Illinois sport briefs: Dudek wins Senior Singles bowling title

2014-02-07T22:00:00Z Illinois sport briefs: Dudek wins Senior Singles bowling title
February 07, 2014 10:00 pm

Dudek wins Senior Singles bowling title

GRIFFITH | John Dudek, who was recently inducted into the Greater Calumet Area USBC Hall of Fame, claimed the A Division title in the eighth-annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament held over the past month at Set 'Em Up Lanes.

Dudek, 59, of Orland Park, rolled a 716 actual series (737 with handicap), besting Jim Rutherford and Keith Best, who tied for second with overall scores of 714.

Chuck Marovich, of Griffith, won the B Division title with an overall score of 726, finishing well ahead of runner-up Carol Vargo (644) and Jeff Barnes (641).

Jerry Sabin, of Griffith, won the C Division with an overall score of 716 ahead of Ken Pogach (710) and Greg Johns (698).

William Higgins, of Lynwood, claimed the D Division title (660 series) ahead of Marshall Surratt (649) and Andy Hoke (623).

Illiana Ravens holding women's football tryouts

CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Illiana Ravens women's football team is holding tryouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, 10 Southland Drive. For details, call Bob at (219) 741-3434 or go to

H-F seeks freshman, sophomore football opponents

FLOSSMOOR | Homewood-Flossmoor is seeking football games on the freshman and sophomore levels for Week One of the 2014 season. Dates and times are negotiable. Those interested should contact Craig Buzea at

Calumet Memorial Park District to offer Wado-Ki Karate

CALUMET CITY | The next session of Wado-Ki Karate offered by the Calumet Memorial Park District on Wednesdays from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. from Feb. 12 to April 2. The style of the ancient martial art designed by Sensei Roger Jerome and Sensei Dotty Jerome emphasizes proper attitude, self-discipline, fitness, confidence and flexibility. The program is for ages 4 to adult. Cost is $40 for residents and $45 for non-residents.

Registration is being accepted at the Memorial Park Fieldhouse, 612 Wentworth Ave. For details, call (708) 862-6443.

South Suburban to hold adult-child baseball camps

SOUTH HOLLAND | The South Suburban College Baseball Program and head coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting adult-child baseball camps, Feb. 14-23 for boys and girls ages 6-14. The camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and kids the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques.

Times and dates for each session are as follows: Pitching, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, or 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22; Hitting, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15, noon to 2:30 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Advanced Hitting, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Catching, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Fielding, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 or 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21.

The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child.

The camps will be held at Bulldog Field and SSC's gymnasium on the main campus located at 15800 South State St. To register, contact Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413, or email

Health and Fitness Expo at Sandridge Center

CALUMET CITY | The Calumet Memorial Park District's Health and Fitness Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 pm. Feb. 22 at the Sandridge Community Center, 600 Oglesby Ave. The free event will feature products and info from participating vendors, as well as free blood pressure checks, posture and spinal evaluations, and free trial classes for Zumba, Step Aerobics and more.

For details, call (708) 862-0880.

Lansing Old Timers holding youth sports registration

LANSING | Lansing Old Timers will hold registration for their spring and summer youth sport leagues, including Lansing Little League, Girls Softball, Volleyball, Challengers and Babe Ruth/Redbirds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Feb. 22 at Nathan Hale School, 19055 Burnham Ave. New registrants should bring a birth certificate.

For rates and additional league information, call Dan Podgorski at (708) 473-1627 or visit

Youth wiffle ball program offered by CMPD

CALUMET CITY | The Calumet Memorial Park District is offering a Wiffle Ball program for ages 5-10 held on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. from Feb. 24 to March 31 at the Memorial Park fieldhouse, 612 Wentworth Ave. The fee is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Advanced registration is required. For details, call (708) 862-6443.

Umpire/coaches clinic March 15 at Hammond Civic Center

HAMMOND | A national Babe Ruth Baseball Umpire/Coaches Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15 at the Hammond Civic Center. Registration will start at 8 a.m. All youth league umpires and coaches, and anyone interested in becoming an umpire with national certification, are encouraged to attend. An open-book national certification test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become recertified, but do not have to take the test.

Cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $40 to take the certification test or to recertify. For details, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.

Indiana Playmakers looking for 9U baseball players

The Indiana Playmakers 9U baseball team is looking for two additional players who must be able to play multiple positions. Those interested should contact Anthony at (219) 776-6211 or

Lansing Babe Ruth holding 2014 registration

LANSING | Lansing Babe Ruth is holding registration for ages 13-15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 at Nathan Hale School, 190th and Burnham. Cost is $275. Season starts after the high school freshman season ends. Games will be against other local communities. Home games will be played at the Complex. Call (708) 474-9647.

Greater Calumet Area bowling championships at Stardust III

DYER | The Greater Calumet Area USBC bowling championship tournament will run three straight Sundays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, at Stardust III, 1313 Sheffield Ave. The event includes Singles and Doubles, which start at 9 a.m.; and Team, which starts at 1 p.m.

Bowlers may chose to bowl in the pins over average division or the actual division. Separate events are offered for men and women. Cost of each event is $30. Participants may chose to bowl in the other division by paying an extra $20 per event.

Based on 35 entries, Team event will pay out $1,100 for both divisions; based on 70 entries, Doubles will pay out $550 for both divisions while Singles will pay out $275 for both divisions.

For details, call the GCA USBC office at (219) 923-7240 or visit

Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks starting pitcher

CRETE | The Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks a starting pitcher for its spring/summer roster. To schedule a private tryouts, call Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.

Lansing Redbirds 16U baseball team seeks players

The Lansing Redbirds 16U trave baseball team is looking for 3-4 players -- specifically another catcher, pitcher, middle infielder and third baseman -- to complete its roster for the 2014 season. Interested players from Lansing or the surrounding communities in Illinois and Indiana should call (708) 670-3647 or (708) 805-8262.

H-F Racquet and Fitness Club holding indoor triathlon

HOMEWOOD | The Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club, 2920 W. 183rd St., has opened registration for its fifth-annual Indoor Triathlon to members and non-members. Participation can be as an individual or as a relay team. Participants may also compete in two heats of the Indoor Triathlon, a Double Challenge, for the Indoor Iron Championship. The Indoor Triathlon and Double Challenge will be held on Feb. 21 and 22 at the club.

Each participant starts with a 10-minute swim in the club's 25-yard pool with the distance recorded in 25-yard increments. There is a 10-minute transition to the bike portion, which has athletes riding a LifeFitness Upright in the club's fitness center for 20 minutes with resistance factored into the overall distance. The participant will have five minutes to transition to the final segment, a 15-minute run/walk on LifeFitness Treadmills in the fitness center.

Advance registration closes Feb. 14; final registration day is Feb. 20. To download a registration form, go to

Hard Court Classic girls tourney at Bloom Township

CHICAGO | Bloom Township High School will host the "Hard Court Classic", a girls high school basketball tournament, on June 20-21. Cost is $200 per team. There will be a four-game guarantee. Teams may play three games on that Friday, and one game the following Saturday, or two games each day. Games starts at 9 a.m. each day. There will be a JV division if enough teams are interested.

For details, contact Ron Newquist at (708) 259-8067 or

Winter/Spring Baseball Class starting at Morris Center

SCHERERVILLE | Morris Baseball and Softball Center, located within Omni 41 Health and Fitness Center, is beginning its Winter/Spring Baseball Class schedule this week. Classes will focus on hitting mechanics, pitching, infield play, and improving throwing velocity. For details, call (219) 227-5250 or go to

Professional Scout Showcase at Morris Baseball and Softball

SCHERERVILLE | Morris Baseball and Softball Center, located in Omni 41 in Schererville, is holding an invitation-only Professional Scout Showcase on Sunday starting at noon. The showcase will be hosted by Bill Bryk, special assistant to the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. For details, call Bobby Morris at (219) 227-5250.

Standout college pitchers at Diamond Kings

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

NAYS holding basketball tourney at South Suburban

SOUTH HOLLAND | North American Youth Sports will hold its annual spring youth basketball tournament March 14-16 at South Suburban College. The tournament will feature 12 boys and girls grade brackets ranging from grades 4-5 to 11-12. All grades are based on the grade in which a student is currently enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year.

Entry fee is $160. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games. Entry deadline is Feb. 21. For details, call Allen Dandridge at (312) 498-6934 or the NAYS hotline at 1 (866) 352-5915, or go to

De La Salle seeks 2014 football opponents

CHICAGO | De La Salle High school is looking for a Week Two 2014 football season opponent for all three levels -- freshman, sophomore and varsity -- on either Sept. 5 or 6. De La Salle is willing to host or travel. For details, contact DLS athletic director Tom White at (312) 842-7355, ext. 118, or; or DLS football coach Mike Boehm at (312) 842-7355, ext. 119, or

Region Rockers seek 14U junior high softball player

The Region Rockers are looking for a 14U girls softball player -- must be in seventh or eighth grade. Those interest should contact Tom Bainbridge at (219) 769-3033.

Former St. Joe's softball coach at Dave Griffin's School

GRIFFITH | Frank Wilkins, who has been the St. Joseph's College girls softball coach for 13 years before retiring last spring after amassing more than 300 victories making him the school's all-time winningest coach, is now giving lessons at Dave Griffin's Baseball and Softball School, 1200 West Main St. Wilkins is also available to assist aspiring college softball players in the recruiting process.

For details, contact Wilkins at (219) 796-5214 or

South Shore Steelheads looking for 16U baseball players

The South Shore Steelheads 16U baseball team is looking for two players to complete its roster. The Steelheads play in tournaments throughout the Midwest as well as the Northern Illinois Metro League. For tryout information, call John Batistatos at (219) 384-6656 or go to

NWI Sox looking to fill two roster spots for 12U team

The NWI Sox girls travel softball organization is looking for fill two roster spots on its "12U JW" team. Head coach of the team is Jim Wright, who has 15 years of coaching experience at the travel ball/high school levels. For tryout information, call Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or visit

Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball players

The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for one or two players to complete its roster. The team will play in elite tournaments during the weekends while allowing players to play in their in-house leagues. For details, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.

Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players

The Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players, no specific positions, to complete its roster. For details, contact Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.

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 basketball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email

North Newton looking for varsity girls tennis coach

MOROCCO | North Newton High School is looking for a varsity girls tennis coach. For details, contact Tim Feddeler at

Hockey and figure skating lessons at Midwest Training

DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., is offering a free month of hockey or figure skating lessons for new students. For details, call (219) 558-8811.

Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks pitcher

The Lady Playmakers 12U softball team is looking for a pitcher. To schedule a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007 or

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

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

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