Illinois sport briefs: Open racquetball tournament March 1 at Omni

2014-02-17T22:00:00Z Illinois sport briefs: Open racquetball tournament March 1 at Omni
February 17, 2014 10:00 pm

Future Rebel Baseball Clinic at T.F. South

LANSING | The Future Rebels Baseball Clinic will be held for ages groups 6-10 and 11-14 from 3 to 6 p.m. March 8 at T.F. South High School. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. Cost is $30. For details, contact Matt Tiffy at (708) 585-9702 or

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.

Hammond Sports Hall of Fame dinner March 11

HAMMOND | Tickets are on sale for the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame's annual induction dinner, March 11 at the Hammond Civic Center. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with social time. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale in advance for $20 at the Civic Center, Jean Shepherd Center, House of Pizza, Cheers of Munster, Rich's Barber Shop, Kenwood Tap, Cavalier Inn, and the athletic offices at Purdue University Calumet and all the Hammond high schools. Tables of eight seats for $160 may be purchased at the Civic Center.

For details, call (219) 853-6378.

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

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

Concussion seminar Feb. 24 at Hanover Central

CEDAR LAKE | Hanover Central High School in conjunction with Flexeon Rehabilitation will present "Concussions: The 411" starting at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 24 in Hanover Central auditorium, 10120 W. 133rd Ave. Guest speaker Dr. Tim Mullally will discuss what a concussion is, diagnosing a concussion, symptoms of concussions, treatment options and return to play protocols.

Faculty, coaches, parents and athletes are welcome to attend. For details, contact the HC athletic department at (219) 374-3866.

Monday night coed volleyball league at OTSSA

CROWN POINT | On the Square Sports Association, 105 N. Court St, will hold a Monday night coed volleyball league starting March 10. Each team will play five games every week. Match times are 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9 p.m. Cost is $275 per team. To reserve a spot, call (219) 226-1130.

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. March 7 -- open gym fee is $5. For details, call or text Dave at (219) 765-4966.

Open racquetball tournament March 1 at Omni

SCHERERVILLE | The Omni Annual Open Racquetball Tournament will take place March 1 at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness, 221 U.S. Hwy. 41 -- the all-day tourney may be expanded to March 2 if the number of participants dictates.

Cash prizes will be awarded to first- and second-place finishers in the open divisions. Assistance will be provided to those looking for doubles partners. There will be Junior divisions, but participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent.

Online registration is at Mail-in registration and waiver forms are available at -- mailed entries must be postmarked by Feb. 20. In-person registration is taken at the club.

For details, call Betty at (219) 865-6969, ext. 3020.

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

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 February and March. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

Baylor Basketball Girls holding tryouts March 9

HIGHLAND | Baylor Basketball Girls is holding tryouts for girls in grades 7-11 who are experienced players on March 9 at the Highland Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln St. For times or other details, contact Toi Baylor at (219) 306-9932 or go to

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.

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 p.m. Saturday 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 their 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. Saturday 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

Diamond Kings Spring Training camps start March 16

ST. JOHN | Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Training Complex will be holding its four-week Spring Trainign Hitting and Pitching Camps on Sundays running from March 16 through April 6. Pitching and hitting sessions will be held back-to-back and are available for grade groups K-2, 3-4 and 5-9. Players may sign up for hitting or pitching or both. Camps are for beginner and advanced players, and will be set at no more than a six-to-one player-to-instructor ratio.

To register, or for more details, call (219) 558-2273 or visit

Youth wiffle ball program offered by CMPD

CALUMET CITY | The Calumet Memorial Park District is offering a Wiffle Ball program for ages 5-10 held on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. from Feb. 24 to March 31 at the Memorial Park fieldhouse, 612 Wentworth Ave. The fee is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Advanced registration is required. For details, call (708) 862-6443.

Umpire/coaches clinic March 15 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. March 15 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

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. Saturday 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 continues Sunday 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

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 Friday and Saturday 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.

Final registration day is Thursday. 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 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

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

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

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.

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

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

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