Area sports reports

September 25, 2013 

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GATEWAY GATORS -- Gatewau Gators 13-under select team holding tryouts 3:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at Smithton Park. Team plays in select league at Freeburg and seven tournaments. Jeff, 972-7220.

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

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. 25 and Oct. 2 and Oct. 9.Fall hitting leagues begin Oct. 5 with weekly games for six weeks, including two weeks of playoffs. Top finishing team receives free entry into the next available hitting league; second place receives discounted entry fee. Fall Junior Sluggers Program for players in grades 3-5 are 5 p.m. Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Fee: $100. An 8-week Catchers Blocking Program begins Oct. 6 and a Columbus Day Hitting camp is 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 14 (fee: $50). 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.


FAMILY SPORTSPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering 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


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.

COLLINSVILLE SCHOLARSHIP SCRAMBLE -- Collinsville Scholarshi four-person scramble 1 p.m. Oct. 2 at Arlington Greens Golf Course in Granite City. Proceeds benefit the Collinsville Education Scholarship Foundation. Fee: $80 per golfer; $320 per team; Dinner and auction following the tournament. Register by Sept. 25 at Col;insville City Hall. Contacts:, 920-3667, or, 344-0381.

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.


SWIC KASHMIR DASH 5K -- Kashmir Dash 5L Run/Walk to benefit Southwestern Illinois College Athletics 8:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the SWIC campus in Belleville. Fee: $20 before race day, $25 on race day. 235-2700, ext. 5663 or visit

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

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

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