Area sports reports

May 13, 2013 

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

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


JUNIOR STORM CLINIC -- Junior Storm youth basketball clinics for boys and girls in grades 6-8 will held from 4-5 p.m. Sundays and began May 5. Fee: $15. Instructor is Zac Thurwalker. Email

SW ILLINOIS TITANS TOURNEY -- Southwest Illinois Titans Invitational May 31- June 2 at Belleville West High School and Lindenwood University-Belleville for boys teams in grades 6-8. Tourney will include some of the top regional teams and nationally ranked teams. To register or for additional information, call Davanon Fox at 304-8710, email or visit

TITANS TRYOUTS -- Southwest Illinois Titans 14-under boys AAU team hosting individual tryouts for a forward/center 6-2 or taller. Davanon Fox, 304-8710 or Fred Dancy, 407-6513.


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 7-12; $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-June 3-6 for ages 10-18; $50.

O'FALLON CAMPS -- O'Fallon High School is offering a series of sports camps. Youth Football-June 17-20 for grades 1-8; $40 (email; Baseball-June 10-27 for grades 2-12, prices vary (email; Boys Basketball-June 3-6 for grades 4-9, $50 (email; Girls Basketball-June 10-13 for grades 3-12, $40 (email; Softball-June 11-14 for grades 3-9, $50 (email; Girls Volleyball-June 13-14 for grades 4-8, $55 (email; Boys Volleyball-June 17-18 for grades 5-8, $40 (email; Boys/Girls Cross Country-June 17-21 for grades 5-8, $25 (email; Boys/Girls Track-Tuesdays and Thursdays in June for grades 1-12, $100 (email; Boys/Girls Tennis-June 10-13 for grades 1-9, $40 (email; Boys/Girls Elite FT Soccer-July 8-11 for age 2 through grade 12, $45-$85 (email; Boys/Girls Bowling-July 22-24 for grades 6-12, $45 (; Golden Girls Dance-July 26-27 for ages 4 through grade 12, $50 (email

GRANITE CITY CAMPS -- Granite City High School is offering a series of summer sports camps. Baseball-June 3-5 at Wilson Park for grades 3-9, $40; 451-5808 or Football-June 25-27 for grades 6-9, $25; 451-5808 or email; Boys Basketball-June 3-6 for grades kindergarte-grade 5; June 17-20 for grades 6-8; $25; Elemtary-Middle School Shooting Camp July 1-13 for grades 3-8; 971-9266 or email; Girls Basketball-May 28-30 for grades 4-12, $30; 451-5808, ext. 2547 or email; Softball-June 3-5 for ages 8-15 at Sykes Field in Wilson Park, $30; 451-5808 or email; Cross Country-July 29-Aug. 2; 451-5808; Kids Wrestling Clinic-June 18-20 for ages 5-15, $20; 451-5808 or email For more information on camps, call Shelly Shipley at 877-3059 or

APEX SPEED-AGILITY-QUICKNESS -- 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.

McKENDREE BASKETBALL -- McKendree University in Lebanon offering a series of basketball camps this summer: Skills Camp June 3-7 for boys and girls in grades 1-4 and 5-9; Skills Camp July 8-12 for boys and girls in grades 5-9; Competitive Edge Camp July 8-12 for boys and girls in grades 5-9; Guard Camp July 15-19 for boys and girls in grades 5-9; Shooting Camp July 15-19 for boys and girls in grades 5-9; Skills CampJuly 22-24 for boys and girls in grades 1-4. Fee: $80 per camp. Coach Eric Echelbarger, 537-6846 or email

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

CAHOKIA BASKETBALL -- Cahokia Fitness and Sports Complex running a basketball camp for boys in grades 4-8 8 a.m.-noon June 17-21 under direction of coach Ken McBride. Fee: $50 for Cahokia residents and $60 for nonresidents. 332-3034.

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

ELITE FITNESS SOCCER/SPORTS CAMPS -- Elite Fitness Soccer offerimg an all-day sports camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24-27 for boys and girls at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon (includes free early dropoff 8-9 a.m. and late pickup 4-5 p.m.); Fee: $175. An all-day soccer camp for boys and girls is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15-18 at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon. Fee: $175. 972-1830, email or visit

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


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

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

ST. MATTHEW TOURNEY -- St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville holding its annual four-person scramble tourney 8 a.m. May 18 at The Orchards in Belleville. Proceeds benefit the church's Senior Program. Ruel Neeley, 277-5767 or Steve Icenhower, 628-7098.

WEST END REDEVELOPMENT TOURNEY -- West End Redevelopment Corporation (WERC) holding its annual four-person scramble tourney 12:30 p.m. May 31 at Grand Marais Golf Course in Centreville. Fee; $80 per person includes golf, cart, lunch, beverages during tourney and dinner with cash bar and awards at Shenanigan's in Belleville. Proceeds held restore properties and revitalize Belleville's West End area. Tim Gehrs, 791-2657 or Chuck Sullivan, 277-3200, ext. 107, or visit

SPECIAL OLYMPICS TOURNEY -- 2013 Special Olympics Golf Classic 1 p.m. May 31 at Oak Brook Golf Course in Edwardsville. Fee: $85 per player includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner and prizes. 654-6680 or email

LITTLE DEVILS TOURNEY -- Belleville Little Devils Football Club holding its annual four-person scramble 1 p.m. June 8 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea. Fee: $85 per person includes golf, cart, light lunch, steak dinner, free beer and soda until teams are done golfing. Lisa Hacker, 334-3645.

TEE OFF FOR AUTISM -- Illinois Center for Autism's 30th annual four-person scramble 9 a.m. June 14 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Maryville. Fee: $75 per person includes breakfast buffet, golf, cart, prizes. Jude Mosby, 398-7500, ext. 221 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 -- P.E.G. CAN HELP four-person scramble tourney 1 p.m. June 15 at Tamarack Country Club. Fee: $85 per person qith June 8 deadline. Guests welcome for dinner and post-tournament activities, $15 per person. Proceeds go toward domestic violence prevention. Register at or call Rachel Budko at 534-4918 or email

SISTERS OF SWING -- Ladies golf tournament to benefit Big Brothers/Big Ssters June 21 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $100 Early Bird Entry, $110 after June 1 includes golf, 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, 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.


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 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.

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

TRENTON BOOSTER BASH -- Trenton Booster Bash Tournament for 10-under through 18-under girls fast-pitch teams 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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