Area sports reports

August 13, 2013 

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TSJ BASEBALL CAMP -- TSJ Baseball Camp is 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Nashville Park in Nashville for grades 4-8. Special guests include former major league baseball players Kirk Rueter and Brent Brede. All campers will receive signed Kirk Rueter photograph. Fee: $50 per person. 650-678-5660 or visit www to register online. Same day walk-ups are welcome.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THUNDER -- Southern Illinois 12-under team will hold tryouts 2-4 p.m. through Aug. 18 at Diamond No. 5 at Sparta Fairgrounds in Sparta. David Cohoon, 317-5242.

SUN DEVILS -- Sun Devils 11-under select team holding tryouts for its 2014 team at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 and 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Freeburg Park. The team will play close to 50 games that will include up to eight tournaments. Dan Blazier, 223-0815 or email

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STORM -- Southern Illinois Storm 11-under select team will hold tryouts 1-3 p.m. Aug. 25 at South Side Park in Breese. The Storm plays in the National SWIBL Division and will play up to four tournaments (two local, two non-local). Darin Loepker, 304-6678 or email

TEAM MASCOUTAH 10-UNDER -- Team Mascoutah 10-under select team will hold open evaluations 3-5 p.m. Aug. 18 at Laderman Park Field 2 in Belleville. Rainout date is 3-5 p.m. Aug. 25, also at Laderman Park Field 2. Team will play in the fall doubleheader league in Trenton and the 2014 SISBL in Freeburg and O'Fallon. Also will play in three or four tournaments in the spring and summer. Todd, 560-9329.

TEAM MASCOUTAH TRYOUTS -- Team Mascoutah 12-under team will hold tryouts for 2014 season from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 18 and 25 at Scheve Park baseball field off Harnett Street in Mascoutah. Kevin Renth, 779-6516 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.

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

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

METRO BLUE STORM -- Metro Blue Storm 11-under select team holding evaluations for 2014 season. Player eligibility determined by age as of May 1, 2014. Team stresses fundamentals, teamwork and leadership. Dan Lidisky, 314-750-5965.

JUNIOR MAROONS -- Junior Maroons 14-under baseball club is holding tryouts for the 2014 season. Email to register.

JUNIOR LANCERS -- Junior Lancers 13-under and 14-under baseball club is holding tryouts for the 2014 season. Email to register.

TOMAHAWKS -- Tryouts for the 12-under and 14-under Tomahawks Baseball teams 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Private tryouts also available for those who cannot make it that day. David Ohl, 920-6988 or email


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


EDISON'S LEAGUES -- Fall bowling leagues for youth and adults are forming at Edison's Entertainment Complex in Edwardsville. Youth league open to boys and girls under 18 starts Aug. 17; play starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. 30-week session. Adult league starts Sept. 5; play starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Weekly fees range from $12-$17 per bowler. Information: or contact Rob Turley at 618-307-9020 or email


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

WE GIVE BACK FOUNDATION -- We Give Back Foundation four-person scramble benefitting Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville. Fee: $75 per person. Ronnie Robinson, 447-7253 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

ST. LIBORY FIRE 5K -- 10 a.m. Sept. 22, St. Libory's new ballpark, Sparta Street and Wenneman Drive. Pre-registration by Aug. 31 is $20; after and race day, $25. Sponsored by the St. Libory Fire Department. Information: 618-444-2526 or email or

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 Dohnal, 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.


BLUFF CITY TRYOUTS -- Bluff City girls fast-pitch team holding a tryout for 18-under team 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Alton Middle School, 2200 College Ave., Alton. Coaches are needed for 10-under and 12-under teams. 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

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CRUSH -- Tryout for Southern Illinois Crush 16-under select fast-pitch team 3-5 p.m. Aug. 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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


KINGS POINT --Kings Point Tennis Club in Belleville offering a Junior Tennis Academy in four six-week mini-sessions or three 12-week full sessions. The first full session begins week of Sept. 16 and ends Dec. 15. Mini-session runs Sept. 16 through Oct. 27 and second mini-session begins Oct. 28. Little Stars (ages 5-7) 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday; Junior Development (ages 8-11) 4-5:30 p.m. Friday; Junior Varsity (4:30-6 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday); Varsity (4:30-6 p.m. Thursday and 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday). There is free walk-on court time 2-6 p.m. Sundays for players enrolled in varsity levels. Adult fall and winter leagues and Permanente court times now forming; season begins Sept. 16. 277-7715 or email

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