Norton earns silver medals at Region track championships
Merrillville Track Club member Brett Norton earned silvers medals in the discus and shot put events in the 13-14-year-old division at the Region 7 USATF Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships held in Kankakee, Ill. The efforts qualified Norton for the USATF National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track and Field Championships going on this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
Rias named Offense-Defense All-American
Demetrius Rias, 13, of Hammond, was named an Offense-Defense All-American after attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp in Myrtle Beach, S.C. this summer.
Rias, a running back in the Northlake Patriots Pop Warner program, has been invited to participate int eh Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. this winter.
WHAM bike ride to travel through region
HAMMOND | Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. and the Hammond Port Authority will hold the annual WHAM bike ride on Aug. 3. The ride starts out at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake before traveling through Hammond, Whiting, and parts of Highland and Munster. There will be a new All Star Speed Wave for those looking for something more challenging than a leisure ride.
Cost is $15. Packet pick-up is from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at The Pavilion. For details, contact Jill Gajewski at email@example.com, call (219) 659-7678 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hobart Baseball Club holding tryouts
HOBART | The Hobart Baseball Club is holding tryouts Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 at Hobart High School. Times are 10 a.m. for ages 8, 9 and 10, and 11 a.m. for ages 11 and 12. For details, call (219) 840-8918.
Triple Crown Valparaiso holding 17-18 baseball tryouts
VALPARAISO | Tryouts for the Triple Crown 17-18 baseball team will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at Triple Crown Valparaiso, 2902 Cascade Drive. The team is for players who have the talent and desire to play in college. The coach is Rich Bafia. For details, call (219) 462-3927.
South Hammond Babe Ruth holding fall sign-ups
HAMMOND | South Hammond Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the South Hammond Babe Ruth concession stand at Riverside Park off Columbia Avenue. Cost is $60 per player. Season starts the weekend after Labor Day and will run through late October. Game days will be on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
The league is for ages 12-15 as of the spring/summer season. Birth certificates are required at sign-ups for all new players. For details, contact Jim Ziller at (708) 271-2616.
Morris Elite Baseball holding baseball tryouts
MUNSTER | Morris Elite Baseball will be holding tryouts for its teams Aug. 10 and 11 at Munster High School's baseball field. Tryouts for the 9, 10 and 11U teams for next year are from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10; tryouts for the 12, 13 and 14U teams for next year are from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. For details, call (219) 677-2183 or visit www.morriselitebaseball.com.
Indiana Chiefs holding baseball tryouts
The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond will be holding tryouts for their summer 13-, 14- and 15-year-old baseball teams on Sunday at Riverside Park in Hammond. Tryouts for Coach Todd Iwema's 15-year-old team will be at 11 a.m.; tryouts for Coach Dustin Sebastian's 14-year-old team will be at 12:30 p.m.; tryouts for Coach Jim Nohos's 13-year-old team will be at 2 p.m..
Tryouts for the Chiefs 16- and 17-year-old teams will be Aug. 11 at Andrean High School. Tryouts for Coach Jim Tucker's 16-year-old team will be at 11 a.m.; tryouts for Coach Dave Sutkowski's 17-year-old team will be at 12:30 p.m.
The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond will be holding tryouts for their 2013 fall baseball teams on Aug. 4 at Andrean. Tryouts for the Chiefs high school underclassman team (juniors or younger as of this fall) will be at 11 a.m.; tryouts for players ages 13-15 as of May 1, 2014 will be at 12:30 p.m.
Rain date for any of the above tryouts will be Aug. 18. Players are encouraged to pre-register online for any of the above tryouts. For more details and to pre-register, call (219) 852-9461 or go to hammondchiefs.com.
NWI White Sox softball program holding tryouts
MERRILLVILLE | The NWI White Sox Softball program will be having tryouts for hte 2014 season at the Andrean High School softball complex. Tryouts for 10U will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10; tryouts for 12U will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and from noon Aug. 10; tryouts for 14 are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10; tryouts for 16U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11; tryouts for 18U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and form 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11.
For details, contact Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017.
Bearcat Thunder holding 16U softball tryouts
The Bearcat 16U Thunder softball team is holding tryotus from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Pitchers are needed. For location, or to schedule a personal tryout, call Chris Evans at (219) 241-6157.
Share the Rock basketball camp at Lincoln Center
HIGHLAND | The "Share the Rock" boys basketball camp for grades 3-8 will be hold from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5-7 at the Lincoln Center. The camp will be headed by Purdue University Calumet head men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie and co-sponsored by Mercy Hill Church and New Life Christian Reformed Church.
Cost is $15, which includes lunch, t-shirt and basketball. For details, call (219) 924-4007 or visit www.mercyhill.cc.
South Shore Steelheads holding baseball tryouts
HOBART | The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team will holding tryouts from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 and 18 at Hobart's City Ball Park. Players must be 14 or younger by April 1, 2014. For details, call Dave at (219) 545-1422.
Catholic Charities to hold annual golf outing
SCHERERVILLE | The Catholic Charities annual golf outing will be held Aug. 26 at Briar Ridge Country Club. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.; shotgun start is at 9 a.m. Cost per golfer is $150, which includes green fees, range balls, club handling, a golf cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Sponsorships are available, ranging from $150 to $10,000. Sponsorships for prize donations or monetary contributions are also available.
For details, contact Jackie at (219) 886-3549 or email@example.com.
Dyer Fire 16U softball team holding tryouts
HAMMOND | The Dyer Fire 16U "A" Ericksen team is having tryouts at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 6 at 7527 Kennedy Ave. Players should arrive 15 minutes early to register. For details, go to www.eteamzcom/dyerfire16u.
Playmakers holding baseball tryouts
GRIFFITH | The Playmakers are holding tryouts for their baseball teams for the 2014 season. Tryouts for the 9-year-old team are 7 p.m. Aug. 7 and 11 a.m. Aug. 10 at Dave Griffin's; tryouts for the 11-year-old teams are noon Saturday, 7 p.m. July 31 and noon Aug. 4 at Dave Griffin's for Brian Clark's team; and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28 at St. Mary's School in Griffith for Larry Babcock's team; tryouts for 12U through 16U teams will be Aug. 4 at Griffith High School -- from 5 to 7 p.m. for 12U, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 13U, 1 to 3 p.m. for 14U, 3 to 5 p.m. for 15U, and from 9 to 11 a.m for 16U.
For details, call (219) 922-1107.
Crown Point Babe Ruth holding fall sign-ups
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth fall ball league sign-ups will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 and 10 at the Crown Point Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road, for players 12-14 and 15-18. Cost is $125 for Crown Point players and $145 for non-residents. The 12-14-year-olds will be playing at the Babe Ruth field, and the 15-18-year-olds will be playing at the Legion field.
For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351, Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599 or John Pearson at (219) 682-4351.
Triple Crown Xplosion holding 12U softball tryouts
SCHERERVILLE | Triple Crown All Stars in Schererville will be holding tryouts for their 12U softball team from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 8, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 at Campagna Academy, 7403 Cline Ave. -- the softball field is located on the south end of the property in back. Players will a 2001 birthdate or later are eligible.
For details, or to schedule a private tryout, call Dave Smith at (219) 765-1484.
Ross Township Adult Softball League holding registration
MERRILLVILLE | The Ross Township Adults Softball League is taking registrations for the upcoming 2013 fall season. The Men's League will play on Tuesday and Thursday nights. The Co-ed League will play on Wednesday nights. Cost is $600. For details, call (219) 769-2111 or online rosstownship.org.
Triple Crown All Stars holding baseball tryouts
HIGHLAND | The Triple All Stars are holding tryouts for their travel baseball organization Aug. 3 and 10 at Kane Field in Homestead Park. Tryouts for 9U and 10U will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m.; for 11U will be from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.; for 12U will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for 13U will be from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m.; for 14 will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; and for 12U will be from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.
In case of rain, tryouts will be at Triple Crown All Stars in Schererville. Players should who up 20 minutes early to register. The program is also looking for coaches. For details, call (219) 864-0711.
Hobart Lady Brickies holding girls basketball camp
HOBART | Hobart High School is holding a girls basketball camp for players going into grades K-8, from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the HHS gyms. Cost is $35 per player or $60 for two players. Each camper will receive a T-shirt, a basketball and at least one prize. For details, call (219) 942-8521, ext. 8133.
High School Fall Baseball League taking registration
The High School Fall Baseball League has expanded to 14 locations across the Midwest. Each location plays a six-week regular season beginning Aug. 25 and running through Oct. 13. Cost is $225 per player. The deadline to register is Aug. 4. To register, go to www.HSFBL.com.
Indiana Elite Travel Baseball and Softball seek players
Indiana Elite Travel Baseball and Softball is looking for players and coaches. For details, contact Jeff Myszak at (219) 545-2241.
Apex Baseball Organization holding baseball tryouts
MERRILLVILLE | The APEX Baseball Organization will hold tryouts for its 15U team from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Merrillville High School baseball field, 276 East 68th Place. Those trying out must register at the APEX website at www.apexbaseball.com.
For details, contact Brett Summers at (219) 765-0085 or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449.
World Disc Golf Championships at Lemon Lake
CROWN POINT | The Professional Disc Golf Association will hold its World Championships Aug. 5-10 at Lemon Lake County and Hidden Lake. There is an admission fee for spectators at both parks. For details, go to www.pdga.com.
Jamal Mayers to appear at Bridges' Scoreboard
GRIFFITH | Jamal Mayers of the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup champions will be appearing at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. General admission tickets are $30 each in advance and $40 at the door. Admission price includes one autograph on any item. For special "Stanley Cup" tickets, cost is $50 which includes two autographs on any two items.
Photos with Jamal Mayers are not guaranteed. There will be photos of Jamal Mayers skating with the cup for sale. Doors open at 4 p.m. For details, call (219) 924-2206.
Silverhawks Fastpitch 14U softball team holding tryouts
CEDAR LAKE | The Silverhawks Fastpitch 14U softball team will hold tryouts from 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Aug. 3, 4, 10 and 11, and at 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at 10709 W. 134th Place. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running Up the Scoreboard 5K on Aug. 6
GRIFFITH | Bridges's Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar will be hosting its third annual "Running Up the Scoreboard" 5K, Aug. 6. The race will start at 6:30 p.m. in front of Bridges' Scoreboard, 121 N. Griffith Blvd. Registration is from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Race day registration is $25. Pre-race registration is $20 and may be done on www.thtiming.com or by stopping in at Bridges'.
Proceeds will benefit the Griffith Pantherettes dance team.
Crown Point Swim Club to hold kids triathlon
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Swim Club will hold a sprint kids triathlon for ages 6 and over Sept. 28 at Crown Point High School. For details, email email@example.com or visit www.crownpointswimclub.org.
Illiana Blackbirds looking for host families
The Illiana Blackbirds junior hockey team is looking for host families for the 2013-2014 season. Those interested should call Jacqueline Owerko at (312) 301-8200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunting education safety courses at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | The Department of Natural Resources will hold hunter's education safety courses Aug. 16 and 17, and Sept. 13 and 14 at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, W. 109th Ave. Times are from 6 to 9 p.m. on the Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Saturdays.
For details, contact the DNR at (219) 879-5710 or go to www.in.gov/dnr/.
Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons
MERRILLVILLE | Former Merrillville boys basketball coach and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member Jim East is giving basketball shooting lessons through July and August. For cost and registration, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.
Hammond Optimist Youth Sports hosting World Series
HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports is hosting the 2013 Cal Ripken 12U World Series, Aug. 9-16 at the HOYS Complex located at Columbia Avenue and River Drive. The HOYS Bulldogs as well as the Northern Indiana champions will be two of the 10 teams participating in the series. Those interested in sponsoring and/or volunteering for the event should contact Tim Bell at (219) 484-0568 or Doyle Godbolt at (219) 512-4543, or email hoysports.baberuthonline.com.
For further details, go to www.12uworldserieshammond.org.
Ron Kittle to hold Retro Jersey Motorcycle Ride
COUNTRYSIDE | Ron Kittle's Retro Jersey Motorcycle Ride will take place Aug. 17 starting and ending at the Illinois Harley Davidson, 9950 Joliet Road. Registration is at 9 a.m.; first bike out is at 11 a.m.; last bike in is at 4 p.m. Registration is $55 per person on site and $50 before Aug. 10; VIP registration is $155 per person and $135 before Aug. 10. All registrants receive continental breakfast, ride T-shirt, sponsor giveaways, after ride party access, food and drink ticket, 100-mile ride map and free entry for one-week vacation. VIP registrants will receive '83 replica Kittle jersey, VIP group photo, a special gift and will ride with Kittle's group.
Proceeds will benefit Indiana Sports Charities, which Kittle founded in 1989. To pre-register for the ride, go to www.indianasportscharities.org.
Midwest Training new location taking registrations
CROWN POINT | Midwest Training has added a Crown Point location at 1204 Erie Court. Open registration is underway for gymnastics, tumbling and dance classes. For details, call (219) 662-8844.
Baseball team seeks adult players for World Series
The Region Red Sox are looking for players for the MSBL/MABL 35+ World Series to be held Oct. 28-Nov. 2. in Arizona. The team's sponsor is covering the team fees, lodging and uniforms. Games will be played on MLB spring training fields. Those interested should contact Mike at email@example.com or www.regionredsox.com.
Women's rowing club seeks rowers for Chicago Sprints
Athletes are sought to form a women's rowing club to compete in the Chicago Sprints in July. No experience necessary, but rowers must know how to swim and be able to sustain high intensity cardio workouts. Early morning practices are on Wolf Lake in Hammond. For details, call Joan Crist at (219) 932-2706.
Midwest Training and Ice holding free hockey classes
DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., is holding "Try Hockey for Free" one-day trials for ages 18 and under on Fridays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Skate rental is included. For details, call (219) 558-8811.
Illiana Misfits holding rugby tryouts at Riverside
HAMMOND | The Illiana Misfits Division 3 rugby club is holding tryouts for its seven-man team every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Riverside Park. The club welcomes experienced and inexperienced players. Football, soccer and wrestling experience are beneficial.
For details, contact Tom Sourlis at (219) 923-6490 or Tsourlis@comcast.net.
Crown Point Bulldogs looking for 12U softball player
The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U softball team is looking for one solid player to finish the 2013 season. For details, call Mike Greco at (219) 775-2151 or Andy Niksich at (219) 682-4476.
Seton Academy seeks basketball and cheerleading coaches
SOUTH HOLLAND | Seton Academy is seeking the fill the positions of head boys varsity basketball coach of head cheerleading coach for the 2013-2014 school year. Both candidates must have a valid Illinois teaching certificate or have ASEP/NFHS coaches certificate. Both candidates must also acquire all Archdiocese of Chicago training.
Those interested should send letter of interest and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (708) 333-0542.
Jason Hawkins Basketball Camp at Bishop Noll
HAMMOND | Former Valparaiso University player and current IUN Northwest head men's basketball coach Jason Hawkins will hold a basketball camp for boys and girls ages 5-14 from 9 a.m. to noon July 29-Aug. 1 at Bishop Noll Institute. Cost is $75. For details, call (219) 781-9522 or email email@example.com.
Darrel Chaney to appear at InnerMission dinner
Morton graduate and former major league baseball player Darrel Chaney will appear at the InnerMission Inc. benefit dinner 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Area Career Center, 5727 Sohl Ave., Hammond.
Earlier that day, InnerMission will hold its third-annual golf classic at 8 a.m. at Wicker Park Memorial Park Golf Course in Highland.
Cost for the dinner is $30; cost for golf is $65; cost for both is $75.
For details, call Scott Wells at (219) 712-5736 or email IM@thegateonline.net.