Illinois sport briefs: H-F Racquet and Fitness holding indoor triathlon

2014-01-31T22:00:00Z Illinois sport briefs: H-F Racquet and Fitness holding indoor triathlon
January 31, 2014 10:00 pm

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.

Grand Kids Youth Baseball Clinic today at Ho-Chunk

LYNWOOD | New York Mets center fielder Curtis Granderson will be the head instructor for the free Grand Kid Youth Baseball Clinic today at Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, 10 Southland Dr. Times are from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for grades 1-4, and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for grades 5-8. The clinic will include four interactive stations: hitting, throwing/pitching, infield and outfield.

Program will include question-and-answer sessions, and group photo opportunities with Granderson. Also, discounted sign-ups for Lansing and Lynwood Little Leagues will be available on-site. Proof of age and Lansing/Lynwood residency required.

To register, go to

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 its 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. Feb. 8 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

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. Feb. 8 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 of the 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 Jun 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 on Feb. 5. 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 Feb. 9 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

New location for All Aspects Baseball and Softball Academy

SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS | All Aspects Baseball and Softball Academy has moved its operations to a 7,500 square foot building located at 362 East Sauk Trail -- two miles west of I-394 and four miles west of the Illinois-Indiana state line. The academy has five batting cages, muliple pitching lanes, 60-by-75 turf area for travel teams, a loft area to watch practices and lessons.

Zumba classes and Strike Force Dance and Cheer will start in January. For details, call (708) 595-0919 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

Crown Point Bulldogs seeking 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.

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.

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

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.

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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