Valmeyer Tournament History
   On Independence Day weekend 1971, the Valmeyer Lakers and the East Alton Stags ventured north to the central state town of Riverton, IL. An amateur/semi-pro baseball
tournament was the enticement drawing teams from Southern Illinois as well as the Springfield and Chicago areas. East Alton had been to the event before. However, small
town Valmeyer filled a last-minute vacancy and was lowly ranked, unknown and generally unnoticed until a group of young, talented, rural and small town Monroe County
ball players began to scrap their way through the winner's bracket into the Fourth of July championship game - going up against a "powerhouse" team from Chicago. With 
local Central Illinois fans giving enthusiastic support to the underdog Valmeyer, the Lakers proceeded to dish out an exciting late -inning, come-from-behind victory. 
   Valmeyer went home with the ultimate prize. Valmeyer players, coaches and fans enjoyed the event and festive atmosphere so much they decided to create their own 
tournament in the talent-rich area of Southern Illinois/St. Louis. Mon-Clair League officials gave their blessing and the annual "Valmeyer Mid-Summer Baseball Classic" was 
born. The excitement has remained intact and the rest is history. 
   Members of that original team were: Allen Goldschmidt (1B), John Asselmeier (2B), John Belk (SS), Gary Pieper (3B), Mike Degener (LF), Chip Bieber (CF), Allyn Rohlfing (RF),
Willis Bundy (C), Ron Rohlfing (OF), Lou Sondag (P), Tom Vogt (P), Don Rains (P), and Dennis Pieper (Manager/DH).
Year  Tournament Champion   Final Game Score   Most Valuable Player
1972 Millstadt   Millstadt 6, East Alton 5   No selection
1973 Valmeyer   Valmeyer 7, Waterloo 5   No selection
1974 Waterloo   Waterloo 11, Valmeyer 4   Carl Braun
1975 Millstadt / Waterloo   Rain Cancellation   No selection
1976 St. Louis Clark Funeral Home   St. Louis Clark FH 4, H.B. Deal 2   Mark Mennemeirer
1977 Millstadt   Millstadt 8, Waterloo 4   Kent Muskopf
1978 Valmeyer   Valmeyer 21, Columbia 2   Wayne Rohlfing / Scott Posey
1979 Millstadt    Millstadt 12, Valmeyer 7   John Marifian
1980 Valmeyer   Valmeyer 11 St. Louis Sotolar 6   Allyn Rohlfing
1981 Belleville   Belleville 5, St. Louis Sotolar 4   No selection
1982 Belleville   Belleville 5, Valmeyer 7   Austin Kattenbracker
1983 Waterloo   Waterloo 3, Belleville 1   Jim Wahlig
1984 Belleville / St. Louis Maritz   Rain Cancellation   No selection
1985 St. Louis Maritz   St. Louis Maritz 11, Valmeyer 7   Scott Cepicky
1986 Waterloo   Waterloo 10, Valmeyer 5   Chris Shadowens
1987 Waterloo   Waterloo 8, Belleville 5   Jim Wahlig
1988 Edwardsville   Edwardsville 5, O.B. Clark 4   Bill Stolte
1989 East Alton   East Alton 7, Millstadt 3   Brian Clawson
1990 Sauget   Sauget 9, Waterloo 8   Mike Miller
1991 Waterloo   Waterloo 14, Granite City 3   Mark Schulte
1992 Sauget   Sauget 3, Waterloo 1   Rob Garrison
1993 (*) Granite City   Granite City 9, East Alton 0   Jamie Hogan / Todd Carter
1994 Granite City   Granite City 11, Waterloo 8   Darin Hendrickson
1995 Granite City   Granite City 6, Waterloo 4   Jamie Hogan
1996 Granite City   Granite City 32, St. Louis Printers 1   Jamie Hogan
1997 East Alton   East Alton 11, Granite City 8   Mark Briggs
1998 Waterloo   Waterloo 8, Valmeyer 2   Dan Jolliff
1999 Valmeyer   Valmeyer 8, Waterloo 5   Dave Lucht
2000 Waterloo   Waterloo 11, Millstadt 6   Steve Haake
2001 Granite City   Granite City 10, Waterloo 6   Jeff Stephens
2002 St. Louis Printers   St. Louis Printers 28, West Frankfort 9   Jake Tippee
2003 Valmeyer   Valmeyer 13, Waterloo 12   Brett Crawford
2004 Granite City   Granite City 5, Valmeyer 3   Brian Harshany
2005 Waterloo   Waterloo 4, Granite City 3   Waterloo pitchers: Pete Buck / Mark Mueller / Corey
          Blackwell / Brandon Musso / Brandon Waeltz 
2006 Waterloo   Waterloo 2, St. Louis Spikes 1   Brandon Waeltz
2007 St. Louis Spikes   St. Louis Spikes 3, Fairview Heights 1   Mitch Thomas
2008 Waterloo   Waterloo 12, St. Louis Spikes 5   Jason Harrison
2009     Rain Cancellation   No selection
2010 Waterloo   Waterloo 7, Fairview Heights 6   Chas Wigger
2011 St. Louis Spikes   St. Louis Spikes 9, Waterloo 3   Mike Tallis
2012 Millstadt   Millstadt 8, Fairview Heights 4   Luke Matecki
2013 Waterloo   Waterloo 7, St. Louis Printers 1   Justin Dunning 
2014 St. Louis Spikes   St. Louis Spikes 6, Cape Girardeau 2   Mike Luczak
2015 Waterloo   Waterloo 8, Millstadt 7   Jake Friederich 
(*) Ballplayers assisted churches and citizens to higher ground before the flood hit Valmeyer. 
Tournament Championships   Tournament Runner-ups   Tournament Championship Appearances
Waterloo 13   Waterloo 10   Waterloo 24
Granite City 6   Valmeyer 7   Valmeyer 12
Valmeyer 5   Fairview Heights 3   Granite City 9
Millstadt 4   Granite City 3   Millstadt 8
St. Louis Spikes 3   Belleville 2   Belleville 5
Belleville 2   East Alton 2   St. Louis Spikes 5
East Alton 2   Millstadt 3   East Alton 4
Sauget 2   St. Louis Printers 2   Fairview Heights 3
Edwardsville 1   St. Louis Sotolar 2    St. Louis Printers 3
St. Louis Clark FH 1   St. Louis Spikes 2   St. Louis Maritz 2
St. Louis Maritz 1   Cape Girardeau Capahas 1   St. Louis Sotolar 2 
St. Louis Printers 1   Columbia 1   Sauget 2
    H. B. Deal 1   Cape Girardeau Capahas 1
    O.B. Clark 1   Columbia 1
    West Frankfort 1   Edwardsville 1
      H. B. Deal 1
        O.B. Clark 1
        St. Louis Clark FH 1
        West Frankfort 1