North Lake sport briefs: Dudek wins Senior Singles bowling title

2014-02-07T22:00:00Z North Lake sport briefs: Dudek wins Senior Singles bowling title
February 07, 2014 10:00 pm

Dudek wins Senior Singles bowling title

GRIFFITH | John Dudek, who was recently inducted into the Greater Calumet Area USBC Hall of Fame, claimed the A Division title in the eighth-annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament held over the past month at Set 'Em Up Lanes.

Dudek, 59, of Orland Park, rolled a 716 actual series (737 with handicap), besting Jim Rutherford and Keith Best, who tied for second with overall scores of 714.

Chuck Marovich, of Griffith, won the B Division title with an overall score of 726, finishing well ahead of runner-up Carol Vargo (644) and Jeff Barnes (641).

Jerry Sabin, of Griffith, won the C Division with an overall score of 716 ahead of Ken Pogach (710) and Greg Johns (698).

William Higgins, of Lynwood, claimed the D Division title (660 series) ahead of Marshall Surratt (649) and Andy Hoke (623).

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

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.

Lake Station CR/BR holding Spring Training Camp

LAKE STATION | Lake Station Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth is holding a Spring Training Baseball/Softball Camp from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 22 at the River Forest High School gymnasium. The camp is free with registration to the Lake Station Cal Ripken (ages 5-12) or Babe Ruth (13-15) leagues.

League registrations may be taken the day of the camp as well as before at the LS Park Department, 2701 Ripley St. Season cost is $50 for first player, and $25 for each additional player in a family.

For details, call (219) 962-7508.

Whiting Little League holding sign-ups Feb. 22

WHITING | Whiting Little League is holding sign-ups from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Whiting Little League Complex. Online sign-ups will be taken at starting Feb. 17.

Hobart Little League holding season sign-ups

HOBART | Hobart Little League is holding sign-ups fro 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Feb. 15 at the Hobart Police Complex, 705 East 4th St. Registration including fundraiser costs is $165 for the first player, $90 for the second player and $50 for each additional player in the same household. The league is open to players ages 4-16.

For details, go to

Hessville Little League holding baseball/softball sign-ups

HAMMOND | Hessville Little League is holding baseball/softball sign-ups at the Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Drive. Times and dates are from 2 to 4 p.m. today and Feb. 15 and 22. Registration fees are $80 for Tee-Ball, $100 for baseball and softball at all levels, and $260 maximum per immediate household members with proof of residency required.  Each family (household) is required to participate in a fundraiser by purchasing and selling $50 in raffle tickets or pay a fundraising fee of $50. Parents can earn $25 by referring a new family, or $50 by bringing a new sign sponsor

The league is open to boys ages 4-12, and girls ages 4-18. Boys must be 4 by April 30, 2014; girls must be 4 by Jan. 1, 2014. For details, call president Roger Brock at (219) 670-0011, player agent Jennifer Baisley at (219) 588-5351 or secretary April Nelson at (219) 677-7016.

Munster Girls Softball holding late registration

MUNSTER | Munster Girls Softball will hold one more late registration from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Munster Town Hall.

Highland Babe Ruth and Travel Baseball sign-ups

HIGHLAND | Highland Babe Ruth and Travel Baseball will be holding registration for its 13-15 and 16-19 age leagues from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 22 at Lincoln Center in Highland. For details, contact Highland Babe Ruth president Dan Vassar at (219) 924-1945 or

HOYS holding baseball and softball sign-ups

HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports is holding 2014 softball, baseball and Babe Ruth baseball sign-ups at the HOYS Complex, 1245 North River Drive. Regular fee sign-up dates are from 4 to 6 p.m. today, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 16 and from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 17.

Cost for T-Ball (ages 5-6 -- must be 5 years old by Aug. 31, 2014) is $55. Cost for baseball (ages 7-12) and softball (ages 7-18) is $95 for first child, $90 for second child and $80 for third child. Cost for Babe Ruth baseball is $125 for ages 13-15 and $175 for ages 16-18. Ten-percent discounts are available for families with registration fees totaling more than $275 for immediate family household members. Mandatory $25 per player raffle fundraiser with $50 family max also due at sign-ups. Payment plans are available for all registrations.

Highland Youth Softball holding registration

HIGHLAND | Highland Youth Softball is holding registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Feb. 22, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 4 at the Lincoln Center. Cost is $110 per child with a $20 raffle fee per family.

For details, contact Dave Bedka at (219) 680-7729.

Greater Calumet Area bowling championships at Stardust III

DYER | The Greater Calumet Area USBC bowling championship tournament will run three straight Sundays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, 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

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

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.

NWI Iron Eagles holding football and cheer signups

The NWI Iron Eagles Youth Football and Cheer program is holding signups for the 2014 season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at the New Life Church of God, 2780 Russell St., Portage; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 23 at the American Legion Post 100, 1899 Central Ave., Lake Station; and from 5 to 9 p.m. March 8 at Camelot Bowling Center, 5201 U.S. Hwy. 6, Portage.

The program will hold several fundraisers to help alleviate participation fees. For details, or if interested in coaching football or cheerleading, call president Paul Cuellar at (219) 381-1345.

Hessville Babe Ruth holding registration

HAMMOND | Hessville Babe Ruth will be holding sign-ups at the Hessville Park concession stand from noon to 2 p.m. today, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 21, from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. March 8 and 9, and from 5 to 7 p.m. March 28. Cost is $150. For details, call Rick or Holly at (219) 513-9272 or email

South Suburban to hold adult-child baseball camps

SOUTH HOLLAND | The South Suburban College Baseball Program and head coach Steve Ruzich will be conducting adult-child baseball camps, Feb. 14-23 for boys and girls ages 6-14. The camps will feature sessions for pitching, catching, hitting and fielding while providing adults and kids the opportunity to improve their knowledge of baseball skills and techniques.

Times and dates for each session are as follows: Pitching, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14, or 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22; Hitting, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 15, noon to 2:30 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Advanced Hitting, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Catching, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23; Fielding, 3:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 16 or 6:30 to 9 p.m. Feb. 21.

The cost is $45 for one adult and one child per camp, and $40 per camp if enrolled in more than one. The cost is $30 for each additional child.

The camps will be held at Bulldog Field and SSC's gymnasium on the main campus located at 15800 South State St. To register, contact Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413, or email

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 starting this week. Classes will focus on hitting mechanics, pitching, infield play, and improving throwing velocity. For details, call (219) 227-5250 or go to

Indiana Chiefs of Hammond holding Sunday camps

HAMMOND | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond will be offering Sunday Morning Baseball Camps inside the Bishop Noll fieldhouse, 1519 Hoffman St. The remaining camp dates are Feb. 9 and 23; and March 2, 9 and 16. Players ages 7-12 as of May 1, 2014 are eligible to participate from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; players age 13-15 as of May 1, 2014 are eligible to participate from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15 per session.

To register, or for more information, call (219) 852-9461 or 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

Hidden Lake Park taking adult softball sign-ups

MERRILLVILLE | The Ross Township trustee's office is accepting registrations for the upcoming adult softball league at Hidden Lake Park. The fee is $500 per team -- early-bird special of $450 per team if signed up by April 18. The men's league plays Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings; the coed league plays on Wednesday evenings.

For details, call (219) 769-2111 or go

Hobart Youth Basketball holding spring registration

HOBART | Hobart Youth Basketball is holding registration for its spring session. The coed league is open to boys and girls in grades K-6. Cost is $65 per player. The six-game schedule runs from Feb. 8 to March 15. Every player will receive a sponsored team t-shirt and a large participation trophy. To register, call (219) 616-7166 or email

Professional Scout Showcase at Morris Baseball and Softball

SCHERERVILLE | Morris Baseball and Softball Center, located in Omni 41 in Schererville, is holding an invitation-only Professional Scout Showcase on Sunday starting at noon. The showcase will be hosted by Bill Bryk, special assistant to the general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. For details, call Bobby Morris at (219) 227-5250.

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. Joeseph'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

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 in January and February. The lesson are one-hour long. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

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

Crown Point Babe Ruth holding baseball sign-ups

CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. to noon today at Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. The cost is $200 per player which includes $25 in raffle tickets, $100 for the second player with a $300 family maximum. The 13-15 division will accept players from Crown Point, Hebron, Hobart and Merrillville. The 16-18 division will take players from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Any player born in 1995 is eligible for the 16-18 programs. For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351 or Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599.

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

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 Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.

Seniors sought for low-key basketball 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.

Indiana Bulldogs 12U baseball team seeks player

The Indiana Bulldogs 12U baseball team is looking to add one more player to its roster. The player would need to be a serious travel ball participant will availability to travel on weekends through the summer including a trip to Myrtle Beach. Workouts will start in January and will go up until the season begins. When inquiring about the roster spot, indicate where you're from, previous playing experience and positions.

Those interested should contact Bill at (219) 669-6399 or at

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

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