Illinois sport briefs: CMPD to hold basketball turkey shoot

2013-11-15T17:00:00Z 2013-11-15T18:17:11Z Illinois sport briefs: CMPD to hold basketball turkey shoot
November 15, 2013 5:00 pm

Butterball Burner 5K Fun Run on Nov. 29

HOMEWOOD | The Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club, 2920 W. 183rd St., is accepting pre-registration for its Butterball Burner 5K Fun Run, which will start at 9 a.m. Nov. 29. Pre-registration runs through noon Nov. 26, and costs $12 for H-F residents and $15 for non-residents. Race-day registration is $17 for H-F residents and $20 for non-residents. Runners and walkers may pre-register at the club or at

For details, contact race director Sandi Bingham at (708) 799-1323 or

Blackbirds hosting Rampage tonight at Midwest

DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds will host the Wisconsin Rampage in Minnesota Junior Hockey League action tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave. General admission seating is $6.

College softball player sought for summer team

The Midwest Elite Diamonds 19-and-over fastpitch softball club is looking for college-rostered players to play in the summer of 2014. All positions considered, especially catcher, pitcher and lefty slapper. The team will play four local tournaments and two round robins. There will be no practices. For details, call (708) 289-3438 or email

Stateline Hitmen looking for player for 13U baseball team

The Stateline Hitmen 13U baseball team seeks an additional player, preferably a top pitcher/shortstop. Contact Paul Siska at

Pitcher/catcher softball camp at PUC on Dec. 1

HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet softball will be hosting a Pitcher/Catcher Camp on Dec. 1 at the Purdue Calumet Fitness and Recreational Center. Times are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for girls in grades 2-8, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for high school girls.

Former Purdue University ace Brooke Baker-Runyan will run the pitching camp; PUC softball coach Heather Tarter will run the catcher camp. Cost is $40. For details, contact Tarter at (219) 989-8301.

Indiana Renegades holding 16U softball tryouts today

WHITING | The Indiana Renegades 16U softball team is looking for a pitcher/shortstop for the 2014 spring/summer season. Tryouts will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Whiting Community Center, 1938 Clark St. Those unable to attend should contact Joe Romero at (219) 801-0469 or email for a private tryout.

Winter youth basketball league at Lincoln Center

HIGHLAND | Baylor Basketball will hold its Winter Youth Basketball League for boys and girls from Dec. 15 through Feb. 23 at Highland Parks Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Ave. For details, call (219) 306-9932 or go to

Former softball coach offering instruction, recruitment service

Frank Wilkins, who recently retired from coaching softball at Saint Joseph's College after becoming the Pumas' winningest coach with more than 300 wins, is available for individual and team hitting and fielding instruction, as well as college recruiting for local high school players. For details, call (219) 796-5214 or email

Shooting turkeys with basketballs at CMPD

CALUMET CITY | Calumet Memorial Park District will hold a Family Turkey Shoot where kids ages 8-15 and a parent 21 or older compete in basketball drills from prizes, included frozen turkeys. The event will be held today at the Sandridge Community Center, 600 Oglesby Ave. Registration begins at noon with competition immediately following. For details, contact Anthony Comer-Hill at (708) 862-6440 at email

Thanksgiving baseball and softball camps at Dave Griffin's

GRIFFITH | Dave Griffin's Baseball and Softball School, 1200 W. Main St., will hold baseball and softball camps the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29). The baseball camp, for ages 7-12, will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include hitting and pitching instruction. The softball camp, for ages 7-13, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and will include catching, hitting and fielding instruction.

Cost for either camp is $65. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or email

Coed volleyball league at On the Square Sports

CROWN POINT | A Monday night coed volleyball league is starting Dec. 2 at On the Square Sports Association, 105 N. Court St. Cost is $275 per team. For details, call (219) 808-5290 or go to

Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Merrillville varsity head coach Jim East is giving one-hour shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades 3-12 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville. For details, call either (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

Highland Parks to hold 38th-annual Pumpkin Plod

HIGHLAND | Highland Parks and Recreation will hold its 38th-annual Pumpkin Plod 10K run and 5K walk, starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 28. The start and finish for both courses, respectively, will be Kennedy Avenue under the Ridge Road overpass and Lawndale Avenue adjacent to the Lincoln Center. Pre-registration fees for 10K runners are $20 when including a long sleeve race shirt and $15 without race shirt; for 5K walkers, $15 with shirt and $5 without. Pre-registration ends at 10 p.m. Nov. 25. Race-day registration will add a $5 late fee. For details, call (219) 838-0114 or go to

Angels 12U softball team seeks one more quality player

The Angels 12U softball team is looking for one more quality player to complete its roster. For details, call (219) 781-1727.

Andrean High School hosting six-week baseball camp

MERRILLVILLE | Andrean High School is hosting a six-week baseball camp for players in grades 1-12, starting Jan. 19. Andrean head coach Dave Piskur will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions offered included advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. Space is limited. Registration is under way. For details, call 1 (800) 622-4487 or go to

Crete Phoenix holding 12U softball tryouts

LYNWOOD | The Crete Phoenix girls softball program will hold open tryouts for its 12U tournament team from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ho-Chunk Sports Complex, 10 Southland Dr. All positions are available, but pitchers are a priority. For details, call manager Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.

Olympic gold medalist featured at softball clinic

WESTVILLE | Olympic gold medalist Michelle Venturella, head softball coach at UIC, will join Lowell High School coach Pete Iussig and Calumet College coach Stephanie Zimney for a softball clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Westville High School. Cost is $60. There are no age requirements. For details, contact Gil Arzola at (219) 309-3662 (cell) or (219) 462-8191 (home), or email

NWI White Sox Fastball Softball has openings for teams

The NWI White Sox Fastpitch Softball Program still has a couple of openings for its 10U and 12U teams. For a tryout, or further details, call or text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or (219) 427-4876.

Women's volleyball league starting Nov. 18

CALUMET CITY | The Calumet Memorial Park District's Women's 6-on-6 Volleyball League will begin Monday and run until mid-April. Games are played on Monday evenings and reffed by officials. The fee is $375 per team. Registration is being taken at the Sandridge Community Center, 600 Oglesby Ave. For details, contact Jenn Pejka at (708) 868-2520 or email

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Hammond Civic Center

HAMMOND | The world famous Harlem Globetrotters and their "Fans Rule" World Tour are coming to the Hammond Civic Center on Jan. 4. Fans will be allowed to vote for the rules the game will be played under. The options include Hot Hand Jersey (the designated player wearing the jersey is awarded double points for each basket made); Make of Miss (each team starts the quarter with two players before players get added or removed based on made or missed shots); and Trick Shot Challenge (coaches may challenge the opposing team three times during the game to make a trick shot -- a make is good for five points; a miss awards the other team five points). Online voting is open at Tickets are $13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center, by calling (866) 468-3401 or by going to or

Playmakers looking for 9U and 13U baseball players

Dave Griffin's Playmakers are looking for 9U and 13U baseball players. For details, call (219) 922-1107.

Nationals Premier Softball Team looking for players

The Nationals Premier College Softball Team is looking for girl players ages 15-18, primarily a pitcher, a shortstop/outfielder and a catcher. The team is based out of Tinley Park. For details, contact Larry Brzezinski at (708) 243-0186 or, or go to

Seniors sought for low-key baseball activity

Play It Again, Sam Sports is calling out for people ages 60 and over interested in participating in a low-key baseball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email

Indiana Chiefs seek a couple of 13U baseball players

The Indiana Chiefs 13U baseball team is looking for two additional players to complete its 2014 roster. Players interested should have experience in pitching, playing middle infield or the outfield. The team will play a local schedule beginning in April along with a competitive summer travel schedule, which includes a tournament in Florida. For details, call Jim Nohos at (219) 313-6680.

Crown Point Bulldogs seek 12U softball players

CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U travel softball team is looking for one quality athlete to complete its roster. For details, call Mike Manhatton at (773) 550-4466.

Standout college pitchers at Diamond Kings

ST. JOHN | Former collegiate pitching standouts Sarah Funston (softball) and Keith Greer (baseball) are available for pitching lessons at Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Training Complex. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to

Triple Crown Xplosion seeks one more 12U softball player

SCHERERVILLE | Triple Crown All Stars in Schererville is looking to add a quality athlete to complete their TC Xplosion 12U girls fastpitch roster. For details, contact Dave Smith at (219) 765-1484 or

Elite 18U travel baseball team seeks players

An elite 18U travel baseball team is accepting applicants for the 2014 season. The team will play locally and out of town. Players will have full access to baseball facilities for practice and games. For details, contact manager Bob Kelley at

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