Area sports reports

November 28, 2013 

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O'FALLON BLAZE -- O'Fallon Blaze is looking for current or former college players for a new team in the Mon-Clair Baseball League, but those with varsity high school experience also can try out. Matt Cantonwine is the general manager and coach; other coaches are Jon Kessler of Washington University and Bryan Stauder of McKendree. Home games will be played at Blazier Field in O'Fallon City Park. 363-2086 or email For more information visit

I-70 BASEBALL COACHES CLINIC -- 11th annual I-70 Coaches Clinic set for Jan. 20, 2014 at Greenville High School featuring San Diego Padres Class AAA manager Pat Murphy, Kentucky coach Gary Henderson, former SIU Carbondale and Illinois coach Richard "Itchy" Jones and Prosper (Texas) High coach Rick Carpenter, the father of St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter. Fee: $50 per single coach ($60 at the door), $90 for two coaches ($110 at the door), $130 for three coaches ($160 at the door) and a staff rate of $175 for four to seven coaches ($220 at the door). Fee for players ages 13-22 is $30. Joe Alstat, 664-5580 or email Clinic info available at

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 --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.

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

U.S. BASEBALL ACADEMY -- U.S. Baseball Academy training program coming for grades 1-12 to Lindenwood University-Belleville Feb. 9, Feb. 16, Feb. 23 and March 2, March 9 and March 16. The program is operated by Tampa Bay scout Jason Ford and includes advanced hitting, pitching, fielding, baserunning and catching training. Fees as low as $99. For more information, visit or call 866-622-4487.

PITCHING INSTRUCTOR NEEDED -- Turn 2 Baseball and Softball in Collinsville is seeking a full-time baseball pitching instructor. Collegiate experience or higher coaching experience required; position required to grow and maintain the demand for pitching training in the area and instructor must be able to develop, implement and adjust curriculum for continued development. To apply, send resume and cover letter to Chris Fair via email at


LITTLE SHOOTERS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering its next Little Shooters program for boys and girls 6-7 beginning Dec. 6 and running Dec. 13, 20 and 27. Teaches boys and girls basic skills and fundamentals; coordinator is Southwestern Illinois College women's basketball coach Mike Juenger. 277-7111 or visit


HORSESHOE TOURNEYS -- Horseshoe tournaments being held 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays 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


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 -- 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.


MUSTANGS -- Mustangs 16-under girls select team needs two players. Team will play in the Collinsville league and four to five tournaments. Kent Lewis, 910-8957.

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 --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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