Area sports reports

July 31, 2013 

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BASEBALL

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 sjsssv92@gmail.com

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 stclairstars@yahoo.com

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 stclairsting@yahoo.com.

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 Sizzler@yahoo.com or visit www.augustsizzler.com.

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 jeremiah@back2backtraining.com. Information also available at www.back2backtraining.com.

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 otownbluesox@gmail.com.

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 robhaag@yahoo.com 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 dalonzo4@charter.net.

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 hallstr48@gmail.com.

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 basethreat2@sbcglobal.net. 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 bswip@hotmail.com or Collinsville extreme@hotmail.com.

TRYOUT CAMP, TRAINING PROGRAM -- MyProDay.com 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 www.MyProDay.com and www.usbaseballacademy.com

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 southernillinoisbaseball@gmail.com. Registration form available at www.sisbl.org

BASKETBALL

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 www.bellevillesportsplex.com.

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 zthurwalker@yahoo.com.

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.

CAMPS

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 sttling@vettasports.com, or visit www.vettasports.com.

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.

FOOTBALL

LITTLE KNIGHTS --Little Knights Football and Cheerleading Club now accepting registration for the 2013 season. For more information and dates and times, visit www.littleknightsfootball.org/reg2013html or email Brian Buehlhorn at brianb@littleknightsfootball.org.

GOLF

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 www.orchardsgolfclub.com

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 pknebel@soill.org. 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 khooker25@gmail.com, or Mikal Guffey, 398-9999 or email mikal@grandmaraisgolf.com.

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 Lschumacher@althoff.net.

RUNNING

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 www.active.com or visit www.mckendree.edu/raceday, 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 www.memorialwalkway5k.weebly.com

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 smartinez@ymcaswil.org.

SOCCER

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 www.IllinoisPiasa.com 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 herbfoerster@yahoo.com.

SOFTBALL

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 jay@eofficecenters.com For 14-under information, call Brad Ragland at 444-9644 or email Bjragland68@yahoo.com

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. metroeastfusion@gmail.com; 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 STlercher@gmail.com

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 dirtdawgs18U@gmail.com

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 Shoxxsoftball1@yahoo.com

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 sandersonfam6@gmail.com; Gail Walker, 979-6055) or email gail.hair@hotmail.com

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 mwroten88@charter.net.

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 ump78@live.com

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 sisfastpitch@yahoo.com.

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 Schwoebel5@gmail.com.

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 www.eteamz.com/TomahawksHome/ or by calling Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or email tomahawkscoachb@aol.com.

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 mclbbj@hotmail.com, or Jim Cavins, 477-1958 or email jcavins@ofallon.org; 12-under is Wade Stahlhut, 781-1548 or email woodriverfire821@hotmail.com; 14-under is Abbie Bates, 815-245-4348 or email abbates@live.com; 16-under Extreme Elite is Laurie McClelland, 322-3743 or email mcoach20@charter.net and Brett Swip, 514-0290 or email bswip@hotmail.com; 18-under is Lauren Popov Muniz, 660-8127 or email lauren.popov@hotmail.com.

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 southernillinoisbaseball@gmail.com. Registration form available at www.sisbl.org

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.

TENNIS

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 kingspoint1@hotmail.com.

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.

VOLLEYBALL

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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