Beach wrestling, one of the hottest events in wrestling, is coming to the East Valley with the help of Kauffman Homes. The event, scheduled for weigh-in at 9 a.m. May 13 at Jacob’s Ranch subdivision (2181 E. Pima Ave., Apache Junction) is for youths in grades 9-12 with five weight classes — 120, 135, 150, 165 and 190 pounds.
The first-place winners will receive $500 of the $3,750 in prize money offered.
Dan Kauffman, a former high school and college wrestler who is still involved with the sport locally, is sponsoring this event to help Arizona wrestlers pay for their trip to this summer’s Junior National wrestling tournament in Fargo, N.D. Wrestlers are responsible for their entry fees and trip costs so prize winnings are set up to go toward those costs.
There are no entry fees for the wrestlers and spectators are welcome.
Competition takes place on a 20-inch diameter circle marked in the sand. Matches start in the standing position and last three minutes. For more information call (480) 816-6155.
Also going on in the East Valley, Scottsdale and the area:
• The Papago FITA Archers conduct free “learn-to” clinics at the range located at 64th Street and McDowell from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturdays Visit
• Men’s adult league needs players and/or teams for 18 and older wood bat season which begins May 12. Games are played in the East Valley. Contact Allan Ross at (602) 577-7884 or e-mail email@example.com.
• Major League School of Baseball will conduct its 16th annual camp from 8 am to noon, June 11-15 and June 18-22, at Chaparral Park in Scottsdale for novice to advanced players ages 5 to 14. Cost is $249 per week. Call Ron Davis at (602) 620-4428, e-mail MLSB@cox.net or visit www.majorleagueschoolofbaseball.com.
• Arizona State coach Herb Sendek will conduct three sessions for players of all skill levels. Team camp session No. 1 runs from June 14-17 and is a high school team camp. Along with team camps there are full day and half-day camps running from June 18-21. The camps range from grades 2-12. High school team camp session No. 2 runs from June 21-24. Visit www.herbsendekbasketballcamp.com or call Scott Pera at (480) 965-6677.
• Basketball Court Academy Summer Camps will offer several sessions throughout the summer beginning May 29 for youth in kindergarten through eighth grade. Visit www.thebasketballcourtacademy.com or call (480) 633-3636.
• Fundamentals sessions for youth in grades six through 12 at Mesa Skyline High School begins with sign ups from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the school gymnasium. Call (480) 694-4835, (480) 472-9512 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Arizona Sports Camp is accepting applications for sessions at Embry-Riddle University in Prescott. Boys camp dates are June 18-22, June 25-29 and July 2-6. The session for girls is July 9-13. Call Gary Ernst at (480) 835-6485 or visit www.arizonasportscamp.com.
• Advantage Basketball Camps is accepting registration for summer camps at various sites including Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club, Arizona State University and Stapley Junior High in Mesa. Visit www.advantagebasketball.com or call Keiko at (480) 296-5732 or (800) 670-0013.
• Ten Star All Star summer camp for youth ages 10-19 will be at sites around the country including Prescott. Call (704) 373-0873.
• Dobson High School Girls Basketball Camp will be May 29 through June 27 as follows: K-5th grade, 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; grades 6-9,10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.; high school 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Visit www.dobsongirlsbasketball.com for details. The Dobson Boys Basketball Camp will be May 29 – June 27, Mondays through Thursdays in the Dobson High Gym. Call Rick McConnell, (480) 472-3092 or Jorge Pierce (480) 472-3087. Brochures are available at www.mpsaz.org/athletic/.
• The Highland High School Football Touchdown Club will host its Black & Teal Golf Tournament to support the Hawks’ football program Saturday at Toka Sticks Golf Course with a shotgun start at 7 a.m. Cost is $75. Sponsors are also being sought. Call Alicia Holman at (480) 560-0923 or Mary Lou Cloonan at (602) 714-1102.
• The Bandana Babe’s – a group which raises money for breast cancer research and is planning to participate in the Breast Cancer 3-Day 60-mile walk – will conduct a benefit tournament May 12 at Augusta Ranch Golf Course in Mesa. This will be a four-person, scramble format with a 7:30 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $65. Contact Cherie Costello at (480) 205-9514 or e-mail email@example.com.
• The Melonhead Foundation will host its ninth annual tournament with a 7:30 a.m. start May 19 at Club West. The organization supports the needs of families of children with Cancer. Contact Deb Leone (480) 699-7644 or register online at Melonhead.org.
• Superstition Springs Golf Tournament benefiting “Best Buddies” will be Aug. 24 at Superstition Mountain Golf Course. For information call Kent at (480) 324-8900.
• The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy in Scottsdale offers several free public hikes each month which begin at 8:30 a.m. Plan to arrive at the meeting place about 15 minutes before departure time. For detailed directions to the meeting places visit www.mcdowellsonoran.com.
• Line Drives (15820 N. 84th Street Suite 100) in Scottsdale will offer baseball, softball (ages 7-13) and soccer (ages 7-15) camps beginning June 4 for baseball, July 16 for softball and July 2 for soccer. Call (480) 998-7673 for details.
• The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Athletic Department will offer a four-day sports camp for children ages 6 through 15, from 7 a.m. to noon, June 4-7 at the college’s Williams Campus (7460 E. Texas Ave., Mesa). CGCC head coaches and their athletes will teach fundamentals and skills for all of the following sports: soccer, baseball/softball, volleyball, and basketball. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is May 30. Call (480) 732-7073.
• Velocity Sports Performance of Scottsdale will offer several summer training opportunities for athletes in all sports. Activities are safe and appropriate for ages 5 through college. Session types and lengths vary. Visit www.azvsp.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (480) 503-8212.
• Tri for the Cure scheduled for May 12 at Tempe Town Lake is a Sprint Triathlon (750-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3.1-mile run) for women only to empower women and raise funds for breast cancer research. There will also be an expo in conjunction with the event. Visit www.redrockco.com/triforthecure.htm.
• SC del Sol is holding tryouts for the 2007 to 2008 soccer season on May 12-13, June 2-3, June 16-17, and July 14-15 for boys and girls born between Jan. 1, 2001 to Aug.1, 1989. The tryouts will be at CAP Basin Sports Complex (8081 E. Princess Drive) in Scottsdale. Visit www.scdelsol.com, or contact boys director Brad Schleier at (602) 670-1329), girls director Wyck Chew at (480) 216-7097), or director of coaching Mark Lowe at (480) 600-8136).
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
• The annual Hawk Strength Camp at Highland High School for students in grades 5–12 will begin June 4 and run through July 12. Cost is $75 per session. Contact Coach Sanchez at (480) 854-1306 or pick up registration information at Highland High School in the front office.
• Toro Strength and Performance Camp at the Mt. View Annex will be May 29 through July 12 with four sessions available throughout the day. Cost is $100. Call Mark Swartz at (480) 472-6968 or Bill Roberts at (480) 472-6969.
• Gene Autry Tennis Center in Mesa conducts drop-in tennis daily starting at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $3. Call (480) 654-3787 or visit www.mesatennis.com.
• Chandler Hamilton High School will conduct camps June 25, 26, 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for grades 10-12 and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for grades 6-9. Cost is $50 or $55 at the door for grades 10-12; $45/50 for the younger grades. Call (480) 883-5218.
• Registration has begun for Tiger Volleyball Camp 2007 at Gilbert High School. There are a series of camps throughout the month of June. Times, dates, and registration for can be found at tigervolleyballcamp.com or contact Joe Hesse 480-497-0177 ex. 128.
• Evo Swim School, a new learn-to-swim facility in Gilbert (868 N. Gilbert Road, Suite #100) offering lessons for all ages, will have its grand opening Saturday. Call (480) 219-6721 or visit www.evoswimschool.com.
• Kayaking, rowing, dragon boating, outrigger canoeing, hiking, sailing and water safety camps for ages 12-17 will be offered this summer at Tempe Town Lake. Call Alicia Stuebner at (480) 350-8069 or visit www.tempe.gov/boating.
• Stadium Towers Dam to Dam Canoe and Kayak Race will be May 19 at 7:45 a.m. at Tempe Town Lake Marina. Course lengths vary from easy enough for kids to tough enough for an Ironman. Visit www.damtodamevents.com or call Harvey Beller at (480) 220-2019 for more information.
• Mountain View High School will host Eagle Extreme Wrestling Clinic put on by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse Wrestling Team, May 21-22 as follows: Grades K-5 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and grades 6-12 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Cost is $60. Call Bob Callison (480) 220-3949 or e-mail email@example.com.
• Sunkist Kids Wrestling Club is offering five-day camps (June 8-12, 12-16 and July 6-10, 10-14) and nine-day camps (June 8-16 and July 6-14) in Tempe. Visit www.sunkistkids.org for registration information.
To submit an announcement send a fax to (480) 898-5665 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Items can be mailed to the Tribune, Attn: Billye Jill Paulson, 120 W. First Ave., Mesa 85210.