Area sports reports

December 15, 2013 

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CHRISTMAS CAMP -- FAC Sports will hold two Christmas baseball camps at the Southwestern Illinois College intramural 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.

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

GRIZZLIES HOLIDAY CLINIC -- Gateway Grizzlies Baseball Academy in Sauget holding its annual Holiday Pitching & Hitting Clinic for players 8-older Jan. 2-3, 2014. Clinic covers hitting and pitching fundamentals and each player will participate for two hours each day. Instructors are Mike Breyman and Richard Barrett. Fee: $60 per player. Mike Breyman, 314-655-8087 or email

I-70 BASEBALL COACHES CLINIC -- 11th annual I-70 Coaches Clinic 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 SELECT LEAGUE -- A 2014 Select Baseball League is forming for teams 8-under with machine pitching and 9-under through 14-under with traditional pitching at Freeburg Sports Complex. League will be run by Glen Polacek and the Southern Illinois Select Baseball League. 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.

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


WINTER LEAGUE -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville hosting a 2014 Winter League for boys and girls in grades 2-6. League begins Jan. 11 with Jan. 4 registration deadline. Keith Witter, 558-0434 or email

WINTER 3-on-3 TOURNEY -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is hosting a 3 vs. 3 Youth Tournament Jan. 25 for boys and girls teams in grades 4-8. Registration deadline Jan. 17. Keith Witter, 558-0434 or email

LITTLE SHOOTERS -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering its next Little Shooters program for boys and girls 6-7 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

TEAM FIRST -- Team First Academy holding 14-under girls basketball tryouts for players in grades 6-8 3-6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Collinsville Middle School, 9649 Collinsville Road in Collinsville. 214-919-0777 or email


CHRISTMAS DAY CAMP -- Family Sportsplex in Belleville offering a Christma Day Camp for children ages 4-14 in two sessions: Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Dec. 27 and also Dec. 30-31 and Jan. 2-3. Hours are 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and activities include soccer, tag, batting cages, kickball, wiffleball, card games, arts, crafts, board games and open gym. 277-7111 or visit

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


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.

FAMILY SPORTSPLEX -- Indoor soccer has returned to the Family Sportsplex in Belleville with infield turf and no boards. A Pee-Wee Indoor program for boys and girls ages 4-5 will be held Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25 under direction of BFC Soccer Club Director of Coaching and McKendree University assistant women's coach Drew Crawford. An Indoor League for boys and girls ages 7-18 and leagues for adults 18-over, 30-over and Co-Rec teams also being offered. Registration deadline for all events is Dec. 27. 277-7111, email or visit


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.

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

ADULT CO-ED LEAGUE -- 2014 Thursday night Adult Co-ed slow-pitch softball league now forming at the Freeburg Sports Complex. Glen, 792-6880 or email

TOMAHAWKS -- Tomahawks fast-pitch organization has openings for an 18-under pitcher and 16-under utility player looking for competitive environment with college exposure. Ashley Woodrome, 315-750 or Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or email

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