Area sports reports

June 27, 2014 

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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

CAMPS BELLEVILLE EAST SPORTS -- Following is a list of the sports camps available at Belleville East High School. Contact athletic director Phil Loyet at 222-3770 or email Girls Volleyball: July 14-17 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50; email

ALTHOFF CAMPS -- Following is a list of the sports camps available at Althoff High School. Contact athletic director Mike Dori at 235-1100 or visit for more information: Girls Volleyball: July 25-26 for grades 9-12, $70; Boys Volleyball: July 15-18 for grades 4-12, $60; Football: July 21-24 for grades 3-12, $40 and $50; Boys Soccer: July 7-10 for grades 6-8, $50; Girls Soccer: July 28-31 for grades 3-8 at The Family Sportsplex in Belleville, $50; Cheerleading: Aug. 4-6 for grades kindergarten-8, $50; Dance-Pom Pons: Aug. 4-6 for grades kindergarten-8, $50.

BELLEVILLE WEST CAMPS -- Following is a list of the sports camps available at Belleville West High School. Contact athletic director Mark Lanxon at 222-7665 assistant AD Seth Garrett at 222-7662; register and pay online at Football: July 28-Aug. 1 for grades 7-9, $50.

McKENDREE BASKETBALL -- 11th annual McKendree University Basketball Camps for boys and girls at Melvin Price Convocation Center in Lebanon. All camps are $80 per person. Skills Camp for boys and girls grades 5-9 9 a.m.-noon on July 7-11; Competitive Edge Camp for boys and girls grades 5-9 1-4 p.m. July 7-11; Guard Camp for boys and girls grades 5-9 9 a.m.-noon July 21-25; Shooting Camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9 1-4 p.m. July 21-25; Skills Camp for boys and girls grades 1-4 9-11:30 a.m. July 28-Aug. 1. Camp director is McKendree men's basketball assistant Eric Echelbarger. 537-6846, email or register online at

SIUE PERFORMANCE CAMP -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will introduce the Cougar Performance Camp, offering an innovative training approach focused on building a strong athletic foundation while focusing on each athletes goals. Program includes emphasis on movement training, explosive power development, speed and agility. July 7-31 (June 20 deadline). Fee: $85 for two times a week, $130 for three times a week. Register at or email SIUE head strength and conditioning coach Meade Smith at

NATIONAL PRO FASTPITCH SOFTBALL CAMP -- GCS Ballpark in Sauget will host a Chicago Bandits Fastpitch Softball Camp July 14-15. The time on July 14 is 1 to 4 p.m.; the time on July 15 is 9 a.m. to noon. Fee: $75 per camper, which includes the two-day admission, a T-shirt, and tickets to the Frontier League All-Star Game and the Battle of the Sexes Showcase ticket. The All-Star Game (July 16) and the Battle of the Sexes Showcase (July 15), a home-run derby between men and women, both will be at GCS Ballpark. Campers will receive professional instruction from, participate in specialized drills, take batting practice and enjoy a meet and greet with Chicago Bandits players. For more information, contact Ashley Schmidt ( or Chelsey Liebenow (, or call the Grizzlies at 337-3000.

KNIGHTS SOCCER -- Knights Soccer Club holding camps for boys and girls ages 8-14 9-10:30 a.m. July 7-10 at Oerter Park in Columbia. Soccer camp director is Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or email

OZZIE SMITH SPORTS ACADEMY CAMPS -- Ozzie Smith Sports Academy Speed Camp July 14-17 at Winston Brown Sports Complex in Edwardsville. Camp designed to improve running form, quickness an explosiveness. Summer Register at Edwardsville City Hall or at


METRO ELITE TRAINING -- Metro Elite Sports is offering football training for high school and junior high players every Sunday at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Call 610-2604 for more information.


TIM NELSON BENEFIT -- A "NellyStrong" Benefit for former Marquette High and Dupo High football coach Tim Nelson will be held at noon July 26 at Goettens Oasis in Carrollton. Nelson was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and has undergone radiation, chemoterapy and surgery. The benefit was organized by his friends to help offset expenses for treatment. Event includes live music, pulled pork dinner, live and silent auction, raffles and games. Anyone wishing to donate money or an auction item, or for more information, call J.D. Lorton at 610-1628, Emy Nelson at 535-4304 or LeAnn Kadell at 535-0621. To make a donation online, visit

TRAP SHOOTING LEAGUES -- DNR/World Shooting Complex near Sparta offering Fall Trap League Aug. 28-Oct. 30. Five Stand Sporting Clays to run concurrent with trap league. 295-2700.


FREE CHIPPING LESSONS -- Free chipping lessons 5-7 p.m. every Monday at Practice Tee driving range on Old Collinsville Road in Belleville. Contact Moe Croak, 616-9590.

ORCHARDS SENIOR SCRAMBLE -- The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville offering a senior two-person scramble at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday for seniors 50-older. Fee: $26 per player for golf, cart, prize money and skin money. Tees based on age with closest to the pin contests on every par 3. For more information, call 233-8921 or email

STONEWOLF GIRLS JUNIOR ACADEMY -- Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights hosting a Girls Junior Academy for junior high and high school age players 8 a.m.-noon July 16-18. Designed to prepare for junior golf and high school golf, targeting those with strong motivation. Fee: $75. Instructor is Stonewolf PGA pro Don Hawkins. Contact Hawkins, at 201-7767, 624-4653, ext. 6, or email

ORCHARDS GOLF PROGRAMS/LESSONS -- The Orchards in Belleville is offering its Junior Golf Program. An instructional clinic for children 5-older covers irons, woods, putting and chipping with sessions July 7-11 and Sept. 6-Oct. 5. Fee: $95 per child or $235 for camp and a set of U.S. Kids junior clubs. A Playing Camp and Mini-Playing Camp is July 21-25 for players ages 5-8 and 9-older. Fee: $75 for ages 5-8, $125 for 9-older. Summer Junior Golf League plays nine holes once a week for eight weeks on Mondays through July 28. Fee: $150; purchase a summer junior membership for $250 and play Monday through Friday (no holidays) through Aug. 31. High School Preseason Camp July 28-31 designed to get high school golfers ready for the fall high school season. Space limited. Fee: $125. Private golf lessons and summer passes are available. Standard lessons are $40 per half-hour ($25 for juniors; junior lesson package is $125); also available are a three-lesson package ($100) and a six-lesson package ($200). On-course playing lessons are $50 per session and a pitching-chipping lesson is $40. Group lessons and junior clinics also available. Contact PGA Professional Dale David at 233-8921 or email info@orchardsgolfclub.

SCOTT RICHARDS MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT -- Scott Richards Memorial four-person scramble 1 p.m. June 22 at Stonewolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights. Fee: $100 per person includes golf, cart, buffet lunch, on-course games, door prizes. Silent auction. Proceeds go to the Scott Richards Memorial Scholarship Fund. Registration information at

HOSPICE BENEFIT TOURNAMENT -- Hospice of Southern Illinois holding its 15th annual four-person scramble benefit tourney 10 a.m. June 27 at Cardinal Creek Golf Course at Scott Air Force Base. Fee: $100 per golfer. Register online at or; information: Kathy Wilson 235-1703 or email

TAMARACK/YORKTOWN JUNIOR CLINIC -- Tamarack Golf Club in Shiloh and Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville will jointly hold a junior golf clinic 8:15-9:30 a.m. July 14-18 for ages 6-12. Includes Monday and Tuesday at Tamarack and Thursday and Friday at Yorktown on all aspects of the golf grip, stance and swing. Clubs provided for those who do not have their own. Fee: $100 for five hours of instruction; children play free with adult supervision Wednesday through Friday at Yorktown. Lead instructor is Mark Morfey from Tamarack. For more information, call Mark Morfey at 698-3683 or email

GARY WHEELER MEMORIAL -- Gary Wheeler Memorial four-person scramble 1 p.m. July 19 at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle to honor the memory of the former Carlyle High football and baseball coach. Fee: $280 per four person team before July 1, $300 after July 1 includes golf, cart, dinner, three drink tickets, meal, prizes and draft beer after tourney. Sponsorships also needed. For more information or to register, call Craig Robertson at 622-3592.

GOSHEN JUNIOR CLINIC -- Goshen Golf Range in Edwardsville is hosting a junior golf clinic for ages 6-12 8:30-10 a.m. July 21-22. Clubs provided for those who do not have their own. Fee: $60 for three hours of instruction. For more information, call Mark Morfey at 698-3683 or email, or call Laura McCune, LPGA golf instructor, at 420-5185.


ELITE FT TRAINING -- Elite FT offering a speed training program teaching the fundamentals and proper running mechanics. Level 1 (ages 6-12 and 13-adult) and Level 4 for advanced training (ages 10-12, 13-adult). 972-1380 or register online at

McKENDREE HARVEST CHALLENGE -- The McKendree University Harvest Challenge 5K (3.1 miles) run-walk and half marathon (13.1 miles) are set for 8 a.m.Sept. 6. The course begins and ends at McKendree University in Lebanon. Fees: $15 for 5K and $33 or half marathon ($20 and $40 on race day). There also is a children's fun run added this season called the Kids K, which begins at 8:50 a.m. and is a 1K race (1,000 meters or .62 mile). Fee: $5. 537-6420, 537-6941 or visit

YMCA OZARKS 10K BLUFF TRAIL RUN -- Monroe County YMCA Illinois holding its annual Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run 9:30 p.m. Oct. 25 leaving from Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer. This challenging, exciting race will take you up the bluffs twice with spectacular views. Fee: $30 through Oct. 11; $35 Oct. 12 and after. 281-9622 or register online at


ELITE FT TRAINING -- Elite FT offering soccer training, a junior program and soccer skills program designed to teach fundamentals in a fun environment. Little Juniors (ages 2-3) $55; Juniors (ages 4-5) $65; Big Juniors (ages 6-7) $75; Soccer Skills (ages 8-10) $95. 972-1830 or register online at


SUMMER LESSONS, LEAGUES -- Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department offering summer tennis leagues and lessons at the Edwardsville High tennis courts. Lessons for all levels from beginners to advanced players are 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 692-7538 or visit


DEMO'S SAND VOLLEYBALL -- Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville now forming sand volleyball leagues for co-ed (Monday) and four-person power (Sunday) divisions. 977-0863, 236-1759 or 233-9134.

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