Area sports reports

January 7, 2014 

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I-70 BASEBALL COACHES CLINIC -- 11th annual I-70 Coaches Clinic Jan. 20 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

SWIC SHOWCASE -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville will hold a Showcase Camp Jan. 25 for pitchers, catchers and position players at the SWIC intramural gym located next to the tennis courts. Pitchers and catchers begin at 9 a.m. and position players at 10:15 a.m. All players should bring their own glove and tennis shoes; catchers should bring their own gear. Helmets for hitters provided. Fee: $40 for pitcher or position player in advance and $50 to preregister as a pitcher and position player. Registration at the door is $45 for one position and $60 for two. 222-5371.

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.

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

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

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


JETS GIRLS TRYOUT -- Southwest Illinois Jets holding tryouts for its sixth-grade girls team 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16 at the Althoff High School gym in Belleville. Dean Mitts, 222-2817 or visit

WINTER LEAGUE -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville hosting a 2014 Winter League for boys and girls in grades 2-6. League begins Jan. 11. 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 in grades 1-3 running 6-7 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Teaches boys and girls basic skills and fundamentals; coordinator is Southwestern Illinois College women's basketball coach Mike Juenger. 277-7111 or visit

MEN'S LEAGUE -- Belleville Family Sportsplex hosting a Men's Open and a Men's 35-older Basketball League. Men's Open league for players 18-older with games played between 6-10 p.m. Sundays. Registration deadline Jan. 12 and league begins Jan. 19. 35-older men's league played between 2-6 p.m. Sundays. Registration deadline is Jan. 5 and league begins Jan. 12. Both leagues are eight games plus playoffs. Keith Witter, 558-0434 or email


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


BELLEVILLE KHOURY -- Belleville Khoury League will hold registration for baseball, softball, tee ball and rookie ball 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The office is located at 411 W. Monroe St., in Belleville. Online registration available at For more information, email

BELLEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION --Belleville Parks & Recreation Department accepting registration Feburary through May for its Tee Ball, Robat Pitching Machine League, Optimist League, Jaycee League and Jaycee Travel League baseball leagues. Fee: $65 in January and $75 in February and March, with $85 late registration fee in April and May. Registration being helpd February through May by calling 233-1416 or visiting for information and a downloadable form. Coaches also are needed.

DROST PARK KHOURY -- Drost Park Khoury League in Maryville holding registration for baseball, softball, tee ball, coach pitch and machine pitch 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 11 and Jan. 18 at First Baptist Church, 7110 State Route 162, in Maryville. More information available at

COLLINSVILLE KHOURY -- Collinsville Khoury League holding registration and umpire registration for baseball, softball, tee ball and coach pitch 9 a.m-1 p.m. Jan. 11, noon-4 p.m. Jan. 26 and noon-3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Gateway Fun Park, 8 Gateway Drive, in Collinsville. Late registration Feb. 17-March 1 requires additional $20 fee. Online registration available beginning Jan. 2 at


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. 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. 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

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