Area sports reports

September 20, 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

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. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2 and Oct. 9. Jeremiah, 979-3252 or 882-4243, or email Information also 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.


COACHING CLINIC -- A basketball coaching clinic featuring Maryville University coach Kevin Carroll, Missouri Valley College coach Chad Lance and Webster Groves High coach Jay Blossom is 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at The Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Topics will be relevant to most levels of basketball. Fee: $20 per person. For more details or to register, call Dennis Rueter at 410-0847.

FAMILY SPORTSPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a Men's Basketball 5 vs. 5 League that begins Sept. 29 with Sept. 22 registration deadline; games played on Sunday nights (Fee: $450). A Little Shooters Camp for boys and girls in grades 1-3 runs Sept. 20-Nov. 22 under the direction of Southwestern Illinois women's basketball coach Mie Juenger.. 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 Mike 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


SIUE DANCE AND CHEER CAMP -- SIU Edwardsville dance and cheerleading camp 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the main gym in the Vadalabene Center on campus for girls in grades kindergarten-8. Participants will learn cheers and a grade-level appropriate dance. Fee: $30 and includes a T-shirt and snack. Campers should bring a sack lunch. For details and a registration form, visit


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. 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.

ST. JAMES ATHLETICS -- St. James Grade School Athletic Association in Millstadt holding a four-person benefit scramble at noon Oct. 19 at Triple Lakes Golf Course. Fee: $75 per person includes golf and dinner. Larry, 791-1751.


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

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.

DAZZLERS -- Dazzlers 14-under select team seeking two experienced outfielders for the 2014 season. Shawn, 581-9856 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 began week of Sept. 16 and ends Dec. 15. Mini-session runs 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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