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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
DIAMONDBACKS -- SI Diamondbacks are looking for players ages 7-12 to fill select positions for the spring 2014 season with the SISBL. To set up an evaluation, call George Papachrisanthou at 530-5980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAMILY SPORTSPLEX EVENTS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville offering basketball shooting lessons given by Southwestern Illinois women's basketball coach Mike Juenger Nov. 20 for boys and girls in grades 5-12. Fee: $10 per lesson. 277-7111 or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com.
HORSESHOE TOURNEYS -- Horseshoe tournaments being held 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays 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 email@example.com.
BLACK FRIDAY SCRAMBLE -- Black Friday 2-person scramble 10 a.m. Nov. 29 at The Hills Golf Club at McKendree University in Lebanon. Fee: $30 per player includes golf, cart, flighted prize money, skins and drink ticket. 537-4590.
REFEREE CLINICS -- The Southern Illinois Referee Association is offering USSF referee entry level and recertification clinics Dec. 14-15 at the Granite City campus of Southwestern Illinois College, 4950 Maryville Road, in Granite City. Individuals for the entry level must attend class both days. Entry-level classes are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Participants must attend both days. Fee: $75.The recertification clinic is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Cost is $75 for grade 8; $80 for grade 7; $110 for grades 5 and 6. Dan Lusicic, 560-1376.
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 began 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. 30. 277-7111, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. The 10-under team is looking for players at all positions; team will play seven to 10 tournaments. Randy Anderson, 540-9019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Shoxxsoftball1@yahoo.com
DAZZLERS -- Dazzlers 14-under select team seeking two experienced outfielders for the 2014 season. Shawn, 581-9856 or email email@example.com.
TOMAHAWKS -- Tomahawks 16-under fast-pitch team has an opening. Team will play league games and five tournaments. Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIDWEST FIRE -- Midwest Fire Club Volleyball girls 15-under tryouts 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Belle Valley School, 2645 Amann Drive, in Belleville. Fee: $10 per person. Kim Lautner, 541-9322 or Ashley Lautner, 623-2567.