Community Sports

  • National relay to pass through area
    A local marathon enthusiast is in charge of a local stage of the charitable One Run for Boston cross-country relay. Rick Myers, who ran 13 marathons last year, is the lead runner of Stage 214 of the relay that will begin at 11:10 p.m. on April 3 at Bluff Equipment in Bluff City and continue on U.S. Route 40 for 11 miles to Interstate Drive in St. Elmo. From there, Charles Rubright will take over as the lead runner for the next 13 miles, ending at Putnam Trucking in Funkhouser.
  • PHOTOS: Stars at Vandalia Bowl
      Recent accomplishments at Vandalia Bowl.
  • Family YMCA becomes a SilverSneakers facility to assist elderly
    The Family YMCA of Fayette County recently became a SilverSneakers facility. The SilverSneakers Fitness Program helps older adults take control of their health by encouraging physical activity and offering social events. For more information about the program, visit www.silversneakers.com or contact the YMCA at 283-1258.
  • PHOTO: YMCA Challenge winner
    Jenny Lester was the grand prize winner of the YMCA's recent 31-Day Fitness Challenge. Each day, competitors were given a challenge that had to be completed, with those completing all 31 being entered into a grand prize drawing for a $30 Subway gift card.
  • PHOTOS: VPAC dancers perform well
    Dancers with the Vandalia Performing Arts Center recently competed in Collinsville. The mini dance team placed first in jazz for 6-year-olds and second overall for in the 8-and-under division. The senior dance team of Reyna Arenas, Haley Bigelow, Kacey Elam, Audrey Myers and Mindy Ritchey placed first in the teen lyrical dance and sixth overall. Kyleigh Roman placed first in the 7- and 8-year-old division of acrobatics and gymnastics. Makenzie Emerick and Reagan Smith took first place in duet for 8-and-under.
  • PHOTO: Locals inducted with KC team
    Kaskaskia College recently inducted the 1981-82 Kaskaskia College Blue Devils baseball team into its athletic Hall of Fame.
  • PHOTO: Four Vandalians advance in Knights competition
    Several shooters from Vandalia were among those who qualified for the sectional level of the Knights of Columbus free-throw shootout, which will be held in Breese on Saturday. Those from Vandalia qualifying were: Bryce Dunn, Jacob Truitt, Scott Shulman and Allie Willenborg.
  • Two YMCA youth programs open for registration
    Registration for the YMCA's youth spring soccer league is open through Feb. 18. Youth who are 4-year-olds-eighth grade may register for the league, which will begin in the middle of March. Registration cost is $25 for members, and $50 for nonmembers. A late fee of $20 will be charged to those who register between Feb. 19-24. There will be four skills clinics held prior to the start of the league.
  • VFOD slo-pitch coaches meeting is on Thursday
    The Vandalia Field of Dreams committee will hold a coaches meeting for the men’s slo-pitch league on Thursday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Parkview Free Methodist church at 1507 W. Jefferson St. Six teams are scheduled to take part in the league, but it is hoped that eight teams will participate. Anyone interested in starting a team should attend the meeting. Registration cost for a team will be $250.
  • Locals to be inducted in ASA Hall
    Two of the top players from the Vandalia Freight men’s fast-pitch softball team will be inducted into the Illinois Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame in April. Catcher/manager Rich Well and first baseman/outfielder Nick Casey are among the 12 individuals to be inducted to the Hall of Fame on April 12 at a ceremony held at the Hotel and Conference Center in Decatur. Both men were key members of the team when The Freight picked up ASA Class A national championships in 2005 and 2007.