Play Ball: Friday, Aug. 16

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Some of Orion High School's regional championship plaques

OMS Football Skills Mini-Camp

Times, dates and place: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, through Aug. 22, Orion Middle School practice field. This is a free camp for seventh and eighth graders.

What to bring: Shorts, cleats or tennis shoes, and water or sports drink.

Contact person: Austin Hepner, (309) 798-4735.

Orion High School Volleyball

Dates, times and places: Varsity — 3:25 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Orion High School.

Contact person: Varsity coach Jack Wheeler, (309) 762-3073.

OMS Football

Concussion test: This required test will be administered at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Forms: A current physical, permission waivers and a signed copy of the rules must be turned in before Aug. 21.

Equipment issue: Eighth grade — 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. Seventh grade — 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. All equipment will be issued in the Orion Middle School gym.

First practice: First practice, after school, Monday, Aug. 26. Wear T-shirt, helmet, mouthpiece, shorts, shoes, socks and supporter. The practice will last 2 1/2 hours.

Padlock: Buy a school padlock or use physical education padlocks.

Contact person: Jim Parry, (309) 526-3392.

Orion Youth Tackle Football

Age divisions: Orion football players now in fourth and fifth grade, who will be in fifth and sixth grade this fall. Players must turn 10 or older sometime during fifth grade, and cannot turn 13 before Sept. 15 during sixth grade.

Schedule: A scrimmage will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, at a time and place to be announced later. The six-game schedule begins Sunday, Sept. 8.

Contact person: Kyle Kreinbring, (309) 781-3765, or the Youth Sports Foundation, (563) 288-2541.

OMS Volleyball Tryouts

Times, dates and place: Open gym — 3:15 to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26. Seventh grade tryouts — 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. Eighth grade tryouts — 4:45 to 6 p.m. Everything will be in the Orion Middle School gym.

What to do before open gym: Turn in all paperwork to Athletic Director Jim Parry.

Contact person: Parry, (309) 526-3392.

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

Our deadline is noon Tuesdays.