North Lake sport briefs: WHAM bike ride to traverse region

2013-07-29T22:15:00Z North Lake sport briefs: WHAM bike ride to traverse region
July 29, 2013 10:15 pm

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 Saturday. 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. Friday at The Pavilion. For details, contact Jill Gajewski at, call (219) 659-7678 or


Indiana Elite holding travel ball tryouts

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Elite Baseball Softball Facility, 8224 Wright St., is holding travel baseball and softball tryouts. For baseball, 16U tryouts will be at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Elite, and at 10:45 a.m. Aug. 11 at Lake Central High School; 13U tryouts will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday and 9:15 a.m. Aug. 11 at Lake Central; 12U tryouts will be held noon Sunday at Lake Central, 6 p.m. Aug. 7 at Indiana Elite and noon Aug. 11 at Lake Central; 11U tryouts will be held 1:45 p.m. Sunday at Lake Central, 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Indiana Elite, and 1:45 p.m. Aug. 11 at Lake Central; tryouts for 10U will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 11 at Lake Central; tryouts for 9U will be 4:45 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 11 at Lake Central.

Softball tryouts for 16U will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Lake Central, and 7:45 p.m. Aug. 11 at Indiana Elite; tryouts for 14U will be noon Sunday at Lake Central; 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at Indiana Elite and noon Aug. 11 at Lake Central; tryouts for 10U will be 10:45 a.m. Sunday and Aug. 11 at Lake Central.

For details, call (219) 545-2241 or go to


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.


Dyer Fire holding 12U and 16U travel softball tryouts

DYER | The Dyer Fire are holding 12U and 14U travel softball tryouts at Northgate Park Field One -- the park is located one block south of Main Street on Calumet Avenue. The times are at 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 16, and 11 a.m. Aug. 11 and Aug. 18. For at personal tryouts, contact Jeff Elbaor at (219) 805-3185 or


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.



South Hammond Babe Ruth holding fall sign-ups

HAMMOND | South Hammond Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday 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.


Indiana Angels holding softball tryouts

The Indiana Angels are holding tryouts for their 16U and 12U fastpitch softball teams.

Tryouts for the 16U team will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 10 and 2 p.m. Aug. 11 at 9000 Taft St., Merrillville behind Living Hope Church. For details, call Bill at (219) 488-6915 or email

Tryouts for the 12U team will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 5 at Triple Crown, 2208 U.S. Hwy. 41, Schererville. For details, call Al at (219) 781-1727, Jim at (219) 765-3462 or email


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


Indiana Chiefs holding baseball tryouts

The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond will be holding tryouts for their 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 Sunday 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


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.


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


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


Dyer Fire 16U softball team holding tryouts

HAMMOND | The Dyer Fire 16U "A" Ericksen team is having tryouts at 6 p.m. today 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  7 p.m. Wednesday and noon Sunday at Dave Griffin's for Brian Clark's team; tryouts for 12U through 16U teams will be Sunday 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. Saturday and Aug. 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. today and Aug. 8, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday 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


Triple Crown All Stars holding baseball tryouts

HIGHLAND | The Triple All Stars are holding tryouts for their travel baseball organization Saturday and Aug. 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




Apex Baseball Organization holding baseball tryouts

MERRILLVILLE | The APEX Baseball Organization will hold tryouts for its 15U team from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Merrillville High School baseball field, 276 East 68th Place. Those trying out must register at the APEX website at

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


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


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 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 or visit


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





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


 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

For further details, go to


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


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 or


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



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 or fax to (708) 333-0542.




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
















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