Area sports reports

February 10, 2014 

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U.S. BASEBALL ACADEMY -- U.S. Baseball Academy training program for grades 1-12 is coming to Lindenwood University-Belleville 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 DIAMOND BOOSTER DINNER -- Former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Jack Clark will be the guest speaker for the O'Fallon Panther Baseball Diamond Booster Club's annual benefit dinner 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the O'Fallon Knights of Columbus Hall. Features a buffet dinner with a Taste of the Metro-East Restaurants, cash bar, dance and live and silent auction. Tickets: $20 per person; pas, current and future supporters and friends of Panther baseball encouraged to attend. All proceeds support the O'Fallon High baseball program. For tickets, call Ann Hankins, 632-3507, ext. 208, or email To make donations, call Christy Hahs, 910-4432 or email

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

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


METRO-EAST REGIONAL COMBINE -- Metro-East Regional High School Football Combine for unsigned high school seniors and underclassmen through the Class of 2017 9a.m.-noon March 15 at The Sports Academy in Glen Carbon. Sponsored by Exclusive Sports Performance and coaches Jason Ford and Jeff Hunt, with local colleges scheduled to be in attendance. Participants will complete the bench press, 40-yard dash, L-drill, short shuttle and one-on-one and 7-on-7 drills. Results will be posted and available for recruiters at Fee: $45 or $55. Jason Ford, 979-0137 or email, or Jeff Hunt, 823-6819 or email

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.

EASTER DAY CAMP -- Belleville Sportsplex hosting an Easter Day Camp for children 4-14 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. April 17-18 and April 21. Activities include soccer, basketball, tag, batting cages, kickball, arts and crafts, card games and open gym. Breakfast, lunch and snack included. 277-7111, email info@familysportsplex or visit

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


MIRACLE LEAGUE OF FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS -- The Miracle League of Fairview Heights is looking for disabled children and adults to join their league for the 2014 season. Games played at the new Miracle League field at Moody Park (formerly Longacre Park) in Fairview Heights. The league also goes bowling at 1:30 p.m. every Sunday and plays basketball at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Cornerstone Christian Church. All ages and abilities welcome. Email or visit

BELLEVILLE KHOURY -- Belleville Khoury League will hold registration for baseball, softball, tee ball and rookie ball 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and Feb. 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 February 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 held 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-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 is available 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.


ADULT CO-ED LEAGUE -- A Wednesday night adult co-ed softball league at Millstadt Park is now forming for the 2014 season. Kris, 406-0364 or email

WATERLOO WILDCATS -- Waterloo Wildcats 12-under girls select team looking to add two or three players. First-year 12-under team will be playing local tournaments and interested in scheduling practice games. Jim Schaefer, 314-277-2465 or email

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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