July 15, 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

WEST JUNIOR HIGH TRYOUTS -- On the field behind West Junior High in Belleville. Baseball, 4-6 p.m. Aug. 4-5; softball, 4:30-6:40 p.m. Aug. 4-5; soccer, 4-6 p.m. Aug. 5-6. All students must have a current physical before trying out.

ST. CLAIR STARS -- Player evaluations for 2015 12U teams will be the last week of July and first week of August. Players must not turn 13 before April 30, 2015. If interested in attending evaluations, email

BACK-2-BACK TRAVELING TEAM -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training is putting together a 10U traveling team. Contact Jeremiah at or call 618-979-3252. Sign-ups run through Aug. 15.

CAMPS 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: Tuesday through Friday for grades 4-12, $60; Football: July 21-24 for grades 3-12, $40 and $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 FOOTBALL CAMP -- Football camp for grades 7-9 is July 28-Aug. 1 at Belleville West High School. $50. Contact Athletic Director Mark Lanxon at 222-7665 assistant AD Seth Garrett at 222-7662; register and pay online at

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. 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

OZZIE SMITH SPORTS ACADEMY CAMPS -- Ozzie Smith Sports Academy Speed Camp Monday through Thursday at Winston Brown Sports Complex in Edwardsville. Camp designed to improve running form, quickness an explosiveness. 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.

LITTLE KNIGHTS -- Registration for Little Knights Youth Football & Cheerleading for ages 5-14 (not in high school) is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and July 26 and Aug. 3 at Jaycees Hall, 750 West H St., Belleville. New players must bring copy of birth certificate. Practice starts 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 2 at Jaycees Hall. Season begins first week of Septembe. Information: Brian at, or call 618-954-1635 after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. or like us on Facebook


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, chemotherapy 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 Wednesday through Friday. 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 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.

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. Monday through Friday 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: $300 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.

BROOKE STONECIPHER GOLF TOURNAMENT AND AUCTION -- 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9, Stonewolf Golf Course, Swansea. $125 ticket includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, four drink tickets and live band. Dinner/auction at 3:30 p.m. Dinner and auction only is $30. Brooke Stonecipher was a 16-year-old Belleville East cheerleader who died after a traffic accident in 2011. Proceeds go to collage scholarships and Linus Blankets of Southern Illinois. Call 618-550-4203 or 618-624-4653.


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

MUD MOUNTAIN 5K -- 5K Classic and 1-Mile Fun Run will be held at 8 a.m. July 26 at the Southern Illinois University Cross Country Course. Benefits Edwardsville High School and Middle School Cross County and Track and Field Teams. Register online at For information, go to

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


WATERLOO RAGE -- Tryouts for Waterloo Rage 12U select softball 2015 season. August dates and place to be determined. Information: 618-792-4730; Also looking for one or two coaches for 2015 season.

JUNIOR LANCERS 10U, 12U, 14U -- Belleville Junior Lancers Fastpitch Softball teams are looking for players for 2015 roster. Tryouts are Aug. 9 and 10: 10U, 9-11 a.m.; 12U, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 14U, 2-4 p.m. at Belleville East Varsity Field. Contact Randy Wroten at 618-791-8296 or

JUNIOR LANCERS 16U, 18U: Seeking players for 2015 roster. Tryouts are 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and 14 at Belleville East Varsity Field. Contact Randy Wroten at 618-791-8296 or

HIGHLAND LUNACHICKS: 14U (2000) team looking for two players, one a pitcher. Contact Darren Zobrist at 618-401-2535.

SELECT TRYOUTS. Tryouts for 2015 14U team are from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 2 at Mascoutah High School. If you have a conflict on Sunday, but are still interested, contact Darin Berndt at 618-975-8948

MOCO CRUSH -- 10U softball tryouts are 9-11 a.m. July 19, 6-8 p.m. July 20, Waterloo Jaycees Field 2. Information: 618-223-9626 or


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

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