June 3, 2014

Area sports reports

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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

SALUTE THE FLAG TOURNEY -- Seventh annual Salute The Flag Tournament June 13-15 in Mascoutah still accepting teams for ages 9-under through 17-under. Dan Netemeyer, 314-750-5333.

SKILLS EVALUATION --My Pro Day and the U.S. Baseball Academy offering a comprehensive skills evaluation for players ages 6-8 June 25 at O'Fallon Community Park. Fee: $59 includes a one-year My Pro Day membership, which includes an evaluation of arm strength, fielding skills, pitching speed and accuracy, catcher pop times, hitting and bunting ability, speed, agility, athleticism, etc. Players can set up their own on-line profile that can be updated. For more information, visit or call 866-622-4487 to register.


HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE -- The Belleville Sportsplex will be hosting a High School Boys and Girls Basketball League beginning in June. League includes eight games with new 25-minute halves. Boys league Monday and Wednesdays, girls league Tuesdays and Thursdays. 277-7111, email or visit

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 Baseball: June 9-12 for grades 5-9; $40 (email; Boys Basketball: June 9-12 for grades 1-12, $40 and $50; email; Girls Basketball: June 3-6 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50; email akemezys@wbsd113org); Boys and Girls Cross Country: June 16-19 for grades 6-12, $40; email; Football: June 16-19 for grades 5-12, $40; email, or; Boys and Girls Golf: June 16-19 for grades 6-10 at Clinton Hill Golf Course, $75; email; Boys Soccer: June 23-26 for grades 7-12, $50; email; Girls Soccer: June 16-19 for grades 7-12, $50; email; Boys-Girls Youth Soccer: June 16-19 for grades 2-6, $50; email; Softball: June 16-19 for grades 2-9, $40 and $50; email; Strength-Conditioning-Speed training: June 3-6 for grades 8-9, $50; email; Boys and Girls Tennis: June 3-6 for grades 5-12, $50; email; Boys Volleyball: June 9-12 for gades 5-9, $50; email; Girls Volleyball: July 14-17 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50; email; Wrestling: June 3-6 for ages 10-18, $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: Boys Basketball: June 9-12 for grades 3-12, $45; Girls Basketball: June 16-19 for grades 5-8, $50; Baseball: June 9-11 for grades 2-8 at Whitey Herzog Field, $40; Boys-Girls Golf: June 23-27 for grades kindergarten-12 at Dp Golf Center at The Practice Tee, Fairview Heights, $60; Girls Volleyball: June 9-12 for grades 4-8, $60; 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 Baseball: June 16-19 for grades 4-9, $50; June 20 for pitchers-catchers in grades 6-9, $20; Boys Basketball: June 9-13 for grades 4-8, $40 and $50; Girls Basketball: June 9-13 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50; Boys-Girls Cross Country: June 23-27 for grades 5-12; $40; Football: July 28-Aug. 1 for grades 7-9, $50; June 2-6 for grades 10-12, $40; Boys Golf: June 9-12 for grades 5-12 at The Practice Tee in Fairview Heights, $60; Girls Golf: June 2-5 June 2-5 for grades 5-12, $60; Boys Soccer: June 9-12 for grades 2-12; $50; Girls Soccer: June 9-12 for grades 2-12, $50; Softball: June 16-19 for grades 2-9, $50; Softball Pitchers-Catchers: June 17 for grades 2-9, $20; Boys-Girls Speed Training: June 23-27 for grades 5-12, $40; Boys Tennis: June 16-20 for grades 6-12, $40; Girls Tennis: June 9-13 for grades 6-12, $40 and $50; Boys-Girls Tennis: June 9-13 for grades 1-4, $40; Boys Volleyball: June 16-20 for grades 7-9, $50; Girls Volleyball: June 16-20 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50.

APEX SPEED-AGILITY-QUICKNESS -- The Athletic Therapy Center located at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a six-week A.P.E.X (Athletic Performance Enhancement eXercises) Speed, Agility & Quickness training program June 9-July 16. The program is for athletes wanting to improve speed, agility, quickness, power, strength, balance, stability and flexibility. Program begins June 9 with performance testing and runs 1-2:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Fee: $120 for the entire program or $10 per session. Register before June 6 by calling 277-6282.

O'FALLON BASKETBALL -- 26th annual O'Fallon Boys Basketball Camp for boys entering grades 4-9 June 9-12 at O'Fallon High School. Instructor is O'Fallon High coach Rick Gibson, his staff and current and former players. 8:30-10:30 a.m. for boys entering grades 4-6; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for boys entering grades 7-9. Daily work on all basketball fundamentals, shooting stations, daily games. Fee: $50. Rick Gibson, 632-3507, ext. 274 or email

COLLINSVILLE KAHOK BASKETBALL -- Collinsville Kahoka Basketball Camp set for June 2-5 (grades 3-5) and June 9-12 (grades 6-8) at Collinsville High School. Fee: $60 (May 30 deadline for first session, June 6 deadline for second session). Little Kahok Camp for players in grades 1-2 June 16-19 at Collinsville High. Fee: $50. Instructors are Collinsville High coach Darin Lee and staff. Darin Lee, 346-6320, ext. 1230.

CENTRAL BASKETBALL -- Central Cougars youth basketball camp June 16-20 for boys entering grades 3-9 at the Central High Gym. Grades 3-6 is 8-9:45 a.m.; grades 7-9 is 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: $55, $45 for second member of same family. Instructors are Central coach Jeremy Shubert, his coaching staff and players. Email for more information.

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

ST. LOUIS U. HIGH FOOTBALL -- St. Louis University High offering a youth football camp June 9-12 for boys entering grades 2-8 at SLUH Stadium in St. Louis. Four-session, non-contact camp meets 9 a.m.-noon daily. Fee: $120. Gary Kornfeld, 314-269-2171 or visit

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. Two sessions: June 2-26 and 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

KNIGHTS SOCCER -- Knights Soccer Club holding camps for boys and girls ages 8-14 this summer 10-11 a.m. June 9-11 at Okaw Valley Park in New Athens ($40); 6-7:30 p.m. June 9-12 at Oerter Park in Columbia ($50); 6-7:30 p.m. June 16-19 at Laderman Park in Belleville ($50) and 9-10:30 a.m. July 7-10 at Oerter Park in Columbia. Soccer camp director is Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or email

MASCOUTAH VOLLEYBALL -- Mascoutah High School Volleyball offering summer camps for boys and girls. High school camp June 9-13 ($60); grades 4-6 camp June 16-19 ($50) and grades 7-8 camp June 16-19 ($55). Todd Gober, 610-6797 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 soccer camps for ages 7-14 are June 2-5 at Winston Brown Complex. Summer Baseball-Softball camp for ages 7-14 is June 16-19 at the Winston Brown Complex with training in hitting, pitching, fielding, bunting and other fundamentals. 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.

JUNIOR KAHOK REGISTRATION -- Collinsville Junior Kahoks Football Program will hold registration June 14 at the Collinsville High School gym. Season registration fee: $200. 343-9054 or email jblayloc@kahoksorg.


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 Summer Trap League June 5-July 10 and Fall Trap League Aug. 28-Oct. 30. Five Stand Sporting Clays to run concurrent with trap league. 295-2700.

CAMP COUNSELOR NEEDED -- Belleville Sportsplex looking for enthusiastic, friendly and flexible applicants interested in being a camp counselor for its upcoming Easter and Summer Day Camps. Must be able to play, direct, supervise and lead. 277-7111 or email


STONEWOLF FIRST TEE PROGRAM -- The First Tee Program is now accepting summer enrollment registration for an eight-week programs that begins June 9. Program open to any child ages 7-16, with First Tee providing all necessary golf equipment. Participants pay $45 for the eight-week session and scholarships are available. The First Tee mission is to impact lives of young people by providing educational programs through the game of golf that help build character and instill good values and healthy choices. For more information, call Don Hawkins at 201-7767, email or register online at

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 FIRST TEE PROGRAM --Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights is in its second year hosting the First Tee youth golf program for ages 7-16. First Tee provides all the necessary equipment and teaches youngsters the game of golf as well as other important life lessons. Register by downloading a registration form at Fee: $45, scholarships are available. For more information, call Don Hawkins at 201-7767 or Stonewolf at 624-4653, ext. 6.

STONEWOLF JUNIOR CLINIC -- Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights offering a junior golf clinic for ages 5-16 8-10 a.m. June 10-13. Fee: $85 (discount for families). Clinic director is Don Hawkins, PGA Stonewolf Director of Instruction. Don Hawkins, 201-7767 or 624-4653, ext. 6, 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 June 9-13, June 16-20, 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 are June 23-27 and 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 June 9-July 28. Fee: $150; purchase a summer junior membership for $250 and play Monday through Friday (no holidays) June 1-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.

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

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.


BELLEVILLE PARKS & RECREATION --Belleville Parks & Recreation Department accepting registration through May for its Tee Ball, Robat Pitching Machine League, Optimist League, Jaycee League and Jaycee Travel League baseball leagues. Fee $85. Registration by calling 233-1416 or visiting for information and a downloadable form. Coaches also are needed.

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


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

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


KNIGHTS SOCCER TRYOUT -- Knights Soccer Club holding tryouts for boys and girls ages 8-18 at Oerter Park in Columbia: Under 9/10 girls: 9-10 a.m. June 14; Under 11/12 girls: 9-10 a.m. June 14; Under 13/14 girls: 6-7 p.m. June 3; 10-11 a.m. June 14; High School girls: 7-8 p.m. June 3; 10-11 a.m. June 14; Under 11/12 Boys: 6-7 p.m. June 4; Under 15 Boys: 7-8 p.m. June 4; 11 a.m.-noon June 14. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or email

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


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

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


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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