Area sports reports

August 26, 2013 

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CHARGERS -- Chargers 13-under select team holding tryouts for 2014 season. 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

SWIC SHOWCASE -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville is hosting a showcase for high school baseball players 9 a.m. Sept. 21. Pitchers and catchers are at 9 a.m. and position players at 10:30 a.m. Fee: $30 for one position ($40 at the door) and $40 for two positions ($50 at the door). For more information, call 222-5371 or email

FREEBURG REBELS -- Freeburg Rebels 12-under select team holding tryouts for the 2014 SISBL 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 at Freeburg Sports Complex. Rainout date is Sept. 14. Roger, 920-0583.

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 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.

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 9-12 that 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 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 through 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


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 For more information, email Coach Regina Ray at 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

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

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

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

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

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 or visit, 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

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 For more information visit

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 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


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, a second-year 12-under pitcher and catcher for a second-year 12-under team (Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or email and pitchers and catchers for a first-year 10-under team (Mike Todd, 401-5454 or email

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 or by contacting Wayne Bendall at 407-5061 or email

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.

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

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.


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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