Area sports reports

August 6, 2013 

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METRO ELITE SHOWCASE -- The Metro Elite Showcase, which helps showcase potential college players and is for high school players graduating from 2014-17, is Aug. 10 at the Belleville East High School varsity field. Position players are 9-11:30 a.m. and pitchers from 12:30-3 p.m. with individual videos and opportunity to participate in a variety of showcase events. Fee: $125 per session or $200 for both sessions with Aug. 10 deadline. Matt Ankenbrandt, 616-780-1335 or email

TEAM MASCOUTAH -- Team Mascoutah select baseball team is seeking players and coaches to fill a 9-under team for 2014. Anyone interested should call Dan Netemeyer at 314-750-5333 or email

TEAM MASCOUTAH TRYOUTS -- 12U team will hold tryouts for 2014 season from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at Scheve Park baseball field off Harnett Street. Information: Kevin Renth at 618-779-6516 or

METRO MANIACS -- Metro Maniacs 12-under team will hold 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

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS DIAMONDBACKS -- Metro Elite Sports will hold tryouts Aug. 17 at Freeburg baseball fields for boys select players at A, AA and Elite American or National levels. Certified professional trainers will evaluate players to place them on teams according to their skill level. 8-under tryouts at 9 a.m.; 9-under and 10-under tryouts at 10:15 a.m.; 11-under and 12-under tryouts at noon; 13-under and 14-under tryouts at 1:45 p.m. Stacy Papachrisanthou, 558-9014.

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

BACK-2-BACK PROGRAMS -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training in Highland offering: Baseball and Softball Speed Training 6-7 p.m. Aug. 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

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.

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 SPORTSPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a 3-on-3 League for grades 4-8. It begins Aug. 24 and the league for grades 9-12 begins Sept. 7. A Summer Session II Little Shooters Camp with Southwestern Illinois College women's basketball coach Mike Juenger for boys and girls in grades kindergraten-3 runs six weeks through mid-September. A Little Shooters Camp for boys and girls in grades 1-3 runs Sept. 13-Nov. 15 under the direction of Juenger. A 3 vs. 3 Basketball League for boys and girls in grades 4-8 begins Aug. 24 with Aug. 16 entry deadline. A 3 vs. 3 Basketball League for boys and girls in grades 9-12 begins Sept. 7 with Sept. 2 entry deadline. Fee: $250 per team. A Skills and Drills basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 4-9 will run every Wednesday from Aug. 14-Nov. 13 and is $10 per session. Basketball shooting lessons are being given by Juenger every Wednesday Aug. 21-Nov. 20 for boys and girls in grades 5-12 and are $10 per lesson. For information on any program, call 277-7111 or visit


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

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.

SEPT. 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 on Oct. 13 and after. Sara Martinez, 281-9622 or email


GRANITE CITY ELKS -- Granite City Elks Soccer Club has several openings for the under-15 girls and under-17 girls fall teams. Steven Sohnal, 974-4373 or email

ILLINOIS PIASA TRYOUTS -- Illinois Piasa 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.


LADY RATTLERZ -- Tryouts for 2014 Lady Rattlerz 14-under and 16-under select fastpitch teams are Aug. 11 at Red Bud Sportsplex Diamond No. 3. Pitchers and catchers tryout at 9 a.m.; position players from 10 a.m. to noon. Tammy, 477-1890.

BLUFF CITY TRYOUTS -- Bluff City girls fast-pitch softball tryouts Aug. 10 and 11 at Gordon Moore Park, 4550 College Ave., in Alton. On Aug. 10, it's 10-under on field 7 and 16-under and 18-under on field 6 from 11:30-2 p.m.; 12-under on field 7 and 14-under on field 6 from 2:30-5 p.m. On Aug. 11, it's 12-under on field 7 and 14-under on field 6 from 12:30-3 p.m.; 10-under on field 7 and 16-under and 18-under on field 6 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. An extra tryout for 18-under is 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Alton Middle School, 2200 College Ave., Alton. Coaches are needed for 10-under and 12-under. Randy Anderson, 540-9019 or visit

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

COLLINSVILLE CHAOS -- Collinsville Chaos 14-under girls select team tryout is 9-11 a.m. Aug. 10 at the Collinsville Jaycee Sports Complex, Field 2. Mike Juenger, 401-8224 or email

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CRUSH -- Tryouts for Southern Illinois Crush 16-under select fast-pitch team 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11 and 18 at Laderman Park in Belleville. Will play in 8-10 local and out-of-town tournaments. Plan to play in October with two tournaments, including a college showcase tourney. Paul, 779-9404, email or visit

MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom 16-under team seeking catcher and pitcher for fall and summer league and five summer tournaments. For individual tryouts, call Shawn at 401-3214.

BLACK WIDOWS TRYOUTS -- Tryouts for the Black Widows Fast-Pitch Softball Team Aug. 10-11 at the Edwardsville High School Sports Complex for 14-under, 16-under and 18-under age divisions. For more information, visit

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

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

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

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

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

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SWAT -- Southern Illinois Swat 14-under girls select fast-pitch team tryouts for 2013-14 season 3-5 p.m. Aug. 11 at Red Bud Lutheran School softball fields. Team will play league games in Belleville and five or six tournaments. Ron, 559-9577 or Donna, 410-0086.

TRENTON GIRLS TRYOUTS -- A new Trenton girls softball program will be holding tryouts for its 10-under and 12-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.

UNITED SOFTBALL LEAGUE -- United Softball League has fall league openings for men's slow-pitch teams that play on Thursdays and Fridays. Fee: $300 for 10 games. Bob, 345-5760.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting fast-pitch softball club holding tryouts Aug. 11 at Millstadt City Park Field 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

WATERLOO WILDCATS -- Waterloo Wildcats 12-under girls select fastpitch team holding tryouts 4-6 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Waterloo Jaycee Fields. Jim Schaefer, 420-8038 or email

ST. LOUIS FUSION -- St. Louis Fusion03 girls select team has a few open roster spots for its A-level 10-under team for the 2013-14 season. All positions considered with emphasis on pitchers. Tryout is 3-5 p.m. AUg. 10 at Clydesdale Park in St. Louis. Team will play fall league and tournaments and practice indoors throughout the winter, then play a spring league and eight to 10 tournaments. Call Dan Klein or Lody Williams at 509-3385 or email

SO. ILLINOIS VELOCIRAPTORS -- Southern Illinois Velociraptors will hold tryouts for its new 10-under and 12-under girls select teams Aug. 10 at Trenton City Park. 10-under tryout is 10-11:30 a.m. and 12-under tryout is 1-3 p.m. $10 tryout fee per person. Paula Cummings, 971-6802.


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.

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