North Lake sport briefs: Hessville Little League holding baseball/softball sign-ups

2014-01-17T22:00:00Z North Lake sport briefs: Hessville Little League holding baseball/softball sign-ups
January 17, 2014 10:00 pm

C.A.R.D.S. Track Club has strong showing at invite

ROCK ISLAND | The newly formed C.A.R.D.S. Track Club representing Northwest Indiana participated in the 2014 Northern Illinois Club Invite at Augustana College. Among the top placers for C.A.R.D.S. were Kylee Marshall, who placed first in both the Girls 8-and-under long jump and 200-meter dash, and second in the 55 dash; Jiovani Jones, who placed second in both the Boys 8-and-under 55 dash and 400 dash, and fourth in the 200 dash; Jordan Smith, who placed fifth in the 9-10 Boys 55, 200 and 400 dashes; Ja'Diah Belk, who placed five in the 9-10 Girls 800 run; and newcomers MeKai'El Berry and Kortney Shadrick, who both earned ribbons.

The club is still accepting boys and girls ages 5-18 to compete in the 2014 AAU outdoor season, and is seeking sponsors. Those interested in joining the team may call Coach Thomas at (219) 306-5645; those interested in sponsorship may Paige Gremenz at (219) 433-9520, or email

Highland Babe Ruth and Travel Baseball holding sign-ups

HIGHLAND | Highland Babe Ruth and Travel Baseball will hold player registration for its 13-15 and 16-18 leagues from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lincoln Center. For details, contact Dan Vassar at (219) 924-1945 or

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 Feb. 9 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.

Hammond Soccer holding 2014 spring sign-ups

HAMMOND | Hammond Soccer is holding sign-ups for U8, U10, U12 and U14 boys and girls traveling teams for the 2014 spring season. Sign-ups will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 18 and 25 at the Jean Shepherd Community Center, 3031 Mahoney Dr. New players need a copy of their birth certificate and all players need to bring two small pictures to sign-ups. Cost is $75 for registration and $25 for uniform if needed.

Hammond Soccer is a member of the Northwest Indiana Soccer League. For details, contact Tom Payonk at (219) 845-7947 or

Highland Youth Softball registration at Lincoln Center

HIGHLAND | Highland Youth Softball is holding registration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8 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.

Munster Girls Softball holding spring/summer sign-ups

MUNSTER | Munster Girls Softball will hold registration for the spring/summer season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Jan. 25 at the Elliot Elementary School cafeteria.

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. Early-bird sign-ups, which saves $10 per child when paid in full, are from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Regular fee sign-up dates are from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 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.

Munster Babe Ruth holding registration at Elliot

MUNSTER | Munster Babe Ruth baseball registration for the 13-15 and 16-18 age leagues will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Jan. 25 in the Elliott Elementary School cafeteria. For details, go to

Tailgater 5K to benefit 4th Street Theater

CHESTERTON | The Tailgater 5K run/walk to benefit Chesterton's 4th Street Theater will take place 8 a.m. Feb. 2 (Super Bowl Sunday) starting on South 5th Street between Morgan and Porter Avenues. Entry fee is $25. Registration forms for mail-in registration are available at Extra Mile Fitness, 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, and Fleet Feet Sports, 635 U.S. 30, Schererviille.

Online registration is at

Puma Volleyball League at St. Joseph's College

RENSSELAER | The St. Joseph's College Puma Volleyball League for grades 4-12 will be held Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 2 through Feb. 23 at the Richard F. Scharf Alumni Fieldhouse. Cost is $60.

For details, contact Steven Peck at (219) 866-6120 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. 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) 798-5214 or

Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball offering rental discounts

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball Facility, 8224 Wright St., is offering a 60-percent-off discount this month for all January rentals. For details, call (219) 545-2241 or go to

Purdue University Calumet offering winter soccer camps

HAMMOND | Purdue University Calumet is still accepting registrations for its 2014 Winter Soccer Camps, which begin Thursday. The Peregrines will be holding a Little Kickers Camp for boys and girls ages 4-7 (cost $60) and its Goalkeepers Camp for boys and girls ages 10-17 (cost $90).

For details, contact Leslie Ferguson at (219) 989-8303 or

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 camp dates are Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 9 and 23; and March 2 and 9. 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 or $75 for all six sessions if paid on or before Jan. 26. Those who register for all six sessions will receive a camp T-shirt.

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

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

Merrillville Youth Soccer Club holding sign-ups at MHS

MERRILLVILLE | The Merrillville Youth Soccer Club is holding sign-ups for the spring season from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Merrillville High School -- use entrance "P". In-house games are usually played on Saturday mornings at Hidden Lake Park, and travel games are usually played on Sundays.

Blackhawks' Kostka, NBA HOFer Barry at Bridges' Scoreboard

GRIFFITH | Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michael Kostka will be signing autographs at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar, 121 N. Griffith Blvd., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. A limited number of autograph tickets are on sale for $20 for each autograph. Photos of Michael Kostka will be on sale for $10 each.

* NBA Hall of Famer Rick Barry will be signing autographs at Bridges' from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Autograph tickets are currently on sale. Advance autograph tickets are $30 (1 autograph) or $50 (2 autographs). Tickets at the door are $40 (1 autograph). Photos of Rick Barry will be on sale for $10 each.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (219) 924-2206.

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.

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 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 29; and from 2 to 4 p.m. today and Feb.1 and Feb. 8. 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. A late fee of $10 per child or $20 per family may apply for registration after the aforementioned dates.

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.

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 Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 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.

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.

Senior Singles Bowling Tournament at Set 'Em Up Lanes

GRIFFITH | The Greater Calumet Area USBC will hold its 8th-annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament, Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Set 'Em Up Lanes, 135 N. Broad St. Divisions open to male and female GCA-sanctioned bowlers include ages 50-59 averaging 211 or more; ages 50-59 averaging 210 or less; ages 60-and-over averaging 201 or more; ages 60-and-over averaging 200 or less.

Participants bowl four games and keep the best three in the handicapped event. Cost is $30. For details, call (219) 923-7240 for

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.

Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball players

The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for three 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.

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

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

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 Sunday. 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

South Shore Steelheads looking for 14U baseball player

The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete its roster for the 2014 season. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. Those interested should contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or

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 details, call or text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or (219) 427-4876.

Team seeks premier 16U softball pitcher

A premier 16U softball team is looking for a pitcher to complete its 2014 roster. For details, call Kenny at (219) 510-2971.

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, or go to

Hobart Storm looking for 12U baseball players

HOBART | The Hobart Storm 12U baseball team is looking for serious players from Northwest Indiana. For details, call Bobby at (219) 840-8918.

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.

Crown Point Bulldogs seek 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.

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

Playmakers forming 12U fall ball baseball team

The Playmakers 12U fall ball baseball team, which will play a six-week schedule, is looking for players. For details, contact Dave at (219) 922-1107 or

South Shore Steelheads holding 14U baseball team

The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team is looking for two players, preferably pitchers or shortstops. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. Those interested in trying out should contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or a

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

APEX Baseball holding invitation-only 17U workouts

APEX Baseball is accepting invitational-only workouts for its 1&U baseball team. Players must be in their junior year of high school and are seriously interested in playing at the college level. For consideration, contact Brett Summers at (219) 765-0085 or, or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449 or

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

Region Storm holding tryouts for 17U baseball team

The Region Storm is holding invitational-only tryouts for its 17U baseball team which went 26-8 this season with two college tournament championships. For consideration, contact Ken Haluska at (219) 313-4726 or Only serious and experienced travel players should inquire.

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