Area sports reports

July 31, 2013 

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METRO MANIACS -- Metro Maniacs 12-under team tryouts noon-2 p.m. Aug. 10 and Aug. 11 at Jaycee Field in Woodland Park, Collinsville. 40-45 games, league and tournaments. Stan Vlasak, 978-3474 or email

ST. CLAIR STARS -- Player evaluations for the 2014 St. Clair Stars 9-under team 3:30-5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Wolf Branch Middle School in Swansea. Email Rob Koester at

ST. CLAIR STING -- St. Clair Sting 14-under team has limited player openings for the 2014 season and will hold tryouts 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3. Team will play eight or nine tournaments in the St. Louis area and plays in the SISBL. Chuck Holan, 406-7825 or Todd Herring, 624-5966, or email

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

DIRT DAWGS 10-UNDER -- Southern Illinois Dirt Dawgs Baseball Team 10-under team will hold tryouts 1 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Freeburg Sports Complex. An additional tryout will take place on at 1 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Waltonville Lake Field. Joe Emery, 316-1344.

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. 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

CLINTON COUNTY ELITE --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 August at Westview Baptist Church multi-purpose facility, 2500 Sullivan Drive, in Swansea. Fee: $25. Instructor is Don Otness. 277-2353.


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

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). Private lessons also available. All classes and lessons are taught by PGA professional Dale David and staff. Dale David, 233-8921, email info@orchardsgolfclub or visit

FOZ RYAN MEMORIAL CLASSIC -- Foz Ryan Memorial Classic set for Aug. 2 at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville. Hosted by Special Olympics Illinois to honor longtime champion and volunteer Richard "Foz" Ryan, of O'Fallon. The community can participate in two different ways: The event features a 9-hole scramble where community golfers can form a team of two and be paired with a Special Olympics golf athlete for the competition; later that evening, the Foz Ryan Memorial Golf Classic features an 18-hole three-person scramble under the lights at Yorktown. Cost is $30 per person for the 9-hole and $50 per person for the 18-hole tournament. Teams to register for the tournaments will

receive free golf at Yorktown Golf Course from their time of registration until the event on Aug. 2. To register or make a donation, contact Peggy Knebel at 654-6680 or email All donations can be mailed to Special Olympics Illinois, Attn: Peggy Knebel, 1318 Mercantile Drive, Highland, IL 62249.

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


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.

SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL WALKWAY 5K -- The second annual run to benefit the September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois set for 9:11 a.m. Sept. 8, starting and finishing at Hough Park and Franklin School at W. C and N. Third streets in Belleville. Fee: $20 in advance; $25 on race day. Registration forms are available at the Belleville Fire Chief's office, Belleville Parks and Recreation and online at

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


ILLINOIS PIASA TRYOUTS -- Professional indoor soccer team is holding open tryouts 8-10 a.m. Aug. 24 and 7-9 p.m. Aug. 25 at The Field Sports Complex, 4141 State Route 11 in Pontoon Beach. Open to male soccer players 18 and older. Players must show up 30 minutes early to register and warm up, and must wear indoor soccer shoes or turf shoes; outdoor soccer shoes will not be allowed. Registration is $30 per player if paid before Aug. 21, or $40 the day of tryouts. To register, go to and click on the tryout registration link.

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. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or email


XPLOSION 14U -- Explosion 14-under select team tryouts 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17 at Trenton Park, Diamond No. 3. Clay Macke, 401-5226.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FALCONS -- Southern Illinois Falcons fast-pitch organization holding tryouts for the 2013-14 season Aug. 11 at Field No. 1 at Okaw Valley Park, 101 St. Clair St. in New Athens. 10-under tryout at 1 p.m.; 12-under tryout at 3 p.m.; 14-under tryout at 5 p.m. For 10-under and 12-under information, call Jay Ozier at 781-4142 or email For 14-under information, call Brad Ragland at 444-9644 or email

ST. LOUIS FUSION -- St. Louis Fusion 16-under metro-east tryouts 9-11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Clydesdale Park, 9801 Green Park Road in St. Louis, and 4-6 p.m. Aug. 4 at Jaycee field in Woodland Park, Collinsville. Arrive 30 minutes early to register. College Exposure Tournament schedule and league ending with nationals. 1997-99 birthdays are welcome.; 217- 341-1306

DAZZLER 14-UNDER -- Dazzler 14-under select tryouts 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 15-25 at Trenton Park. Shawn T. Lercher 581-9856 or email

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DIRT DAWGS -- Southern Illinois Dirt Dawgs 18-under tryouts 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Tryouts for the 14-under team 3-5:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. For more informationm email

TRENTON THUNDER -- Trenton Thunder holding tryouts for its 16-under team 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 3 at Trenton City Park Field 3. Greg Ratermann, 514-2406 or Dave Meddows, 514-2296.

METRO-EAST SHOXX -- Metro-East Shoxx 18-under select team is looking for players, including a pitcher, for the 2014 summer season. Will play three to four tournaments. Email Steve Nagel at

METRO-EAST S.W.A.T -- Metro-East S.W.A.T. tryouts for 10-under team 2-4 p.m. Aug. 10 at South Side Park, 600 S. Sixth St., in Belleville. Private tryouts can be arranged. Nicole Sanderson, 444-3922 or email; Gail Walker, 979-6055) or email

BELLEVILLE JR. LANCERS -- Belleville Junior Lancers select club holding tryouts for the following age groups will be held at Belleville East Varsity Softball field. 10-under: 9-11 a.m. Aug. 17, 12:30-2 p.m. Aug. 18: 12-under: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 17; 2:15-3:45 p.m. Aug. 18; 14-under: 2-4 p.m. Aug. 17; 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 18. Junior Lancers also looking for coaches in all ages brackets. Randy Wroten, 791-8296 or email

PURPLE CRUSH -- Purple Crush 16-under select team tryouts 2-5 p.m. Aug. 10 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Lenny Bryant, 978-6421 or email

CRUSH -- Crush 10-under girls select fast-pitch tryouts 4-6 p.m. Aug. 3 at Waterloo Sports Association Complex. Adam, 223-9626.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting holding tryouts for the following age groups Aug. 4 and 11 at Millstadt City Park Field No. 2: 10-under: 1-2:30 p.m.; 12-under: 3-4:30 p.m.; 14-under: 5:30-7:30 p.m.; 16-under: 9-10:30 a.m.; 18-under: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or email

16-UNDER PITCHER NEEDED -- Midwest Mayhem 16-under girls select fast-pitch team 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 for 10-under through 18-under teams Aug. 3-4 at Field 6 in O'Fallon City Park, 308 E. 5th St. 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

TRENTON GIRLS TRYOUTS -- A new girls softball program will be holding tryouts for its 10-and-under and 12-and-under programs Aug. 10 at Trenton City Park. 10-under 10-11:30 a.m., 12-under tryouts 1-3 p.m. There is a $10 tryout fee for each participant. Paula Cummings, 971-6802.


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 -- Ray Cordon Classic tennis tournament Aug. 9-10 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. Carol Sterthman, 632-3877 or Erin 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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