What athletic opportunities are available this summer?
All-sport summer workouts
Purpose: Orion High School track coaches Logan Hohl and Morgan Leffel are holding workouts designed to help athletes in all sports.
Times, dates and place: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, all summer, in the weight room behind OHS.
Orion Girls Basketball Camp
Dates, times and place: Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 20. Freshman, sophomore and varsity players — 8 to 10 a.m. Third, fourth and fifth grade players — 10 a.m. to 11:30 am. Sixth through eighth grades — Noon to 2 p.m. Sessions will be at Orion Middle School.
Instructors: Coaches and varsity players.
Registration: Monday, June 9, was the deadline to register to ensure campers receive all items included with the camp. Forms are available in the Orion schools and online at the school district’s website, www.orionschools.us, under the Schools tab at Student Camps and Leagues. Checks may be made payable to Orion Girls Basketball and mailed with registration forms to Orion High School, Attn: Girls Basketball Camp, 1100 13th St., P.O. Box 39, Orion IL 61273.
Contact person: Varsity coach John McBride, (563) 340-5355 (cell) or (563) 322-0743 (work).
Scholarship Swing for Child Life Charities
Time, date and place: Golf tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Valley View Country Club, Cambridge. After the turnament, the Henry County Beef Association will provide a steak dinner with raffle baskets, prizes and auction items.
Format: 18-hole best-ball tournament with a shotgun start.
Purpose: Proceeds will help fund Child Life Charities’ new scholarship, the Overcomer Award to be presented for the first time in 2015. The scholarship will be presented to a senior from the Quad Cities who has remained positive despite the adversity resulting from a disease, disorder or disability, either mental or medical.
Child Life Charities: Orion High School senior Blake Matson founded the organization in 2012, after his year-long fight with chronic lung infections. Matson finally was diagnosed with a serious lung disease and spent time in several hospitals and clinics. Becoming aware of what it was like to live with a chronic disease or disability, Matson began raising money and collecting toys, books, games and DVDs for children undergoing treatment at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City. Child Life Charities is applying for 501c3 non-profit status.
Registration: Forms are available at area businesses. Checks may be made payable to Child Life Charities and mailed with completed forms to Jon Bloomberg, Attn: Child Life Charities, 111 N. West Street, Cambridge IL 61238.
Sponsorships: Organizers are seeking hole sponsorships and corporate sponsorships, as well as raffle bskets and auction items.
Contact persons: Bloomberg, (309) 644-1854, or Matson, 644-0381.
Orion-Sherrard Super Skills Soccer Camp
Times, dates and place: 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26 — Kindergarten and first grade boys and girls.
6 to 7:15 p.m. Monday, June 23, through Thursday, June 26 — Second, third and fourth grade boys and girls.
Registration: To ensure the camper receives a T-shirt, the deadline is Monday, June 9. Forms are available in the Orion schools and online at the school district’s website, www.orionschools.us, under the Schools tab at Student Camps and Leagues.
Checks may be made payable to Orion soccer and mailed with completed forms to Rick Cline, 1203 10th Ave., Orion IL 61273.
Contact person: Varsity coach Rick Cline, (309) 230-7717.
OHS Little Girls Camp
Practice times, dates and place: Monday, June 30, and Tuesday, July 1 — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orion Middle School. Wednesday, July 2 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Orion Middle School. Children should bring a sack lunch all three days.
Performance details: Wednesday, July 2 — Children are to be dropped off at 4 p.m. at Central Park, Orion. Parents, grandparents, other family members and friends will be admitted at 4:45 pm. The performance will begin at 5 p.m.
Purpose: Working with a Big Sister from Orion High School’s spirit squad, each group will learn cheers, dance, drill downs, techniques, stunts, kicks, jumps, the school song and team-building games.
Registration: Forms are available in the Orion schools and online at the school district’s website, www.orionschools.us, under the Schools tab at Student Camps and Leagues. Checks may be made payable to OHS Spirit Squad and mailed with registration forms no later than Wednesday, June 25, to Julie Lough, P.O. Box 773, Orion IL 61273.
Contact person: Varsity spirit squad sponsor Lough, (309) 781-6242.
Case Creek Obstacle Run
Times, dates and places: Runners start every 20 minutes from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 12, at the Zmuda farm, 7625 120th Avenue, Coal Valley. The run will be held rain or shine, unless conditions become unsafe. In that case, the run will be held the next day, Sunday, July 13.
Runners need to arrive 45 minutes before their starting time to check in. They must present a photo ID and wear a shirt and shoes. Race organizers will not provide a bag check.
The after-run party will be at Headquarters Bar & Grill, Coal Valley.
Details: The 5K mud run features 15 to 20 obstacles, scattered along a route that goes up and down hills, through woods and over rugged terrain. During the last three-tenths of a mile, the runners will splash through Case Creek.
Portable toilers and drinking water will be provided on the course. Runners should bring a towel and washcloth. Water will be available for clean up following the finish.
Spectators will be able to see the runners from several vantage points. The tire wall, ninja scaling wall and weight lift will be visible from the main area, and spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Anyone who wants to see the monkey bars over water will have to walk half a mile.
Free parking is available on the farm, although entrants and spectators are encouraged to carpool.
Purpose: Raising money for IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America).
Registration: Runners must be at least 14 years old., and 14- and 15-year-olds should run with a parent or guardian. To ensure receiving a T-shirt, competitors must register by Friday, June 27. For more information or to register, visit http://casecreekobstacles.com/sign-up/ and click on the Register Online button. Walk-ins will be accepted, though they should check the registration page to see if any openings are left.
Charger Football Camp
Dates, times and place: Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25. Seventh and eighth grades — 10 a.m. to noon. Third through sixth grades — 1 to 3 p.m.
Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 1. Ninth through 12th grades — 9 a.m. to noon.
All sessions are at Charger Field.
Equipment: The high school players need helmets and shoulder pads, which can be picked up from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Orion High School.
Registration: Deadline is Monday, June 30, to ensure the camper gets a T-shirt. Forms are available in the Orion schools and online at the school district’s website, www.orionschools.us, under the Schools tab at Student Camps and Leagues. Completed forms and checks may be mailed before Wednesday, June 25, to Orion High School, Attn: Chip Filler, 1100 13th St., P.O. Box 39, Orion IL 61273. After June 30, mail forms directly to Chip Filler, 1413 Sixth Street, Orion IL 61273.
Contact person: Varsity coach Chip Filler, (309) 721-7952.
League & team organizers
The Orion Gazette regularly publishes registration, tryout, camp and tournament information. To have your league or team included in “Play Ball!” you may leave a registration form in the Orion Gazette box at any of the three Orion schools. (Ask the office staff where to leave the form.)
You may also leave information at the Gazette office next to the post office in Orion, or you may e-mail it to email@example.com.
Our deadline is noon Tuesdays.