Area sports reports

November 7, 2013 

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FREEBURG MACHINE PITCH -- A 2014 Select Baseball League is forming for eight machine-pitch teams at Freeburg Sports Complex. Games will be played on Saturdays from April through July and machines will be provided. Glen Polacek will run the league. Glen, 792-6880 or email

FLYING TIGERS --The VFW Post 805 Flying Tigers 14-under select team based in the O'Fallon area has two roster spots for 2014 season. Looking for players that can compete at highest level of AA play. Bill Dalonzo, 206-8660 or email

TEAM MASCOUTAH -- Team Mascoutah 11-under select team is looking to fill a roster opening for the 2014 season. Anyone interested should call Tom at 363-2513 or email

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

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.

CHRISTMAS CAMP -- FAC Sports will hold two Christmas baseball camps at the Southwestern Illinois College instramural gym in Belleville to help players in grades 1-12 prepare for the upcoming season. A hitting camp is 9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 26-28 and focuses on all fundamentals of hitting; Fee: $75. A pitchers-catchers-fielders camp is 12:30-2 p.m. Dec. 26-28; Fee: $50. Players will be placed with others of their own age and ability. Camp director is Southwestern Illinois College baseball coach Neil Fiala. 222-5371.


FAMILY SPORTSPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville 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

KAHOK SHOOTOUT -- The second annual Collinsville Kahok Fall Shootout Basketball Tournament for boys in fourth, fifth and sixth grades is Nov. 8-9 at Collinsville High and, if necessary, Collinsville Elementary School. Fee: $175 per team with three-game guarantee. If multiple teams are entered, cost is $150 per team. Make checks payable to Purple Pride Booster Club and submit payment to Eric Anderson, 2201 S. Morrison, Collinsville, IL, 62234. Entry deadline is Nov. 1, or when all brackets are filled. For more information, call Anderson at 558-0035 or Darin Lee at 977-1568. Also, Anderson can be emailed at; Lee can be emailed at


HORSESHOE TOURNEYS -- Horseshoe tournaments being held 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays Nov. 10, Nov. 24, Dec. 8, Dec. 22, Jan. 5, Jan. 19, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, March 2 and March 16 at the Taterdome in Columbia. Fee: $10; this is an opportunity to qualify for world or state tournaments. Dave Shreve, 910-8558 or email


FREEBURG FOOTBALL RUN -- Freeburg Junior Midgets Football's first "Tackle The Run" 4-mile run-walk and fun run 9 a.m. Nov. 9 at Freeburg Recreation Park, 300 E. Hill St. Fee: $30 for the run, $15 for kids fun run. Email Karla Williams at


FAMILY SPORTSPLEX -- Indoor soccer has returned to the Family Sportsplex with infield turf with no boards. A Pee Wee Indoor program for boys and girls ages 4-5 will be held on Saturdays beginning Nov. 16; includes learning basics along with four instructional games under direction of BFC Soccer Club Director of Coaching and McKendree University assistant women's coach Drew Crawford. An Indoor League with no boards for boys and girls ages 7-18 begins in mid-November with a 10-game session. There also is an Indoor League for adults 18-over, 30-over and Co-Rec that begins in mid-November. Eight-game session on Sundays, Mondays or Fridays. Registration deadline for all events is Nov. 16. 277-7111, email or visit

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

KNIGHTS SOCCER -- Knights Soccer Club will have kick-arounds for under-15 and under-16 boys 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 and 10-11:30 a.m. Nov 16 at Oerter Park in Columbia. The team will play in SLYSA in the spring and two tournaments. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or email


ADULT CO-ED SOFTBALL -- 2014 Thursday night Adult Co-Ed Softball League is forming at the Freeburg Sports Complex. Glen Polacek, 792-6880 or email

BLUFF CITY --The Bluff City 16-under and 10-under select fastpitch teams are looking for players. The 16-under team is seeking two to four players; catcher, pitcher and outfield are particular needs. The team will play during fall, winter indoors and 4-6 tournaments in June and July. Steve Palen, 781-2787 or email The 10-under team is looking for players at all positions; team will play seven to 10 tournaments. Randy Anderson, 540-9019 or email

HITTING LESSONS -- Longtime metro-east coach Bob Yagge is offering fast-pitch softball hitting lessons. Call Yagge at 363-9560.

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

DAZZLERS -- Dazzlers 14-under select team seeking two experienced outfielders for the 2014 season. Shawn, 581-9856 or email

TOMAHAWKS -- Tomahawks 16-under fast-pitch team has an opening. Team will play league games and five tournaments. Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or email

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