By Steve Stein
So what have you done during your summer vacation?
Pekin senior-to-be and Bradley University recruit Hannah Thompson and University of North Dakota recruit Brynn Nieukirk from Washington helped the Illini Elite Volleyball Club’s 17-and-under Cardinal team win the open division championship in its age group at the 44th AAU Girls Junior National Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Illini Elite defeated Kentucky-based KIVA 17 Red 25-18, 25-17 in the tournament title match, completing a 12-1 run in tourney matches.
The team finished its summer season 66-14. It also won a tournament in the Wisconsin Dells and finished second in two others.
THE MISSION BEGINS: Registration has begun for Pekin Union Mission fall baseball and softball. Leagues for boys ages 5-7, 8-10 and 11-13 and girls ages 5-7 and 8-11 are offered. Signup hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Mission, 203 Court St. Fees vary according to league. For more information, call the Mission at 346-0724.
JACKETS TRYOUTS: Tryouts for Avanti’s Yellow Jackets softball teams will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 26, 5:50 to 8 p.m. July 27 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug 6 at the Avanti’s Dome in Pekin. Go to www.avantisyellowjackets.com, or contact Bill Harris at 253-5527 or Billyshop@aol.com.
DARTBALL: Miller Center in Pekin is holding its 19th annual dartball tournament Aug. 19. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Miller Center Transportation Service. Registration forms are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the center, 551 S. 14th St. Questions? Call the center, 346-5210.
TAKE A GAMBLE: Midwest Gamblers travel baseball program will hold tryouts for the 2018 season July 29-30 at Veterans Park in East Peoria. For more information, go to www.gamblersbaseball.com or the Gamblers’ Facebook page.
THROW THOSE SHOES: Tremont Horseshoe Club is looking for new members. Males and females of all ages are invited to join and beginners are welcome. The club meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 12 at Tremont City Park. Questions? Call 267-2025.
Peoria Journal Star sports staff contributed to this report. Steve Stein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.