Colts fall to Crusaders in PW National consolation
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | The Deer Valley (Ariz.) Crusaders defeated the Harvey Colts 28-12 in one of the consolation games of the Division I Junior Pee Wee bracket, Wednesday at the Pop Warner National Championships held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The Colts had advanced to the PW National Championships after winning the Mid-America Regional on Nov. 29 in Michigan City.
Homewood Small Fry holding youth basketball tryouts
HOMEWOOD | Homewood Area Small Fry Basketball will host tryouts for the 2014 season from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 23, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 21 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 email@example.com, Keven Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Walt Shipman at email@example.com.
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 roorms.
For details, call (708) 799-1323 or go to www.hfracquetandfitness.com.
Blackbirds facing first-place Royales at Midwest
DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds are hosting the Marquette Royals this weekend for in Minnesota Junior Hockey League action at Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave. Games are at 7:30 p.m. today and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. General admission is $6.
The Royales are in first place in the Great Lakes Division; the Blackbirds are in second.
Baseball Christmas Camp at Dave Griffin's
GRIFFITH | A Baseball Christmas Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Dec. 27. 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).
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 Dec. 26-27 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 www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
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, Dec. 26 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 hammondchiefs.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Illiana Ravens women's football team holding tryouts
LYNWOOD | The Illiana Ravens women's tackle football team is holding tryouts for ages 18 and over from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Ho Chunk Sports Complex, 10 Southland. No football experience is necessary. Players should come ready in work-out clothes. Tryout fee is $25. Those interested should call Bob at (219) 741-3434 or K at (708) 743-0778.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.USBaseballAcademy.com.
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 harlemglobetrotters.com/rule. Tickets are $13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center, by calling (866) 468-3401 or by going to harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com.
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 NATIONALSGOLD@aol.com, or go to NATIONALSSOFTBALL.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.TrainDK.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Bkelley685@comcast.net.