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


METRO FALL BALL -- Scheduling meeting for the Metro-East Fall Baseball League will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 24 at West End Tavern in Millstadt. Teams need to have a home field. Paul, 719-6200, 476-1075 or e-mail

ILLINI TRYOUT -- The 2009 USSSA Illinois State Champion Metro East Illini 14-under select baseball team will hold an open tryout for the upcomingAAA/Major season noon-4 p.m. Aug. 23 at Moody Park in Fairview Heights. Season consists of home games at Moody Park, St. Louis area AAA/Major tournaments and one or two out-of-town tournaments.

BLAZE TRYOUTS -- The 14-underBlaze Baseball Team based in Highland will hold tryouts by appointment only for highly competitive level AAA/Majorbaseball in the summer of 2010. Approximately 60 games inclusive of several top level tournaments. Scott, 410-1137.

ST. CLAIR STING -- St. Clair Sting 10-under select team holding tryouts in August. Prospective players must be 10 or younger as of May 10, 2010. Todd Herring, 624-5966 or e-mail

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

MARYVILLE MANIACS -- Maryville Maniacs 11-under tournament team has limited openings for the 2010 season, including five to six tournaments. To schedule a private workout, call Tim Donaho at 334-5133 or 346-4372, or e-mail Players can't turn 12 before Sept. 1, 2010.

U.S. BASEBALL ACADEMY --Midwest Baseball Academy has changed its name to U.S. Baseball Academy. For information on training programs and locations, call 866-622-4487.

BASEBALL-SOFTBALL LESSONS -- Professional baseball and softball instruction year-round. 654-3615 or e-mail


BETHALTO YOUTH LEAGUE -- Bethalto Junior Eagles Basketball Club hosting a youth basketball league for boys and girls teams in grades 3-5 November through January. Certified referees will be used. Fee: $300 per team; third-grade league will use 9-foot rims. Jonathan Denney, 259-1019 or 978-9133, Tom Lane, 830-2469 or Chris Zupan, 973-7917.

RJ KRAUSE ALL-STARS -- Sports club in East St. Louis/Washington Park is looking for games and tournaments for the 2009-10 basketball season. Boys teams for grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Call RJ or Russell at 398-1201.

EDWARDSVILLE LEAGUES -- The Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department is registering adults (17-over) Men's and Women's Basketball Teams for the fall league set to begin the week of Oct. 5. Registration and fees accepted through Sept. 10. Fee: $325 with a $25 forfeit fee. Non-resident fee is $20 a person or $150 per team. 692-7538 or register at

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.

JETS BASKETBALL -- A Little Shooters Instructional Program begins Sept. 11 for players in grades kindergarten-2. Fee: $100 for an eight-week program with Sept. 5 deadline. A Fall Boys High School League begins Sept. 12 and lasts for six weeks. Fee: $325 per team with Sept. 5 deadline. The Jets High School Girls Showcase is Sept. 26, giving players a chance to play before Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college coaches. Fee: $60 per player with Sept. 15 deadline. The Jets High School Boys Showcase is Oct. 4, giving players a chance to play before Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college coaches. Fee: $60 per person with Sept. 22 deadline. A Men's and Women's Adult League begins Sept. 19 and lasts for 10 weeks. Fee: $450 with Sept. 12 deadline. 277-7111, e-mail or visit

YOUTH CLINICS -- Coach Zac Thurwalker will offer basketball clinics for boys in grades 4-8 Sept. 13-27.Fee: $35. E-mail


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.

FOZ RYAN GOLF CLASSIC --Special Olympics Illinois will hold the first Foz Ryan Golf Classic at 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. 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 -- Fifth annual Kaitlyn Krusaders Golf Tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Metro Saint Louis/Greater Missouri Chapter at 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. 314- 846-1599 or visit

ALTHOFF GOLF CLASSIC -- Althoff Golf Classic five-person scramble at 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

YORKTOWN CHILI OPEN -- Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville holding its first Chili Open four-person scramble at noon Sept. 19. Fee: $35 per person inclufdes golf, skins, two drink tickets and chili; limited to first 36 teams. Golf carts are extra. 233-2000.

ST. LUKE'S SCRAMBLE -- 19th annual St. Luke's four-person scramble at 1 p.m. Sept. 20 at Yorktown Golf Course in Belleville. Fee: $40 per person includes golf, food, two drink tickets and prizes with proceeds to benefit St. Luke's St. Vincent de Paul organization that helps the needy. Bonnie, 277-7943.

CLINTON HILL SCRAMBLE -- The Labor Management Committee of the Leadership Council of Southwestern Illinois will hold a four-person scramble at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Clinton Hill Golf Club in Belleville to raise money for the committee's work. Fee: $110 per person includes lunch, golf, skins game, cocktails and dinner reception with Sept. 15 deadline. 650-2681 or visit

MELTON GOLF SCRAMBLE -- A four-person scramble in memory of Staff Sgt. Josh Melton, who was killed in Afghanistan in June while serving with the Illinois National Guard, is Sept. 26 at Governor's Run Golf Course in Carlyle. All proceeds from the event will benefit Melton's wife and daughter. Fee: $260/team. includes golf, cart and prizes. Kelly Bromley, 972-8207, or Mark Taylor, 972-6150, or e-mail


METRO EAST SHOXX -- Metro-East Shoxx girls select fastpitch 14-under and 16-under teams are seeking players for the 2010 season. 973-5062 or e-mail

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. Top two teams awarded a berth to the 2010 ASA Northern Nationals, the next two teams awarded a 2010 NAFA Nationals berth.Todd Strubhart, 233-1416 or visit

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

JUNIOR LANCERS -- The Belleville Junior Lancers 14-under and 12-under girls select fast-pitch teams are seeking a quality pitcher, catcher and utilility players for the 2010 season (born in 1996 or 1997). Looking for players that will attend Belleville East High School. 14-under information: Randy Wroten, 416-4025 or 791-8296, or Mikki McPherson, 401-3191. 12-under information: Randy Wroten, 416-4025 or 791-8296.

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

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.

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

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 fast-pitch 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

METRO-EAST ICE -- Metro-East Ice is adding a 10-under and 12-under team for the 2010 season. The Ice 10-under team will hold tryouts 9-11 a.m. Aug. 29 at the Edwardsville High Sports Complex. The 12-under team will hold tryouts at the same location from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 29. Chris Evans, 972-2860 or e-mail

ST. LOUIS ESPRIT -- St. Louis Esprit 12-under girls select fastpitch team is seeking two utility players; pitching experience a plus and 1998 birthday is preferred. Team will play a fall league in Kirkwood, Mo., and an 80-game season in 2010. Tanya Richter, 667-6632 or


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 through 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


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.

YOUTH LEAGUE -- Belleville Parks and Recreation Department and Belleville School District 118 sponsoring a fifth and sixth grade girls volleyball league this fall. Registration is being accepted now, limited to 66 players. Fee: $45 for District 118 players, $50 for non-district players. Todd Strubhart, 233-1416 or visit the Parks and Recreation office at 510 W. Main Street in Belleville. Forms also available at

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. 692-7538 or