Area sports reports

April 23, 2013 

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9-UNDER TOURNEY --Clinton County Elite sponsoring a 9-under kid pitch tourney May 4-5 at Trenton Park. Fee: $285 with three-game guarantee. Rob Haag, 610-7901 or email

BASEBALL, SOFTBALL LESSONS -- The Batter's Box in Belleville is offering baseball and softball lessons in hitting, pitching and fielding. 207-4549.

SO. ILL. SELECT LEAGUE -- The 2013 Southern Illinois Select Baseball League (SISBL) is now forming for teams ages 9-under through 14-under at the Freeburg Sports Complex. The USSSA-sanctioned league will be run by Glen Polacek and the SISBL. For more information, call Glen at 792-6880 or email

O'FALLON BOMBERS -- The O'Fallon Bombers 10-under select team has an opening for an experienced player to fill a roster opening. Players can't turn 11 before May 1, 2012. Team competes in the SISBL league in O'Fallon and Freeburg. For a tryout, email T.J. Johnson at

14-UNDER PLAYER NEEDED -- A 14-under team playing in Freeburg is looking for a player to fill out its roster. For tryout information, call 444-7312.

CATCHING PROGRAM -- Turn 2 Premier School in Collinsville is offering an eight-week catching program for baseball and softball covering all aspects of the position. One-hour sessions held on Wednesdays. Fee: $310. 346-4646 or email

BETHALTO EAGLES --The Bethalto Eagles 10-under team is looking to add two players. If you turn 11 after May 1 you are eligible to play on this team. Jason Hall, 560-9721 or email

BACK-2-BACK BASEBALL TRAINING -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training in Highland is offering free pitching evaluations in April with former St. Louis Cardinals draft pick Cale Johnson. Former minor-leaguer and Rawlings All-American Stefan Neece will begin a four-week hitting class May 1 (Fee: $60). There will be an instructional league camp June 10-14. 882-4243, email or visit


SW ILLINOIS TITANS TOURNEY -- Southwest Illinois Titans Invitational May 10-12 at Lindenwood University in Belleville for boys teams in grades 6-8. To register or for additional information, call Davanon Fox at 304-8710, email or visit


BELLEVILLE WEST CAMPS -- Belleville West is offering a series of summer sports camps; call Bill Schmidt at 222-7665 or email Baseball-June 10-13 for grades 4-9; $50; pitchers-catchers June 14 for grades 6-9; $20; Boys Basketball-June 3-7 for grades 4-12; $40-$50; Girls Basketball-June 3-7 for grades 4-12; $40-$50; Boys-Girls Cross Country-June 17-18, June 20-21 for boys and girls in grades -12; $40; Football-June 10-14 for grades 7-12; $40-$50; Boys Golf-June 3-6 for grades 5-12 The Practice Tee in Fairview Heights; $60; Girls Golf-June 3-5 for grades 5-12 at The Practice Tee in Fairview Heights; $60; June 6 for grades 5-12 at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville; $60; Boys Soccer-June 3-7 for grades 2-12; $50; Girls Soccer-June 3-7 for grades 2-12; $50; Girls Softball-June 10-13 for grades 2-9; $50; June 11 for pitchers and catchers in grades 2-9; $20; Boys-Girls Speed Training-June 10-14 for boys and girls in grades 6-12; $40; Boys Tennis-June 3-7 for grades 6-12; $40 and $50; Girls Tennis-June 3-7 for grades 6-12; $40 and $50; Boys Volleyball-June 10-14 for grades 7-9; $50; Girls Volleyball-June 10-14 for grades 5-8; $50; setters-defense-hitters June 10-11 for grades 9-12; $40; Wrestling-June 17-20 for grades 4-9; $50.

ALTHOFF CAMPS -- Althoff High in Belleville is offering a series of summer sports camps; call 235-1100 or email Boys Basketball-June 3-6 for grades 3-12; $45; Girls Basketball-June 17-20 for grades 4-12; $50; Baseball-May 28-30 for grades 1-9; Football-July 15-19 for grades 3-12; $70; Co-Ed Golf-June 24-28 for boys and girls in grade school and high school at The Practice Tee in Fairview Heights; $60; Boys Soccer-July 22-26 for grades 2-4 and July 29-Aug. 2 for grades 6-8 at The Family Sportsplex in Belleville; $50; Girls Soccer-July 29-Aug. 1 for grades 3-8; July 15-18 for grades 9-12 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville; $50-$60; Girls Volleyball-July 22-25 for grades 4-8; June 6-7 for grades 9-12; $60-$75; Boys Volleyball-June 10-13 for grades 4-12; $60.

BELLEVILLE EAST CAMPS -- Belleville East is offering a series of summer sports camps; call Jim Loyet at 222-3770 or email for more infornation: Baseball-June 3-6 for grades 3-9; $40-$50; Boys Basketball-June 3-6 for grades 1-3 and 10-12; June 10-13 for grades 4-9; $40-$50; Girls Basketball-May 28-31 for grades 10-12; June 3-6 for grades 4-9; $40-$50; Boys and Girls Cross Country-June 17-21 for grades 6-12; $40; Football-June 17-20 for grades 5-12; $40; Boys and Girls Golf-June 17-20 for grades 6-10 at Clinton Hill Golf Course; $75; Boys Soccer-June 24-27 for grades 7-12; $50; Girls Soccer-June 17-20 for grades 7-12; $50; Coed Youth Soccer-June 10-13 for grades 2-9; $50; Softball-June 10-13 for grades 2-9; $40-$50; Strength and Conditioning-June 3-6 for grades 8-9; $50; Tennis-email for dates, times and location; Boys Volleyball-June 10-13 for grades 5-9; $50; Girls Volleyball-July 15-18 for grades 4-9 and setters in grades 10-12; $40; Wrestling-Junr 3-6 for ages 10-18; $50.

APEX SPEED-AGILITY-QUUICKNESS -- The Athletic Therapy Center at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a seven-week A.P.E.X training program to help athletes improve their speed, agility, quickness, power, strength, balance, stability and flexibility. Testing begins June 3 with training 1-2:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday afternoon June 3-July 17. Fee: $120 for the program or $10 per session; May 31 registration deadline. Rich Wager, 277-6282

MATER DEI GIRLS BASKETBALL -- Mater Dei High girls basketball camp for players entering grades 3-8 June 10-13 at the high school in Breese. Fee: $45 for one player, $65 for two players, $75 for more than two players. Dave Kohnen, 523-8106 or 623-2305, or email

O'FALLON BOYS BASKETBALL -- 25th annual O'Fallon High School Boys Baketball Camp for boys in grades 4-9 June 3-6 at the high school gym. Fee: $50. Rick Gibson 632-3507 or email

SWIC BASKETBALL -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville is offering a series of youth basketball camps this summer at its varsity gym. Girls in grades 5-8, 9 a.m.-noon June 18-20; Boys in grades 5-8, 1-4 p.m. June 18-20; boys and girls shooting camp for grades 5-8, 1-4 p.m. June 25-27; boys and girls in grades 1-4, 6-8 p.m. June 25-27. Fee: $65 per camp. 235-2700, ext. 5450 or email

ST. LOUIS RAMS FOOTBALL -- St. Louis Rams will hold a free NFL High School Player Development Camp June 10-13 at O'Fallon High School for players entering grades 9-12. Camp includes appearances from Rams players, coaches, alumni and guest speakers; each camper receives a free jersey and student planner. Kyle Eversgerd, 314-516-9615 or visit

COLUMBIA BLUE JAY FOOTBALL --Columbia Blue Jays Football Camp for ages 6-14 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 8 at Columbia City Park. Registration 8:30 a.m. June 8 and campers also can register May 5 at early football registration. Fee: $25. Dennis Bujnak, 719-4362.

O'FALLON GOLF -- O'Fallon High School offering a youth golf clinic May 28, May 30, June 3 and June 5 for girls entering grades 5-12 and boys entering grades 5-9 at Tamarack Golf Course in O'Fallon. Fee: $50. Email Chris Eddy at

LINDENWOOD TENNIS -- Lindenwood University in Belleville offering summer camps for boys and girls and high school players 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 10-14 and June 17-21 at the school tennis courts. Fee: $200 for one camp, $150 for second camp if registered for both. Email coach Adam Reeb at

SWIC VOLLEYBALL -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville offering a series of youth volleyball camps this summer at its intramural gym. Boys and girls in grades 1-3, 9 a.m.-noon June 21-22; Boys and girls in grades 4-6, 1-4 p.m. June 21-22; Boys and girls in grades 7-9, 9 a.m.-noon June 27-28; Boys ages 9-14, 1-4 p.m. June 27-28. Fee: $65 per camp. 235-2700, ext. 5450 or email


LITTLE KNIGHTS --Little Knights Football and Cheerleading Club now accepting registration for the 2013 season. For more information and dates and times, visit or email Brian Buehlhorn at


MOOSE GOLF CLASSIC -- O'Fallon Moose Lodge 2608 will hold its seventh annual golf classic four-person scramble 1 p.m. April 27 at Clinton Hill Country Club, 3700 Old Collinsville Road, Swansea. Fee: $75 per person, $300 per team. Food for dinner following the tournament by the O'Fallon Moose BBQ Team. Gale Newgent, 624-3522, Ed Holdner, 604-1521, or Dan Stratman, 570-8698.

THE ORCHARDS JUNIOR GOLF -- The Orchards in Belleville has announced details for its 2013 Junior Golf Program. An instructional clinic for players 5-older covers irons, woods, putting and chipping. Fee: $95 per player or $225 for camp and junior set of clubs. Players may register for multiple sessions throughout the year. Sessions offered June 10-14 (morning and afternoon sessions), June 17-21 (morning and afternoon sessions), July 8-12 (morning and afternoon sessions), Sept. 7-Oct. (Saturday sessions) and Sept. 8-Oct. 6 (Sunday sessions). Playing camps and a new Mini-Playing Camp for ages 5-8 and 9-older are June 24-28 and July 22-26; Fee: $125 (ages 9-older) and $75 (ages 6-8). A Summer Junior Golf League will be held Tuesday mornings June 11-July 30 with 9 holes per week for eight weeks. Fee: $150; High School Preseason Camp is July 29-Aug. 1. Fee: $125. Private lessons and summer passes are also available. All classes and lessons are taught by PGA professional Dale David and staff. Dale David, 233-8921, email info@orchardsgolfclub or visit

H.I.S. K.I.D.S. TOURNEY -- 19th annual H.I.S. K.I.D.S. four-person scramble tourney 8:30 a.m. April 27 at Oak Brook Golf Course in Edwardsville. Fee: $100 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, mulligan, prizes, lunch, food and beverages on the course. Proceeds go to the organization for families affected by cancer. 654-4020 or email

TOMAHAWKS SCRAMBLE -- Tomahawks Softball four-person scramble 12:30 p.m. May 10 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea. Fee: $75 per person includes golf, cart, prizes and barbecue dinner. Bob Craddick, 314-750-3498 or email, or call Wayne Bendall at 407-5061 or email

LADY PANTHER CLASSIC -- Fourth annual O'Fallon Lady Panther Classic four-person scramble 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. May 11 at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville. Fee: $50 per person includes golf, drinks, lunch/dinner and prizes; all proceeds benefiting the O'Fallon High girls golf program. Email Chris Eddy at

GIRLS SCOUTS GOLF CLASSIC -- 24th annual Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Golf Classic four-person scramble May 13 at Gateway National Golf Links in Madison. Fee: $200 per person. Katie Bixler, 1-800-345-6858 or email

ANDERSON HOSPITAL TOURNEY -- 17th annual Anderson Hospital Swing Into Spring four-person scramble 10 a.m. May 17 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. Fee: $160 per person inclues golf, cart, refreshments, lunch, dinner buffet and prizes. Lori, 391-6426 or email

JORDAN KLOPE MEMORIAL -- Jordan Klope Memorial Golf Tourney four-person scramble at noon June 15 at Rolling Hillgs Golf Course in Godfrey. Proceeds benefit to the Jordan Klope Scholarship fund. Klope was a sophomore hockey player at Alton High School who died in an automobile accident in December. Fee: $80 per person includes golf, cart, three beer tickets, soda, water, hot dogs and catered dinner. John Rubin, 447-4003 or email

P.E.G. CAN HELP SCRAMBLE -- June 15, Tamarack Country Club. 18-hole, 4-person team scramble. Entry fee is $85 per person. Registration at noon, shotgun start at 1, dinner at 5:30 p.m. Deadline for entry is June 8. Guests welcome for dinner and post-tournament activities, $15 per person. Proceeds go toward domestic violence prevention. Register at or call Rachel Budko at 618-534-4918 or email

SISTERS OF SWING -- Ladies golf tournament to benefit Big Brothers/Big Ssters June 21 at The Orchards in Belleville. Early Bird Entry, $100 fee. After June 1, $110. Fee includes green fees and cart, skins, mulligans, flighted prizes based on number of teams registered, a catered luncheon by The Shrine in Belleville; prizes for closest to the hole; attendance prizes and at the end of your round enjoy wine samples and Italian fare courtesy of The Office Bar and Grill in Red Bud. Registered golfers are invited to attend a golf pre-party on June 13 at Macy's, St. Clair Square. Attendees can visit with LPGA pro Laura McCune. For tournament registration, sponsorships or to donate a basket for the raffle, please call Missy at 398-3162.

HOYLETON GOLF CLASSIC -- Hoyleton Golf Classic four-person scramble 1 p.m. July 20 at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle. Fee: $75 per person. 493-9440/


WEST END KHOURY LEAGUE -- West End Khoury League in Belleville is holding baseball, softball and T-ball registration. For more information visit

BELLEVILLE PARKS LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for its youth baseball, T-ball and pitching machine leagues for ages 3 through high school. Fee: $85. Register at the main office at 510 W. Main St., in Belleville, call 233-1416 or 277-9785, or register online at


KNIGHTS SOCCER CLUB -- The Knights Soccer Club has several openings for under-8, under-11 and under-13 girls for the outdoor spring season. The teams will all practice in Belleville. For information, call Herb Foerster at 977-6511 or email


SHILOH SLOW-PITCH LEAGUES -- Slow-pitch softball leagues now forming at Shiloh Eagles facility. Bill, 444-5749.

UNITED SLOW-PITCH LEAGUE -- United slow-pitch softball league has an opening on Friday night for its men's league. Bob McCartney, 345-5760/

BELLEVILLE FAST-PITCH LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks & Recreation Department accepting team registration for its 2013 Summer ASA Girls Fast-Pitch Softball League for 10-under through 18-under teams at Laderman Park and SouthSide Park. Leagues will be played Monday through Thursday with 10-under and 12-under begin play the last week of April, with 14-under through 18-under teams starting in June. Fee: $1,000 includes 12 games, league fee, ASA fee and insurance fee. For more information, call Todd at 233-1416.

TRENTON THUNDER TOURNEY -- Trenton Thunder Spring Tournament April 27 at Trenton City Park for 10-under through 14-under teams. Fee: $235 per team with three-game guarantee. David Meddows, 514-2296 or email

FAST-PITCH TOURNEYS -- Southwest Illinois ASA is accepting registration for girls fast-pitch softball summer tournament. Call Todd at 560-9329 or visit

CENTRALIA SPRING BASH -- Centralia Recreation District Spring Bash girls fast-pitch tournament May 18-19 at Rotary Park in Centralia. Fee; $200 with four-game guarantee with licensed umpires. Spanky, 292-9255 or email

SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL -- Freeburg Sports Complex is offering a Wednesday night adult men's softball league with recreational and competitive divisions and a Thursday night adult co-ed softball league. To register or for more information, call Glen at 792-6880 or email

CATCHING PROGRAM -- Turn 2 Premier School in Collinsville is offering an eight-week catching program for baseball and softball covering all aspects of the position. One-hour sessions held on Wednesdays. Fee: $310. 346-4646 or email

TRENTON BOOSTER BASH -- Trenton Booster Bash Tournament for 10-under through 18-under girls fast-pitch teams is June 7-9 at Trenton City Park. Fee: $375 with four-game guarantee; pool play leading to single elimination. Larry Litteken, 224-7272 or email

MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom 16-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a catcher and infielder for summer league and five tournament. 401-3214.

BANDITS -- Southern Illinois Bandits 10-under girls select fast-pitch team has openings on its 2013 roster. Keith Cummins, 322-7344 or email

MUSTANGS --Mustangs 12-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a catcher, infielders and outfielders. Team will play in Kirkwood and Affton leagues plus tournaments. To schedule a tryout, call Clint Couch at 443-8662 or email More information available at

SWAT 14-UNDER -- Swat 14-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking a pitcher and position player. League games at Laderman Park in Belleville, plus four to six tournaments. 559-9577 or email

SOUTHERN STORM -- Southern Storm 12-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking players for the 2013 season. Must not have turned 13 before Jan. 1. For a private tryout, call Chad at 570-8180.

XPLOSION --The Xplosion 14-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking a pitcher and position player. League games at Laderman Park in Belleville starting in June, plus tournaments. 402-0562 or email


ST. CLAIR SUMMER PROGRAM -- St. Clair Tennis in O'Fallon is offering its summer youth tennis programs. A 10-wek recreational junior program begins May 28. a 10-under teamme camp is set for 8;11 a.m. May 28-31 with May 18 registration deadline; Fee: $159; A 10-week excellence program begins May 29 andlass 10 weks and includes two wweks of the St. Louis University camp. For more informatonal, call 632-1400 or visit

KINGS POINT ELITE PROGRAM --Kings Point in Belleville offering a Tournament Tennis Elite Program. This 13-week program designed for tournament players, high school players and players able to compete at the tournament level in their age group is limited to 12 players for each of two programs Monday-Sunday or Wednesday-Sunday. Four hours of tennis with two meetings a week. Fee: $490 for Kings Point members, $560 for non-members. 277-7715 or email


SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUES -- Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville has openings for its Spring Sand Volleyball Co-Ed Leagues. To register or for more information, call 236-7113, 977-0863 or 233-9134.

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