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


ST. LOUIR PIRATES CAMP-TRYOUT -- The St. Louis Pirates are planning a I.D. tryout camp and showcase in July and August. Each player will run a 60-yard dash, take batting practice, have infield or outfield velocity taken and pitchers will throw to catchers for velocity. Fee: $65 per person. Rick Strickland, 314-540-6125.

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

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


JETS BASKETBALL -- The Southwestern Illinois Jets Basketball Club will host a 3-on-3 League for boys and girls in grades 4 through high school beginning Aug. 15 at the Family Sportsplex in Belleville. Fee: $300 with Aug. 1 deadline. The Jets will begin holding open gym sessions at the Family Sportsplex on Aug. 17 for boys and girls in grades 5-8. Fee: $5. Open gym sessions include pickup games, instruction on specific skills and other drills. The Jets' first high school fall league for boys and girls begins Sept. 12 and runs through mid-October at the Family Sportsplex. Fee: $60. Coaches from Division II, Division III, NAIA and area junior colleges will be in attendance; must register by Sept. 1. The Jets will hold their first Adult Women's Fall League beginning Sept. 13 with divisions for ages 18-34 and 35-over at the Family Sportplex. Fee: $500 per team with Sept. 1 deadline. For information on any Jets event, call 277-7111 or visit

MEN'S LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department accepting team registration for its Men's Open 18 and older Basketball League to be played Monday nights at Central Junior High in Belleville. Fee: $380 includes eight-game schedule, with top four teams making the playoffs. Deadline is Aug. 28. Todd Strubhart 233-1416.

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.


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, 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.


ALTHOFF -- Althoff High is offering the following summer sports camps. For more information, call 235-1100 or visit 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 27-31 for grades 2-8, $50.

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

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 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

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

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

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 or


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

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 on Sundays Sept. 13-Oct. 11. Fee: $95, or $225 including a junior set of clubs. 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.

SUMMER SIZZLER -- Stonebridge Golf Club in Maryville is sponsoring its second annual Summer Sizzler 2-Person Scramble 1:30 p.m. July 26. Fee: $65 per person includes golf, food, two drink tickets, cash prizes. 346-8800.

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

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.

FOX CREEK COUPLES SCRAMBLE -- Fox Creek Golf Course hosting a Couples Scramble 1 p.m. Aug. 1 and 9 a.m. Aug. 2. Fee: $200 per couple includes golf, cart, prime rib dinner on Saturday, range balls and cash prizes. 692-9400.

BELLEVILLE SOLIDARITY TOURNEY -- Belleville Center Solidarity Fund's third annual golf tourney 7:30 a.m. Aug. 1 at Clinton Hill Golf Course in Belleville. Fee includes lunch and awards. Bill Griebel, 830-7243 or e-mail

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

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


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.


CO-ED SOFTBALL LEAGUE -- Teams needed for Tuesday night co-ed softball league in Collinsville. Bob McCartney, 345-5760.

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.

PLAYERS NEEDED -- Girls select fastpitch softball teams are looking for 12-under and 14-under pitchers and position players and 16-under position players that are strong hitters. Teams are being formed for next season, will play 40-50 games. 401-3214 or e-mail

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

SOUTHERN EXPRESS TRYOUTS -- Fast-pitch tryouts for the Southern Express highly competitive regional travel 10-under through 18-under teams are being scheduled. Check the Southern Express website for the tryout date, time and location for each division at Thomas, 967-1601, or Michele Rushing, 534-1640.


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

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

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.

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

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; for the Shiloh-O'Fallon Youth League, call Amber Codispoti at 624-0139, ext. 5104, or e-mail

O'FALLON/SHILOH SOCCER -- O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department offering a recreational youth soccer program for players in grades kindergarten through 8 from August through November. Fee: $50 for grades K-4 and $55 for grades 5-8 includes complete soccer uniform. Amber Codispoti, 624-0139, ext. 5102 or e-mail">

O'FALLON KiXX SOCCER -- O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department has open regisrtation for its KiXX under-7 and under-8 developmental program (fall 2009, winter indoor and spring 2010 seasons). Players are with a licensed trainer one day a week and a licensed coach one day a week. Keith Richter, 624-0139, ext. 5103 or e-mail


KURTZ MEMORIAL TOURNEY -- The Barbara Kurtz Memorial Junior Open Tennis Tournament, a USTA-sanctioned even for junior players ages 8-18, is July 25-26 at Olney City Park Tennis Courts. Ten singles divisions are offered for boys and girls, plus five junior mixed doubles divisions. Fee: $20 for singles with no additional fee for doubles, or $10 for doubles only with July 23 deadline. Darrel Snively, 838-8647 or e-mail

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.