PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Elks Hoop Shoot slated for Wednesday

2013-12-16T17:00:00Z 2013-12-17T02:53:04Z PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Elks Hoop Shoot slated for Wednesday nwitimes.com
December 16, 2013 5:00 pm

Ultimate Armwrestling League coming to Horseshoe

HAMMOND | The Ultimate Armwrestling League is coming to Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr., on Jan. 11. There will be professional and amateur competitions -- amateur competition is open to the public. The tournament starts at 11 a.m.; the ultimate matchup starts at 7 p.m., featuring the super heavyweight main event between the "Brazilian Phenom" Marcio Barboza and "Leviathan" Richard Lupkes.

Tickets are available by calling 1 (800) 745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to moreinfo@theUAL.com.

Senior Singles Bowling Tournament at Set 'Em Up Lanes

GRIFFITH | The Greater Calumet Area USBC will hold its 8th-annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament, Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Set 'Em Up Lanes, 135 N. Broad St. Divisions open to male and female GCA-sanctioned bowlers include ages 50-59 averaging 211 or more; ages 50-59 averaging 210 or less; 60-and-over averaging 201 or more; ages 60-and-over averaging 200 or less.

Participants bowl four games and keep the best three in the handicapped event. Cost is $20. For details, call (219) 923-7240 for www.greatercalumet.com.

Elks Hoop Shoot slated for Wednesday

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Boys and Girls Club will be the site for a qualifying round of the Elks National Hoop Shoot free-throw contest. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. It's open to children aged 8 to 13. For details, call Bob McCasland at (219) 462-5421, or go to www.elks.org/hoopshoot.

Jingle Bell 5K and 10K run on Christmas Eve

CHESTERTON | The Jingle Bell 5K and 10K Run will take place at 8 a.m. on Dec. 24 starting at the Red Cup Cafe, 115 Broadway. Registration is free, but runners are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Westchester Food Pantry.

Online registration is being taken at www.eventbrite.com.

Sign-ups end Friday for youth coed volleyball

VALPARAISO | Sign-ups are available for Valpo Parks Department's youth coed volleyball. The eight-week program is open to first- through sixth-graders. Practices are at the Valpo Boys and Girls Club. Cost is $65 for Valpo residents, $77 for non-residents. Boys and Girls Club members pay $35 less. Registration ends Friday. For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.Valpo.Parks.org.

Dodgeball, kickball available at Portage Parks

PORTAGE | Registration for the Portage Park Department's winter dodgeball and kickball leagues will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday at the park office in Woodland Park. The cost for youth dodgeball or kickball (ages 7 to 14) is $25 for Portage residents, $35 for non-residents. Dodgeball games will be played from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9 to 20, at Oakwood Hall, while kickball games will run from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 20, at Oakwood Hall. The cost for adult coed dodgeball is $150 per team. Games will be played from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursdays in Oakwood Hall, Jan. 9 to Feb. 20. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156.

Soccer programs available at Portage Parks

PORTAGE | The Portage Park Department will conduct two winter soccer programs. Registration for the soccer academy and youth indoor soccer leagues will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday. Both programs will run for seven weeks (Jan. 6-Feb. 23). The academy is open to children aged 7 to 14 and will take place Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. The cost is $75 for Portage residents, $85 for non-residents. The indoor league is open to children aged 3 to 6. The cost is $45 for Portage residents, $55 for non-residents. It will take place Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For details, call Ralph Mundt at (219) 841-5156.

Trot 4 Toys 5K Saturday at Marquette Park

GARY | Trot 4 Toys 5K run/walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Marquette Park. The race is free. Participants are asked to donate a toy, which will be donated to Gary area shelters. For details, go to Cause2Compete.com.

Triple Crown offers softball clinics

VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso will offer a post-Christmas softball clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 26 and 27. Elementary-aged kids are eligible Dec. 26, while the Dec. 27 clinic is for middle school players. Cost is $75 per player, $70 if prepaid. For details, call (219) 462-3927.

Dave Griffin Christmas camp Dec. 27

Dave Griffin's Christmas baseball camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27. Cost is $65. Instructors include Orioles farmhand Trent Howard and Purdue Calumet recruiting coordinator Alex Triantafillo. For details, call (219) 922-1107, or email Dgbaseball@comcast.net.

Winter baseball workouts at the C.P. Dome

CROWN POINT | Winter baseball workouts for new and returning Babe Ruth league-age players will run for 10 weeks at the Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. The dates are Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16 and 23. Starting times are 5 p.m. for 13-year-olds; 6:30 p.m. for 14-year-olds, and 8 p.m. for 15-year-olds.

Cost is $200. Registration deadline is Dec. 31. For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351.

Storm looking for travel baseball players

The Storm 8-and-under part-time travel baseball team is looking for three players 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.

Valpo VIP Futsal Camp on Jan. 4

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's men's soccer program will host its inaugural VIP Winter Futsal Camp on Jan. 4. The event is intended for male college-bound players. For details, go to www.ValpoSoccerVIP.com.

Rio’s Indoor Golf taking sign-ups for league

VALPARAISO | Rio’s Indoor Golf is taking sign ups for Winter League II, which starts the week of Jan. 6. For details, call (219) 465-5200.

Events scheduled at Creekside Golf Course

VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center will offer Junior 202 golf instruction on Saturdays in December for children aged 12 and older. Cost is $30 per class. Linksters Academy, L'il Tigers and First Tee classes are available. Creekside has also upgraded its golf simulators. Call (219) 531-7888 for hours and tee times.

Winter softball camps at VU

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's softball team will host a a pair of camps this winter. The hitting/pitching camp will be Jan. 19, while the all-skills camp will be Feb. 23. Both camps are available for children in grades two through 12. The cost is $65 for each camp.  The hitting-pitching camp will run in two separate two-hour sessions. Additional early-bird camps for grades eight through 12 are available for an extra $40. A video swing analysis is available for an extra $30. The all-skills camp will be split into separate three-hour groups (grades two to seven and eight to 12). For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com.

Crown Point Babe Ruth to hold sign-ups

CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth will hold sign-ups for players aged 13 to 18 from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 at Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. The cost is $200 per player, which includes $25 in raffle tickets, $100 for the second player with a $300 family maximum. The 13-15 division will accept players from Crown Point, Hebron, Hobart and Merrillville. The 16-18 division will take players from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Any player born in 1995 is eligible for the 16-18 programs.

For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351 or Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599.

Calumet College hosts softball clinic Jan. 26

WHITING | Calumet College's softball team will host a basic skills clinic from noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 26. Coach Stephanie Zimny, her staff and team will be joined by Illinois-Chicago coach and Olympic gold medal winner Michelle Venturella and others to conduct the camp. Cost is $60 prepaid, $70 at the door. For details, contact Stephanie Zimny at szimny@ccsj.edu or (219) 616-2054.

LaPorte Lazers Black in search of players

LAPORTE | The LaPorte Lazers Black 14-and-under softball team is looking for two more players to fill its roster. For details, contact Larry Johns at (219) 363-9211 or johnslarry246@gmail.com.

Storm 12U team needs players

The 12-and-under Storm baseball team is looking for two players to fill out its roster for the 2014 season. For details, contact Bobby at (219) 840-8918 or bballs75@yahoo.com.

Triple Crown 11U in need of player

VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso's 11-and-under baseball is looking for one player to fill its roster. For details, call (219) 462-3927.

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