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. CLAIR VIPERS -- 2009 Illinois USSSA State Champions will hold 12-under and 13-under tryouts in mid-August. If interested in joining an elite select baseball program, call John Servos at 304-5643.

ILLINOIS BRAVES -- The only elite prospect club in the metro-east will hold 14-under tryouts at noon Aug. 16 in Millstadt. Mike Hopkins, 779-8681 or Paul Hoock, 210-8385.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SELECT -- Baseball league is accepting teams through Aug. 16 for divisions 9-under though 15-under for its fall league at Freeburg Sports Complex. USSSA-sanctioned games are Aug. 28-Oct. 31. Contact Glen Polacek at 939-6442 or e-mail Registration forms at

METRO-EAST SMASH -- Tryouts for the Metro East Smash 14-under team (formerly the Illinois Braves 13-under team) for the 2010 season are Aug. 6 and 7 at Moody Park in Fairview Heights. Open to all athletes born after May 1, 1995. Dennis Jackson, 410-8035 or Jeff Biggs, 604-4871.


MEN'S LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department is accepting team registration for its Men's Open 18-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.


SMITHTON BASEBALL -- The Middle Tennessee State University baseball coaching staff will hold the Jim McGuire Sr. Memorial baseball camp 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15 at Smithton Community Park for ages 7-14. Players will be grouped by ages. $25 per camper. Proceeds will benefit local youth baseball. 76ers Club will sell barbecue and beverages. Call Kathy, 407-8324 or Debbie, 407-4822.

ALTHOFF -- Althoff High is offering the following summer sports camps. For more information, call 235-1100 or visit Cheerleading-Aug. 15 for grades kindergarten through 9, $50; Pom Pons-Aug. 3-5, $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

O'FALLON SOCCER -- O'Fallon Parks and Recreation Department is 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


DANIA SHRINE CLUB SCRAMBLE -- Four-person scramble 9 a.m. Aug. 7 at Locust Hills Golf Course in Lebanon. Fee: $50 includes golf, cart, skins game, lunch and refreshments. 632-9826.

LEBANON LIONS -- The Lebanon Lions will hold a four-man scramble at 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at Locust Hills Golf Course in Lebanon. Fee: $60 includes golf, cart, attendance prizes, food, cash prize and refreshments. Tim, 806-1954.

LEBANON SCRAMBLE -- Trinity Services/ALPHA is sponsoring a four person scramble 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at Locust Hills Golf Course in Lebanon. Fee: $65 includes golf, cart, lunch, flight cash prizes and attendance prizes. Steve, 224-7253.

BREWERS SCRAMBLE -- A four-person scramble will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 15at Locust Hills Golf Course in Lebanon. Fee: $65 includes golf, cart, flighted cash prizes, attendance prizes and contest holes. 537-4279.

STONEWOLF EVENTS -- A look at some of the 2009 events being held at Stonewolf Golf Club in Fairview Heights: 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 skins 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. Private golf lessons and summer passes also available. Instructors are PGA pro Dale David and his staff. 233-8921 or e-mail dale@orchardsgolfclub.

BECKY NEIGHBORS MEMORIAL -- Third annual Becky Neighbors Memorial four-person scramble 8 a.m. or 1 p.m. shotgun starts Aug. 8 at The Orchards in Belleville. Fee: $75 per player includes golf, lunch and dinner. Proceeds benefit the Brooke and Mia Neighbors Education Fund. Gene "Boomer" Neighbors, 444-4221 or Barry Kinzel, 978-1652.

TONY TWIST INVITATIONAL -- Tony Twist Invitational four-person scramble benefit is 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

FOZ RYAN GOLF CLASSIC --Special Olympics Illinois will hold the first Foz Ryan Golf Classic 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville. Event is a three-player scramble in which teams can opt to have a Special Olympics athlete play as their third member. Special Olympics Illinois and Jody Trover are holding free golf clinics every Saturday through Aug. 15 for any Special Olympics athletes who are interested. Clinics are being held at The Practice Tee Driving Range in Fairview Heights. Tournament fee: $50 per person includes all green fees, cart rental and dinner. All Special Olympics athletes will play for free. To register a team, contact Special Olympics Illinois at 654-6680 or e-mail

WATERLOO BENEFIT TOURNAMENT -- The Fifth Annual Kaitlyn Krusaders Golf Tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Metro Saint Louis/Greater Missouri Chapter is 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Acorns Golf Course in Waterloo. Kaitlyn Steiger, age 15, was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes in 2003. Call 314- 846-1599 or visit

ALTHOFF GOLF CLASSIC -- Althoff Golf Classic five-person scramble 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Clinton Hill Country Club in Belleville. Fee includes includes golf, cart, breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages and Althoff logo gift. Skill contests and flighted skins competition with Sept. 2 entry deadline: Sept. 2. 235-1124 or visit


BELLEVILLE FALL LEAGUES -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department is accepting team registration for its ASA/NFA fall 10-under and 12-under and High School League at Laderman Park. The 10-under and 12-under leagues will be played at Laderman Park on Saturdays beginning Sept. 12. The High School League will be played Sundays beginning Sept. 13. Fee: $800 for 12-game doubleheader league with insurance and registration for 2009 and $900 for new teams. Todd Strubhart, 233-1416 or visit

TRENTON THUNDER TRYOUTS -- Tryouts for the Trenton Thunder 18-under girls select fast-pitch team will be held 2-4 pm. Aug. 16 at Trenton Park in Trenton. Angie Maue, 409-0869, or e-mail

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS STING -- Southern Illinois Sting 12-under girls select fast-pitch team is seeking pitchers and position players for 2010 season. Team plays league games in Belleville along with six tournaments. Dave Fulton, 476-1194 or e-mail

TOMAHAWKS TRYOUTS --TheTomahawks girls fast-pitch softball organization will hold tryouts for the 2009-2010 season Aug. 15-16 on Field 6 in O'Fallon City Park. Tryout times Aug. 15 are: 10-under at 10 a.m.; 12-under at 1 p.m.; 14-under at 3:30 p.m. 16-under tryouts are 2 p.m. Aug. 16. Players should arrive 30 minutes early to complete registration. Girls interested in playing 18-under should call for tryouts. Information: or contact Wayne Bendall at 407-5061, or e-mail

SEEKING COACH -- A 14-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a head coach. Forty to 50 games in the spring and summer of 2010. Call 401-3214 or e-mail

METRO EAST SHOXX -- Metro East Shoxx 14-under and 16-under girls select fast-pitch team tryouts are Aug. 8 (rainout date Aug. 9). Teams will play a local league and tournaments in the metro-east and St. Louis area. 973-5062 or e-mail

HIGHLAND ORANGE CRUSH -- First year Highland Orange Crush 18-under girls select fast-pitch team is looking for a pitcher. Will play four tournaments plus league play in Collinsville. Darren Zobrist, 401-2535.

REBELS TRYOUTS -- Tryouts for the Rebels 12-under, 14-under and 16-under teams will be held Aug. 15-16 at Laderman Park in Belleville. 12-under: noon-2 p.m.; 14-under: 8-10 a.m.; 16-under: 10 a.m.-noon. Teams will play 35-40 games in spring and summer, 2010. The 14-under team is looking for a head coach for the 2010 season. 401-3214 or e-mail

ALTON FLAMES TRYOUTS -- Alton Flames girls select fast-pitch organizationis holding tryouts for the 2010 season. Registration begins an hour before tryouts. Aug. 8 at Kutter Park in Cottage Hills 10-under (players born in 1999 or 2000), 10 a.m.-noon; 12-under (1997 or 1998), 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 14-under (1995 or 1996), 3-5 p.m. On Aug. 16, 10-under (1999 or 2000), noon-2 p.m.; 12-under (1997 or 1998), 2:30-4:30 p.m.; 14-under (1995 or 1996), 5-7 p.m. Bill Halpin (10-under), (217) 839-4099; Kim Nixon (12-under), 372-8372; and Darrel Gaudio (14-under), 377-6172.

ST. LOUIS FUSION TRYOUTS -- St. Louis Fusion 14-under girls select fast-pitch team (formerly the Southwest Sluggers '96), will hold tryouts 3-5 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Winston-Brown Recreation Complex, 1325 Schiller Ave., Edwardsville and 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 9 at Kirkwood (Mo.)Athletic Association, Field 3. Henry Goff, 406-5443, or e-mail

COLUMBIA NAILS TRYOUTS -- The Columbia Nails girls select fast-pitch team will hold the following tryouts at the Columbia Bowling Alley softball field, 101 Valmeyer Road, Columbia: 16-under A, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 8 ; 14-under B -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 8; 12-under A -- 9-11 a.m. Aug. 9; 10-under A -- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 9. Steve Dossett, 410-7491 or visit

COLLINSVILLE EXTREME -- Skill Development Team tryouts for the 10-under, 12-under, and 14-under Collinsville Extreme girls select fast-pitch teams are Aug. 15 and Aug. 23. Attend both. Pitchers and catchers workout 9-10:30 a.m. Aug. 15 and noon-1:30 Aug. 23. All players workout 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 15 and 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23. Information: or e-mail or

EXTREME ELITE -- Tryouts for the 16-under and 18-under Extreme Elite college development softball teams will be held by reservation only throughout early August. E-mail or before Aug. 14 to schedule. For more information, visit

HIGH SCHOOL FALL LEAGUE -- Centralia Recreation Department is offering a fast-pitch high school softball fall league beginning Sept. 7. 10-game season on Sundays with postseason tournament. Fee: $375 per team with Aug. 18 deadline. 533-7676 or Spanky Smith, 292-9255.

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 head softball instructor Yagge will be teaching girls fastpitch 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 and will play 40-50 games. 401-3214 or e-mail

SOUTHERN EXPRESS -- Tryouts for the Southern Express girls select fast-pitch regional travel 10-under through 18-under teams are being scheduled. Check the Southern Express Web site for the tryout date, time and location for each division at Thomas, 967-1601, or Michele Rushing, 534-1640.

SOUTHERN FORCE -- Tryouts for the Southern Force girls select fast-pitch teams in 14-under, 16-under and 18-under levels are now being scheduled. A private workout can be requested and open tryouts are Aug. 16 at Eichelberger Field at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Tara Glasco, 559-3658, Wade Thomas, 384-7432 or Jay Schaefer, 889-0282, or e-mail:

EDWARDSVILLE SOFTBALL LEAGUE -- Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department is now registering teams of adults 17-older for a fall co-ed slowpitch softball league. Games are played Tuesday nights at Hoppe Park beginning Sept. 8 and will continue for seven weeks. Registration and fees due by Aug. 13. Limited to first 16 teams. 692-7538, or visit

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FALCONS -- Southern Illinois Falcons 18-under girls select fastpitch team holding tryouts for 2010 season 2 p.m. Aug. 8 at New Athens High softball field. Jay, 781-4142.


YOUTH TOURNEY --A tournament for fifth- and sixth-grade boys and seventh- and eighth-grade boys will be held Aug. 15-16 at Little Dog Fields in Gillespie. The competition will be a daylong event, with the fifth- and sixth-graders playing Aug. 15 and the seventh and eighth graders playing Aug. 16. A maximum of eight teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Kent Tarro, 217-839-3508 or to register.

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 Aug. 8-Sept. 19. Fee: $30 for O'Fallon or Shiloh residents and $40 for nonresidents. 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 registration 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


O'FALLON TOURNAMENT -- O'Fallon Open Tennis Tournament Aug. 7-9 at O'Fallon Township High School and O'Fallon Community Park. Benefits OTHS tennis team. Events include junior singles (open to 10-16 year olds), junior doubles (open to 10-16 year olds), men's singles (open and age categories for 35-older and 45-older), men's doubles (open and age categories for 35-older, 45-older and 55-older), women's singles (open and age categories for 35-older and 45-older), women's doubles (open and age categories for 35-older, 45-older and 55-older), and mixed doubles (open and an age category for 35-older). Carol Sterthman, 632-3877.

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 -- 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.

CO-ED SAND VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE -- Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department is registering adult teams (17 and older) for a fall co-ed sand volleyball league. Games are Wednesday nights at Hoppe Park beginning Sept. 9 and will continue for seven weeks. Registration and fees are due by Aug. 13. Information: 692-7538 or


TEAM SPONSOR -- Teams looking for help with sponsorship for any adult, youth or co-ed sports program can contact Fat Daddy's Catering and Concessions. Call Paul Schaefer at 530-6410.