The following is a list of sports events, youth league registrations and other news for metro-east residents wanting to participate in organized activities. Organizations or individuals with information for this list should mail the item to: News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62222. Items also can be e-mailed to Norm Sanders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TURN 2 BASEBALL -- San Diego Padres scout and former McKendree University and Southwestern Illinois College coach Van Smith has joined the Turn 2 Sports Training Facility in Collinsville as one of its new pitching instructors. Smith is offering a series of four-week pitching sessions and instruction now through Sept. 26, Sept. 27-Oct. 24 and Nov. 17-Dec. 23 with more lessons possible in January and Feburary. Sessions are available for teams or individual players, fees vary. Turn 2 also is offering a cage ball league Oct. 4 through December and again in January-March for 11-under, 14-under and adult leagues (ages 15-50). four-player teams and six-player rosters. To register or for more information, call Calvin Beamon at 346-4646 or email email@example.com.
ILLINOIS BRAVES -- The Illinois Braves select baseball club is forming an 8-under team for the 2010 spring and summer season. The team will play in a league, along with up to five tournaments. Interested players should fill out a profile at www.leaguelineup.com/illinoisbraves. Players will be contacted for a potential tryout.
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BLAZE TRYOUTS -- The 14-underBlaze baseball team based in Highland will hold tryouts by appointment only for highly competitive level AAA/Majorbaseball in the summer of 2010. Approximately 60 games inclusive of several top level tournaments. Scott, 410-1137.
O'FALLON BOMBERS -- O'Fallon Bombers USSSA 11-under select team holding tryouts Sept. 19-20; players must be 11 or younger on May 1, 2010. Team will play in USSSA leaague and four to six tournaments. Mike Maxey, 206-8242 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARYVILLE MANIACS -- Maryville Maniacs 11-under tournament team has limited openings for the 2010 season, including five to six tournaments. To schedule a private workout, call Tim Donaho at 334-5133 or 346-4372, or e-mail email@example.com. Players can't turn 12 before Sept. 1, 2010.
O'FALLON ATHLETICS -- O'Fallon Athletics 12-under team is looking for two players for the 2010 season. League play in O'Fallon, plus three to six tournaments and at least one out of the area. Joe Bauer, 830-7559 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASEBALL-SOFTBALL LESSONS -- Professional baseball and softball instruction year-round. 654-3615 or e-mail email@example.com.
BETHALTO YOUTH LEAGUE -- Bethalto Junior Eagles Basketball Club hosting a youth basketball league for boys and girls teams in grades 3-5 November through January. Certified referees will be used. Fee: $300 per team; third-grade league will use 9-foot rims. Jonathan Denney, 259-1019 or 978-9133, Tom Lane, 830-2469 or Chris Zupan, 973-7917.
RJ KRAUSE ALL-STARS -- RJ Krause Sports club in East St. Louis/Washington Park is looking for games and tournaments for the 2009-10 basketball season. Boys teams for grades 4-8. Call RJ or Russell at 398-1201.
EDWARDSVILLE LEAGUES -- Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department is registering adults (17-over) men's and women's basketball teams for the fall league set to begin the week of Oct. 5. Registration and fees accepted through Sept. 10. Fee: $325 with a $25 forfeit fee. Non-resident fee is $20 a person or $150 per team. 692-7538 or register at www.cityofedwardsville.com.
JETS BASKETBALL -- The Jets High School Girls Showcase is Sept. 26, giving players a chance to play before Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college coaches. Fee: $60 per player with Sept. 15 deadline. The Jets High School Boys Showcase is Oct. 4, giving players a chance to play before Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college coaches. Fee: $60 per person with Sept. 22 deadline. A Men's and Women's Adult League begins Sept. 19 and lasts for 10 weeks. Fee: $450 with Sept. 12 deadline. 277-7111, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jetshoops.com.
JUNIOR STORM CLINICS -- Coach Zac Thurwalker will offer basketball clinics for boys grades 4-8.The clinics will are Sunday evenings Sept. 13-27 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville.Fee: $35.E-mail email@example.com or vsit www.jrstorm.com
JUNIOR KAHOKS -- Junior Kahok Basketball Association team tryouts for players in grades 3-6 are being scheduled for boys living in the Unit 10 school district. Tryouts are 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 21 and Sept. 23 for grade 3; 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 23 and Sept. 28 for grade 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 and Sept. 30 for grade 5 and 7:30-9 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 for grade 6; all tryouts at Fletcher Gym at Collinsville High School. After tryouts, the programs runs from October through March with at least two practices per week, local league, tournaments and travel tournaments. Mick Webb, 344-8893 or 920-6820.
O'FALLON YOUTH BASKETBALL -- O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department accepting registration for its Junior Panther Basketball Camps being held at the Panther Dome at O'Fallon High School. A girls camp for grades 4-8 is 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 21-25 directed by O'Fallon High coach Ryan Massey and staff. A boys camp for grades 4-8 is 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 28-Oct. 1 directed by O'Fallon High coach Rick Gibson and staff. Fee: $50. A youth basketball league for players in grades kindergarten-2 will run from October through December; a league for players in grades 3-8 will run from January through March. Fees: $45 for kindergarten; $50 for grades 1-4 and $55 for grades 5-8. Keith Richer, 624-0139 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or Andrew Dallner, 624-0139, ext. 5102 or e-mail email@example.com.
FLAG FOOTBALL -- O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department accepting reguistration for a youth flag football league 9-10 a.m. Saturday mornings Oct. 3-Nov. 7 at O'Fallon Community Park. Fee: $30 for O'Fallon/Shiloh residents and $40 for non-residents. Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACROSSE TEAM FORMING -- The Governor French Athletic Foundation is sponsoring a club lacrosse team in Belleville beginning in February 2010. Boys in grades 9-11 at any high school in the metro-east can play. An information session is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Governor French Academy, 219 West Main St. in Belleville. Conni Tilley, 920-3846 or e-mail email@example.com.
STYX LACROSSE -- The O'Fallon STYX Lacrosse Club wil hold a camp 1-4 p.m. Oct. 3-4 for children 3-8 at the O'Fallon Family Sports Park. The camp is designed for experienced and non-experience players; equipment is required with limited equipment available for check out. Fee: $40; register at the O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department located in the Katy Cavins Community Center. Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
YOUTH BOWLING --O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department offering a Youth Bowling League for children in grades kindergarten-8 noon-2 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 24-Dec. 19 at St. Clair Bowling Center. Fee: $85 per person inludes bowling ball and bag, two games each Saturday, shoe rental and arcade tokens; fee: $60 without ball and bag. Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail email@example.com.
42 FOUNDATION SCRAMBLE -- The 42 Foundation is holding its annual four-person scramble 8 a.m. Sept. 19 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $300 per team includes golf and two drink tickets. To register or for more information, visit www.42foundation.com.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY TOURNEY -- The Metro East Car Dealer Charity Golf Tournament, one of the area's biggest fundraisers for the American Cancer Society, is 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at Arlington Greens in Granite City. Fee: $55 per person through Oct. 3; $75 the day of the tournament includes golf, dinner and drinks. Those who don't golf can pay $20 for lunch or $20 for dinner. Robinson, 447-7253 or e-mail WeGolf4Cancer@yahoo.com, or Raymond Marbury, 910-8862 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
STONEBRIDGE FALL LEAGUE -- A fall golf league is now forming at Stonebridge Golf Club in Maryville. 346-8800.
ORCHARDS JUNIOR GOLF -- The Orchards in Belleville will offer a junior golf program that includes an instructional clinic for juniors 5-older on Sundays Sept. 13-Oct. 11. Fee: $95, or $225 including a junior set of clubs. Private golf lessons and summer passes also available. Instructors are PGA pro Dale David and his staff. 233-8921 or e-mail dale@orchardsgolfclub.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT TOURNEY -- The first Junior Achievement of Southwest Illinois four-person scramble is 1:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton. Fee: $400 per foursome, $250 per twosome or $125 per person. Carol Bouche, 800-342-7119, ext. 220, or e-mail email@example.com.
YORKTOWN CHILI OPEN -- Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville holding its first Chili Open four-person scramble at noon Sept. 19. Fee: $35 per person includes golf, skins, two drink tickets and chili; limited to first 36 teams. Golf carts are extra. 233-2000.
ST. LUKE'S SCRAMBLE -- 19th annual St. Luke's four-person scramble 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville. Fee: $40 per person includes golf, food, two drink tickets and prizes with proceeds to benefit St. Luke's St. Vincent de Paul organization that helps the needy. Bonnie, 277-7943.
CLINTON HILL SCRAMBLE -- The Labor Management Committee of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois will hold a four-person scramble 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Clinton Hill Golf Club in Belleville to raise money for the committee's work. Fee: $110 per person includes lunch, golf, skins game, cocktails and dinner reception with Sept. 15 deadline. 650-2681 or visit www.gatewaylabormanagement.org.
MELTON GOLF SCRAMBLE -- A four-person scramble in memory of Staff Sgt. Josh Melton, who was killed in Afghanistan in June while serving with the Illinois National Guard, is Sept. 26 at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle. All proceeds from the event will benefit Melton's wife and daughter. Fee: $260/team. includes golf, cart and prizes. Kelly Bromley, 972-8207, or Mark Taylor, 972-6150, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
6-6-6 SCRAMBLE -- Stonebridge Golf Club in Maryville sponsoring its second annual 6-6-6 two-person scramble 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Fee: $65 includes golf, food, two drink tickets and prizes. 346-8800.
PAIGE STIBGEN MEMORIAL -- Paige Stibgen Memorial four-person scramble 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Couse in Okawville. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Fee: $60 per person includes golf and dinner. Andrea Anderson, 220-8641 or 531-2602 after 3 p.m.; or e-mail email@example.com.
FREW CREW BENEFIT -- A four-person scramble tournament benefiting the James Frew Fund is 1 p.m. Oct. 3 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $100 per person includes golf, cart and dinner with silent auction. Contact: Frew Crew, Mary Ann Broemmelsick, 2662 Rockwood Point Court, Wildwood, Mo. $250 to sponsor a hole. James Frew, 10, is a fifth-grader at Wolf Branch Elementary School in Swansea. He has been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
BOB EMIG SCRAMBLE --Sixth annual Bob Emig four-person scramble is 12:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Swansea. Fee: $90 per person. The tournament benefits the Bob Emig Foundation, which supports the mentoring of youth through participation in organized sports. Golfers and sponsors are needed. Camille Emig-Hill, 659-2105 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIERDICH BENEFIT TOURNEY -- A four-person scramble tourney to benefit Gerry "Chief" Frierdich is 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Belleville. Frierdich is a bicyclist and photographer was mostly paralyzed after being hit by a vehicle nearly two years ago. Fee: $100 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, drinks, dinner and awards. 398-5612 or e-mail email@example.com.
RANDY WELLS GOLF CLASSIC -- The first Randy Wells "Striking Our Diabetes" Golf Classic and Dueling Piano Night is 11 a.m. Nov. 6 at St. Clair Country Club in Belleville. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in honor of Lizzie Kurowski. Wells, a Belleville East graduate who also played at Southwestern Illinois College, is having a strong rookie season as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. Fee for the four-person scramble is $200 per person and includes golf, cart, breakfast, lunch appetizers, dinner, drinks, awards, sports memorabilia auction and entertainment from dueling piano players from Big Bang in St. Louis. Tickets for just the dinner, auction and entertainment are $50 each. Sponsors are also needed. For more information, call Angela Daubach at 530-4164 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPRINT TRIATHLON -- YMCA of Southwest Illinois will host a sprint triathlon 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Outdoor Center, 2437 Park Road, in Belleville. Race includes a 400-meter swim, 12-mile bike ride and 5K run; must pick up timing chip by 7:30 a.m. Fee: $45 for YMCA members and $55 for non-members. Team fees: $95 for members, $105 for non-members, with active military ID qualifying for a $10 discount. Race day entries add $10 late fee. Kendra, 233-1243 or visit www.mattoonmultisport.com.
MILLSTADT BIATHLON -- 22nd annual Millstadt Parks Biathlon 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at Liederkranz Park in Millstadt for age 16-older. Event includes a 5-mile run and 22-mile bike ride; persons can compete as individuals or two-person teams. Fee: $30 for biathlon and $42 for team before race day, fees rise to $35 and $47 on race day. For information, call 476-1514, visit www.villageofmillstadt.org or e-mail email@example.com.
BLACKBURN BEAVERTHON -- Blackburn College in Carlinville hosting the annual Beaverthon 5K race, 2-mile Senior fun run and 1.5 mile routh fun run Oct. 3. Proceeds go to the Blackburn College cross country team. Mike Williams, 217-854-3231, ext. 4321.
GINGERBREAD 5K -- Applications now being accepted for the Belleville Parks and Recreation Department Gingerbread 5K Run 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Fee: Early registration is $18 per person, race-dany entries are $25. Awards ceremony to follow at Lincoln Theater in downtown Belleville. 233-1416 or register online at www.belleville.net.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting 12-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking pitchers and position players for 2010 season. Team plays league games in Belleville along with six tournaments. Dave Fulton, 476-1194 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom girls select fast-pitch organization is looking for 12-under players with 1997 and 1998 birthdays, 14-under pitchers and utility players. Both teams will play 40-50 game spring and summer schedules. 401-3214 or e-mail email@example.com.
HIGHLAND ORANGE CRUSH -- First year Highland Orange Crush 18-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a pitcher. Will play four tournaments plus league play in Collinsville. Darren Zobrist, 401-2535.
MONROE COUNTY NITRO -- The Monroe County Nitro 12-under girls select fastpitch team will hold tryouts 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Waterloo Jaycee Fields for the 2010 season. Team will play league games in Waterloo and/or Belleville and six tournaments. Chuck Hutchcraft, 314-452-3427 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Mike Kruse, 314-378-8939, or email email@example.com.
CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE -- Teams needed for Tuesday night co-ed softball league in Collinsville. Bob McCartney, 345-5760.
HITTING LESSONS AT BALLS 'N STRIKES -- Balls-n-Strikes Metro, located at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville, has added former Belleville West softball coach Bob Yagge as its head softball instructor Yagge will be teaching girls fastpitch hitting for ages 8-18 5-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Oct. 19 There are six-week sessions lasting one hour each. Fee: $105. Marcus Barriger, 207-4549.
PLAYERS NEEDED -- Girls select fast-pitch softball teams are looking for 12-under and 14-under pitchers and position players and 16-under position players that are strong hitters. Teams are being formed for next season and will play 40-50 games. 401-3214 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOMAHAWKS -- The Tomahawks 16-under girls select fastpitch team has an opening for an experienced pitcher and middle infielder for the 2009-10 season. Team will play approximately 80 games including fall and summer. The Tomahawks also have openings for 10-under and 12-under players for next season. Wayne Bendall, 407-5061 or e-mail email@example.com, or Mike Hopkins, 314-440, 7305 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (10-under or 12-under).
LADY ORIOLES -- The Lady Orioles 14-under girls select fastpitch team will hold tryouts for the 2010 season 2 p.m. Sept. 20 at Field 6 in O'Fallon City Park. This team already has a bid to the 2010 national tournament. Pitchers and position players are needed, looking to fill up to five spots with prior experience helpful. 628-8208.
PREDATORS -- Southern Illinois Predators 14-under girls select fastpitch team will hold tryouts 2 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Coulterville ballpark. 317-4090 or e-mail email@example.com.
BLACK WIDOWS -- The Black Widows 10-under Red team has two openings for the fall and spring season. To schedule a tryout, call Sam Hall at 978-9157 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. LOUIS ESPRIT -- St. Louis Esprit 12-under girls select fastpitch team is seeking two utility players; pitching experience a plus and 1998 birthday is preferred. Team will play a fall league in Kirkwood, Mo., and an 80-game season in 2010. Tanya Richter, 667-6632 or email@example.com
BFC JUNIORS -- Belleville Futbol Club is running a Total Development Program for under-6 through under-8 boys and girls, designed to present an opportunity to build a solid foundation in technical and tactical development. Chris Cesa, 779-1347, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bfcsoccer.org.
KNIGHTS SOCCER CLUB -- The Knights Soccer Club has several openings for a girls under-13/under-14 team for next fall. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or e-mail Herbfoerster@yahoo.com.
ELITE FT TRAINING -- Elite FT is offering speed and agility programs for athletes of all sports, plus soccer camps this summer. Soccer camps for players in pre-kindergarten through college. Register online at www.EliteFT.com, call Justin McMillian at 972-1830 or e-mail email@example.com. Scholarships are available.
GIRLS PLAYERS NEEDED -- A girls under-13 team has several openings for the fall outdoor season. Team will practice near South County and play in the SLYSA. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or e-mail Herbfoerster@yahoo.com.
KINGS POINT EVENTS -- Kings Point in Belleville offers a Little Stars program for ages 5-7, a Junior Development program for ages 8-11 and junior varsity and varsity programs for ages 10 through high school. Instructors include Kings Point pros Greg Nester, John Connors, Brett Zaron and Bob Keefe. 277-7715.
ST. CLAIR EVENTS -- St. Clair tennis pros Mark Brunner, Dave Kelley, Becky Brunner Holzgrafe and Brian Holzgrafe are available for private and group lessons. Leagues and clinics are forming for all ages. 632-1400.
DEMO'S SAND LEAGUES -- Sand volleyball leagues are forming at Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville. Leagues available Monday through Friday for co-ed teams along with a Sunday four-person power volleyball league. 236-7113, 236-1759 or 233-9134.
YOUTH LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department and Belleville School District 118 sponsoring a fifth and sixth grade girls volleyball league this fall. Registration is being accepted now, limited to 66 players. Fee: $45 for District 118 players, $50 for non-district players. Todd Strubhart, 233-1416 or visit the Parks and Recreation office at 510 W. Main Street in Belleville. Forms also available at www.belleville.net.
CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE -- Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department is registering adult teams (17 and older) for a fall co-ed sand volleyball league. Games are Wednesday nights at Hoppe Park beginning Sept. 9 and will continue for seven weeks. 692-7538 or www.cityofedwardsville.com.