Vikings win four of five at Joe Napier Invite
HOMEWOOD | Homewood Area Small Fry Basketball won four of five this weekend in the Vikings' own "Joe Napier" Invitational to improve its overall record to 8-2.
Homewood 43, Chicago Heights 40: Brandon Brewer led a balanced attack with 11 points and three rebounds, as Homewood avenged its lone Midwest loss. Joel Watts and Elijah Watts (four rebounds) each added nine points. Bakori Jones dished out four assists for the winners.
Homewood 38, Glenbrook 17: The Vikings yielded just five field goals in the solid defensive effort, while Watts led the offense with 10 points and four rebounds. Bakori Jones chipped in seven points, Jalen Harrison notched three steals and Josiah Palmer finished with five points, five rebounds and three steals.
Robert Taylor 44, Homewood 38: The Panthers gained a 17-7 margin in the final stanza to fend off the 13 points and five rebounds by Viking Jarred Correll. Watts added eight points and three assists for Homewood, while Elijah Jones grabbed five rebounds.
Homewood 52, Kenosha 26: Twin 15-point efforts from Watts (four steals) and Correll (three steals) keyed the Vikings, who limited Kenosha to 19 percent shooting. Bakori Jones topped the winners with seven rebounds, while Elijah Jones and Brewer added seven and six points, respectively.
Homewood 55, Richton Park 51: Nine different scorers paced the Vikings, who were led by Watts (14 points, four assists), Gabe Renchen (nine points, four assists), Correll (nine points), Brewer (eight points) and Bakori Jones (seven rebounds).
The Homewood Rookies were perfect in four weekend contests to improve to 9-0 overall.
ESCC Hall of Fame to induct nine on April 10
MCCOOK | Marian Catholic basketball standout Adam Savick, who was a three-year all-conference selection at Illinois Institute of Technology, will be among the nine to be inducted in the ESCC Hall of Fame, April 10 at the Crystal Sky Banquet Hall.
Others to be enshrined are Marist's 1982 IHSA shot put and discus champion Gary Kostrubala and 1983 138-pound IHSA wrestling champion Tony Evensen; key contributors to Carmel Catholic's 2003 IHSA state football championship team Jack Simmons and Mark Vengoni; Benet coaches Dan Nagis (golf) and Peter Paul (women's basketball); St. Viator golf coach Jack Halpin and longtime women's basketball official John Dacey.
Tickets for the 6 p.m. reception and 7 p.m. dinner are $50, and may be purchased at any ESCC school athletic department. For details, contact Mike Hennessey at (847) 779-8652 or go to www.eastsuburban.com.
Wheelchair basketball tourney at Broadway Armory
CHICAGO | The Chicago Park District and the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls are putting together a National Wheelchair Basketball Association Championship Division competition, The Neal R. Radbel Tournament, to take place March 22 and 23 at Broadway Armory Park, 5917 N. Broadway St.
Entry fee is $250 per team -- checks should be made out to the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls. Each team will be guaranteed four games. Lunch will be provided for athletes and coaches.
All players, coaches and team staff need to complete a Chicago Park District Waiver; and teams should submit a complete roster. For details about waiver and roster submission, contact Daniel Ferreira at (312) 296-5973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further details about the tournament, contact Dave Radbel at (312) 371-3491 or email@example.com, or Larry Labiak at (312) 742-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crete Bulldogs holding football and cheerleading sign-ups
CRETE | Registration for Crete Bulldogs football and cheerleading will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27, and from 9 a.m. to noon April 12 at the Crete Town Hall, 1367 Wood St. -- behind Crete Country Market. Participants must register in person -- no mail-in registration is accepted. In addition to payment, birth certificate and copy of health insurance.
Cheerleaders must in grades 1-8 in fall 2014. Football players must be at least 6 years old and entering first grade by Sept. 1, 2014, and no older than 15 years old by Dec. 1, 2014. Players may not be in high school in fall 2014.
For details, call Mike Sedor at (708) 534-6212 or Sharon Doyle at (708) 404-3087, or email email@example.com
Future Rebels Softball Clinic today at T.F. South
LANSING | The Future Rebels Softball Clinic will be held Saturday at T.F. South High School. Times are from noon to 1:30 p.m. for ages 6-10, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 11-13. Cost is $25. Instruction will be given on all aspects of softball. For details, contact Coach Arundel at (708) 585-2145 or JArundel@tfd215.org.
Youth basketball tournament at Crete-Monee High School
CRETE | Crete-Monee High School will host a youth basketball tournament for grade 3/4 and 5/6 teams on April 25-26. The fee is $100 per team -- each team will have a minimum of two. Trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place teams.
The tourney is in honor of the Joyce Hutton, wife of CM basketball coach Alvin Hutton, who passed away after battling breast cancer. Proceeds from the tournament will go cancer research. Entry deadline is April 11.
For details, call Greg Murray at (708) 534-6456 (office) or (708) 921-4386 (cell).
Elite 15U baseball team seeking players
An Elite 15U travel baseball team is looking for a few players. For team and tryout information, call Matt Hopkins at (219) 713-7992.
Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks two players
The Lady Playmakers 12U girls softball team is looking for two dedicated players -- in particular catcher/infielder. The team plays a full travel schedule. For a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007.
Former all-state catcher joins Diamond Kings staff
ST. JOHN | Former Crown Point all-star catcher and Butler University standout Nick Hladek is available to hitting and catching lessons at Diamond Kings. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to www.TrainDK.com.
NAYS holding spring basketball tourney in Joliet
JOLIET | North American Youth Sports still has openings for its annual spring youth basketball, April 25-27 at the Joliet Park District Multipurpose Center. The boys and girls grade brackets range from 4-5 to 11-12. Cost is $160 per team. Registration deadline is April 4.
For details, call the NAYS spring tournament hotline at 1 (866) 352-5915, tourney director Josh Barry at (815) 741-7275, ext. 170, or go to the NAYS website at www.northamericanyouthsports.org.
Lansing Lions holding football and cheer sign-ups
LANSING | The Lansing Lions, who are now part of the United Youth Football League, are holding football and cheer registration for grades K-8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 12 and May 17 at Nathan Hale Elementary, 19055 Burnham Ave.
For details, contact president Terry Earp at (708) 439-0347, or go to www.lansinglionsil.com.
Lansing Redbirds 16U baseball team seeks catcher
The Lansing Redbirds 16U travel basketball team is looking for a catcher to complete its roster for the season. Interested players from Lansing or from the surrounding Illinois and Indiana communities should call (708) 670-3647 or (708) 805-8262 to arrange a tryout.
Crete Crush 14U softball team seeks pitcher
The Crete Crush 14U travel softball team is looking for an experienced travel ball pitcher. To arrange a tryout, or for more details, contact Joe Cash at (219) 201-9806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
East Side All Pro Dad Day at March Elementary
CHICAGO | The East Side All Pro Dad Day will be held Saturday in the Parent Room at Marsh Elementary, 9822 S. Exchange. The event is free to attend and is open to all dads and their children in grades K-8. the 45-minute program will address fatherhood and family topics.
For details, email email@example.com or go to www.AllProDad.com/3624.
Thornwood girls softball program to Alumni Day
SOUTH HOLLAND | The Thornwood High School Girls Softball Program will host its inaugural Alumni Day at 1 p.m. June 1 at the school's varsity softball field, 17101 South Park Ave. All former administrators, coaches, players, managers, families and supporters of the program are welcome to attend. An alumni game will be included in the activities.
For details, call Mark Anderson at (708) 225-4725.
Morris Elite Baseball accepting applications for coaches
Morris Elite Baseball is accepting applications for experienced coaches to add to its growing baseball organization. For details, contact Bobby Morris at (219) 677-2183 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri Kappa Tie Dyed Dash April 12 in Plum Creek
SCHERERVILLE | Tri Kappa's Zeta Psi chapter will host its third annual 5K fun run/walk through the Plum Creek subdivision starting at 8 a.m. April 12. The starting line is at 221 U.S. 41.
Registration is at www.runsignup.com/trikappadash.
Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks starting pitchers
CRETE | The Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks two starting pitcher for its spring/summer roster. To schedule a private tryouts, call Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.
NWI Sox Fastpitch has two softball player openings
The NWI Sox Fastpitch Softball organization is seeking one player each for its 10U and 12U JW team. For details, call/text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or go to www.nwisoxfastpitch.com.
Softball umpiring clinic March 29 at Taft Middle School
CROWN POINT | The Indiana ASA/IHSAA Softball Umpire Clinic/Comprehensive School will take place at Taft Middle School, 1000 South Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 29. For details, call Dick Zurbriggen at (219) 776-0654 or Fred Maxey at (219) 508-5819.
Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball player
The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for player 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.
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 illianaravens.com.
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 email@example.com.
Over 30 volleyball league at Fuel Fitness
CROWN POINT | A Friday night over 30 volleyball league is starting a Fuel Fitness in Crown Point. There will be open gym and sign-ups from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday -- open gym fee is $5. For details, call or text Dave at (219) 765-4966.
Playmakers 15U baseball team looking for two players
The Playmakers 15U baseball team is looking for two players. The team is coached by former major league pitcher Brad Voyles. For a private tryout, call Voyles at (920) 217-4200 or Dave Griffin's Baseball School at (219) 922-1107.
Crete Crush looking for 14U softball pitcher
The Crete Crush 14U travel softball team is looking for an experienced travel ball pitcher. For details, contact Joe Cash at (219) 201-9806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks 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.
Basketball shooting lessons at Fieldhouse-Merrillville
MERRILLVILLE | Jim East, former boys basketball coach at Merrillville High School and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member, is giving basketball shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades 4-12 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville during March. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.
Cheer Tryout Prep Classes at Midwest locations
Midwest Training will being its Cheer Tryout Prep Class, which instructs on the basics of cheer, motions, jumps and more. Classes will be held at both the Dyer and Crown Point locations. For details, call Michelle at (219) 558-8811.
Umpire/coaches clinic Saturday 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. today 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.morrisbaseballcenter.com.
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 www.TrainDK.com.
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 email@example.com; or DLS football coach Mike Boehm at (312) 842-7355, ext. 119, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 www.southshoresteelheads.com.
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 www.nwisoxfastpitch.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 basketball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.