Community Sports

  • Eastern Illinois University to hold Christmas baseball camp
    Eastern Illinois University baseball coach Jimmy Schmitz is holding a Christmas baseball camp at the EIU Lantz Fieldhouse. The camp will run from Dec. 28-30, and players may commute or stay overnight at the Worthington Inn. Schmitz is running a total skills camp for players in grades 5-12, and the cost is $225 for commuters and $275 for players who choose to stay overnight. Meals are included. For more information about the camp, interested players should call Schmitz at, 217-581-7283 (office) or 217-962-0245 (cell), or e-mail jwconrad@eiu.edu.
  • Vandalia Jr. wrestlers go to Highland Howl Tourney
    The Vandalia Jr. Wresting Club traveled to the Highland Howl Tournament last Saturday. The club is hosting a 10-and-under tournament at Vandalia Elementary School on Saturday at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Highland 6-and-under First place – Connor Ray 7- and 8-year-olds First place – Markus Isaiah First place – Anthony Enlow Second place – Jarck Wehrle Third place – Kyle Miller Fourth place – Hobie Booker Fifth place – Gavin Mouser
  • Fayette County hunters take nearly 500 deer in second season
    There were 492 deer killed in Fayette County during the second firearm season and 1,907 during the 2010 season, according to totals released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. One hundred and fifty-one fewer deer were killed in the county in the two seasons, from Nov. 19-21 and Dec. 2-5, than were killed during last year’s deer season. Statewide, 98,700 deer were killed, a decrease of 719. In the second season, 30,663 deer were killed, a decrease of 2,630 from last year.
  • Area tumblers succeed at Greenville
  • Jr. Wrestlers open season
    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club opened its 2010-11 season with tournaments on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday, Dec. 4 at Edwardsville Beginners Tournament 6-and-under First place: Conner Ray First place: Luke Thompson Second place: Easton Maroom Second place: Bryant Willms 7- and 8-year-olds Third place: Gavin Mouser 13- and 14-year-olds Third place: Kolton Etcheson
  • More than 1,200 deer killed in Fayette County during first season
    There were 1,264 deer killed in Fayette County during the first season, according to totals released by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Seventy-two fewer deer were killed in the county from Nov. 19-21 than were killed during the first season last year. Statewide, 68,037 deer were killed, an increase of 1,911 from last year. Pike County, located in west-central Illinois, recorded the highest total for the first season, with 1,957. The second season is this Thursday through Sunday.
  • Jr. Wrestling program starts Nov. 2
    The Vandalia Jr. Wrestling Club will begin registration and practices on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Vandalia High School Wrestling Room. For more information, contact Jerry Stewart at 618-580-3475 or Johnny Swain at 618-339-0154.  
  • IFOR membership drive prizes awarded
    The Illinois Federation for Outdoor Resources recently held a membership drive. Winners were: Roger Withers (pictured), 36-gun safe with mystery gun; Jeff Cearlock, Stoeger model 835; Cindy Smith, Tarus 357 magnum; Bob Trexler, H&R slugger 12-gauge; Dillard Smith, .22 Cricket; Richard Schuesteer, H&R 20-gauge; and Don Klingston, .22 semi-automatic.
  • Vandalia Jr. Pro basketball slated to start Oct. 30
    Vandalia High School athletic director and boys basketball coach Kevin Jackson has announced the dates for the Jr. Pro basketball program. Boys in grades K-6 are eligible to participate in the program, which will meet on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9-10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9-10:30 a.m.; and at the Red/White game on Nov. 13. Registration is $25 for an individual and $40 for two or more children from the same household. Forms can be picked up at the high school office.
  • Lifeguard given award in California
    J.K. Barnes, grandson of John and Dorothy Barnes of Patoka, and Jennie Alice and the late Joe Harner of Brownstown, received the Mountain Mike McKay Rookie of the Year Award from the city of Solana Beach, Calif., after finishing his first year as an ocean beach lifeguard. He also served as president of a lifeguard association this summer.