Local sports briefs

November 25, 2013 


Granite City senior signs with Arkansas

Rated the 10th-best baseball recruit in Illinois by the Perfect Game scouting service, Granite City High senior catcher Chad Spanberger recently signed with the Arkansas Razorbacks.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior was named a 2013 third-team preseason All-American and also earned first-team News-Democrat All-Area honors.

Spanberger was one of 15 players signed during the early signing period by Arkansas and coach Dave Van Horn. Spanberger also is receiving plenty of attention from major league teams and could be drafted in June.

"Chad is a big, strong left-handed hitting catcher, first baseman and outfielder," Van Horn said. "We're very excited about him. He had a tremendous summer and saw his stock jump. We feel like if we can get him to school he has a chance to get in the lineup very quickly."

Spanberger's older brother, Cody Spanberger, plays baseball at Southeast Missouri State.

Grizzlies sale runs through Dec. 12

The Gateway Grizzlies are excited to announce their 12 Days of Christmas sale at Izzy's Den Team Store, which is located at GCS Ballpark.

The sale began Monday and runs through Dec. 12. For the next 12 working days the Grizzlies will release a new holiday package that can be purchased in person at the team store, over the phone, or online at gatewaygrizzlies.com. The special pricing will also be available on Nov. 30 (small business Saturday) and Dec. 12.

The entire list of the packages can be found at gatewaygrizzlies.com

These packages will be discounted on the corresponding day that they fall, but will also be available at regular price throughout the holiday season.

In addition to the 12 Days of Christmas, the Grizzlies will offer two ticket vouchers for Opening Day (May 16) to anyone that purchases a Grizzlies fleece between now and December 20.

Grizzlies 2014 season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.

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