Area sports reports

July 23, 2013 

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BEARS AND COUGARS -- The GBA Bears and Metro Cougars are joining forces for the 2014 season. Tryouts for 14u are 6-8 p.m. July 24 at GCS Ballpark in Sauget. Contacts: Brian Harshany 618-954-8645 or Bill Clayton 618-447-2162.

O'FALLON BULLS -- Tryouts for 2014 11u team are 6-6 p.m. July 28 at O'Fallon's Blazer Field in the main City Park. If you have a conflict on Sunday, but are still interested, contact Matt Cornell 314-324-3367 or

ST. CLAIR STARS -- Player evaluatins for the 2014 9u team are 3:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Wolf Branch Middle School. Registration and warmups 3-3:30 p.m. Contact Rob Koester at

ST. CLAIR STING -- 14u team has limited player openings for the 2014 season. Will play 8 or 9 tournaments in the St. Louis area and tthe SISBL. Tryouts are 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3. Register by calling Chuck Holan at 618-406-7825 or Todd Herring at 618-624-5966 or at

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

SIZZLER TOURNAMENT -- 15th annual Edwardsville Sizzler Tournament Aug. 2-4 at Miner Park in Glen Carbon for 12-under through 16-under teams. Tim, 210-7255 or email August or visit

BACK-2-BACK PROGRAMS -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training in Highland offering: Baseball and Softball Speed Training 6-7 p.m. Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26 for all ages. Fee: $80. Catchers Blocking Program set for 6-7:15 p.m. and 7:30-8:45 p.m. Aug. 13, 20 and 27, Sept. 3, 10, 17 an 24 and Oct. 1. Fee: $240 for all eight dates; limited to eight catchers per session. Pitchers Velocity Program with former St. Louis Cardinals minor-league pitcher Cale Johnson is 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:45 p.m. Aug. 21, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Fee: $240 for eight sessions; limited to first 20 registrants. For more information about any of these programs, call Jeremiah at 979-3252 or 882-4243, or email Information also available at

BLUE SOX TRYOUTS -- Blue Sox Baseball Club select program is holding tryouts for 2013 fall season and 2014 spring season at O'Fallon Community Park. 8-under, 9-under and 10-under tryouts are 6 p.m. on July 30; 11-under and 12-under tryouts 6 p.m. on July 31. Interested players from O'Fallon and Shiloh should forward player information and parent contact information by email to

11-UNDER TRYOUTS -- An 11-under select team will hold tryouts for pitchers and position players 10 a.m. July 27 at Trenton City Park. Players must be born after May 1, 2002. Brian, 520-5671.

CLINTON COUNTY ELITE 10-UNDER --Clinton County Elite 10-under select team holding tryouts 1-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Trenton City Park. Team plays in the SWIBL League and three or four tournaments. Players cannot turn 11 before May 1, 2014. Rob Haag, 610-7901 or email for registration form.

FLYING TIGERS 14-UNDER -- VFW Post 805 Flying Tigers 14-under select team is hosting tryouts for the 2014 season in early August. Team has ties to the local military community and plays in the more competitive divisions of local leagues, with a focus on leadership and character development. Players cannot turn 15 before May 1, 2014. Bill Dalonzo, 206-8660 or email

EAGLES 11-UNDER -- Eagles 11-under select team holding open tryouts for 2014 season 2 p.m. Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 at Culp Lane Sports Complex, 4200 Culp Lane, in Bethalto. Jason, 560-9721 or email

COLLINSVILLE EXTREME --Collinsville Extreme Cub will hold tryouts for its 13-under baseball team at 1 p.m. on Aug. 4 at Field 5 at the Collinsville Jaycees Sports Complex. For more information call Shane Lyday at 314-704-7481 or email If you are the coach of an 8-under through 14-under baseball team and interested in joining or learning more about Collinsville Extreme, call Brett Swip at 514-0290 or email or Collinsville

TRYOUT CAMP, TRAINING PROGRAM -- will hold a tryout session for players ages 6-18 from 9 a.m.-noon July 31 at O'Fallon Community Park. Fee: $49 includes skills evaluation. The U.S. Baseball Academy will hold a spring training hitting, pitching and fielding session for players in grades 1-12 Feb. 9, 16 and 23 and March 2, 9 and 16 at Lindenwood University in Belleville. Site director is Tampa Bay scout Jason Ford. Fee: One skill session $119 for six weeks, two skill sessions for $218, three skill sessions for $297. 1-866-622-4487, visit and

SO. ILLINOIS SELECT LEAGUE -- Southern Illinois Select Baseball Fall League is accepting teams through Aug. 31 for 9-under through 15-under divisions at the Freeburg Sports Complex. League runs Sept. 9-Oct. 31. Glen Polacek, 792-6880 or email Registration form available at


FAMILY SPORTPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a series of basketball events this summer. A Little Shooters Camp for boys and girls in grades kindergarten-3 runs for six weeks and begins Aug. 2 under the direction of Southwestern Illinois women's basketball coach Mike 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. on Sundays. Fee: $15. Instructor is Zac Thurwalker. Email

WESTVIEW JR. BASKETBALL -- Westview Junior Basketball program for boys and girls going into grades kindergarten-4 during July and August at Westview Baptist Church multi-purpose facility, 2500 Sullivan Drive, in Swansea. Fee: $25. Instructor is Don Otness. 277-2353.


ALTHOFF CAMPS -- Althoff High in Belleville offering a series of summer sports camps; call 235-1100 or email 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 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville; $50-$60; Girls Volleyball-July 22-25 for grades 4-8.

O'FALLON CAMPS -- O'Fallon High School offering a series of sports camps. Boys/Girls Bowling-July 22-24 for grades 6-12, $45 (email; Golden Girls Dance-July 26-27 for ages 4 through grade 12, $50 (email

GRANITE CITY CAMPS -- Granite City High School offering a cross country camp July 29-Aug. 2; 451-5808. For more information on camps, call Shelly Shipley at 877-3059 or

VETTA INDOOR SPORTS -- Vetta Sports in O'Fallon offering an indoor sports camp for ages 5-13 that includes soccer, kickball, wiffle ball, ultimate frisbee, dodge ball, capture the flag, relay races and inflatables. Shelly Ettling, 589-3951, ext. 401, email, or visit

BFC SOCCER -- BFC Soccer Club at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville is holding its annual 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. 277-7111 or visit

VETTA SOCCER -- Vetta Sports in O'Fallon offering an outdoor youth soccer camp 6-8 p.m. July 29-Aug. 1 with training that benefits all levels and abilities. Camp focus on individual technique training and enjoying soccer through small-sided games. Camp director is Dave Fernandez. Shelly Ettling, 589-3951, ext. 401, email or visit

SOCCER MADE SIMPLE -- Coach Dave Fernandez is 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.


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 Sept. 7-Oct. 5 (Saturday sessions) and Sept. 8-Oct. 6 (Sunday sessions). A Summer Junior Golf League being 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

COMMUNITY LINK -- A golf scrable to benefit Community Link will be held July 27 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Spots vailable for 4-person team.

GOLF TO END ALZHEIMER'S --Golf To End Alzheimer's four-person scramble 9 a.m. Aug. 17 at Grand Marais Golf Club to support Alice's Angels. Fee: $75 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, dinner. Karen Hooker, 409-7701 or email, or Mikal Guffey, 398-9999 or email

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

GOLF PREP CAMP --Golf Prep Camp will conduct golf clinics for girls in grades 7-8 to help prepare them for competitive high school golf. The four-day clinics are July 22-25 at the Solid Impact Golf Center in Wood River. Call 259-2365 or golf instructor John Randall at 314-740-9288.


McKENDREE HARVEST CHALLENGE 5K/HALF MARATHON -- Fifth annual McKendree Harvest Challenge 5K run/walk and half marathon 8 a.m. Sept. 7 beginning and ending at McKendree University in Lebanon. Includes a 5K run/walk and a 13.1-mile half marathon. Fees: $15 for 5K ($20 on race day) and $33 for half marathon ($40 on race day). Register online at or visit, or call 537-6420 or 537-6941.

YMCA 10K BLUFF TRAIL RUN -- Monroe County YMCA Illinois Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run 9:30 a.m. Oct. 26 starting at Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer. Fee: $30 until Oct. 12, $35 Oct. 13 and after. Sara Martinez, 281-9622 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


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


DAZZLER 14U -- Tryouts are 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 15-25 at Trenton Park. Contact Shawn T. Lercher at 618-581-9856 or

TRENTON THUNDER -- Tryouts for 16u team are 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3 at Trenton City Park field 3. Contact Greg Ratermann a 618-514-2406 or Dave Meddows at 618-514-2296.

METRO EAST SHOXX -- 18u softball team is looking for players, including a pitcher, for the 2014 summer team. Will play three to four tournaments. Email Steve Nagel at

PURPLE CRUSH -- 16u softball team tryouts are from 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 10 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Contact Lenny Bryant at 618-978-6421 or

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Tryouts for the following age groups will be held Aug. 4 and 11 at Millstadt City Park field No. 2. 10U 1-2:30 p.m.; 12U 3-4:30 p.m.; 14U 5:30-7:30 p.m.; 16U 9-10:30 a.m.; 18U 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact Brad Wilson at or 618-779-5557.

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.

HOT SHOTS -- Hot Shots girls select fastpitch club will hold tryouts Aug. 3 at Central Junior High in Belleville. 12-under: 9-11 a.m.; 14-under: noon-2 p.m.; 16-under: 2:30-4:30 p.m. Daryl Schwoebel, 304-6204, Bob Zirkelbach, 275-0779 or email

TOMAHAWKS TRYOUTS -- The Tomahawks girls fastpitch organization will hold tryouts Aug. 3-4 at Field 6 in O'Fallon City Park (308 E. 5th St.). Tryout schedule: 10-under noon-2 p.m. Aug. 3; 12-under 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3; 14-under 2-5 p.m. Aug. 3; 16-under 2-5 p.m. Aug. 4. Specific times can be found at or by calling Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or email

COLLINSVILLE EXTREME -- Collinsville Extreme Youth Softball Development Program and Extreme Elite College Development Program has scheduled tryouts for 2013-14 season at the Extreme Indoor Facility, 103 Complex Drive, Collinsville. 10-under, 12-under and 14-under: 1 p.m. Aug. 3-4; 16-under and 18-under: 1 p.m. Aug. 10-11. Tryout information for 10-under is Mark Popov, 401-7375 or email, or Jim Cavins, 477-1958 or email; 12-under is Wade Stahlhut, 781-1548 or email; 14-under is Abbie Bates, 815-245-4348 or email; 16-under Extreme Elite is Laurie McClelland, 322-3743 or email and Brett Swip, 514-0290 or email; 18-under is Lauren Popov Muniz, 660-8127 or email

MEN'S, CO-ED FALL LEAGUE -- Men's and co-ed slow-pitch softball leagues now forming through Aug. 31 for a fall league at the Freeburg Sports Complex. Men's league begins Sept. 11 and co-ed league begins Sept. 12, with both leagues running through Oct. 31. Glen Polacek, 792-6880 or email Registration form available at


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

RAY CORDON CLASSIC -- The tennis tournament to benefit the O'Fallon Township High School Tennis Fund is Aug. 9-11 in O'Fallon. Fees: singles $15; doubles $20 per team. Entry deadline is Aug. 7. Begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 with mixed doubles at O'Fallon Park. Singles begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 10 at O'Fallon High. Information: Carol Sterthman 618-632-3877 or Erin 618-806-8884.


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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