Email your sports events, youth league registration and other metro-east recreation news to firstname.lastname@example.org, send a fax to 236-9773 or mail them to News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, Ill., 62222.
ST. CLAIR STARS -- St. Clair Stars holding player evaluations for 2015 12-under teams last week of July and first week of August. Players must not turn 13 before April 30, 2015. If interested in attending evaluations, email email@example.com
BACK-2-BACK TRAVELING TEAM -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training is putting together a 10-under traveling team. Contact Jeremiah at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-3252 before Aug. 15.
METRO MANIACS -- Metro Maniacs 13-under select team holding tryouts for 2015 season noon-2 p.m. July 27 and 6-8 p.m. July 30 at Collinsville Jaycees Sports Complex Field 7. Competitive team in the SWIBL league will play 40-45 games and six or seven tournaments. Stan Vlasak, 978-3474 or email email@example.com.
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 www.althoff.net 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. Fee: $50. Contact Athletic Director Mark Lanxon at 222-7665 assistant AD Seth Garrett at 222-7662; register and pay online at www.BWestAthletics.org
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 1-4 9-11:30 a.m. July 28-Aug. 1. Camp director is McKendree men's basketball assistant Eric Echelbarger. 537-6846, email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at www.mckendreecamps.com.
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) 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 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 September. Information: Brian at LK_peewee3@yahoo.com, or call 954-1635 after 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information visit www.littleknightsfotball.org.
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 www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/websc...me=NELLYSTRONG
WEST JUNIOR HIGH SPORTS TRYOUTS -- West Junior High in Belleville holding fall sports tryouts on the fields 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.
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. 233-8921 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Laura McCune, LPGA golf instructor, at 420-5185.
BROOKE STONECIPHER TOURNEY -- Brooke Stoneciper Benefit four-person scramble 8:30 a.m. Aug. 9 at Stonewolf Golf Course in Swansea. Fee: $125 includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, four drink tickets and live band. Dinner/auction at 3:30 p.m. Dinner and auction only tickets are $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. 550-4203 or 624-4653.
GOLFING WITH SHRINERS TOURNEY -- Golfing With Shriners four-person scramble 9 a.m. Aug. 9 at The Legacy Golf Course in Granite City. Fee: $65 per person includes golf, full breakfast, lunch, free beverages; proceeds benefit American Diabetes Association and The Student Scholarship Fund. Suskin Lockett, 977-3564; Herman E. Gray, 978-0100; Jose Lockett, 444-7761 or Kevin Young, 339-7225.
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 www.eliteft.com.
MUD MOUNTAIN 5K -- Mud Mountain 5K Classic and 1-Mile Fun Run 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 finallapracing.com/mudmountain.html or visit www.mudmountain.org
McKENDREE HARVEST CHALLENGE -- McKendree University Harvest Challenge 5K (3.1 miles) run-walk and half-marathon (13.1 miles) 8 a.m. Sept. 6 beginning and ending 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; 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 www.mckendree.edu/raceday.
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 www.active.com.
SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL 5K -- Third annual September 11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk set for 9:11 a.m. Sept. 7 in Belleville. Race begins at Third and West C St. in Belleville near Franklin School and Hough Park. Fee: $20 before race day, $25 race day with all proceeds to benefit construction and maintenance of the September 11 Memorial Walkway of Southern Illinois. Register online at www.wtcmemorial.us or register at the Belleville Fire Administration office, 1125 S. Illinois St. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information email email@example.com
MEN'S OPEN INDOOR LEAGUE -- Belleville Sportsplex hosting a summer Men's Open Indoor Soccer League on Tuesday nights. League includes eightgames and payed on the indoor turf field with two referees. 277-7111 or visit www.bellevillesportsplex.com
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 www.eliteft.com.
WATERLOO RAGE -- Waterloo Rage 12-under select tryouts for 2015 season will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 and 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 9 at Jaycees Field No. 1 in Waterloo. Will play in eaither Belleville or Collinsville, and will play only in local tournaments. Looking for girls with some select experience. For more information or to pre-register, contact Tommy at firstname.lastname@example.org, email email@example.com or call 618-792-4730.
JUNIOR LANCERS -- Belleville Junior Lancers Fastpitch Softball teams holding tryouts for 10-under through 18-under teams for 2015. Tryouts are Aug. 9 and 10 at the Belleville East High School varsity field: 10-under, 9-11 a.m.; 12-under, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 14-under, 2-4 p.m. 16-under and 18-under tryouts 4:30-6:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and Aug. 14 at Belleville East High School varsity field. Randy Wroten, 791-8296 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHLAND LUNACHICKS -- Highland Lunachicks 14-underteam looking for two players, including a pitcher. Darren Zobrist, 401-2535.
14-UNDER TRYOUTS -- Tryouts for a 14-under team for the 2015 season are 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 2 at Mascoutah High School. If you have a conflict on Sunday, but are still interested, call Darin Berndt, 975-8948 or email email@example.com.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FALCONS -- Southern Illinois Falcons select fast-pitch softball organization holding tryouts for 2014-15 season Aug. 10 at field No. 1 in Okaw Valley Park, 101 St. Clair St., New Athens. 10-under tryout at 1 p.m.; 12-under at 3 p.m.; 14-under at 5 p.m. For 10-under information, contact Bryan Blomenkamp, 974-4740 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For 12-under information contact Jay Ozier, 781-4142 or email email@example.com. For 14-under information contact Brad Ragland, 444-9644 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jenn Poirot, 977-7706 or email email@example.com
K&R LIGHTNING -- Tryouts for girls fast-pitch 12U team are at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 and 9 at K&R Facilities in Greenville. For information, contact Randy Brown at 618-267-9384.
ST CLAIR ADDS NEW PRO -- St. Clair Tennis Club in O'Falon has added teaching pro Rich Snodgrass to its staff for private lessons, group lessons and Junior Program instruction. Snodgrass has held Head Pro and Tennis Director positions at several Florida cubs and most recently at the Five Seasons Sports Club in Burr Ridge. For lessons or other information, call 335-6065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about St. Clair tennis programs, visit www.stclairtennis.com or call 632-1400.
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 www.cityofedwardsville.com.