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2016 Tryout information

All tryouts will take place at Bo Jackson Dome in Lockport unless otherwise stated below.  If your level has a tbd next to it that means that a date and time has not been set yet.  Please fill out the registration form for your age group.  Form is located at the top right hand corner of this page.

9u 

Congratulations to the following players for making the Sparks 2016 9U team.  We are still seeking to add 2 strong players to the roster.  Please contact either Keith Massey 708-253-7014 or team manager Alex Garbis 312-363-7200 for a workout at the dome.  

 

9U Sparks:  Rowan Smyth, Jayden Fauske, Danny Morinek, Ryan Pagnucci,  Billy Garbis, Ethan Moore, Joe Mueller, Nicholas Hentgen, 

 

10u Roster for 2016 is set

11u Roster: Colin Barczi, Wilson Bentley, Trent Guzek, Mark Mennecke, AJ McEneany, Ryan Nelson, Blake Pietryk, Beau Polickey, Clay Schrader, Cal Sefcik, Andrew Struck, Grant Tenuta

12u roster for 2016 is set
 
13u Roster for 2016 is set

14u tryout Wednesday July 22nd.  Registration at 5:30 Tryout at 6:00

15u tryout Monday July 27th 5:30 Registration.  Tryout at 6:00

The following players are requested to be at the dome today (Wednesday 7/29) at 5:30 to stretch and workout:

 

2016- 16U:  Numbers  609, 611, 615, 616, 617, 622, 627, 628, 630, 631, 632, 639, 641:

 

 

2017- 17U:  We are not having callbacks at this age:  Players will be contacted within the next 48 hours and offered roster spots.

Congrats to the following Sparks Alumi who were taken in the 2015 Major League Draft

1st round Kyle Funkhouser Dodgers
5th round Kevin Duchene Athletics
13th round Jeff Boehm Angels
24th round Brandon Magallones White Sox
29th round Matthias Dietz Giants
34th round Drew Hasler White Sox

The Illinois Sparks are a member of the Chicago Scouts Association I-94 league

http://www.chicagoscoutsassociation.com/teams/

 Do It Stevie's Way 2:19

The Do It Stevie's Way 2:19 Illinois Sparks Scholarship is awarded to Marty Bechina for his dedication to "getting better everyday" whether it be in the dome, the dugout, on the field, or in the community...& for the effort & attitude he brought to the field everyday.

Thank you for showing us how much the game means to you, for being a good teammate & for playing the game the right way, Stevie's Way!!

Congratulations Marty...you join Mark Payton, Zach Soria, Brian Sicher, Colin Lyman & Phil Kunsa as winners of this Scholarship

2015 Benny Newsome Tournament Champions

9u New Lenox Rebels
10u Mokena Blaze
11u Lincolnway Prospects
12u Plainfield Tornadoes
13u Illinois Sparks
14u Downers Grove Longshots

 

Current Sparks College Commitments

2015 Jack Szott.............................Western Michigan
2015 Kyle Shimp..........................University of Iowa
2015 Kyle Strepek......University of Illinois at Springfield
2015 Marty Bechina................Michigan State University
2015 Jason Santana....................University of Memphis
2015 Zach Erdmann........................Blackhawk College
2015 Mike Mcgee...........................Oakland University
2015 Robert Talarico.....................Lewis University
2015 Anthony Chimera...............St. Xavier University
2015 Dan Paluch...................................Loras College
2015 Eric Hansen............................Indiana University
2015 Aayrn Chandler........................Centre College (KY)
2015 Justin Lo........................University of Chicago
2015 Bailey Magruder.............Webster University (MO)
2015 Garrett Howicz..................Xavier University
2015 Brad McNicholas...............Hope College (MI)
2015 Tom Hickey........................St. Xavier University
2015 Tony Faron..........................St. Francis University
2015 Ryan Kairis..................................Augustana
2015 Keegan Tyrell...............................Concordia
2015 Brenton Vilasenor...................University of Chicago
2015 Joe Davi................................Milikin University
2015 Justin Wegner.....................Wisconsin Whitewater
2016 Mike Massey.........................................Illinois
2016 Braden Niksich.............................Illinois State
2016 Ben Troike............................................Illinois
2016 Mateo Zunica.....................................Kansas
2016 Dan Oriente.........................................Louisville
2016 Andrew Dyke.....................................Illinois
2016 Dan Gleaves....................................Michigan State
2016 Jim Jefferies.................................Heartland C.C.
2017 Ryan Kutt.............................................Illinois
2017 Glenn Albanese...............................Louisville


Click here for a complete list of past college commitments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparks in the Pro's

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