North Lake sport briefs: Highland Parks to hold 38th-annual Pumpkin Plod

2013-11-08T17:00:00Z North Lake sport briefs: Highland Parks to hold 38th-annual Pumpkin Plod
November 08, 2013 5:00 pm

Thanksgiving baseball and softball camps at Dave Griffin's

GRIFFITH | Dave Griffin's Baseball and Softball School, 1200 W. Main St., will hold baseball and softball camps the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29). The baseball camp, for ages 7-12, will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include hitting and pitching instruction. The softball camp, for ages 7-13, will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and will include catching, hitting and fielding instruction.

Cost for either camp is $65. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or email

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

Reception to honor former local football and wrestling coach

INDIANAPOLIS | All former football players and wrestlers who played and wrestled for Donald Keith Morran while he coached at North Newton and Munster high schools in the mid-1970s are invited to attend a reception honoring Morran's retirement. The event will start at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Education/Social Work Building IU School of Education, at IUPUI, 902 W. New York St., ES 3116, Room 2127.

Morran is retiring from Professor of Counseling Psychology and Program Director of Counseling Psychology at IUPUI. To RSPV, or to send a letter in include in a scrap book if unable to attend, email

Toddler and youth coed basketball program offered at YMCA

HAMMOND | The Crossroads YMCA Hammond Branch, 7322 Southeastern Ave., will hold a coed basketball program for toddlers with age divisions 2-3 and 4-5, and a youth division for grade groups K-1, 2-3 and 4-5. Players in grades 2-5 will have one practice during the week. Games will be held on Saturdays, Nov. 9 to Dec. 28. Cost per child is $37 for members and $67 for non-members. Team sponsorships are available for $100 -- name on team's T-shirts.

For details, contacts program director Dave Clayton at (219) 845-1507, ext. 235 or email Online registration is available at

Highland Parks to hold 38th-annual Pumpkin Plod

HIGHLAND | Highland Parks and Recreation will hold its 38th-annual Pumpkin Plod 10K run and 5K walk starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 28. The start and finish for both courses, respectively, will be Kennedy Avenue under the Ridge Road overpass and Lawndale Avenue adjacent to the Lincoln Center. Pre-registration fees for 10K runners are $20 when including a long sleeve race shirt and $15 without race shirt; for 5K walkers, $15 with shirt and $5 without. Pre-registration ends at 10 p.m. Nov. 25. Race-day registration will add a $5 late fee.

For details, call (219) 838-0114 or go to

Griffith Blackcats Boys Basketball holding registration

GRIFFITH | Griffith Blackcats Boys Basketball will hold registration for the 2014 season at the Griffith YMCA, Room 107, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and Nov. 16; and from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13. Cost for players in grades 1 and 2 is $45; cost for players in grades 3-8 is $70. The maximum per family is $110. For details, call Tim O'Brien at (219) 805-3559.

New fitness classes at Crossroads YMCA

HAMMOND | Two new fitness classes are being offered at the Crossroads YMCA Hammond Branch, 7322 Southeastern Ave.

Group Cycling will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays with the five-week session starting this week. Cost is $20 for members and $40 for non-members.

A fitness class that will fuse cardio, strength and core training, 20-20-20, will be held from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m on Tuesdays and Fridays. The monthly fee is $10 for members and $35 for non-members.

For details, contact Karyn Mascio at (219) 845-1507, ext. 234 or email, or go to

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

Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Merrillville varsity head coach Jim East is giving one-hour shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades 3-12 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville. For details, call either (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

Hobart Storm looking for 8U baseball players

The Hobart Storm is looking for four 8U baseball players for its part-time travel team. Players may play for in-house town leagues (Cal Ripken/Little League) and play for the Storm in elite tournaments during the weekends. For details, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.

Dunes Volleyball Club holding tryouts and team placements

ROLLING PRAIRIE | The Dunes Volleyball Club will hold tryouts and team placements Sunday at the Dunes Operation Center, 4744 E. Oaknoll Road. Times are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 10-12, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for ages 17-18, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for ages 13-14, and from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for ages 15-16. To register for tryouts, go to For details, contact Rick Ashmore at (219) 861-7122 or

AAU District Cross Country Meet at Sunset Hill

VALPARAISO | The Hammond Track Club, Calumet Region Striders and Porter County Park Recreation will host the 2013 District Cross Country Championship Meet on Sunday at Sunset Hill, 775 Meridian Road and U.S. 6. Distances for the boys and girls divisions are 2K for ages 8-and-under, 3K for 9-10 and 11-12, 4K for 13-14 and 5K for 15-18. Cost is $20.

Preregistration may be done at Those not pre-registered should arrive an hour early of their race to register. Check-in time is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. First race starts at 10 a.m.

For details, contact Joe Mis at (219) 931-6587 or, or Sue Brown-Nickerson at (219) 929-6862 or

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

Fleet Feet to hold No Boundaries Runner Program

Fleet Feet Sports will hold its Holiday No Boundaries Beginner Runner Program. The 12-week 5K training schedule will be held Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at Fleet Feet Sports Schererville starting Nov. 9; and Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:15 p.m. at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness in Chesterton starting Nov. 12. Cost of the program is $125. For details, call (219) 864-1000.

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

Crete Phoenix holding 12U softball tryouts

LYNWOOD | The Crete Phoenix girls softball program will hold open tryouts for its 12U tournament team from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Ho-Chunk Sports Complex, 10 Southland Dr. All positions are available, but pitchers are a priority. For details, call manager Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.

Olympic gold medalist featured at softball clinic

WESTVILLE | Olympic gold medalist Michelle Venturella, head softball coach at UIC, will join Lowell High School coach Pete Iussig and Calumet College coach Stephanie Zimney for a softball clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 24 at Westville High School. Cost is $60. There is no age requirements. For details, contact Gil Arzola at (219) 309-3662 (cell) or (219) 462-8191 (home), or email

Baseball camps at Dave Griffin's Sport Complex

GRIFFITH | Dave Griffin's Sport Complex is holding Saturday baseball camps featuring Trent Howard from today through Dec. 7. Howard played in the Baltimore Orioles organization, and Purdue University Calumet recruiting coordinator Alex Triantafillo will also be on hand. Times for ages 8-11 are from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; times for ages 12-14 are from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $95 per person. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or

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

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 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 Tickets are $13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center, by calling (866) 468-3401 or by going to 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

Brooke Baker holding softball pitching clinic at Triple Crown

SCHERERVILLE | Former Purdue University star Brooke Baker will be conducting at Monday night softball pitching clinic on six consecutive Mondays, starting Nov. 11 at Triple Crown All Stars. All ages and levels are welcome. Beginners will learn basic fundamentals; advanced players will be taught how to add movement to their pitches, conditioning and participate in competitive drills. Campers will be selected on a first come basis. For details, call or text Brooke Baker at (219) 427-4876 or Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017.

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

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.

Hobart High School seeks assistant swimming coach

HOBART | Hobart High School is looking for a boys and girls assistant swimming coach for the 2013-2014 school year. For details, call (219) 942-8521, ext. 8035.

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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