Local sports reports


NIKE BASEBALL CAMP — A Nike Baseball Camp for players ages 8-18 is July 27-30 at Moody Park in Fairview Heights. Fee: $125 for ages 8-13, $265 for ages 13-18. 531-2827 or 1-800-645-3226.


HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE — Family Sportsplex in Belleville will host a July High School Boys Basketball League and an 3-on-3 Basketball League in August. 277-7111 or visit for more information.


GRANITE CITY BASKETBALL — Granite City Youth Basketball Camp 6-8 p.m. May 26-28 for players in grades 3-8 at Coolidge Junior High. Includes individual instruction, team play, skill lectures and competitions events for medals. Fee: $20 per person. Steve Roustio, 520-1331.

CENTRAL COUGARS BASKETBALL — Central High School in Breese offering a youth camp June 15-19 for players in grades 3-9. Grades 3-6 is 8-9:45 a.m. and grades 7-9 is 10 a.m.-noon with instruction from Central coaching staff and players. Fee: $55 per person. $45 for second period from same family. To register or for more information email Jeremy Shubert at

McKENDREE UNIVERSITY BASKETBALL — McKendree University in Lebanon offering a series of summer youth basketball camps: 9 a.m.-noon July 13-17, Skills Camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9; 1-4 p.m. July 13-17, Competitive Edge camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9; 9 a.m.-noon July 20-24, Guard Camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9; 1-4 p.m. July 20-24, Shooting Camp for boys and girls in grades 5-9; 9-11:30 a.m. July 27-31, Skills Camp for boys and girls in grades 1-4. Fee: $80 per camp. To register or for more information, call McKendree assistant coach Eric Echelbarger at 537-6846 or email


LITTLE DEVILS TUG OF WAR CONTEST — Belleville Little Devils Football Club holding a Tug of War contest for 10-man, 10-woman or 2,500-pound total teams June 20 at Demo's Sports Bar in Belleville. Fee: $100 per team up to 16 teams maximum. A barbecue is also being held beginning at 11 a.m. Tug of war prize money is $500 for first, $300 for second and $100 for third. Call Jeff Carmack, 580-1310 or Alicia Carmack, 223-9628 to register a team or fill out barbecue order.

EDWARDSVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION SUMMER LEAGUES — The City of Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department has opened registration for the summer adult and youth recreational sports programs. The league offers K-6th girls softball, junior and senior high softball, co-ed sand volleyball, Men’s and co-ed slow-pitch adult softball, Men’s fast-pitch softball, and tennis league and/or lessons. For more information on prices, location, deadlines and rules visit or call 692-7538 during regular weekday business hours 8am-5pm.


ORCHARDS GOLF PROGRAMS/LESSONS — The Orchards in Belleville is offering private golf lessons. Standard lessons are $40 per half-hour ($25 for juniors; junior lesson package is $125); also available are a three-lesson package ($100) and a six-lesson package ($200). On-course playing lessons are $50 per session and a pitching-chipping lesson is $40. Group lessons and junior clinics also available. Contact PGA Professional Dale David at 233-8921 or email info@orchardsgolfclub.

SPARTA FOUR-PERSON SCRAMBLE — Sparta Chamber of Commerce is hosting a 4-person scramble at the Sparta Country Club Friday May 22 starting at noon. Fee: $60 per person includes green fees and cart. Klay Tiemann, 443-4555 or the Chamber office, 317-7222.

10th ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND DINNER — Christian HomeCare Services is hosting a 4-person scramble tournament at The Orchards 1:00 p.m. May 30 Fee: $75 per person includes cart, dinner, contests and prizes. Jamie Lemons, 537-9590 or email at .

18TH ANNUAL FIRST STUDENT GOLF CLASSIC — 2015 First Student Classic Golf Tournament 8 a.m. June 5 at The Orchards in Belleville to benefit The District #118 Educational Foundation. Four-person scramble, Fee: $80 per person. Cost includes golf fees, cart, driving range, lunch, skins game, soft drinks, and prizes. Matt Klosterman or Gail Hunter, 233-2830.

LITTLE DEVILS TOURNEY — Belleville Little Devils Football annual four-person scramble 1 p.m. June 6 at Grand Marais Golf Course in Centreville. Fee: $75 per person includes golf, cart, lunch, steak and chicken dinner, prizes, free beer and other refreshments during tournament. Jeff Carmack, 580-1310, Alicia Carmack, 223-9628 or Mike Meehan, 581-7065. For more info visit

FATHER’S DAY SCRAMBLE — Grand Marais Golf Course in Centreville offering a Father's Day two-person scramble 10:30 a.m. June 21 with flights for father/grandfather with child, couples and regular players. Fee: $75 per twosome includes golf, cart, flighted prize money, hole contests, light lunch and optional skin game. 398-9999 or email

GRAND MARAIS 2-PERSON SCRAMBLE — Grand Marais Golf Course in Centreville offering a two-person scramble 10:30 a.m. June 28. Fee: $75 per couple/team includes golf, cart, chicken dinner, contest holes, flighted prize money and optional skin game. 398-9999 or email

FRIDAY SKIN GAME — Grand Marais Golf Course in Centreville offering Friday Skin Game 11 a.m. each Friday (except May 29 and June 12) for $50 per player. Fee includes skins, golf, cart, dinner and prizes with divisions for 65-under and 65-older. 398-9999 or email

GOLF INSTRUCTION — PGA professional, golf author, coach and PGA award winner Dan Polites offering half-hour private golf lessons for $50 as well as one-hour playing lessons at Stonewolf Golf Course in Fairview Heights and Grand Marais Golf Course in Frank Holten State Park. The DP Golf Center at 5628 Old Collinsville Road in O’Fallon is open with a lighted and heated facility featuring mats and grass and two chipping greens. 233-9500 or email

STONEWOLF JUNIOR PROGRAM — Longtime area golf professional, golf coach and instructor Don Hawkins is offering the annual junior golf program at Stonewolf Golf Course. A High School/College Academy is 7 a.m-noon June 19-July 31 open to any high school or college boy or girl; 9-hole playing lesson, skill development, lectures; Fee: $150 for all six sessions, or $50 per session (if available). Stonewolf Junior Academy 8-10:30 a.m. June 9-12 open to any girl or boy ages 7-16; Fee: $85 with discount for families. Stonewolf Little Peoples Clinic for boys and girls ages 4-6 8-10 a.m. June 16-18; Fee: $50, reduction for families. Stonewolf’s “The First Tee” Mondays Player Clinic open to any boy or girl ages 7-16: 4:30-6 p.m.; Summer Session: June 15-Aug. 3; Fall Session: Aug. 24- Oct. 12; Registration begins July 27; Fee: $45 per session; scholarships available. Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation Junior Clinic for boys and girls ages 5-16; 9-10 a.m. Mondays June 8-July 14; Fee: $35 for residents, $40 for non-residents. Stonewolf Play Days for boys and girls ages 5-16 7-9 a.m. Wednesdays July 1-28; Fee: $10 per session. Individual Junior Lessons (45 minutes) noon-6 p.m. Tuesday; 8 a.m-7 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday; Fee: $45 per lesson; book of three lessons for $120. To register for any program or for more information, call Don Hawkins at 618-201-7767, Stonewolf Golf Course at 624-4653 or email

THE ORCHARDS JUNIOR PROGRAM — The Orchards in Belleville offering an instruction clinic for children 5-older covering irons, woods, putting and chipping. Fee: $95 per child or $250 for camp and a set of US Kids junior clubs. Children are welcome to register for multiple sessions throughout the year. Multiple child and multiple session discounts available. Session I 9-10:30 a.m. June 15-19; Session II 1-2:30 p.m. June 15-19; Session III 9-11 a.m June 22-25; Session IV 1-3 p.m. June 22-25; Session V 9-10:30 a.m. July 6-10; Session VI July 6; Fall Saturday Session 1-2:30 p.m. Sept 12-Oct. 10; Fall Sunday Session 11 a.m-12:30 p.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Sept 13-Oct. 11; Advanced golf school for junior golfers 10-older consists of instruction on the range along with on course play. Fee: $115 per child. Session I 9-11 a.m. July 13-17; or Session II 9-11 a.m. July 27-31; The Orchards will offer 9-hole junior golf leagues playing once a week for eight weeks on Mondays June 15-Aug. 3. Fee: $150. Purchase a summer junior membership for $250 to play Monday through Friday (no holidays) June 1-Aug. 31 and it includes the league. All classes and lessons are taught by PGA Professional Dale David II and his staff. Visit and click on the junior golf information link to register. Contact Dale at 618-233-8921 or by email at info@orchardsgolfclub with any questions.


ELITE FT TRAINING — Elite FT offering a speed training program teaching the fundamentals and proper running mechanics. Level 1 (ages 6-12 and 13-adult) and Level 4 for advanced training (ages 10-12, 13-adult). 972-1380 or register online at


INDOOR TRAINING — Elite FT offers sports performance training indoors on the turf year round at the Belleville Sportsplex on Thursday evenings. The fitness training program specializes in strength & speed Programs for athletes of all sports, as well as soccer programs. For more information, start dates, or to register, please visit or contact

YOUTH SOCCER — The Belleville Sportsplex offering an Instructional Indoor Soccer League for U7-U10 Boys and Girls. League will consist of 20-minute instruction with Belle-Clair Staff and the Southwestern Illinois College women’s soccer team and a 30-minute game. 277-7111 or visit for more information.


SW ILLINOIS HOT SHOTS — Southwestern Illinois Hot Shots Softball 14-under team looking to add an experienced select player to its 2015 roster. Spots also available on 2000 birthday team. Bob Zirkelbach, 573-275-0779 or email for personal tryout.

ADULT INDOOR SOFTBALL — Vetta Sports offering adult indoor softball leagues. For information, call 589-3951 or email

MEN’S SLOW PITCH LEAGUE — 2015 Wednesday night Adult Men’s slow-pich softball league with recreational and competitive divisions now forming at the Freeburg Sports Complex. Both divisions play14-game schedule and postseason tourney. Glen, 792-6880 or email


ST. CLAIR TENNIS — St. Clair Tennis in O’Fallon offering adult beginner lessons organized into progressive five-week sessions: Learn to Hit, Learn to Play, Learn to Compete under the direction of the tennis staff. To register or for more information, call 632-1400 or visit

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