Developing Baseball Players for High School and College
The Blaze is a Glenview-based program but welcomes players from other communities. The 2017 Season tryouts for Glenview Blaze will start the week of July 18, 2016 at Community Park West (1000 Zenith Dr., Glenview, IL 60026)
Tryout times will be as follows:
10U: Monday, July 18, CPW Mustang Field, 5pm-7pm
11U: Monday, July 18, CPW Bronco Field, 7:30pm-9:30pm
12U: Tuesday, July 19, CPW Bronco Field, 6:30pm-8:30pm
13U: Monday, July 25, CPW Pony Field, 6:00pm-8:00pm
14U: Thursday, July 21, CPW Colt Field, 6:30pm-8:30pm
If the tryouts are cancelled due to inclement weather we will post make-up days on our website.
For 18 years the Glenview Blaze Elite Travel Baseball program has been putting players on the varsity baseball fields at Glenbrook South, Loyola and other high schools and colleges across the country. Over 100 Blaze players have gone on to play college baseball at some of the top collegiate programs including Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Villanova, Coastal Carolina, Ohio State, Creighton and Bradley Universities.
Arrive 30 minutes prior to your tryout time with your completed registration form and please make sure to include player's parent's home and cell phone numbers. There is a $20 tryout fee. All players receive a t-shirt with a unique number to wear throughout tryouts.
We look forward to seeing all players at tryouts.
For questions contact Steve Libman, Blaze President at email@example.com or call 847-707-0599.
Download and print your registration form by clicking on the "Registration Form" pdf document below.
You can make a tax deductible contribution towards player scholarships, equipment, and charitable organizations such as the Heart of a Marine Foundation.
2016 BLAZE TEAM
If you are interested in sponsoring a team for the 2016 season please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-774-7661.
You can pay your registration fees via credit card or bank account online:
Glenview native and U.S. Air Force Captain Nick Grieco flew an American flag over Afghanistan in honor of the the Late Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank. Grieco is the son of Jim Grieco Glenview Blaze Treasurer. Nick, graduate of OLPH and Loyola Academy got his wings with the Air Force in 2009 and has been stationed in Korea, Italy and Afghanistan.
Frank, of Elk Grove Village was killed April 8, 2004 while serving the U.S. during Operation Iragi Freedom. Each year, the Blaze hosts the Salute to the Troops Tournament over Memorial Day weekend and raises money for the Heart of a Marine Foundation and American Legion Post 166. Franks parents Roy and Georgette Frank started the Heart of a Marine Foundation in 2005 in honor of their son. This year marks the 10th year anniversary of the Foundation.
On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 American Legion Glenview Post 166 Commander Lloyd Kuehn presented the folded and framed American flag flown over Afghanistan by Nick Grieco to the Frank Family in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Heart of a Marine Foundation.
Nick Grieco, pictured 2nd from left, took an American Flag in his jet fighter over Afghanistan in Honor of Late Lance Corporal Phillip E. Frank, son of Roy Frank, Gold Star Father and co-founder, The Heart of a Marine Foundation;
Jim Grieco (on left) gives Memorial Day Salute the Troops proceeds to Roy Frank, Gold Star Father and co-founder, The Heart of a Marine Foundation; Steve Libman (on right) gives proceeds check to Lloyd Kuehn, Glenview American Legion Post Commander
The Salute To the Troops Tournament was a huge success. 48 Teams competed with Glenview's own 10U and 11U making it to the semi-finals, 14U Red finishing second and 13U Red first place.
Teams and fans brought donations and wrote letters to honor our veterans. A portion of the Tribute to our Troops donations is sent to our armed forces including the Heart of a Marine Foundation and other charitable organizations.
In attendance were Roy and Georgette Frank, Gold Star Parents of Lt. Corporal Phillip Frank, who founded the Heart of a Marine Foundation. Glenview Joseph Sesterhenn Local American Legion Post 166 led the color guard, and provided a 21-gun Salute. Megan Heublein sang God Bless America while Jack Kelly played a moving rendition of Taps.
Proceeds also benefit American Legion Post 166.
We thank all of you who signed up for the Blaze Tune-up Program. All players are having a great time honing their skills in advance of the season.
We look forward to Northwestern Training after the Holidays.
The 2016 Blaze teams are posted. See the top left menu bar entitled "2016 Blaze Teams".
2015 GREAT LAKES STATE CHAMPIONSHIP 11U
Tryout dates and times for the 2016 season have been released. Please click on the "Open Tryouts 2016" tab on the left-hand side of this page for more information.
Among 18 pitchers drafted was former Blaze and 2015 Glenbrook South graduate standout Fitz Stadler. Stadler, 18, signed a his letter of intent to Arizona State University.
Stadler was one of 11 right handers who also drafted seven left-handed pitchers. Stadler is 6 foot 7 and 215 pounds and was picked in the 32nd round of the three-day amateur draft that included 40 selections.
Fitz was also named All Conference and NorthShore Weekend Pitcher of the Year.
Paul Solka, former Blaze Player and Bradley University Standout, was recently 3/4 with a home run earning the Braves its first NCAA Tournament since the third round of the 1956 College World Series!
Jack Yalowitz, former Blaze Player and Loyola Academy Graduate pitched and played outfield, batting left and right and throwing right. Yalowitz received All Conference and NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 1st Team Honors. In addition, Jack was named Northshore Weekend Player of the Year.
Michael Oh, former Blaze Player and Glenbrook North Class of 2016 Graduate pitched, batting right and throwing right. Oh received All Conference and NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 1st Team Honors.
Ben Sanborn, former Blaze Player and Glenbrook South Class of 2015 Graduate played first base, batting left and throwing right. Sanborn received All Conference and NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 1st Team Honors.
Jordan Libman, former Blaze Player and Glenbrook South Class of 2016 Graduate played outfield, batting left and throwing left. Libman received ALL Conference and NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 2nd Team Honors.
Billy, former Blaze Player and Glenbrook South Graduate of 2016 played catcher, batting right and throwing right. Loggarakis received NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 2nd Team Honors.
Danny Katz, former Blaze Player and New Trier 2015 Graduate pitched, batting left and right and throwing right. Danny received NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 2nd Team Honors.
George, former Blaze Player and Glenbrook South class of 2015 Graduate played 2nd base, batting left and throwing right. Karavidas received All Conference and NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 3rd Team Honors.
Justin, former Blaze Player and Glenbrook South Class of 2016 Graduate played third base, batting right and throwing right. Machado received NorthShore Weekend 2014-15 All Area Baseball Team 4th Team Honors.
Current Northwestern Player Zach Zones goes 2 for 3 against Dartmouth at Snowbird Classic Tournament in Port Charlotte, Florida
Last year the 5-10 Katz parlayed a strong May into an even stronger summer season. Katz entered this spring committed to pitch at Northwestern University. Katz got most of his work early on starting junior varsity games. However, after several solid outings in relief on varsity, Trevians coach Mike Napoleon felt confident starting Katz towards the end of last season.
Napoleon said. "He was able to throw consistent strikes with three pitches. I love the way he competes on the mound. I saw it in the spring, then again in the summer. He had a phenomenal summer, and I think that’s what took him over the edge as far as Northwestern goes.
"When I was younger I went to Northwestern baseball camps during the summer," Katz said. "Then when I played on the Glenview Blaze as a 13 and 14 year old, we got a chance to practice in Northwestern’s indoor fieldhouse when it was cold outside every once and a while. I got to meet some of the players, and it was really cool to look up to them. So I’ve always kind of been around the program.
Patrick is an OLPH, Loyola Academy and GBS alumnus who suffered a debilitating stroke in 2010 at the age of 17. Patrick now faces extensive medical and therapy expenses.
All ages are welcome to participate in the Shoot For Steiner Free Throw Contest. 100% of all donations will support the ongoing treatments and care demanded of Patrick's condition.
T-shirts are given to all participants who register by May 10th. To To register in advance go to http://shootforsteiner.weebly.com. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Call the Bordignons at 847-774-5993 for questions.
The Blaze took its annual Fire Truck picture at Attea Middle School, Wednesday, June 18th.
This picture is given to all our sponsors to show our appreciation for their support.
The Glenview Blaze 11U delivers 691 pounds of donations to Operatioin Support Our Troops in Lisle, IL
If you would like to support our troops please contribute any amount above $1 by clicking the link below.
The Blaze organizaiton wishes to thank you for your support of our Memorial Day Salute the Troops Tournament.
2012 Blaze at Northwestern University
Congratulations to our Blaze 2008 Alumni who signed their Letters of Intent to play collegiate baseball next season. Best of luck to you in your collegiate career!
Brady Arenson - Coastal Carolina University
Josiah Carlson - North Park University
Zac Jones - Northwestern University
Josh Perlmutter - Northwestern University
Michael Reinisch - North Central College
Sully Stadler - Indiana University
The mission of the Glenview Blaze Travel Organization shall be to promote, organize and conduct a full time Travel Baseball program for the highly skilled players who are interested in a more intense and competitive baseball environment.
The Glenview Blaze Baseball Program will also provide the focus and positive pursuit for our youth where both discipline and good sportsmanship are expected and rigidly enforced. It is our hope that these principles will continue to remain with each player throughout their life both on and off the baseball field.