Illinois sport briefs: Homewood Small Fry holding youth basketball tryouts

2013-12-20T22:00:00Z Illinois sport briefs: Homewood Small Fry holding youth basketball tryouts
December 20, 2013 10:00 pm

Homewood Small Fry holding youth basketball tryouts

HOMEWOOD | Homewood Area Small Fry Basketball will host tryouts for the 2014 season from from 1 to 4 p.m. today, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Homewood Village Auditorium, located on Chestnut Road and Dixie Highway. Candidates may be no taller than 5-foot-1, and no older than 12 as of Sept. 1, 2013.

For details, contact George Friel at (708) 473-8576 or, Keven Kelly at, or Walt Shipman at

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

Open house to conclude H-F club's 40th anniversary

HOMEWOOD | The Homewood-Flossmoor Racquet and Fitness Club, 2920 W. 183rd St., will conclude its 40th anniversary year will Community Open House days and special membership offers running from Dec. 28-31. During the days, free access to the club, the fitness center, group fitness classes, 40-Love Lounge and locker rooms.

For details, call (708) 799-1323 or go to

Toy Drive Pitching Camp at Indiana Elite

MERRILLVILLE | Baltimore Orioles prospect Trent Howard, and Central Michigan baseball players Jimmy McNamara and Taylor Lehnert will be the featured instructors at the Toy Drive Pitching Camp, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball Facility, 8224 Wright St.

Cost for the camp is $10 plus one donated toy. Cash proceeds will be donated to the family of William Riley Knight, the good Samaritan who was killed while assisting another motorist.

* Howard is also an addition to Indiana Elite staff. Other additional staff members include Tom Hansen, Anthony Olund, Devin DeYoung and Kyle DeYoung. Walk-in registration are welcome anytime or by calling (219) 545-2241. For further details, call (219) 545-2241.

Hammond Outdoor Sports Show at Jean Shepherd Center

HAMMOND | Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr., and Hammond Parks and Recreation will host the 30th-annual Hammond Outdoor Sports Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 11 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 J.F. Mahoney Drive. Admission is $5; children under 12 get in free. There will be free goodie bags for the first 300 attendees each day. Tickets are now on sale at the Jean Shepherd Center.

For details, call (219) 554-0155 or go to

Trot 4 Toys 5K today at Marquette Park

GARY | Trot 4 Toys 5K run/walk will take place at 10 a.m. today at Marquette Park. The race is free, and participants are asked to donate a toy, which will be donated to Gary area shelters. For details, go to

Ultimate Armwrestling League coming to Horseshoe

HAMMOND | The Ultimate Armwrestling League is coming to Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr., on Jan. 11. There will be professional and amateur competitions -- amateur competition is open to the public. The tournament starts at 11 a.m.; the ultimate matchup starts at 7 p.m., featuring the super heavyweight main event between the "Brazilian Phenom" Marcio Barboza and "Leviathan" Richard Lupkes.

Tickets are available by calling 1 (800) 745-3000 or at For more information, go to

Senior Singles Bowling Tournament at Set 'Em Up Lanes

GRIFFITH | The Greater Calumet Area USBC will hold its 8th-annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament, Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Set 'Em Up Lanes, 135 N. Broad St. Divisions open to male and female GCA-sanctioned bowlers include ages 50-59 averaging 211 or more; ages 50-59 averaging 210 or less; 60-and-over averaging 201 or more; ages 60-and-over averaging 200 or less.

Participants bowl four games and keep the best three in the handicapped event. Cost is $20. For details, call (219) 923-7240 for

Baseball Christmas Camp at Dave Griffin's

GRIFFITH | A Baseball Christmas Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St. Instructors include Purdue Calumet recruiting coordinator Alex Triantafillo and Trent Howard, who pitches in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Cost is $65. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or email

Holiday basketball and baseball camps at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND | The South Suburban College Basketball and Baseball Programs will hold two holiday camps at SSC's main campus, 15800 South State St.

SSC baseball coach Steve Ruzich will conduct a two-day Catching Camp for ages 8-18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday. Cost is $100.

The men's basketball team will host its annual Holiday Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 30-31. Cost is $65 per camper. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be on sale for lunch.

For details, contact Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413 (Catching Camp); or John Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524 (Holiday Basketball Camp).

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

Pro U holding 'Drop and Shop' basketball camps

MERRILLVILLE | Pro U will hold its "Drop and Shop" holiday season FUNdamentals Basketball Camp sessions for boys and girls in grades 3-12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and Jan. 2-3 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville, 899 East 99th Court. Cost is $50 per camper and $30 for each additional family member. There is a special team rate of $400 for a maximum of 10 players.

For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to

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.

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 Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.

Indiana Chiefs of Hammond holding bags tournament

GRIFFITH | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond baseball program will be hosting its annual Holiday Bags Challenge, Thursday at Bridges' Scoreboard, 121 N. Griffith Blvd. Sign-in and practice will run from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; the double-elimination tournament begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $40 per team. For details, call Rich at (219) 924-2878 or go to

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

Jim East giving one-on-one basketball shooting lessons

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

Winter basketball league at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville

MERRILLVILLE | The Fieldhouse-Merrillville winter basketball leagues for boys and girls in grades 3-12 and adults will be starting in January. The leagues consist of eight games and a single-elimination tournament. All girls grade 4-8 games will be played on Sunday afternoons starting Jan. 5; all boys grade 3-5 games will be played on Sunday afternoons starting Jan. 5; all boys grade 6 games will be played on Thursday evenings starting Jan. 9; all boys grade 7 games will be played on Monday evenings starting Jan. 6; all boys grade 8 games will be played on Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 8; and all high school and adult games will played on Sunday evenings starting Jan. 5.

Cost is $495 per team or $125 for individual registration. Registration deadline is Dec. 27. For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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