Illinois sport briefs: CMPD to hold basketball turkey shoot

2013-11-01T17:00:00Z 2013-11-01T18:50:19Z Illinois sport briefs: CMPD to hold basketball turkey shoot
November 01, 2013 5:00 pm

Midwest Wings offering soccer training at Ho Chunk

LYNWOOD | The Midwest Wings Soccer Club is offering high school boys and girls soccer training at Ho Chunk Sports Center, 19800 Stony Island Road. The 18-week session runs 7 to 8:30 p.m. for girls and 8:30 to 10 p.m. for boys from Thursday through March 27 from  First half of the sessions will focus on skills, footwork and fitness; second half will have players made into teams for 9v9 indoor matches with no walls for a more outdoor style of play. Cost is $240.

* Midwest is also offering kidSoccer at Ho Chunk for boys and girls 5-11. Six-week sessions run from Tuesday through Dec. 3, Jan. 7 through Feb. 11, and from Feb. 18 through March 25. Sessions will be on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for ages 5-7, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for ages 8-11. Cost is $95 per session, which includes training, games, participation in special events and uniform jersey.

For details, contact Bill Dekker at (708) 805-1605 or, or go to

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 Nov. 16 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

Homewood-Flossmoor holding winter sport tryouts

FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor High School has announced dates and times for its winter athletic tryouts.

* BOYS BASKETBALL: Nov. 11, Freshmen (8 to 10 a.m. South Gym), Sophomores (8 to 10 a.m. North Gym), Varsity (6 to 8 p.m., 10 a.m. to noon South Gym); Nov. 12, Freshman (3:15 to 6 p.m. South Gym), Sophomores (3:15 to 6 p.m. North Gym), Varsity (6 to 7:15 a.m., 6 to 8 p.m. South Gym).

* GIRLS BASKETBALL: Monday, Tuesday, Freshmen (3:15 to 6 p.m. Sweatbox), Sophomores (6 to 8 p.m. South Gym), Varsity (5 to 7 a.m., 3:15 to 6 p.m. South Gym).

* GIRLS GYMNASTICS: 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. Nov. 12-14 North Gymnastics Room.

* BOYS DIVING: 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25-26; 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 Natatorium.

* BOYS SWIMMING: 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 25-26; 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 27 Natatorium.

*WRESTLING: 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 11; 3:15 to 6 p.m. Nov. 12-13.

For details, call (708) 335-5524 or go to

H-F Racquet and Fitness Club holding open house

HOMEWOOD | The H-F Racquet and Fitness Club, 2920 W. 183rd St., will continue its 40th anniversary celebration with two free Community Open House Days from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. On those days community members will have free entry to the club with a valid photo ID. Included with free access to the center will be a variety of fitness classes offered that day. For details, go to

Adult and College Fall Basketball League starting Sunday

MERRILLVILLE | The Fieldhouse-Merrillville has announced its Adult and College Fall Basketball League starting Sunday and running through Dec. 22. Each team must provide a clock operator and/or scorekeeper for each game. Cost for the Sunday night league is $495 per team or $125 per individual. Price includes payment of referees.

For details, call (219) 738-2424 or

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. Nov. 17 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.

Fleet Feet to hold No Boundaries Runner Program

Fleet Feet Sports will hold its Holiday No Boundaries Beginner Runner Program. The 12-week 5K training schedule will be held Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports Schererville starting Nov. 9; and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:15 p.m. at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness in Chesterton starting Nov. 12.

Cost of the program is $125. For details, call (219) 864-1000.

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

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

Bobby Douglass to appear at Bridges' Scoreboard

GRIFFITH | Former Bears quarterback Bobby Douglass will appear at Bridges Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Admission is free but there will be a $10 charge of each item brought to be signed. Photos of the players will be sold for $10 each. For details, call (219) 924-2206.

Midwest holding call-outs for competitive cheer program

DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., will be holding call-outs for its half-season cheer teams from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Half-season teams are for athletes who have missed all-star team tryouts as well as newer athletes who want to try cheer before making the full year commitment. For details, call (219) 558-8811.

Baseball camps at Dave Griffin's Sport Complex

GRIFFITH | Dave Griffin's Sport Complex is holding Saturday baseball camps featuring Trent Howard, who played in the Baltimore Orioles organization, and Purdue University Calumet recruiting coordinator Alex Triantafillo, from today through Dec. 7. Times for ages 8-11 are from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; times for ages 12-14 are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $95 per person. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or

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 Nov. 18 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

Brooke Baker holding softball pitching clinic at Triple Crown

SCHERERVILLE | Former Purdue University star Brooke Baker will be conducting at Monday night softball pitching clinic on six consecutive Mondays starting Nov. 11 at Triple Crown All Stars. All ages and levels are welcome. Beginners will learn basic fundamentals; advanced players will be taught how to add movement to their pitches, conditioning and participate in competitive drills. Campers will be selected on a first come basis. For details, call or text Brooke Baker at (219) 427-4876 or Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017.

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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