August 29, 2014

Area sports reports

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SLU SHOWCASE --The St. Louis University Billikens 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 or register online at

LINDENWOOD CAMP -- Lindenwood University-Belleville hosting a baseball camp for grades 2-8 Nov. 1-2. Instruction by Lindenwood coaching staff and athletes in three sessions: fielding and base running; pitching and catching; hitting. Register for any or all of the sessions. To register, call Belleville Parks and Recreation, 233-1416.


3-on-3 LEAGUE -- Belleville Sportsplex 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 For more information call 277-7111 or email


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.


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.


GRAND MARAIS LEAGUES/EVENTS -- Grand Marais Golf Club in Centreville offering a Senior Two-Person Scramble at 8 a.m. each Thursday for players 50-older. Fee: $25 includes golf, cart, skin money and prize money. A Senior Two-Person Scramble also being offered at 8 a.m. every Monday for 50-older. Fee: $20 includes golf, cart, prize money and skin game. Grand Marais also offering a couples league at 3 p.m. every Friday. Fee: $35 per couple includes nine holes and cart, plus $5 off two dinners at gol course. 398-9999 or 581-7065.

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

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 is 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

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 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

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 or call 447-7253.

SWIC ATHLETICS TOURNEY -- 22nd annual Southwestern Illinois College Golf Classic four-person scramble 12:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at The Orchards Golf Club in Belleville. Fee: $90 per person includes golf, cart, range bals, box lunch, dinner and drink tickets; proceeds benefit SWIC athletics. 235-2700, ext. 5371 or register online at

BILL SCHMIDT MEMORIAL -- The first Bill Schmidt Memorial four-person scramble is noon Oct. 12 at Annbriar Golf Course. Schmidt was a star athlete and longtime supporter of athletics in the Waterloo and Monroe County area. Fee: $100 per player includes golf, cart, drink tickets, small lunch, dinner, music and prizes. Proceeds benefit the baseball programs at Waterloo High School and Gibault High School and the Whitey Herzog Youth Foundation. Perry Skaer, 741-0520 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

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

MILLSTADT PARKS BIATHLON -- 27th annual Millstadt Parks Biathlon is 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 More information available at

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 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

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

SWIC KASHMIR DASH 5K RUN/WALK -- Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville sponsoring the Kashmir Dash 5K Run/Walk 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26. Fee: $20 before race day, $25 race day. 235-2700, ext. 5663 or register online at


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 or and at the Power Haus near Waterloo (939-4287 or email or

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


BELLEVILLE JUNIOR LANCERS -- Belleville Junior Lancers 12-under girls select fast-pitch squad seeing a pitcher and utility players to complete 2014-15 roster. To schedule a tryout, call Randy Wroten at 791-8296.

OUTBREAK -- The Outbreak 14-uunder girls select fast-pitch team is seeking a pitcher for the 2014-15 season. Brian Lohman, 534-6839 or email

BLUFF CITY -- Bluff City 14-under girls fastpitch organization has added a second team, and is seeking players for the 1014-15 season. Call 975-1148 for information or a tryout.

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.

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 or visit

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 For 12-under information contact Jay Ozier, 781-4142 or email For 14-under information contact Brad Ragland, 444-9644 or email or Jenn Poirot, 977-7706 or email

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.

ADULT INDOOR SOFTBALL -- Vetta Sports offering adult indoor softball leagues. For information, call 589-3951 or email

SOUTHERN EXPRESS -- Tryouts for Southern Express 10-under through 18-under teams are now being scheduled. Check Southern Express Facebook page and 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 today 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; for 16-under call Sharon Marquardt, 304-8673 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

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