Area sports reports

June 21, 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.


FAMILY SPORTPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a series of basketball events this summer. A Skills and Drills Clinic for boys in grades 4-7, girls in grades 4-7 and girls in grades 8-12 will be held for four weeks beginning June 19 under the direction of Southwestern Illinois College coach Mike Juenger. A Summer Hoops Tournament for boys and girls teams in grades 3-8 is July 13-14 with July 7 entry deadline. Little Shooters Camp for boys and girls in grades kindergarten-3 runs for six weeks and begins Aug. 2 under the direction of Juenger. A 3-on-3 Tournament is Aug. 10-11 with Aug. 2 entry deadline. A 3-on-3 League for grades 4-8 begins Aug. 24 and the league for grades 9-12 begins Sept. 7. 277-7111 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. Fee: $15. Instructor is Zac Thurwalker. Email

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

WESTVIEW JR. BASKETBALL -- Westview Junior Basketball program for boys and girls going into grades kindergarten through fourth will be held during July and August at Westview Baptist Church multi-purpose facility, 2500 Sullivan Dr., in Swansea. Fee: $25. First practice on July 11 and last game on Aug. 17 with Don Otness as the instructor. 277-2353.


ALTHOFF CAMPS -- Althoff High in Belleville is offering a series of summer sports camps; call 235-1100 or email 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; 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 information: Boys Soccer-June 24-27 for grades 7-12; $50; Tennis-email for dates, times and location; Girls Volleyball-July 15-18 for grades 4-9 and setters in grades 10-12; $40.

O'FALLON CAMPS -- O'Fallon High School is offering a series of sports camps. Boys/Girls Track-Tuesdays and Thursdays in June for grades 1-12, $100 (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 football camp June 25-27 for grades 6-9, $25; 451-5808 or email; Cross Country-July 29-Aug. 2; 451-5808; 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 APEX training program to help athletes improve their speed, agility, quickness, power, strength, balance, stability and flexibility. Testing being held now with training 1-2:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday afternoon through July 17. Fee: $120 for the program or $10 per session. Rich Wager, 277-6282.

McKENDREE BASKETBALL -- McKendree University in Lebanon offering a series of summer basketball camps: 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 Camp July 22-24 for boys and girls in grades 1-4. Fee: $80 per camp. Coach Eric Echelbarger, 537-6846 or email

SWIC BASKETBALL -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville is offering a series of summer youth basketball camps at its varsity gym. 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

BFC SOCCER -- BFC Soccer Club at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville is holding a Goalkeeper/Striker Camp July 8-11 and also will be holding its annual BFC Summer Camp July 29-Aug. 1. Email or call 277-7111 for more information.

BFC SOCCER LITTLE KICKERS-- BFC Soccer Club at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville holding a Little Kickers Camp for boys and girls ages 3-5 for seven weeks beginning the week of June 19. 277-7111 or visit

ELITE FITNESS SOCCER/SPORTS CAMPS -- Elite Fitness Soccer offering an all-day sports camp 9 a.m.-4 p.m. from June 24-27 for boys and girls at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon (includes free early drop-off 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

SOCCER MADE SIMPLE -- Coach Dave Fernandez conducting "Soccer Made Simple" instructional camps in various metro-east communities this summer for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through 8. For more information, call Dave Fernandez at 974-8471.

KINGS POINT KIDS TENNIS -- Kings Point in Belleville offering its summer kids tennis program with sessions through June 27 and July 9-25. Little Stars (ages 4-7) is an introduction to tennis fundamentals and meets 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks. (Fee: $90 per session). Junior Development (ages 8-12) is for beginner or intermediate players needing to learn or improve. It meets 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for three weeks (Fee: $150 per session). Call 277-7715, email or visit

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 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-and-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 July 8-12 (morning and afternoon sessions), Sept. 7-Oct. 5 (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 through 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

CRITTER CLASSIC -- Critter Classic four-person scramble to benefit Metro-East Humane Society 1 p.m. June 23 at Oak Brook Golf Course in Edwardsville. Fee: $300 per four-person team includes golf, lunch, dinner, drinks. 656-4405 or email

HOSPICE GOLF BENEFIT -- 14th annual Hospice of Southern Illinois Golf Benefit four-person scramble 8:30 a.m. June 28 at Mystic Oaks Golf Course in Waterloo. Fee: $125 per person includes golf, golf shirt, cart, mulligans, skins game, lunch, snacks and two drinks. Kathy Wilson, 235-1703 or visit

CANCER RESEARCH BENEFIT -- Sixth annual Bergheger Golf Classic four-person scramble to benefit cancer research at St. Louis Children's Hospital 7 a.m. or noon June 28 at The Orchards in Belleville. Sponsored by Brent Bergheger Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Inc. Golfers can choose the morning flight or afternoon flight. Fee: $110 per person includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner/live auction. To register, visit

MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNEY -- Gruenenfelder & Septeowski Memorial four-person scramble 1 p.m. June 30 at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River to benefit the Gruenenfelder Educational Fund and the Keyesport Fire Protection District and Dive Team. Fee: $90 per players includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, beverages and prizes. 259-4900.

SHRINERS TOURNEY -- Annual Shriners Golf Tournament four-person scramble to benefit The Diabetes Association and Student Scholarship Fund July 6 at The Legacy Golf Course in Granite City. Fee: $65 per person includes golf, cart, catered breakfast, beverage tickets and range balls. 977-3645, 978-0100 or 339-7225.

GARY WHEELER MEMORIAL -- Sixth annual Gary Wheeler Memorial four-person scramble 1 p.m. July 20 at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle. Tournament held in honor of former Carlyle High football and baseball coach Gary Wheeler and funds scholarships for students at Carlyle. Fee: $70 per person includes golf, cart, beverage tickets, gift bag and prizes. Craig Robertson, 622-3592 or email

HOYLETON GOLF CLASSIC -- Hoyleton Golf Classic four-person scramble July 19 at Arlington Greens in Granite City. Registration and lunch, 11 a.m.; shotgun start, noon. Fee: $75 per person; $275 for team of four. 493-9440 or visit

ALTHOFF GOLF CLASSIC --Althoff High School Golf Classic five-person scramble 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at Stonewolf Golf Club. Fee: $175 per person ($100 is tax deductible) includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, beverages and snacks. 235-1124 or email


KNIGHTS SOCCER CLUB -- The Knights Soccer Club has several openings for under-11 girls, under-12 girls, under 13-14 boys and high school girls (goalkeeeper) for the fall outdoor spring season. For information, call Herb Foerster at 977-6511 or email


WHITETAILS UNLIMITED -- Whitetails Unlimited is sponsoring the Kaskaskia Valley Son's O' Bucks Banquet 4:30 p.m. July 27 at the Mascoutah Sportsmen's Club. Event features a two-meat buffet, auction and prizes. Fee: $45 per person, $20 for spouse and $20 for 15-under with July 20 deadline. Jeff Peck, 234-1786 or 604-1096, or Tom Wolf, 277-7166 or email


CHICAGO BALL TOURNEY --Millstadt Fire Department is sponsoring a Chicago Ball (16-inch softball) Tournament July 12-13 at Millstadt City Park. Open to men, women's and mixed teams. Fee: $100 per team. Chris French, 781-8590 or Travis Jones, 719-6749.

CO-ED TOURNEY -- A co-ed slow-pitch softball tourney to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is June 22-23 at New Douglas Township Park in New Douglas. Fee: $150 per team. Tammy Griffith, 410-3395 or 217-456-6071; or Kim Schallenberg, 410-2508 or 217-456-6651.

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

16-UNDER PITCHER NEEDED -- Midwest Mayhem 16-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking a pitcher for summer league, tournaments and fall league. Jeff, 780-1060 or Rich, 719-6465.


ST. CLAIR SUMMER PROGRAM -- St. Clair Tennis in O'Fallon is offering two summer youth tennis programs, a 10-week recreational junior program and a 10-week excellence program. For more information, 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

TENNIS LESSONS -- Collinsville Area Recreational District offering tennis lessons for ages 4-17 in June and July at the Collinsville High tennis courts. Lessons for players at all levels, 346-7529 or visit


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

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