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CHARGERS -- Chargers 13-under select team holding tryouts for 2014 season 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 25 at South Side Park in Breese. The Chargers play in the National SWIBL division and play 35-40 games and up to five tournaments. Looking for birthdates after May 1, 2000. Kevin Poelker, 420-2030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWIC SHOWCASE -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville is hosting a showcase for high school baseball players 9 a.m. Sept. 21. For more information, call 222-5371 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM MASCOUTAH TRYOUTS -- Team Mascoutah 12-under team will hold tryouts for 2014 season 2-4 p.m. Aug. 25 at Scheve Park baseball field off Harnett Street in Mascoutah. Kevin Renth, 779-6516 or email email@example.com.
BACK-2-BACK PROGRAMS -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training in Highland offering: 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information also available at www.back2backtraining.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 email@example.com. Registration form available at www.sisbl.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
JUNIOR LANCERS -- Junior Lancers 13-under and 14-under baseball club is holding tryouts for the 2014 season. Email email@example.com to register.
METRO-EAST CARDINALS -- Metro-East Cardinals 14-under select team holding tryouts for 2014 season 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 7 and noon-1:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at Shiloh Middle School. League games played in Freeburg and O'Fallon in the SISBL American League with tournaments in metro-east. Greg Bayus, 795-0364.
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 kindergarten-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. 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 through Nov. 13; $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 www.bellevillesportsplex.com.
SWIC BLUE STORM -- Tryouts for the SWIC cheerleading squad are noon-6 p.m. Sept. 14-15 at the Belleville Campus Varsity Gym. Cheerleaders must attend both days; tryouts open to any SWIC student. To view tryout flier or to download a registration form, go to swic.edu/athletics. For more information, email Coach Regina Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 235-2700, ext. 5450.
76ERS LEGION TOURNAMENT -- Freeburg-Smithton 76ers American Legion Baseball team holding a four-person scramble golf benefit 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Triple Lakes Golf Course in Millstadt. Fee: $60 per person in advance or $70 day of the event. Flights, payouts will be awarded after a chicken dinner at Mueth's Tavern in Smithton following the tournament. Dean Neuner, 578-8954 or email email@example.com
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
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.
BROOKE STONECIPHER CLASSIC -- Brooke Stoneciper Classic four-person scramble is 9 a.m. Sept. 14 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fundraiser for two college scholarships, Belleville East Athletics and Cardinal Glennon Hospital, in the name of Brooke Stonecipher, a 16-year-old Belleville East cheerleaders who was killed in a traffic accident. Hole sponsorships: $1,000 diamond, $500 platinum, $250 gold, $100 silver, $50 bronze, $25 friend. Sponsor a team of 4 for $400. Fee: $100 per adult; $60 per student 23 and under, includes golf, cart, lunch by Swiney Ribbers BBQ, four beer or soda tickets, water, margarita hole, T-shirt. Lunch and silent auction ($10 per person) starts at noon. Patti Zellner, 550-4203 or call The Orchards at 233-8921.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEE OFF FORE A CURE -- First "Tee Off Fore A Cure" four-person scramble tournament and Andria's steak dinner honoring Max Kenison and Lizzie Kurowski and to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Belleville. Fee: $125 for those under 30 and $150 for ages 30-over includes golf, gift bag, breakfast, lunch from Chevy's Fresh Mex, steak dinner from Andria's, two drink tickets and silent auction (Sept. 9 registration deadline). Dinner-only tickets are $35 and includes silent auction. Angela Daubach, 530-4164 or email email@example.com.
SWIC GOLF CLASSIC -- 21st annual Southwestern Illinois College Golf Classic four-person scramble 12:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $90 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, box lunch, dinner and drink tickets with proceeds to benefit SWIC athletics. 235-2700, ext. 5371.
GARY J. VASQUEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP SCRAMBLE -- Gary J. Vasquez Memorial four-person scramble 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Governor's Run in Carlyle. Fee: $65 per person includes golf, mulligans, gprizes, food and two drink coupons with Sept. 1 deadline. Gene, 654-3647.
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.
SEPT. 11 MEMORIAL WALKWAY 5K -- 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
MILLSTADT PARKS BIATHLON -- 26th annual Millstadt Parks Biathlon 8 a.m. Sept. 15 at Liederkranz Park in Millstadt. Course includes a five-mile run and 22-mile bike ride on country roads and rolling hills. Competitors (16 and older) can enter as individuals or as a team. Fee: $35 per person or $50 per team by Aug. 31; $40 and $55 after and on race day with special long-sleeve shirts to first 250 Biathlon entrants; $300 Big Shark gift certificate given away as attendance prize on day of race. 476-1514, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.villageofmillstadt.org.
ST. LIBORY FIRE DEPT. 5K -- St. Libory Fire Department sponsoring a 5K run 10 a.m. Sept. 22 at St. Libory's new ballpark, Sparta Street and Wenneman Drive. Fee: $20 before Aug. 31; $25 after. 444-2526 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.IllinoisPiasa.com and click on the tryout registration link.
MIDWEST EXPRESS -- Midwest Express 16-under select fast-pitch team will hold tryouts for the 2014 season 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Red Bud Sports Complex. Tom Hasenstab, 972-4802 or email email@example.com
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting girls fast-pitch team has openings for a second-year 14-under pitcher and catcher (Sharon Marquardt, 304-8673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org), a second-year 12-under pitcher and catcher for a second-year 12-under team (Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or email email@example.com) and pitchers and catchers for a first-year 10-under team (Mike Todd, 401-5454 or email Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org).
TOMAHAWKS -- Tomahawks girls fastpitch club is seeking players for its 10-under, 12-under, 16-under and 18-under teams for the 2013-14 season. Specific needs and contact information can be found at www.eteamz.com/TomahawksHome/ or by contacting Wayne Bendall at 407-5061 or email email@example.com
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. 25 at Trenton Park. Shawn T. Lercher 581-9856 or email STlercher@gmail.com
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
WATERLOO WILDCATS -- Waterloo Wildcats 12-under girls select fastpitch team holding tryouts 4-6 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Waterloo Jaycee Fields. Jim Schaefer, 420-8038 or email Jims@mbke.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration form available at www.sisbl.org
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.
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 email@example.com.