Area sports reports

January 22, 2014 

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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.

SISBL TOURNEYS -- Southern Illinois Select Baseball League will be hosting five youth baseball tourneys throughout the summer for ages 8-under through 14-under. For more information or to enter, call Glen Polacek at 792-6880 or email

CLINTON COUNTY ELITE TOURNEY -- Clinton COunty Elite 10-under select team holdings its 3GG Tournament May 3-4 at Trenton Park. Fee: $285. Rob Haag, 610-7901 or email

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


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 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. 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


JUNIOR KAHOK CAMP/REGISTRATION -- Collinsville Junior Kahoks Football Program will hold a three-day non-contact camp for players in grades 4-8 from 6-8 p.m. April 1-3 at the Collinsville High Gym. Camp fee: $20. Registration will also be held for the upcoming fall season. Registration also will be held May 10 and June 14 at the Collinsville High gym. Season registration fee: $200. 343-9054 or email jblayloc@kahoksorg.


CHEERLEADER CAMP --Belleville East Basketball Cheerleaders will hold a Little Lancers camp 6-8 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Belleville East Gym Annex. It will be followed by

a performance of what they learn on at the East JV and Varsity boys basketball game vs. O'Fallon on Feb. 14.

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

COLLINSVILLE KHOURY -- Collinsville Khoury League holding registration and umpire registration for baseball, softball, tee ball and coach pitch 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

COLLINSVILLE REC LEAGUE -- Collinsville Recreational Baseball League (CRBL) is looking for area high school age players (ages 14-18) or teams to play summer recreational baseball. Those who will be a freshman next fall or will graduate from high school this spring and are not playing American Legion baseball are welcome. Mike Kamp, 406-0948 or email


RAMBLE INTO SPRING -- McKendree University in Lebanon holding its sixth annual Ramble Into Spring run 8 a.m. March 22. The event gives runners the choice of a 5K run/walk, a 10K run or a 10-mile run and last year drew more than 600 participants. Fee: $15 in advance, $20 on race day. Register at www.mckendree.edy/raceday; call 537-6420 for more information.


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 with four instructionsl games will be held Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22 with Jan 25 registratio deadline. Fee: $60. 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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