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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW ATHENS TOURNEYS -- The New Athens Yellow Jackets select team will host a wood bat tourney July 18-19 for 9-under through 14-under teams. Fee: $250 with four-game guarantee. Jim Marlow, 791-1008 or visit www.nayellowjacketsselectbaseball.com.
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 www.grizzliesbaseballacademy.com.
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BALLS-N-STRIKES PROGRAMS -- Balls-n-Strikes Metro, located at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville, is offering a summer hitting lessons special with discounted pricing. Three private lessons and two hours of cage time are $99.99, four private lessons and three hours of cage time is $149.99 and five private lessons and four hours of cage time are $199.99. Marcus Barriger, 207-4549 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
WESTVIEW JUNIOR BASKETBALL -- Westview Junior Basketball League for boys and girls going into grades kindergarten through 4 during July and August at Westview Baptist Church's multi-purpose facility, 2500 Sullivan Drive, in Swansea. Fee: $25 per person. Practice begins July 11; six games and six practices with the last game on Aug. 22. Don Otness, 233-3720.
JV-HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER LEAGUES -- The Family Sportsplex in Belleville is organizing varsity and junior varsity summer leagues that will run Tuesday nights through 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.
JUNIOR STORM CLINICS -- Coach Zac Thurwalker is holding a variety of summer clinics for players in grades 4-8. Clinics are Tuesdays and Sundays, day and evening sessions. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jrstorm.com
LITTLE KNIGHTS -- The Little Knights Football and Cheerleading Club will hold registration 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 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, email@example.com or Alana Consevage, 447-1963, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.littleknightsfootball.org/reg.html.
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.
ALTHOFF -- Althoff High is offering the following summer sports camps. For more information, call 235-1100 or visit www.althoff.net: 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 and Girls Cross Country, 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: Boys Soccer-July 6-24 for grades 9-12 $40; July 27-31 for grades 2-8, $50; Boys Volleyball-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.
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 and 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 email@example.com.
GRIZZLIES BASEBALL -- The Gateway Grizzlies will hold a fundamental camp July 20-21. Fee: $55. Jeff O'Neill, 337-3000.
SIUE BASKETBALL -- SIU Edwardsville holding a youth basketball camp July 20-23 for players in grades 2-7. Fee: $90. Instructors are SIUE coaches and players. Kevin Giese, 650-2808.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
O'FALLON SOCCER -- O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Deparrtment accepting registration for its Let's Play Sports Soccer Camp Aug. 3-7 for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through 6. Fee: $55, instructors are Elite FT and Justin McMillian. Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELITE FT SOCCER -- Justin McMillian and Elite FT offering a youth soccer camp for ages 5-18 July 27-31 at the O'Fallon Family Sports Park. 972-1830, or visit www.eliteft.com or www.maceliteft.com.
SALUKI SOFTBALL -- SIU Carbondale will hold 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. 536-7751.
KICKBALL TOURNEY -- The fourth annual Brian C. Culli Memorial Co-Ed Kickball Tournament being held July 4 at Scheve Park in Mascoutah. Fee: $60 per team with two-game guarantee; proceeds to Mascoutah Khoury League. Michelle Morio, 566-4773 or e-mail email@example.com.
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 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 DHawkins@stonewolfgolf.com.
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.
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 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 camp for juniors 8-older July 6-10. Fee: $125. A Tuesday morning 9-hole summer junior golf league will run through 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.
ROCKIES SCRAMBLE --Rockies softball team sponsoring a four-person scramble 1:30 p.m. July 26 at Triple Lakes Golf Course near Millstadt. Fee: $65 per player includes golf, cart, food on the turn, barbecue dinner, two drink coupons, prizes. Roy Steiger, 791-2482 or 398-8139, or Jim Brown, 214-8036 or 243-1099.
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 www.mchsalumnigolf.com.
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.
TONY TWIST INVITATIONAL -- Tony Twist Invitational four-person scramble benefit Aug. 13 at Tapawingo National Golf Club in Sunset Hills, Mo. Benefits St. Louis Society for the Physically Disabled. Among the auction items are the opportunity to throw a pitch on the mound at Busch Stadium before the Cardinals-Cubs game Sept. 20.Jerry Ehrlich, 314-989-1188, ext. 23, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
GRANITE CITY WARRIORS -- The Granite City High School Warriors Hockey Association will host an open evaluation and tryout for the 2009-10 season 5:10-6:40 p.m. July 19 at U.S. Ice Sports Complex in Fairview Heights. Event is for players in grades 7-12 and players from all school districts are welcome. 451-0101.
HITTING LESSONS AT BALLS N STRIKES -- Balls-n-Strikes Metro, located at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville, has added former Belleville West softball coach Bob Yagge as its new head softball instructor Coach Yagge will be teaching girls fast-pitch hitting for ages 8-18 5-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Oct. 19 There are six-week sessions lasting one hour each. Fee: $105. Marcus Barriger, 207-4549.
CO-ED CHICAGO BALL TOURNEY -- Millstadt Fire Department's first Co-Ed Chicago Ball Tournament (large-sized 16-inch softball with no gloves) July 10-12 at Millstadt Park. Maximum of 16 teams, $100 per team with two-game guarantee; minimum of four women per team. Tourney running in conjunction with the Millstadt Fire Department Picnic. Scott, 444-2057 or Travis, 719-6749.
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 www.illinoisnafa.com
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 www.familysportsplex.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bfcsoccer.org.
KNIGHTS SOCCER CLUB -- The Knights Soccer Club has several openings for a girls under-13/under-14 team for next fall. Herb Foerster, 977-6511 or e-mail Herbfoerster@yahoo.com.
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 www.EliteFT.com, call Justin McMillian at 972-1830 or e-mail email@example.com. Scholarships are available.
GIRLS PLAYERS NEEDED -- A girls 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 Herbfoerster@yahoo.com.
O'FALLON SOCCER LEAGUES--O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department's Mighty Ball soccer program for ages 3-5 will run 9-10 a.m. Saturdays from Aug. 8 to Sept. 19. Fee: $30 for O'Fallon or Shiloh residents and $40 for non-residents. A Shiloh-O'Fallon youth soccer league runs from August through November for children in grades kindergarten through 8. Fee: $50 for grades kindergarten through 4 and $55 for grades 5-8. Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; for the Shiloh-O'Fallon Youth League, call Amber Codispoti at 624-0139, ext. 5104, or e-mail email@example.com.
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.