Illinois sport briefs: Midwest Crusaders holding 14U baseball tryouts

2013-11-29T22:00:00Z 2013-11-30T09:55:06Z Illinois sport briefs: Midwest Crusaders holding 14U baseball tryouts nwitimes.com
November 29, 2013 10:00 pm

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).

Midwest Crusaders holding 14U baseball tryouts

LYNWOOD | The Midwest Crusaders 14U baseball team is holding tryouts from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, 10 Southland Dr. For details, call (708) 668-2982.

Eighth grade basketball tournament at Mount Carmel

CHICAGO | Mount Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante Ave., will hold an eighth grade boys basketball tournament on Dec. 8, 14 and 15. Public and private school brackets will play separately until the Final Four. There will also be a consolation bracket as teams are guaranteed two games. Team fee is $75. For details, call Sue Doheny at (773) 324-1020, ext. 229.

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 bpierce72123@yahoo.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 ditrfp73@aol.com.

Ice Crew Girls, former Bears QB to appear at Bridges

GRIFFITH | The Blackhawks Ice Crew Girls will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar. There is no admission charge.

* Former Bears quarterback Bob Avellini will be signing autographs and taking photos will fans at Bridges' from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 during the Bears' Monday Night Football Game against the Dallas Cowboys. There is no admission charges. All autographs are $10 each for any item signed. There is no charge for inscriptions. Photos of Avellini will be on sale for $10 each.

For details, call (219) 924-2206.

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 2014hitmen@gmail.com.

Pitcher/catcher softball camp at PUC on Sunday

HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet softball will be hosting a Pitcher/Catcher Camp on Dec. 1 at the Purdue Calumet Fitness and Recreational Center. Times are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for girls in grades 2-8, and from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for high school girls.

Former Purdue University ace Brooke Baker-Runyan will run the pitching camp; PUC softball coach Heather Tarter will run the catcher camp. Cost is $40. For details, contact Tarter at (219) 989-8301.

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.

Winter youth basketball league at Lincoln Center

HIGHLAND | Baylor Basketball will hold its Winter Youth Basketball League for boys and girls from Dec. 15 through Feb. 23 at Highland Parks Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Ave. For details, call (219) 306-9932 or go to www.baylorbasketball.org.

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 coachwilkins1@yahoo.com.

Coed volleyball league at On the Square Sports

CROWN POINT | A Monday night coed volleyball league is starting Dec. 2 at On the Square Sports Association, 105 N. Court St. Cost is $275 per team. For details, call (219) 808-5290 or go to www.otssa.com.

Angels 12U softball team seeks one more quality player

The Angels 12U softball team is looking for one more quality player to complete its roster. For details, call (219) 781-1727.

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 jjgerlach@att.net.

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 smith8527@comcast.net.

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.

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