chain-link fence backstop at the Vandalia High School softball field to be replaced with brick and netting. During the Field of Dreams meeting on Tuesday, committee members discussed the positives of upgrading the backstop to match the style of the high school baseball diamond, while wondering what the real problem with doing the work is.