North Lake sport briefs: Morris Elite Baseball seeks experienced coaches

2014-05-02T22:00:00Z North Lake sport briefs: Morris Elite Baseball seeks experienced coaches
May 02, 2014 10:00 pm

College softball coaches exposure camp in Munster

MUNSTER | College softball coaches from the midwest will be at Community Park on June 12 to coach and evaluate local players. Girls will graduation years of 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 are all eligible to participate. For details, call or text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or

Merrillville holding Kids Football Camp May 12-14

MERRILLVILLE | Merrillville Pirate Football will be hosting a football camp for kids in grades 1-6, May 12-14 at the Merrillville High School football stadium. The grade 1-4 camp will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; the grade 5-6 camp will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m.. Cost of the camp is $25. Payment received before Monday will  guarantee a camp T-shirt. Registration forms will be distributed to students at all Merrillville elementary schools, and are also available on the Merrillville Pirate Football website at, at the Merrillville HS athletic office, and at any Merrillville community school.

For details, contact Joe Atria at (219) 650-5307, ext. 7168, or

Three-on-three basketball tourney in Hammond

HAMMOND | The "Who Got Game?" annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, sponsored by Hammond councilman Anthony Higgs, will take place June 21 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park located amid Highland and Tapper avenues. Free ages divisions are 10-12, 13-15 and 16-18. Cost to enter the 19-and-over age division is $100 per four-man team.

All participants will receive a T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place teams. Cash prize will be awarded to 19-and-over champions. Registration deadline is June 8.

For details, call Higgs at (219) 937-1709, Paul Buck at (219) 688-6321 or Charles Comer at (219) 902-0649.

Tennis programs starting at Andrean High School

MERRILLVILLE | A boys spring tennis league will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at Andrean High School and continue through June 15. Players of all ability levels are invited to join. Everyone will play one singles events and two doubles events. The league fee is $40.

* A World Team Tennis league for adults will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at Andrean High School and continue through June 8. Players of all ability levels are invited to join. Format includes men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles, and mixed doubles.. The league fee is $40.

For details about either league, call Donn Gobbie at (219) 629-3821 or visit

Jim East offering basketball shooting lessons

MERRILLVILLE | Basketball shooting lessons are now being scheduled for May. Jim East, former boys varsity coach at Merrillville High School and member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, is the instructor. The one-on-one, one-hour lessons are for boys and girls in grades 4-12. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

Summer camps at Dave Griffin's Baseball School

GRIFFITH | Dave Griffin's Baseball School will hold two summer camps fro ages 7-13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 23-26 and July 14-17. Alex Triantafillo and members of the Purdue University Calumet baseball team will help provide instruction at the camp. Cost is $125 per person per camp.

For details, call (219) 922-1107 or

Soderholm, Popovich to appear at Bridges' Scoreboard

GRIFFITH | Former Chicago Cub Paul Popovich and former Chicago White Sox Eric Soderholm will be signing autographs and taking photos with fans from 7 to 9 p.m. May 8 at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar. Advance ticket sales are $20, which includes four autographs. Tickets at the door will be sold for $10 per autograph. All ages welcome.

To order tickets over the phone with credit card, call (219) 924-2206.

Calumet Junior Striders holding spring track tryouts

The Calumet Junior Striders Running Club is taking sign-ups for its spring track and field program. Practices are held twice a week in Lake and Porter counties. The program will help participants prepare for competition in the Hershey's Track and Field program, as well as AAU and USATF meets and national competitions.

For details, visit

Merrillville Challenger Baseball looking for players

Merrillville Challenger Baseball is looking for special needs players -- boys and girls ages 6 and over. Those interested should call Ralph at (219) 663-7167, Tom At (219) 663-8294 or Jim at (219) 736-5253.

Babe Ruth Baseball umpire/coaches clinic May 18

CROWN POINT | A final National Babe Ruth Baseball umpire/coaches clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 in the dome of the Crown Point Family Fun Center, 1301 Merrillville Road. 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. The cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $45 to take the certification test or to recertify.

To "RSVP" or for more information, call Randy Walker at (219) 856-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.

Share the Rock Basketball Camp postponed until June 14

GARY | The Share the Rock Basketball Camp originally scheduled for today at the Hudson Campbell Sports Center, 455 Massachusetts St., has been postponed until June 14.

There is no cost for the youth camp, and all participants will receive lunch, a backpack, and a T-shirt. To register, go to

Illiana Blackbirds holding spring training hockey camp

DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds will hold a Junior Hockey Spring Camp from 3 to 8:15 p.m. May 10, and from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. May 11 at Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave. The camp will include meals, off-ice instruction and detailed daily customized summer workout program. Cost is $150. Major credit cards accepted -- subject to $3 processing fee.

To register, email or, or go to

Four Winds Invitational 5K run/walk on June 15

SOUTH BEND | The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and its Four Winds casinos have announced the inaugural 5K Run and Fitness Walk, June 15 at the Blackthorn Golf Club, kicking off a week of festivities leading up to the 2014 Four Winds Invitational, a pro women's golf tournament.

The run and walk will start at 8 a.m. and 8:05 a.m., respectively, at the back entrance to the club located at 3575 Moreau Ct. Registration is being taken through June 8. Cost is $25 for the run and $20 for the walk. Late registration is $30 and $25. Participants may registerr at

For details, contact race director Tim Firestone at

River Forest looking for varsity volleyball coach

HOBART | River Forest High School is looking for a varsity volleyball head coach. Those interested should call Dennis Leonard at (219) 962-7551, ext. 3006.

Midwest Irish 18U baseball team seeks pitcher, outfielder

The Midwest Irish 18U baseball team is looking for a pitcher and outfielder. For details, contact coach Shane Brogan at (708) 738-5609 or

Girls on the Run to hold Spring 5K on May 17

HIGHLAND | The Girls on the Run Spring 5K will be held May 17 at Highland High School. Happy hair and face painting will be at 8 a.m.; the race starts at 10 a.m. For details, call

Ind. Angels 12U softball team seeks pitcher and catcher

The Indiana Angels 12U softball team is looking for a pitcher and a catcher to complete its roster. For a confidential tryout, call Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.

Hammond Hurricanes have opening for 16-18 team

The Hammond Hurricanes Babe Ruth 16-18-year-old program has positions open for its summer baseball league, open to players from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. For details, call Rick at (219) 513-9272 or

Indiana Elite 15U baseball team seeks players

The Indiana Elite 15U travel baseball team is looking for a couple of players to complete its roster. For details or to schedule a tryout, call Matt Hopkins at (219) 713-7992.

Volleyball leagues at On the Square Sports Academy

CROWN POINT | On the Square Sports Academy is taking registration for its coed volleyball leagues. Its Monday night competitive league starts June 2; its Tuesday night recreational league starts June 3. Deposit required to guarantee a spot. For details, call (219) 808-5290 or

Baseball skills evaluation at Andrean High School

MERRILLVILLE | U.S. Baseball Academy will hold "My Pro Day", a comprehensive baseball skills evaluation for players ages 6-18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 17 at Andrean High School, 5959 Broadway. For details, go to

Softball team seeks 16U pitcher

A 16U softball team is looking for a pitcher. The team will play in 8-10 A/B ASA/NSA tournaments in June through August. For a private tryout, call Martin at (219) 588-2017.

Registration open for mud volleyball tournament

HOBART | Registration is now open for the Hobart Jaycees Mud Volleyball Tournament, scheduled for Aug. 2-3 at the Hobart Rugby Field, 112 E. Old Ridge Road. Cost to register coed teams -- two women must be playing at all times -- is $200. For details, go to or email

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

Lansing Redbirds seek 18U baseball players

The Lansing 18U Redbirds Baseball Club is looking for players to complete its 2014 summer roster. The Redbirds will play local travel teams as well as competing in area tournaments. Those interested should call (708) 828-1663.

Crown Point Adult Softball League seeking teams

CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Parks Department has single-team openings in its Sunday Coed League, Men's Sunday League and Wednesday Men's League. For details, call Dick Zurbriggen at (219) 663-3408 or (219)776-0654 (cell).

Indiana Elite baseball looking for managers and coaches

The Indiana Elite travel baseball program is looking for additional managers and coaches. Those interest should contact Jeff Myszak at (219) 545-2241.

Over 30 basketball league forming at On the Square

CROWN POINT | On the Square Sports Academy, 105 N. Court St., is looking for men over 30 who are interested in playing basketball two to three hours a week with the possibility of forming a league. Players or groups interested should call (219) 808-5290.

Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks players

The Crete Phoenix 12U softball team is looking to add a starting pitcher and a position player. To arrange a confidential tryout, call general manager Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.

'Best of the Best' AAU girls basketball tourney July 9

HIGHLAND | Future Hoopers of America and former Washington and UIC basketball star Dejeanette Flournoy will host the "Best of the Best" elite girls basketball showcase tournament, July 9 at the Lincoln Center. The event plans to attract 40 of the top girls AAU teams from across the nation as well as many collegiate coaches.

The event is seeking sponsors. Those interested should contact Flournoy at (773) 744-0985 or

Elite 15U baseball team seeking players

An Elite 15U travel baseball team is looking for a few players. For team and tryout information, call Matt Hopkins at (219) 713-7992.

Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks two players

The Lady Playmakers 12U girls softball team is looking for two dedicated players -- in particular catcher/infielder. The team plays a full travel schedule. For a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007.

Former all-state catcher joins Diamond Kings staff

ST. JOHN | Former Crown Point all-star catcher and Butler University standout Nick Hladek is available to hitting and catching lessons at Diamond Kings. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to

Morris Elite Baseball accepting applications for coaches

Morris Elite Baseball is accepting applications for experienced coaches to add to its growing baseball organization. For details, contact Bobby Morris at (219) 677-2183 or email

Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball player

The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for player 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 Sox Fastpitch has two softball player openings

The NWI Sox Fastpitch Softball organization is seeking one player each for its 10U and 12U JW team. For details, call/text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 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.

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

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

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