Blackbirds advance to Great Lakes Division finals
ST. JOHN | With a pair of convincing wins over the Wooster (Ohio) Oilers on March 8 and 9 while playing host at the Midwest Training and Ice Center, the Illiana Blackbirds advanced to the Great Lakes Division finals of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League playoffs.
That Friday during the second round, the Blackbirds routed the Oilers by a score of 10-1. Nicholas Townes recorded his second hat-trick of the post-season to go with a pair of assists; Chad Miller had two goals and three assists; Nathan Aloisio had a goal and four assists; and Sean Gruenhagen, Damon Reeves, Austin Ahlers and Curtis Artuso each scored for Illiana; and Nicholas Palella, Brandon Niedziela, Vincent Hernandez, Tyler DeVooght, Cameron Montalvo and Jakob Smith were each credit with an assist.
The following Saturday, the Blackbirds capped the two-game sweep with a 4-1 victory. Townes had a pair of goals; Miller scored and had two assists; Gruenhagen had a goal; Aloisio had three assists; Montalvo had two assists; and Kyle Fahy was credited with an assist for Illiana.
During the series, Illiana goalie Calvin Burkhart stopped 56-of-58 shots.
The Blackbirds with play the Wisconsin Rampage this weekend at the Ice Plex in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Game One is 7:45 p.m. Friday; Game Two is 7:15 p.m. Saturday; Game Three (if necessary) is 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Winner advances to the MJHL Championship.
HOYS holding final softball and baseball sign-ups
HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports is holding final baseball and softball sign-ups from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hammond Optimist Youth Sports complex, 1245 North River Drive. Cost for T-ball (ages 5-6 -- must be 5 by Aug. 31, 2013) is $55; cost for baseball (7-12) and softball (7-18) is $90 for the first child, $85, $75 for the third -- family maximum is $250. There will be a $25 per player fundraiser -- family maximum is $50. Sign-up and fundraiser fees are due at sign-ups. Payment plans are available.
For details, contact Tim Bell at (219) 484-0568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Munster Babe Ruth holding final baseball sign-ups
MUNSTER | Munster Babe Ruth will be holding final baseball registration for its 13-15 and 16-18 leagues from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 at Munster Town Hall, Room A. For details, contact Mike Khadivar at email@example.com.
Lake Station Little League holding fiesta dinner
LAKE STATION | Lake Station Little League is hold a fiesta dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and the American Legion Post 100, 1899 Central Ave. Cost is $7. Children under 3 eat free. For details, call (219) 962-3453.
Diamond Queens 14U softball team seeks player
The Diamond Queens 14U softball team is still looking for one player. The team will offer a full season of travel at a reduced cost. For details, call (219) 577-7377 or visit diamondqueensfastpitch.com.
Trek Bicycle Store holding 10-week training program
SCHERERVILLE | Trek Bicycle Store, 651 U.S. 30, is starting a new Joyriders 10-week training program for beginner or intermediate bike riders who are interested in getting reintroduced to their bikes and help improve health and lifestyle. An orientation sign-up meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the store. Cost is $85 for the program which begins March 27. For details, contact Paul Jellema at (219) 322-2453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 16-inch softball league looking for teams
UNIVERSITY PARK | University Park Parks and Recreation is looking for teams to participate in its Men's 16-Inch Sunday Softball League. Games will be played on the Riegel Farm and Olmsted Parks Softball Diamonds. League fee is $575 per team. The regular season will be at least 10 games long followed by a double-elimination tournament.
The next league meeting is 6 p.m. March 23 at the Riegel Farm office, 580 Farmview Rod. For details, call Greg Murray at (708) 534-6456.
Crown Point Lacrosse to host St. Rita Wednesday
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Lacrosse, which has expanded to include a junior varsity team with its varsity team, will open the season at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday against St. Rita at the Crown Point Sportsplex, 1313 E. North St. Admission to the game is free; concessions will be available.
The inaugural season for C.P Lacrosse's youth program -- U13 and U15 -- begins April 14. For details, go to www.freeteams.net/cplax.
Indiana Chiefs holding 14U Memorial Baseball Tournament
HAMMOND | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond are looking for teams to participate in the inaugural Tony Klaja Memorial 14U Baseball Tournament, to be held May 24-27 at Riverside Park. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four games.
Interested teams should contact Dave Sutkowski at (219) 852-9461, Todd Iwema at (219) 313-5996, or go to www.hammondchiefs.com.
Peregrine Basketball Academy intro at PUC
HAMMOND | The Peregrine Basketball Academy will be hosting an introductory training session Sunday at Purdue University Calumet's Fitness and Recreation Center, 173rd St. Times are from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for boys in grades 5-6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for boys in grades 7-8, and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for high school boys. Cost is $25.
This is a kick-off event for a new elite training program that will be conducting multi-week intense sessions throughout the year.
For details, contact Dan Voudrie at (219) 989-2290 or email@example.com.
Babe Ruth umpire clinic at Hammond Civic Center
HAMMOND | A National Babe Ruth Baseball umpire/coaches clinc will be held at the Hammond Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23. Registration will be 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 may become recertified, but do not have to take the test. Cost of the clinic is $25, which includes lunch, plus $40 to take the certification test or to recertify.
To RSVP or for more details, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.
Hurricanes Senior Babe Ruth seeks players, coaches
HAMMOND | The Hammond Hurricanes 16-18 Senior Babe Ruth program is looking for more players and coaches. Sign-ups are from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and March 18 at the Hessville Park concession stand, 173rd and Kennedy. Players born in 1994, 1995, 1996 and before May 1, 1997 are eligible to play. For details, call Rick or Alex Ramirez at (219) 513-9272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Harbor Little League holding registration
EAST CHICAGO | The Indiana Harbor Little League is holding open registration every Saturday in March including April 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every Wednesday in March from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kenny Lofton Baseball Complex, 144th and Elm St. This includes T-ball, baseball and softball for ages 4-18. For details, contact Mario Gomez at (219) 808-2082.
Chicago Blackhawk players to appear at Bridges
GRIFFITH | Bridges Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar, 121 N. Griffith Blvd., will host several upcoming appearances from current Chicago Blackhawk players.
From 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 27, Blackhawk defenseman Nick Leddy will appear; and from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 11, Blackhawk winger Brandon Saad will appear.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for Leddy, and $20 in advance and $30 at the door for Saad. Including with admission to both events are two autographs of any two items and one photo opportunity.
For details, call (219) 924-2206.
Northlake Patriots holding Pop Warner registration
The Northlake Patriots Pop Warner program is holding football, cheer and dance registration for the 2013 season, from 10 a.m. to noon April 6 at the East Chicago Library -- Robert A. Pastrick Branch, from 1 to 3 p.m. April 6 at the East Chicago Main Library (Harbor), and from noon to 4 p.m. June 9 at Pulaski Park. Cost is $125 for one child, $200 for two children, $275 for three children and $350 for four or more children.
In addition, there will be a $75 fundraising fee due from each family. All new players will incur an additional $50 jersey fee. For details, call (219) 588-6076 or (219) 473-2915, or go to www.eteamz.com/northlakepatriotspopwarner.com.
Gavit coach to hold girls softball clinic
HAMMOND | Gavit softball coach Emily Smith will hold a girls softball clinic for grades 3-8 from 10 a.m. to noon April 2 at the high school, 1670 175th St. Cost is $10. A free pizza social will follow the event. Permission slips are available on the school's website and in all Hammond elementary and middle schools. For details, call (219) 933-2428, ext. 2063.
Hunter's Education Safety Course at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | Lake County Parks is offering a Hunter's Education Safety Course from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, 10483 W. 109th Ave. Participants must attend both session and pass a written test. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources requires all hunters born after 1986 to take the class. All hunters, regardless of age, need this class if they wish to hunt out of state or participate in state-sponsored hunts.
Those who pass the exam will receive a certified hunter's education card that is good for life. Children 12 and younger are required to have an adult present throughout the class.
Pre-registration is required by calling (219) 947-7275.
E.C. Hall of Fame seeks relatives of inductee
The East Chicago Sports Hall of Fame is seeking surviving relatives and/or friends of Henry Hardy, who is part of the 2013 induction class. For details, contact E.C. HOF founder Jim Platis at (219) 322-8012.
Playmakers 14U baseball team seeks players
The Indiana Playmakers 14U baseball team, coaches by former major leaguer Brad Voyles, is looking for a catcher and an outfielder/pitcher. For details, contact Voyles at (920) 217-4200.
De La Salle seeks high school hockey coach
CHICAGO | De La Salle High School is looking for a varsity head hockey coach. Those interested should contact athletic director Tom White at (312) 842-7355, ext. 118 or email@example.com.
Crown Point Parks looking for adult softball umpires
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Parks Department is looking for adult ASA slow-pitch umpires for its summer leagues. For details, call Dick Zurbriggen at (219) 776-0654.
Hessville Babe Ruth holding sign-ups
HAMMOND | Hessville Babe Ruth will be holding sign-ups from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and March 18 at the concession stand at Hessville Park. Cost is $150. For details, contact Rick or Holly at (219) 513-9272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammond Hermits holding baseball and softball registration
HAMMOND | The Hammond Hermits Athletic Association is holding sign-ups for baseball and softball players ages 4-15, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Olympia Lanes, 4150 Calumet Ave. For details, call (219) 588-8506.
State basketball tournament at the Fieldhouse
MERRILLVILLE | The Fieldhouse-Merrillville, 899 East 99th Court, will host its boys and girls grade 4-12 Tournament of Champions state basketball tournament, which will consist of public, private and travel team divisions, March 23-24. Entry fee is $225 per team and $175 for teams in the Fieldhouse-Merrillville Winter League. Entry deadline is March 18. For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Hall of Fame basketball coach giving lessons
MERRILLVILLE | Former Merrillville boys basketball coach and member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Jim East, is giving individual one-hour basketball lessons for boys and girls in grades 4-12. For cost and registration, call (219) 308-5504 or (219) 662-8157.
Ross Township taking adult softball registrations
MERRILLVILLE | The Ross Township Adult Softball League is taking registrations for the 2013 season. The Men's League will play on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights; the Co-ed League will play on Wednesday nights. There will be upper and lower divisions. Cost is $600 per team. For details, call (219) 769-2111 or visit rosstownship.org.
Cougars 12U travel softball team seeks players
The 2013 12U Cougars travel softball has two openings, all positions considered. The team will support and encourage its players to also participate in local recreational leagues. For details, contact Rich Arndt (219) 395-8198, (773) 551-1185 or email@example.com.
Crown Point taking adult softball sign-ups
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Parks Department Adult Softball Leagues are taking reservations.
The Men's League will have "C" division play on Wednesdays, "D" division play on Thursdays, and "E" division play on Mondays and Tuesdays. Teams will play double-headers each night. Fee is $575 per team. League play begins April 30. Registration deadline is Friday.
The Co-ed League will play on Sundays. Fee is $475 per team. League play begins on April 28. Registration deadline is Friday.
The Women's League will play on Mondays. Fee is $475 per team. League play begins on May 6. Registration deadline is Friday.
All teams must pay full amount or make a deposit of $100 to secure a position.
Also, the Sunday Men's Softball League is taking sign-ups Fee is $550 per team. The season will being May 19 with a preseason tournament. Registration deadline is April 1.
For details about the Men's, Women's and Co-ed leagues, call Richard Zurbriggen at (219) 663-3408 (home) or (219) 776-0654 (cell); for details about the Sunday Men's League, call James Shrader at (219) 794-4327.
Dodgeball league starting at Indiana Elite
MERRILLVILLE | The Elite Championship Series, a 12-week coed dodgeball league, will begin play on April 7 at Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball Facility, 8224 Wright St. Registration fee for the six-on-six teams (three males, three females -- teams may have up to eight players) is $300. For details, call (219) 779-7813 or (219) 545-2241, or go to www.team-elite.com.
Sunday slowpitch softball hitting league at Indiana Elite
MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball Facility, 8224 Wright St. -- located behind the Merrillville Lexus dealership, is taking sign-ups for its Sunday Slowpitch Softball Hitting League. Hitting and pitching lessons are also available at Indiana Elite.
For details, go to www.train-elite.com -- services are located under site's "Training Menu." For details, call (219) 779-7813 or (219) 545-2241.
Indoor team practice rental at Triple Crown All-Stars
SCHERERVILLE | Triple Crown All-Stars, 2208 U.S. 41, has openings for team rentals in its indoor practice facility during the months of January through March. For details, call (219) 864-0711.
Playmakers Elite Tournament seeks 15U baseball teams
GRIFFITH | The Playmakers Elite Tournament is taking registration for 15U baseball teams. The tournament will take place July 5-7 at the Griffith High School varsity field. Cost is $450 per team. There will be a three-game guarantee. For details, contact Dave Griffin at (219) 922-1107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.