Aftermath Fastpitch to hold 14U softball tryouts
VALPARAISO | Aftermath Fastpitch will hold tryouts for its 14-and-under team at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 13, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. For details, call (219) 916-9243, email email@example.com, or go to www.aftermathfastpitch.com.
Bases Loaded taking team, individual reservations
VALPARAISO | Bases Loaded is taking reservations for team and individual practices for use of its batting cages, pitching tunnel and open area for practices. For details, call Denise at (219) 678-4487 or go to basesloadedllc.com.
Triple Crown Valpo to hold baseball tryouts
VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso, 2902 Cascade Drive, will host tryouts for its 16-and-under and 17/18U baseball teams. Tryouts for the 16U team will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. Tryouts for the 17/18U team will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The coach is Rich Bafia. For details, call (219) 462-3927.
Triple Crown Threat schedules softball tryouts
The Triple Crown Threat 14-and-under softball team will hold tryouts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bailly Elementary School in Chesterton. Registration will start an hour before tryouts. For details, call Doug at (219) 242-1580.
The Triple Crown Threat 18U softball team will hold tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Triple Crown Valparaiso. For details, call Sara at (219) 771-1607.
Intensity 14U softball tryouts Wednesday
VALPARAISO | Tryouts for Intensity Fast Pitch's 14-and-under team will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Bicentennial Park. For details, call Bill Anderson at (219) 771-1273.
LaPorte Lazers tryouts start Wednesday
LAPORTE | The LaPorte Lazers will hold tryouts for their 14- and 16-and-under softball teams at 5 p.m. Wednesday and noon Saturday at Lions Field No. 1. For details, call Rachel Pearish at (219) 851-0852, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Triple Crown to hold softball, baseball tryouts
The Triple Crown Nightmare 12-and-under softball team will hold tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday at Boone Grove High School. For details, call George Pate at (219) 746-9209.
The Triple Crown Outcasts 14U softball team will hold tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Field of Dreams Field No. 6 in South Haven, and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Triple Crown Valparaiso. Interested players should attend both tryouts. For details, email email@example.com.
The Triple Crown 10U baseball will hold tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Triple Crown Valparaiso. For details, call Ed Gomez at (219) 880-9930.
Cobras baseball tryouts Saturday at Thomas Jefferson
VALPARAISO | The Triple Crown Cobras 13-and-under baseball team will hold a tryout at 10 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. For details, call Casey at (630) 461‐9302 or Doug at (219) 405‐0679.
Indiana Raiders 12U tryouts start Saturday
PORTAGE | Tryouts for the Indiana Raiders 12-and-under softball team will run from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Imagination Glen Park. For details, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
Triple Crown Threat to hold softball tryouts
VALPARAISO | The Triple Crown Threat 10-and-under and 12U softball teams will hold tryouts Saturday at the Valparaiso High School softball field. Times are from 9 to 11 a.m. for 10U, 1 to 3 p.m. for 12U. For details, contact Josh Howard at (574) 876-0301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phoenix slates softball tryouts
VALPARAISO | Phoenix softball has scheduled tryouts for its 12-and-under, 14U and 16U teams at Valparaiso High School. The tryout for 12U (10U players moving up for 2013-14) will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14. For details, contact Jim Smith at (219) 712-2303 or email@example.com. Tryouts for 14U will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 13. For details, contact Rod Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org. Utility players and pitchers interested in trying out for the 16U team should contact Lisa Thomas at email@example.com.
Chesterton Cougars 13U tryouts this weekend
CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Cougars 13-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Dogwood Park. For details, call Jody Watting at (219) 983-2427, Kevin Cardenas at (219) 309-0781 or Ed Schmidt at (219) 508-1191.
Portage LL starting Fall Ball
PORTAGE | Portage Little League will hold a Fall Ball season. It's open to all ages. Cost is $25. To register, call Dave Fravel at (219) 771-7253, or go to www.portagelittleleague.org.
Indiana Elite Gymnastics offers clinic
WHEELER | Indiana Elite Gymnastics, 679 W. Ind. 130, will offer back handspring clinics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $30. For details, call (219) 764-1019, or email IEG_ASA@aol.com.
Portage Tribe baseball tryouts Sunday
PORTAGE | The Portage Tribe traveling baseball teams will hold tryouts Sunday at the Portage High School softball fields. Tryouts will begin at 9 a.m. for the 9-and-under team, 10:30 a.m. for the 10U team, noon for the 11U team, 1:30 p.m. for the 12U team and 3 p.m. for the 13U team. Players should arrive 30 minutes early for registration. For details, email Ken Elwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robb Russell at email@example.com.
Ben Franklin fall practice schedule begins Monday
VALPARAISO | Fall sports practices at Ben Franklin Middle School will begin Monday. Football will meet from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., while volleyball will go from 9 to 11 a.m.
Cross country will start with practice from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 14.
Union Twp. Middle School football starts Monday
UNION TOWNSHIP | Union Township Middle School football will hold its first practice from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Indiana Warriors to hold 12U baseball tryouts
CROWN POINT | The Indiana Warriors 12-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Aug. 17 at the Lakes of Four Seasons baseball fields. For details, call (219) 613-7675.
Bulldogs 16U 'A' softball tryouts slated
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 16-and-under 'A' travel softball team will hold tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on field No. 7 at the C.P. softball complex, located at 113th Avenue and U.S. 231. For details, call Sam at (219) 512-4229.
Region Storm to hold tryouts for 17U baseball team
The Region Storm will hold tryouts for its 17-and-under baseball team. For consideration, contact Ken Haluska at (219) 313-4726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWI White Sox softball to hold tryouts
MERRILLVILLE | The NWI White Sox Softball program will hold tryouts for the 2014 season at the Andrean High School softball complex. Tryouts for 10-and-under will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday; tryouts for 12U will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday; tryouts for 14U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday; tryouts for 16U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, and tryouts for 18U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. For details, call Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017.
Rotary Ramble 5K takes place Saturday
DEMOTTE | The 33rd annual Rotary Ramble 5K run/walk will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday on Halleck Street, near the south end of DeMotte Elementary School. The cost is $23. For details, call Char Groet at (219) 987-2875, or go to www.thtiming.com.
Beginner waterfowl hunting workshop Saturday
NORTH JUDSON | The Indiana Department of Natural Resources will host a free beginning waterfowl hunting workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area, 4320 W. Toto Road. For details, call (812) 334-1137 or (574) 896-3522.
South Shore Steelheads to hold 14/15 U baseball tryouts
HOBART | The South Shore Steelheads 14-and-under travel baseball team will hold tryouts from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 18 at City Ball Park. Players must be 14 or younger by April 1, 2014.
The 15-and-under team will hold tryouts at 10 a.m. Saturday also at City Ball Park.
For details on 14U, call Dave (14 U) at (219) 545-1422 or for 15U call Dan Zanolla (15 U) at 219 (781-4915); email email@example.com, or go to www.southshoresteelheads.com.
Self-defense class Aug. 16 at Valpo ATA
VALPARAISO | Valpo ATA will host a self-defense class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Cost is $10. For details, call (219) 462-5000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portage Jr. Miss fall ball registration underway
PORTAGE | Registration for the Portage Jr. Miss Softball fall ball season will end Aug. 17. Games will begin Sept. 8. Registration fee is $50 per player. Divisions are 8-and-under, 10U, 12U, 14U and 17U. Forms are at www.eteamz.com/portagejuniormiss. For details, call Bea West at (219) 617-0537 or Kelly Kolosci at (219) 762-0848.
Valpo Night Ride slated for Aug. 24
VALPARAISO | The third annual Valpo Night Ride, a 15-mile organized bicycle ride that begins and ends at Fairgrounds Park, will start at 11 p.m. Aug. 24. Price is $30 through Friday, $40 through Aug. 24. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
Popcorn Panic, Lit’l Kernel Puff sign-ups underway
VALPARAISO | The 35th annual Popcorn Panic will start at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7 at Central Park Plaza. Runners and walkers can register for the 5-mile run or 5K walk for $25 through Aug. 14, $35 after. The Lit’l Kernel Puff race, for youth aged 2 to 9 (as of Sept. 7), will be at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 7 at the corner of Washington and Lincolnway. Everyone who runs receives a participation ribbon. Entry fee is $10 through Aug. 9, $20 after. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
City by the Lake Triathlon/Duathlon next week
MICHIGAN CITY | The fifth annual City By the Lake Triathlon and inaugural duathlon will take place Friday and Saturday. The kids events will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, while the adult events start at 8 a.m. Saturday. For details, go to www.citybythelaketri.com.
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. 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, call the DNR at (219) 879-5710, or go to www.in.gov/dnr/.
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, $50 before Aug. 10; VIP registration is $155 per person, $135 before Saturday. 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 a one-week vacation. VIP registrants will receive an '83 replica Kittle jersey, VIP group photo, a 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.
Grand Prix of Tennis slates events
MERRILLVILLE | The Northwest Indiana Grand Prix of Tennis will consist of five junior and adult tournaments this summer and fall. Divisions include boys 18, 16, 14, 12 singles; girls 18, 16, 14, 12 singles; men's singles; men's 45 singles; women's singles; boys doubles; girls doubles; men's doubles; women's doubles, and mixed doubles. Tourney dates are the Northwest Indiana Summer Grand Prix on Aug. 17 and 18 at a site to be determined, the Whiting Open on Sept. 21 and 22 at Piatek Tennis Courts and the Grand Prix Finals on Oct. 12 and 13 at a site do be determined.
At each tourney, five points will be awarded for every match won, 20 points for winning a final, 10 points for losing a final and five points for losing a semifinal. The top eight point winners in each division will qualify for the Grand Prix Finals.
Entry fee for each tourney is $10 per singles and doubles team, plus one unopened container of tennis balls. Containers will be sold on-site for $5 per can. Registration deadline is the Wednesday before each tourney. To register, go to www.tennis219.com.
12th annual Tour de LaPorte Aug. 24-25
LAPORTE | The 12th annual Tour de LaPorte will take place Aug. 24 and 25 at Soldiers Memorial Park. A mountain bike time trial has been added to the event. Events also include a 21, 10 or 5K run, a 5K non-competitive walk, mini toddler fun run (aged 4 to 8), road bike time trial and distance cycling (5 to 100 miles). For details, call (219) 326-2471 or (877) 265-4539; email email@example.com, or go to www.tourdelaporte.org.
Catholic Charities golf outing Aug. 26
The annual Catholic Charities golf outing will be held Aug. 26 at Briar Ridge Country Club. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9. The price per golfer is $150, which includes greens fees, range balls, club handling, a cart, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Sponsorships are also available ranging from $150 to $10,000, as well as options for prize donations or monetary contributions. Checks can be made payable to Catholic Charities and mailed to Catholic Charities, 940 Broadway, Gary, IN 46402. The outing generates funds for awareness and programs for Catholic Charities, which assists more than 16,000 individuals in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke counties. For details, call (219) 886-3549.
VU to hold softball camps
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University softball program will hold one individual and two team camps.
The fall experience camp, open to athletes in grades nine to 12, will be Sept. 15 on campus. It is designed to allow participants to experience a day in the life of a Valpo softball player. Campers will get a T-shirt and lunch, and will have the opportunity to play two games. Cost is $130.
The 18-and-under/16U and 14U/12U team camps will be held at Imagination Glen Park in Portage on Sept. 7 and 8 and Oct. 19 and 20, respectively. Teams are guaranteed at least four games. A college coach or player will be available to help instruct during two of each team's games, while college coaches will be invited to the 18U/16U camp. The cost of each of the team camps is $475 per team.
For details, go to www.valposoftballclinics.com, or call (219) 464-5047.
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 at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at Crown Point High School. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.crownpointswimclub.org.
Monster Dash Halloween Run Oct. 27
VALPARAISO | The inaugural Monster Dash, the newest special event of Fit City and Valpo Parks, will be held Oct. 27. Activities include a 1K Family Fun Run and a 5K race, beginning and ending at Central Park Plaza. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero, villain or fairy tale character for the costume fun run. The 1K costs $15, the 5K, $25 or $30 for both. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
Learn volleyball from the Crusaders
VALPARAISO | Children in grades one to six can learn and play volleyball this winter in an eight-week program conducted by the Valparaiso University Crusaders team. All practices and games are held at the Valparaiso Boys & Girls Club. Registration ends Dec. 20. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.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 contact Jacqueline Owerko at (312) 301-8200 or email@example.com.