Sports

August 12, 2014

Area sports reports

Email your sports events, youth league registration and other metro-east recreation news to nsanders@bnd.com, send a fax to 236-9773 or mail them to News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, Ill., 62222.

BASEBALL

SLU SHOWCASE -- St. Louis University will host a high school showcase camp 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at the Billiken Sports Center designed for prospect-age players and featuring advanced instruction in all aspects of baseball. Fee: $100 for pitchers, $150 for position players and $175 for two-way players for the one-day, nine-hour camp. Video analysis of batting practice swings is an additional $30. The Billikens also will host a last-chance mini-camp for high school players Oct. 18. The camp is for prospects to display their talents in front of college coaches. Fee: $150. 314-977-3260, email cgandoss@slu.edu or register online at www.collegebaseballcamps.com/slubaseball/info/15308.

TEAM MASCOUTAH -- Team Mascoutah 12-under select team will host tryouts noon-2 p.m. Aug. 17 for the 2015 season. Register at concession stand pavilion. Tom, 363-2513 or email tjharms70@yahoo.com. Team Mascoutah 13-under will hold 2015 tryouts 3-5 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Team Mascoutah Field on Harnett Street in Mascoutah. For more information, call Christopher Norwood, 960-8514 or email c_norwood99@yahoo.com.

ST. CLAIR STARS -- St. Clair Stars Baseball Club will conduct player evaluations for its 2015 9-under team 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Wolf Branch Middle School in Swansea. To reserve a tryout spot or for more information, email stclairstars@yahoo.com.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SPARTANS -- Southern Illinois Spartans is a new 10-under select team that will play in the SISBL. The Spartans will hold open tryouts for the spring/summer 2015 season Aug. 23-24 in the Smithton-Freeburg area. Register for tryouts by calling Brian, 719-6870 or Chris, 779-9452, or by emailing sispartans2014@gmail.com. For more information visit www.facebook.com/sispartans2014.

BACK-2-BACK TRAVELING TEAM -- Back-2-Back Baseball & Softball Training is putting together a 10-under traveling team. Call Jeremiah at 979-3252 or email jeremiah@back2backtraining.com before Aug. 15.

BASKETBALL

3-on-3 LEAGUE -- Belleville Sportsplex is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball league for boys and girls in grades 4-12 with an eight-game guarantee. Games being played at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville on Saturdays and Sundays. Keith Witter, 558-0434 or email keithalanwitter@yahoo.com. For more information call 277-7111 or email info@familysportsplex.com.

FOOTBALL

METRO ELITE TRAINING -- Metro Elite Sports 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) for the 2014 season is being held now. New players must bring copy of birth certificate. 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.littleknightsfootball.org.

GENERAL

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.

BELLEVILLE BICYCLE RACE -- Belleville Bicycle Race in honor of Ardie Miller 8:30 a.m. Aug. 17 in downtown Belleville. A race starts roughly every half-hour; the professionals race at 3:15 p.m. Children's races start at 12:45 p.m. (all are welcome; be there at noon). Sponsored by Velo Force Racing. Registration at www.bikereg.com/25497

GOLF

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.

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 info@orchardsgolfclub.com.

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. 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.

KIWANIS OF CAHOKIA AREA -- Kiwanis of Cahokia Area holding a 9-hole four-person scramble 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at The Prairies of Cahokia. Fee: $50 per player includes golf, cart, refreshments, prizes, fish dinner. Proceeds support Kiwanis projects for youth and community building in the Cahokia area. Dee Reed, 670-1189 or email denitareed@aol.com

LUMIND FOUNDATION OUTING -- Lumind Foundation four-person benefit scramble noon Sept. 10 at The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville. Proceeds will be donated to LuMind for down syndrome cognition research. To register, visit www.lumindfoundation.org. Donations needed for silent auction.

ALTHOFF GOLF CLASSIC -- 27th annual Althoff High Golf Classic five-person scramble noon Sept. 12 at Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights. Fee: $200 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner, beverages, snacks, skins, mulligans and Althoff logo gift. Pam Miller, 235-1100, ext. 109 or email pmiller@althoff.net.

GOLF AGAINST CANCER -- We Give Back Foundation will hold its annual charity golf tournament 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at Stonewolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights. It benefits Children's Hospital in St. Louis. Fee: Senior citizens $50; women $50; all other golfers $75. All golfers bring one toy each. Lunch and dinner provided. Free after party from 6:30- 11 p.m., including an evening of jazz and blues. Email wegolf4cancer@yahoo.com or call 447-7253.

RUNNING

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.

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.

MILLSTADT PARKS BIATHLON -- 27th annual Millstadt Parks Biathlon 8 a.m. Sept. 14 and features a 5-mile run over rolling hills and 22-mile bike ride on country roads and rolling hills. Fee: $35 individual or $50 team before Aug. 29; after that fees are $40 and $55; specially designed long-sleeved shirts to first 250 Biathlon entrants. To register call 476-1514 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday or email mvhlmusk@htc.net. More information available at www.villageofmillstadt.org.

YMCA OZARKS 10K BLUFF TRAIL RUN -- Monroe County YMCA Illinois holding its annual Ozarks 10K Bluff Trail Run 9:30 a.m. Oct. 25 leaving from Borsch Memorial Park in Valmeyer. This challenging 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 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 dbzahn@sbcglobal.net

SOCCER

VETTA LEAGUES -- Vetta Sports offering an instructional youth soccer league for boys and girls in pre-kindergarten through grade 6 as well as adult men's and co-ed leagues. Vetta Sports locations in Illinois are in O'Fallon (589-3951 or email settling@vettasports.com or ofallon@vettasports.com) and at the Power Haus near Waterloo (939-4287 or email rroschnafsky@vettasports.com) or powerhaus@vettasports.com)

MEN'S OPEN INDOOR LEAGUE -- Belleville Sportsplex hosting a summer Men's Open Indoor Soccer League on Tuesday nights. League includes eight games and played 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.

SOFTBALL

MEN'S FALL LEAGUE -- A men's slow-pitch softball fall league is set for Thursdays at J.C. Diamond, Collinsville. Fee: $300 for 10 games. Bob, 345-5760.

JUNIOR LANCERS -- Belleville Junior Lancers Fastpitch Softball teams holding tryouts for 10-under through 18-under teams for 2015. 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 rnwroten88@charter.net

HIGHLAND LUNACHICKS -- Highland Lunachicks 14-under team looking for two players, including a pitcher. Darren Zobrist, 401-2535.

ILLINOIS ESPRIT -- Illinois Esprit 10-under select softball team is holding private workouts for additional players. To schedule a tryout or for more information, email Beth Owens at illinoisesprit2004@yahoo.com or visit www.illinoisesprit.com.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FALCONS -- Southern Illinois Falcons select fast-pitch softball organization holding tryouts for 2014-15 season. For 10-under information, contact Bryan Blomenkamp, 974-4740 or email bblomenkamp@marissa40.org. For 12-under information contact Jay Ozier, 781-4142 or email jay@eofficecenters.com. For 14-under information contact Brad Ragland, 444-9644 or email bjragland68@yahoo.com or Jenn Poirot, 977-7706 or email jpoirot1031@sbcglobal.net

MIDWEST FREEDOM -- Midwest Freedom girls 18-under select team holding tryouts for fall and summer seasons looking for pitchers, catchers and middle infielders. Call or text 401-3214 for times and dates or other information.

SOUTHERN STRIKE -- Southern Strike 18-under select fast-pitch team holding tryouts 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at Trenton City Park. For more information call 526-2145 or call Brad Drewes, 314-402-2984.

DIRT DAWGS -- Southern Illinois Dirt Dawgs 18-under girls select fast-pitch team holding tryouts 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. 560-9290.

MIDWEST REVOLUTION -- Midwest Revolution girls fast-pitch softball organization holding tryouts for its 14-under and 16-under teams Aug. 16 at the Mascoutah High School junior varsity field, 1313 W. Main St., Mascoutah. 14-under tryout 10 a.m.-noon; 16-under tryout noon-2 p.m. Mark Jennings, 979-7828 or email markjennings93@gmail.com; Darin Berndt, 975-8948 or email darber7@yahoo.com.

ADULT INDOOR SOFTBALL -- Vetta Sports offering adult indorr softball leagues. For information, call 589-3951 or email settling@vettasports.com.

MEN'S & CO-REC AT CITIZENS PARK -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department men's and co-rec slow-pitch softball leagues begin in mid to late August. Fee: $325. New teams accepted on first come, first served basis. $50 deposit to hold a spot. To obtain a registration packet, call 233-416 or stop by main office at 510 West Main St., Belleville.

SOUTHERN EXPRESS -- Tryouts for Southern Express 10-under through 18-under teams are now being scheduled. Check Southern Express Facebook page and www.southernexpresssoftball.com for tryout details. Mike Thomas, 967-1601 or Michele Rushing, 534-1640.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting fast-pitch softball club holding tryouts for its 14-under and 16-under teams Aug. 17 at Freeburg Recreation Complex. 14-under team needs a catcher and two or three utility players; 16-under team looking for two or three utility players. To schedule a private tryout for 14-under, call Brad Wilson, 779-5557 or email logosinmotion@yahoo.com; for 16-under call Sharon Marquardt, 304-8673 or email sharonmarquardt@sbcglobal.net.

TENNIS

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.

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