Local sports briefs

September 3, 2013 

High school football

West, Althoff tickets on sale Wednesday

Belleville West and Althoff High Schools are both selling advance tickets for Friday night's final football rivalry game between the teams.

Althoff plays at Belleville West at 7 p.m., the final chapter in a city series that dates back to 1933.

Belleville West is selling tickets at the school bookstore 8 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

Althoff is selling tickets at the school office during normal school hours Wednesday through Friday.

College basketball

SIUE will hold open tryouts Sept. 13

EDWARDSVILLE --Southern Illinois University Edwardsville men's basketball head coach Lennox Forrester has announced an open tryout for the 2013-2014 team. The tryout will take place Sept. 13, in the main gym in the Vadalabene Center.

Any current SIUE student, currently enrolled in at least 12 hours, is eligible to tryout. Returning SIUE students must have at least a 2.8 grade point average. Students must be available for practice from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

Participants must have all medical information completed, including a completed physical, sickle cell test, and medical history to be filled out on the SIUE Athletics medical database Sportsware. Proof of insurance also is necessary. Instructions and login information for Sportsware can be found here: http://www.siuecougars.com/sports-med/siue-sports-med.html (link).

Students also must complete the tryout waiver form that is available in the basketball office (1332 in the Vadalabene Center). All forms must be completed and turned in by Sept. 12.

More information regarding the open tryout is available by calling T.J. Gray in the men's basketball office at 618-650-2896.

College football

O'Fallon graduate punts for E. Michigan

Austin Barnes, former O'Fallon High School kicker and punter, will be punting for Eastern Michigan University against Penn State in a game that will be televised at 11 a.m. Saturday on The Big Ten Network.

In his first college game on Saturday against Howard University in Ypsilanti, Mich., Barnes punted five times for 196 yards, for an average of 39.2. His longest was 55 yards. He landed two within the 20-yard line and one for a touchback.

Eastern Michigan won the game 34-24.

Barnes was the News-Democrat's first-team All-Area punter as a junior and senior at O'Fallon. He averaged 44.86 yards on 28 punts for O'Fallon in the 2012 season, including a 66-yarder, and he routinely boomed kickoffs out of the end zone. Barnes also kicked four field goals and 36 extra points.


East graduate to speak at meeting

Amanda Kemezys will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Belleville East Lancer Booster Club at 7 p.m. Monday in the school library.

Kemezys, who grew up in Fairview Heights, is a 2005 graduate of Belleville East and a 2010 graduate of SLU, after red-shirting her freshman year because of stress fractures. She has a degree in middle-school education to teach math, social studies or language arts. Her parents are Ray and Jean Kemezys.

She also played professional basketball in Europe for Vici-Aistes in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The meeting at Belleville East is open to the public.

College volleyball

Althoff graduate honored by Air Force Academy

Althoff High graduate Hillary Keltner from Belleville was named the Air Force Academy Athlete of the Week after a strong all-around performance for the Falcons' volleyball team over the weekend during the season-opening Pioneer Classic in Denver.

Keltner recorded the program's first triple-double since 1999 during the season-opener at Denver on Friday (Aug. 30), as she accounted for 10 kills, 43 assists and 17 digs. Keltner, only the second Air Force player to earn a triple-double since the program joined the Mountain West, hit .909 on the night with 10 kills on 11 swings and no errors.

She added a pair of double-doubles on Saturday (Aug. 31), bringing her career total to 16. Keltner collected 38 assists and 25 digs against UC Irvine, before notching 41 assists and a career-high 27 digs against Texas A&M Corpus Christi during the nightcap.

For the weekend, Keltner accounted for 15 kills, 122 assists, 69 digs and four blocks (all assisted), while hitting at a team-leading .519 average.

Cross Country

Individuals honored at Alumni Dinner

The Eastside Cross-Country Alumni Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the National Shine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.

It will honor several individual for their positive impact on the community. Honorees are:

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Illinois State Sen. James Clayborne Jr. , Illinois State Sen. Eddie Lee Jackson, former principal Lincoln High School and Hall of Fame Track and Field Coach at East St. Louis High School Jimmie Lewis, former director of physical education Dick Taylor, and sports reporter for the East St. Louis Monitor Sanford Scott.

Another individual will receive the group's Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Karla D. Scott, assistant dean of diversity and inclusion at Saint Louis University, will be the emcee. Scott is a 1977 graduate of East St. Louis High School.

The dinner will be followed by a dance. Several area coaches, former track athletes and students will be present to honor Lewis and Taylor, who was also one of the U.S.'s top high jumpers before graduating from Lincoln University.

Tickets are $60 per person, $100 for a couple, and $400.00 for a table of eight. For more information or to reserve tickets e-mail: roewilson@charter.net. In addition, tickets will be sold from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Clyde E. Jordan Senior Citizen Center, 6755 State St., East St. Louis. A few tickets will be sold at the door.

College softball

SIUE announces dates for fall camps

EDWARDSVILLE -- The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville softball program has announced information for three separate camps at Cougar Field this fall.

SIUE will host an Advanced Skills Camp Oct. 13, an Elite Prospect Camp Oct. 20, and the SIUE Hitting Academy on Oct. 28, Nov. 4, and Nov. 11. Reservations for all three camps will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Athletes must bring their own softball equipment, including a glove, bat, helmet, cleats, and tennis shoes.

The Advanced Skills Camp will be held Oct. 13 and is open to any and all individuals in grades four and up. This camp emphasizes offensive and defensive fundamentals. With a low player-to-coach ratio, each player will receive hands-on instruction and be challenged in a fast-paced training environment.

The camp will be comprised of three sessions throughout the day. Athletes can participate in one individual session for $40 or can take part in all three for $105. No refunds will be allowed after Oct. 7.

A week later, the Elite Prospect Camp will be held Oct. 20 for any and all athletes in grades nine and up. Players will participate in a three-hour SIUE Softball-style practice that features position-specific drills, offensive drills, and team drills. This camp offers top players the opportunity to further enhance their game by receiving instruction in the same fashion as current SIUE softball players.

This camp will be limited to 25 campers and is $100 per person. High-level athletes looking to impress college coaches and compete against athletes of a similar level are encouraged to attend. No refunds will be allowed after Oct. 11.

The SIUE Hitting Academy will take place over three consecutive Mondays (Oct. 28, Nov. 4, and Nov. 11). This camp is open to any and all athletes grades three and up with each camp being offered for $30 each or $80 for all three. There are 10 spots available in each session. Each session will last 55 minutes

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