Area sports reports

The following is a list of sports events, youth league registrations and other news for metro-east residents wanting to participate in organized activities. Organizations or individuals with information for this list should mail the item to: News-Democrat, P.O. Box 427, 120 S. Illinois St., Belleville, IL 62222. Items also can be e-mailed to Norm Sanders at


GRIZZLIES SEEK HOST FAMILIES - The Gateway Grizzlies need families living in the Belleville, Fairview Heights, Collinsville and Columbia areas to serve as host families for players. Host families receive several amenities from the Grizzlies, including season tickets, Grizzly Bucks for food purchases at games and recognition at games. Grizzlies players are here from now through the first week in September, andthey are on the road half of that time. Most leave their host homes at 2 p.m. to get to the park and then arrive back at 10:30-11 p.m. Contact the Grizzlies at 337-3000 or go th their Web site

TRENTON REDBIRDS TOURNEY - The Trenton Redbirds will host a 13-under baseball tournament June 5-7 at Trenton City Park. Fee: $300 with three-game guarantee. 224-7272 or e-mail

NEW ATHENS TOURNEYS - The New Athens Yellow Jackets select team will host select tournaments for 9-under through 14-under teams. Each tourney has a four-game guarantee and $250 fee. Shortened fence for 9-under and 10-under teams. Tourney schedule: June 27-28 (wood bats), July 11-12 and July 18-19 (wood bats). Jim Marlow, 791-1008 or visit

GRIZZLIES BASEBALL ACADEMY - The Grizzlies Baseball Academy at GCS Ballpark in Sauget is open for private, semi-private and group lessons. The facility features a three-cage setup for hitting and pitching lessons by Gateway Grizzlies instructors, including manager Phil Warren and Darin Kinsolving. The Pro Batter PX2 machine also is available for rent. For more information call Warren or Kinsolving at 781-8170, or visit

BALLS-N-STRIKES PROGRAMS - Balls-n-Strikes, located at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville, has former San Diego Padres pitcher Scott Patterson available for pitching lessons on Tuesday nights. Padres scout Van Smith also is offering pitching and hitting lessons. Marcus Barriger, 207-4549 or e-mail

HITTING, PITCHING LESSONS - Hitting and pitching lessons for individual players and small groups are available with former major-leaguer Brent Brede at the Backyard Home Plate indoor facility south of Trenton. Fee: $35 per half hour, hour lessons also available. Cage rental is $20 per hour. 224-2999 or e-mail

NOONTOWN BASEBALL SCHOOL - Noontown Baseball School in Freeburg offers individual pitching lessons with former Cardinals pitcher Danny Cox for players 12-older. Sessions are 30 minutes with openings from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Fee: $40 per session. Individual hitting and pitching lessons (30-minute sessions) with owner Dean Neuner for players 8-older also are available 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Fee: $30 per session. Batting cage rental available for teams and individuals at $30 per hour and $15 per half hour. Neuner, 578-8954, 539-5808, or e-mail


YOUTH TOURNEYS - Family Sportsplex in Belleville will hold a USSSA Qualifier tourney for boys and girls teams in grades 4 through high school July 10-12. Fee: $250 with four-game guarantee, includes USSSA team registration. 277-7111 or visit

JV-HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER LEAGUES - The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is organizing varsity and junior varsity summer leagues that will run Tuesday nights from June 2-July 21. Fee: $300 per team includes eight games. Teams can play doubleheaders every week or play extra games if desired. Dennis Rueter, 410-0847 or 939-3883.

JETS BASKETBALL CLUB - The Jets Basketball Club will hold its annual Skills Camp for boys (grades 2-6) ande girls (grades 2-8) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville featuring college coaches from SIUE, Missouri State, Morehead State, McKendree, UMSL and more. Fee: $50. The Jets will host their 11th annual Hoop Wars Tournament June 19-21 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville for boys and girls teams in grades 3-11. Fee: $300. A five-week Little Shooters program for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through second begins June 5 at the Family Sportsplex. Visit

JETS MEN'S LEAGUE - The Jets Basketball Club will host a men's leaague for ages 19-34 and 35-over beginning June 3 at The Famly Sportsplex in Belleville. Fee: $500 per team. For more information, visit

SUMMER TOURNAMENT - A high school summer basketball pool play tourney will be June 4-5 at Granite City High School with game times 1-4 p.m. Steve Roustio, 520-2881.

JUNIOR STORM CLINICS - Coach Zac Thurwalker will hold a variety of summer clinics starting July 7 for players in grades 4-8. Clinics are Tuesdays and Sundays, day and evening sessions. For more information, email or visit


LITTLE KNIGHTS - The Little Knights Football and Cheerleading Club will hold registration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 20, July 25 and Aug. 1 for players and cheerleaders ages 5-14. Registration at the Little Knights Home Field behind Catholic War Veterans on Illinois 159 south of Belleville. Fees: $75 for players and $50 for cheerleaders. Late registration assessed a $15 fee for players.Doug Roberts 719-3377, or Alana Consevage, 447-1963,, or visit

JJK FLAMES FOOTBALL - The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Flames Football Organization will hold registration for players ages 6-14 (no freshmen) from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center. Fee: $75, with $10 late fee after June 18. Coach Cox, 593-6733, Coach Lewis, 520-0046 or Coach Crosby, 581-2821.


APEX TRAINING PROGRAM - The Athletic Therapy Center at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville is offering a seven-week APEX training program for speed, agility, quickness, strength and jump training June 10-July 27. Program is for athletes in grades 5-12 administered by Rich Wager, who has 23 years of experience working with area athletes and rehab training. Fee: $120 for entire program or $10 per session. To register before June 9, call 277-6282 or 210-2473, or visit the Athletic Therapy Center at the Family Sportsplex.

BELLEVILLE EAST - Belleville East High is offering the following sports camps. Call 222-3730 for more information: Boys Basketball-June 8-12 for grades 6-12, $40 and $50; Girls Basketball-June 8-12 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50; Boys and Girls Cross Country-June 22-26 for grades 6-12, $40; Football-June 15-18 for grades 7-12, $40; Golf-June 22-25 for grades 6-10; Boys and Girls Soccer-July 6-9 for grades 7-12, $40; Softball-June 15-19 for grades 2-9, $30, $40 and $50; Tennis-June 22-25 for grades 6-9, $40; Boys Volleyball-June 29-July 2 for grades 7-12, $40; Girls Volleyball-June 22-25 for grades 5-12, $40 and $50; Wrestling-June 22-25 for ages 10-18, $40.

ALTHOFF - Althoff High is offering the following summer sports camps. For more information, call 235-1100 or visit Boys Basketball-June 8-11 for grades 4-12, $60; Girls Basketball-June 22-25 for grades 4-8, $60; Baseball-June 8-11 at Whitey Herzog Field for grades 1-9, $35 and $50; Softball-June 29-July 2 for grades 4-9, $50; Softball Pitching-June 29-30 for beginners and July 1-2 for advanced, $20; Boys and Girls Golf-June 29-July 3 for grade-school and high-school ages at the DP Golf Center at Clinton Hill, $60; Girls Volleyball-June 15-18 for grades 4-9, $60; Boys Volleyball-July 13-16 for grades 5-12, $60 and $75; Football-July 20-23 and July 27-30 for grades 3-12, $60; Boys Soccer-July 6-9 at Family Sportsplex for grades 5-12, $50; Girls Soccer-July 6-9 at Family Sportsplex for grades 5-12, $50; Tennis-June 8-12 for grades 4-12, $50; Boys and Girls Cross Country, Track and Sports Conditioning-June 15-19 for grades 5-9, $45; Cheerleading-Aug. 15 for grades kindergarten through 9, $50; Pom Pons-Aug. 3-5, $50.

BELLEVILLE WEST -Belleville West High is offering the following summer sports camps. Call 222-7665 or 222-7662 for more information: Baseball-June 15-18 for grades 2-9, $50; Baseball Pitchers and Catchers-June 19 for grades 6-9; $15; Boys Basketball-June 8-12 for grades 4-12, $40; Girls Basketball-June 8-12 for grades 4-12, $40 and $50; Football- June 8-12 for any students in grades 7-9, June 15-19 for grades 10-12; $40 and $50; Boys Soccer-July 6-24 for grades 9-12 $40; July 27-31 for grades 2-8, $50; Girls Soccer-June 22-26 for grades 4-9, $40 and $50; Softball-June 15-18 for grades 2-9, $50; Softball Pitchers and Catchers-June 19 for grades 6-9, $15; Boys Tennis-June 15-19 for grades 6-12, $40 and $50; Girls Tennis-June 8-12 for grades 6-12, $40 and $50; Boys Volleyball-June 22-26 for grades 9-12, $50; July 13-17 for grades 5-8, $40; Girls Volleyball-July 13-17 for grades 5-9, $40 and $50; Volleyball Setters and Hitters, July 7-10 for grades 9-12, $40; Boys and Girls Bowling-June 8-12 at Bel-Air Bowl for grades 6-12, $60; Boys and Girls Track and Field and Cross Country-June 22-26 for grades 6-12, $40; Boys and Girls Strength and Conditioning-June 8-19 and June 22-July 3 for grades 7-9, $80.

FIREHOUSE GYM - The Firehouse Gym in downtown Belleville is offering individual and group strength and conditioning classes for all ages this summer. Classes for athletes in grades 7-12 are held Monday-Tuesday-Thursday-Friday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.. Adult cardio and conditioning classes are offered at 6 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. College athletes may set up individual workout classes. Jim Stiebel, 567-7432 or e-mail

GRIZZLIES BASEBALL - The Gateway Grizzlies will hold three youth camps ths summer. The schedule includes a hitting camp June 15-16, a pitching camp June 25-26 and a fundamental camp July 20-21. Each two-day camp is $55. Jeff O'Neill, 337-3000.

KAHOKS BASKETBALL - Collinsville Kahoks basketball camp for boys in grades 3-8 June 8-11 and June 15-18 at Collinsville High. Camp director is Collinsville coach Chris Kusnerick, his coaching staff, along with current and former players. Fee: $60 Coach Kusnerick, 346-6320, ext. 1231 or 345-8539.

SIUE BASKETBALL - SIU Edwardsville holding a youth basketball camp for players in grade 2-9 June 8-11. A camp for players in grades 2-7 is July 20-23. Fee: $90. Instructors are SIUE coaches and players. Kevin Giese 650-2808.

J.R. POTTHAST BASEBALL/SOFTBALL - J.R. Potthast in Highland offering youth baseball and softball camps May 26-29, June 1-5 and June 6-10. 654-3615 or e-mail

MATER DEI GIRLS BASKETBALL - Mater Dei High in Breese holding a girls basketball camp for grades 3-7 June 15-19. Fee: $40 for one camper, $60 for two from the same family and $70 for more than two from the same family. Dave Kohnen, 523-8106, or e-mail

MCKENDREE BASKETBALL - McKendree University in Lebanon is holding youth summer camps for boys and girls. Fee: $70. A skills camp for boys and girls in grades 1-9 is June 8-12 and a skills camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9 is July 13-17. A competitive edge camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9 is July 13-17; a guard camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9 is July 20-24; a shooting camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9 is July 20-24; a skills camp for boys and girls in grades 1-4 is July 27-31. Contact McKendree coach Eric Echelbarger at 537-6846 or e-mail

GRANITE CITY BASKETBALL - Several youth basketball camps are being planned this summer at Granite City High under the direction of coach Steve Roustio. Camp for players in grades kindergarten through 5 8-10 a.m. June 8-11; fee: $25; middle school skill development camp for grades 6-8 is 8-10 a.m. June 22-25; fee: $25; grade school and middle school shooting camp for grades 5-8 is 8-10 a.m. July 6-9 featuring Pistol Pete Maravich drills and other individual shooting strategies; fee: $25. Steve Roustio, 520-2881.

DREW HANLEN BASKETBALL - Drew Hanlen Basketball development clinics for boys and girls 6:30-8 p.m. July 6-Aug. 18. To register, visit or e-mail

SLUH FOOTBALL-St. Louis U. High will offer a youth footbal camp 9 a.m.-noon June 8-11 for players in grades 2-8 at SLUH Stadium in St. Louis. Fee: $95. Gary Kornfeld, 314-531-0330, ext. 171.

BELLE-CLAIR SOCCER - Belle-Clair Soccer League offering summer soccer camps for age 4 through eighth grade with group discounts available. Dave Fernandez, 974-8809 or e-mail

SALUKI SOFTBALL - SIU Carbondale will hold a hitting and defense camp for players in grades 3-12 June 8-11 at SportsBlast behind the University Mall in Carbondale. A pitching camp for players in grades 2-12 is set for July 14-15 at the SIUC Student Recreation Center. Instructors are Saluki coaches and players. Fee: $80 for one camp or $150 for both. 536-7751.

SIUE VOLLEYBALL - SIU Edwardsville offering a summer volleyball camp June 8-11 for boys and girls in grades 7-9 ($90) and June 22-25 for boys and girls in grades 4-6 ($75). An Elite Setters Academy is June 22-25 for boys and girls in grades 8-12 ($100), a Hammer Time Hitters Camp is June 8-10 for boys and girls in grades 8-12 ($90) and a Dig This Defense Camp is June 12 for boys and girls in grades 8-12 ($75). Camp director is SIUE coach Todd Gober and staff. Wendy Hedberg, 650-5083 or visit


CARLYLE SAILING - The Carlyle Sailing Association will hold a free Visitors Day noon-6 p.m. June 6 that offers potential sailors a chance to learn more about the sport. People will be able to sail on a variety of different crafts and tours of the CSA sailing facility will be offered. Those interest need to register before May 29 by calling Norm Karl at 314-842-0782 or Shirley Allen at 622-9813. For more information, visit

YMCA SPLASH DAY - The YMCA of Southwest Illinois will be hosting a Splash Day 1-3 p.m. June 13 at the Cahokia Village Pool, 200 Cahokia Park Drive. The program is a family celebration of swimming designed to help kids stay safe and have fun in the water. Free gifts to the first 100 youth participants; program open to children and their parents; YMCA membership not required. 233-1243, 236-9983, 346-5600, 281-9622 or 628-7701.

SCOTCH DOUBLES BOWLING - The Little Knights Football and Cheerleading Club is hosting a Scotch Doubles bowling event 7 p.m. June 13 at St. Clair Bowling Center in Fairview Heights. Fee: $20 per couple and children are welcome to participate.


STONEWOLF EVENTS - A look at some of the 2009 events being held at Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights: A Ladies Clinic for beginner golfers and established players looking to improve their game is 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July; a Junior Clinic for ages 7-16 is 9-11 a.m. June 9-12; A Nine and Dine event featuring nine holes of golf and dinner at the club restaurant is 4 p.m. the last Sunday of each month through September; Senior Scrambles will be offered at various times throughout the season. For information on any program, call Don Hawkins at 624-4653, ext. 114, or e-mail

LOCUST HILLS EVENTS - Locust Hills Golf Course in Lebanon offering a 2-Person Senior Scramble (age 50-over) each week at 9 a.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. Monday. Fee: $25. Flighted prize and skin money. 537-4590.

FIRST STUDENT CLASSIC - Four-person scramble tournament June 5 at The Orchards in Belleville to benefit the District 118 Educational Foundation. Fee: $80 per person includes golf, cart, driving range, lunch, skins game, soda and prizes. Matt Klosterman or Gail Hunter, 233-2830.

ORCHARDS JUNIOR GOLF - The Orchards in Belleville will offer a junior golf program that includes an instructional clinic for juniors 5-older with weeklong sessions June 8-12, June 15-19 (two sessions available), June 29-July 3, July 13-17 (two sessions available) and another clinic on Sundays Sept. 13-Oct. 11. Fee: $95, or $225 including a junior set of clubs. Golf camps for juniors 8-older are June 22-26 and July 6-10. Fee: $125. A Tuesday morning 9-hole summer junior golf league will run from June 9-July 28. Fee: $150. Private golf lessons and summer passes also available. Instructors are PGA pro Dale David and his staff. 233-8921 or e-mail dale@orchardsgolfclub.

YMCA GOLF CLASSIC - Fifth annual YMCA Golf Classic four-person scramble noon June 12 at Annbriar Golf Course in Waterloo.Fee: $135 per person includes golf, cart, lunch, dinner, silent auction, team photos and goodie bag; proceeds benefit the YMCA International Program. Kari, 236-9983 or visit

METRO-EAST GOLF CLASSIC - The Gray Group will host a four-person scramble at noon June 15 at Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights to benefit Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Fee: $1,000 per team includes golf, cart, lunch, drinks on the course, dinner and awards. Register at

RALLY FOR THE CURE - Cardinal Creek Women's Golf Association will hold a four-person scramble Rally for the Cure golf tournament 9 a.m. June 23 at Cardinal Creek Golf Course at Scott Air Force Base. Benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 744-1400.

SAFE FAMILIES CLASSIC - Sixth annual Safe Families GolF Classic four-person scramble 9 a.m. June 26 at Timber Lakes in Staunton. Kent Tarro, 888-369-9510.

STONEBRIDGE CHALLENGE - Stonebridge Challenge four-person scramble 1:30 p.m. June 28 at Stonebridge Golf Club in Maryville. Fee: $65 per person includes golf, food, two drink tickets and prizes. 346-8800.

MASCOUTAH ALUMNI - Mascoutah Alumni and Friends Scholarship Golf Tourney four-person scramble 10 a.m. July 31 at Far Oaks Golf Course in Caseyville. Fee: $100 per person includes golf, cart, range balls, golf shirt and prizes. 972-479-1711 or visit

WEST SPORTS BOOSTERS - 21st annual Belleville West Sports Booster Club four-person scramble 12:30 p.m. June 25 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $125 per person with dinner and auction to follow. Bill Schmidt, 222-7665.

GARY WHEELER MEMORIAL - Second annual Gary Wheeler Memorial three-person scramble noon Aug. 1 at Carlyle Lake Golf Course. Fee: $85 per person or $225 per team includes golf, cart, food, drinks and prizes. Hole and tourney sponsorships available. Craig Robertson, 622-3592.

SO. ILLINOIS GOLF CLASSIC - Ninth annual Southern Illinois Golf Classic to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois Aug. 14 at Far Oaks Golf Course in Caseyville. 402-1986 or e-mail


OPTIMIST CLUB BASS TOURNEY - Optimist Club of Belleville's third annual Bass Tournament 6 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 6 at Rend Lake. Fee: $100 per two-man team with big bass pot, attendance prizes. Doug Dahm, 235-0498 or 531-3376, or Rocky Horrighs, 973-8686 or 233-5377.


CARE FOR KIDS 5K RUN/WALK - Care for Kids 5K Run/Walk 7 a.m. June 6 at Freeburg Marketplace sponsored by the 42Foundation. Fee: $20 per person. Proceeds benefit Reece Delashmit, who suffered a brain injury in a 2008 car accident. Lea Hadfield, 558-1924 or e-mail


PITCHER NEEDED - The Tomahawks 14-under girls fast-pitch need is seeking a pitcher for this summer. Anyone looking for a team or someone looking to serve as a guest pitcher should contact Jeff Ulery at 624-9943 or e-mail For more information, call 407-5061.

NAFA GIRLS FAST-PITCH TOURNEYS - Illinois NAFA will host several local girls fast-pitch qualifier tournaments this summer. Call NAFA state director Todd Strubhart at 560-9329 or visit

LADERMAN PARK LEAGUE - Belleville Parks and Recreation Department now accepting registration for its 2009 Spring/Summer ASA/NAFA Girls Fast-pitch Softball Leagues at Laderman Park and South Side Park in Belleville. League is for 10-under through 18-under teams. League fee: $925 per team, includes ASA and NAFA fee and insurance. Todd Strubhart, 233-1416.

COLLINSVILLE TOURNEY - Seventh annual Collinsville Extreme/Schutt Sports Classic for girls fast-pitch teams June 26-28 at the Collinsville Sports Complex. Entry fee: $395 with four-game guarantee. Five age divisions: 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under. Tom Matysik, 616-3818 or Brett Swip, 514-0290, or visit


PEEWEE/SKILL TRAINING - The Family Sportsplex in Belleville and the BFC will hold a Pee Wee Skills and Training Course that includes eight instructional games and four training and skill sessions. Instructors are Dave Fernandez and Ed Ratka. Call 277-7111 or visit

BFC JUNIORS - Belleville Futbol Club is running a Total Development Program for under-6 through under-8 boys and girls, designed to present an opportunity to build a solid foundation in technical and tactical development. Chris Cesa, 779-1347, e-mail: or visit

ELITE FT TRAINING - Elite FT is offering speed and agility programs for athletes of all sports, plus soccer camps this summer. Soccer camps for players in pre-kindergarten through college. Register online at, call Justin McMillian at 972-1830 or e-mail Scholarships are available.

KiXX TRYOUTS - The O'Fallon KiXX Soccer Club will hold tryouts in June. For information, visit Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail

GIRLS PLAYERS NEEDED - A girld under-13 team has several openings for the fall outdoor season. Team will practice near South County and play in the SLYSA. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or e-mail


EDWARDSVILLE OPEN - The 2009 Edwardsville Open Tennis Tournament is June 13-15, including men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Fee: $18 for singles and $36 for doubles with 5 p.m. June 8 entry deadline Send entries to Dave Lipe, Tournament Director, 6161 Center Grove Rd., Edwardsville, IL 62025 or fax entries to

618-656-2627. Players can also register at The USTA tournament ID is 404904209.

KINGS POINT EVENTS - Kings Point in Belleville offers a Little Stars program for ages 5-7, a Junior Development program for ages 8-11 and junior varsity and varsity programs for ages 10 through high school. Instructors include Kings Point pros Greg Nester, John Connors, Brett Zaron and Bob Keefe. 277-7715.

ST. CLAIR EVENTS - St. Clair tennis pros Mark Brunner, Dave Kelley, Becky Brunner Holzgrafe and Brian Holzgrafe are available for private and group lessons. Leagues and clinics are forming for all ages. 632-1400.


DEMO'S SAND LEAGUES - Spring sand volleyball leagues are forming at Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville. Leagues available Monday through Friday for co-ed teams along with a Sunday four-person power volleyball league. 236-7113, 236-1759 or 233-9134.