PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Portage soccer sign-ups this weekend

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January 10, 2011 10:00 pm

Portage soccer sign-ups this weekend

PORTAGE | The Portage Soccer Club will offer sign-ups for the spring season from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well as Jan 22-23 and Jan 29-30 in the Portage High School fieldhouse. Enter through Door D. Boys and girls teams are available for under-8, U10, U12 and U14 divisions. The club is affiliated with the Northwest Indiana Soccer League. For details, visit www.portageyouthsoccer.com, or e-mail info@portageyouthsoccer.com.


Union Twp.-Wheeler Little League sign-ups

UNION TWP. | Sign-ups for the Union Twp.-Wheeler Little League will be from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday as well as Jan. 22 and 29 in the Wheeler High School fieldhouse.


Union Twp. softball sign-ups Jan. 22, 29

UNION TWP. | Union Twp. softball sign-ups will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 22 and 29 at the Wheeler High School fieldhouse. Fees are $95 per child or $150 per family. T-ball is $45. For details, call Kenny Edmond at (219) 510-2971.


Wiffle ball tournament Jan. 22

PORTAGE | An indoor wiffle ball tournament will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 22 at Woodland Park. Cost is $5 per player. The event is open to ages 18 and older. Registration deadline is Jan. 20. For details, call Dave Byers at (219) 762-1675.


Valpo Parks baseball, softball sign-ups Sunday

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation will accept youth softball and baseball sign-ups from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Valparaiso High School fieldhouse. Registration will also be taken from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the park office (3210 Campbell) or by calling (219) 462-5144.


Sign-ups under way for Valpo Parks youth sports

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation has started sign-ups for the following youth sports: spring soccer (ages 4-12), kick start soccer (3-5), Cal Ripken Rookie League Baseball (coed 7-8), Cal Ripken Baseball (9-12), Babe Ruth Baseball (13-15), girls softball (5-16) and Valpo coed T-ball (5-6). For details, call (219) 462-5144, or go to www.valparaisoparks.org.


PYB hosts annual tourneys

PORTAGE | The 22nd annual Portage Youth Basketball boys and girls all-star tournaments for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade boys will be held Feb. 25-27. There will be a maximum of eight teams per grade with pool and bracket play. Teams are guaranteed a minimum of three games with awards for first and second place. Cost is $250 per team, payable to Portage Youth Basketball. There is a $50 discount for registration paid before Jan. 28. For details, e-mail Andy Maletta at a.maletta@comcast.net, or go to www.portagebasketballcom.


Valpo Americans LL sign-ups start Saturday

VALPARAISO | Sign-ups for Valpo Americans Little League baseball will begin Saturday. The league is open to players ages 5-18. The first session will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Valparaiso High School's Cafeteria B. Other sessions at Cafeteria B will run from 6:30 8 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, plus 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 30. For details, contact Brian Rafferty at (219) 477-1065 after 5 p.m., or go to www.valpoamericansbaseball.org


Middle school hoops at Portage Twp. YMCA

PORTAGE | Portage Twp. YMCA's middle school basketball league is open to boys ages 11-14 and will run from Monday to Feb. 26. Fees are $26 for primary plus members, $36 for primary members and $72 for others. For details, contact Ryan Penrod at (219) 762-9622 or ryan@ymcaofportage.org.


January activities available at Portage Y

PORTAGE | Four activities are available in January at the Portage Twp. YMCA. A church basketball league will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 18. Team fee is $175. An adult singles racquetball league is open to ages 14 and older. Matches will take place Monday through March 11. Cost is $20. For details, contact Ryan Penrod at either (219) 762-9622 or ryan@ymcaofportage.org, or go to www.ymcaofportage.org.


Several golf clinics available at Creekside

VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center is offering adult and junior classes in January.

Monday morning ladies clinics will run from 10 to 11 a.m. Clinics will be Monday (fairway woods and hybrids) and Jan. 31 ((swing path and drills). Cost is $15. Wednesday afternoon clinics will run from 2 to 3 Wednesday (video analysis of full swing), Jan. 19 (putting drills) and Jan. 26 (tee shots and fairway woods). Cost is $15. Saturday afternoon classes will run from 3 to 4 Saturday (practice programs for the preseason), Jan. 22 (solid contact with irons) and Jan. 29 (fairway woods and hybrids). Cost is $15.

Lil' Tiger Classes for ages 3-5 run from 1 to 1:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Cost is $15. Linkster classes for ages 6-8 begin at 2 p.m. Saturday (chipping and woods), Jan. 22 (work the bag) and Jan. 29 (putting and irons). Cost is $15. Junior 101 classes for ages 9-11 will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday (chipping and woods), Jan. 21 (work the bag) and Jan. 28 (chipping and putting). Cost is $15. Junior 202 classes for ages 12 and older will run from 4 to 6 p.m. today (work the bag), Jan. 18 (score with the short game) and Jan. 25 (full swing: irons and woods). Cost is $30.

For details, call (219) 531-7888.


FC Mystique spring soccer sign-ups start in January

CHESTERTON | FC Mystique Soccer Club will hold both sign-ups and tryouts in January for its spring season at Liberty Bible Church, 824 N. Calumet Ave. Children ages 8-10 will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, ages 11-13 will meet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, and high-school age players will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today. For details, call (219) 608-3183 or visit www.mystiquesoccer.com


Cornhole tourney Friday

PORTAGE | A cornhole tournament will take place at 6 p.m. Friday at Woodland Park. Cost is $30 per team. Those ages 18 and older are eligible. Register at Woodland Park before the start of the tournament.


Dodgeball begins in January at Woodland Park

PORTAGE | Youth and adult dodgeball leagues plus adult dodgeball tournaments will begin in January at Woodland Park. The six-week youth league is for ages 7-12. It will run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The league will start Monday. The cost is $20 per resident, $25 for non-resident. A coed adult league will take place on Wednesday nights, beginning Jan. 19. Games will run from 8 to 10 p.m. Cost is $150 per team. Players must be at least 15. Registration deadline is Thursday. Adult tournaments will take place Saturday and Feb. 5. Each tourney starts at 1 p.m. Players must be at least 15. Cost is $50 per team. For details, go to www.facebook.com/portageparks.


Lacrosse events scheduled for January

CROWN POINT | A free lacrosse expo and team callout meeting will take place in January. The free expo will run from 5:15 to 8 p.m. Jan. 22 at Southlake YMCA 1450 S. Court St. The clinic is open to middle school and high school athletes. A team callout meeting for Lake County and Hebron athletes will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 29 at On The Square Sports Academy, 105 N. Court St. For details on the expo, e-mail wjeffery@truelacrosse.com or call True Lacrosse at (630) 359-5542. E-mail CrownPointLacrosse@gmail.com for details on the team meeting.


VU softball to host winter clinics

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University's softball team will host youth clinics beginning Jan. 30. Beginner clinics are open to ages 12 and under, while advanced clinics are open to ages 13-18. On Jan. 30, both beginner and advanced hitting and pitching clinics will be held. The beginner hitting clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and the beginner pitching clinic will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. The advanced pitching clinic will run from 10 a.m. to noon, while the advanced hitting clinic will run from 1 to 3 p.m. An advanced all-skills clinic will run from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 20, while a beginner all-skills clinic will run from noon to 3 p.m. March 20. Each clinic is $55, if paid 15 days in advance. Otherwise, the cost is $65. For details, go to valposoftballclinics.com.


Women's volleyball tourneys Jan. 29-30

PORTAGE | Women's volleyball tournaments will take place at 8 a.m. Jan. 29-30 at Woodland Park. All players must be out of high school and at least 18. A and B divisions will play Jan 29, while C Division will play Jan. 30. Registration deadline is Jan. 21. Cost is $90 per team. For details, go to www.facebook.com/portageparks.


Kaplan guest speaker at VU baseball bash

VALPARAISO | David Kaplan will be the featured speaker at the fourth annual Valparaiso University Baseball Bash on Jan. 29 at Aberdeen Manor. Kaplan is the host of Chicago Tribune Live on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:15. Tickets are $50. For details, call the Valpo baseball office at (219) 464-5239.


Hoops league at The Fieldhouse

MERRILLVILLE | The Fieldhouse-Merrillville will host a future stars hoops league. The league is open to children in kindergarten through third grade. The league runs Saturdays Jan. 22 through March 5. Team fee is $350. The individual fee is $75. For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.


Valpo resident discount golf cards available

VALPARAISO | The 2011 discount golf card is free for Valparaiso city residents. The card allows residents to receive reduced rates on greens fees. Stop by Creekside or Forest Park to pick up a card. Also, 2011 golf passes for Forest Park and Creekside golf courses are available at 2010 rates. Available pass types include individual, couples, senior, senior couples, student (valid college ID) and junior (18 and younger). All passes are good for play on both golf courses. Passes can be purchased seven days a week at Creekside or Monday through Friday at the Valparaiso Parks office. For details, call either (219) 531-7888 (Creekside) or (219) 462-5144 (parks office).


Taekwondo classes begin in February

PORTAGE | Taekwondo classes for children ages 12 and under will start Feb. 8 in the Blue Spruce Room at Woodland Park. The session will last four weeks and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Ages 3-5 will meet from 4 to 4:30 p.m., while ages 6-12 will meet from 5:40 to 6:30 p.m. Resident costs are $25 for ages 3-5 and $40 for ages 6-12. Non-resident fees are $30 for residents, $45 for non-residents. Registration deadline is Feb. 7. For details, call David Byers at (219) 762-1675.


Indiana Lake Effect seeks softball players

PORTAGE | The Indiana Lake Effect, a 14-and-under girls softball team, is seeking players for the upcoming season. Call John Bryan at (219) 762-8520 to schedule a tryout.


Morgan seeks summer baseball games

MORGAN TWP. | The Morgan Twp. High School baseball team is looking for summer games between June 10 and 30.

Morgan will play high school, travel and Babe Ruth teams. Interested coaches should contact Jason Dorshorst at (219) 682-8380 or at jason.dorshorst@epcsc.k12.in.us.


Hoosier Baseball League looking to add teams

The Hoosier Baseball League, for ages 28 and older, is looking to add two teams for next season. Games are played on Sundays throughout Lake and Porter counties. For details, contact Rudy at hblnwi@yahoo.com.


Hoosier Hurricanes looking for players

The Hoosier Hurricanes 18-and-under softball team is looking for an experienced pitcher and two experienced utility players. For details, call Kelly at (219) 290-4278.


Breakers seek baseball players

The Indiana Breakers baseball organization is looking for 15-, 16- and 18-year-old players for its 2011 summer travel teams. For details, contact Dan Zawada at d.zawada@comcast.net.


Michigan City Wolves seek 10U baseball players

The Michigan City Wolves Travel Baseball Program is looking for baseball players interested in playing 10U travel baseball. The team is for players who turn 10 before the April 30, 2011, deadline. For details, call Bart at (219) 406-3391 or Jeff at (219) 861-7696 after 5 p.m.


Crowell instructing at Triple Crown

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso High School graduate and former major league player Jim Crowell is available for private pitching instruction at Triple Crown Valparaiso Baseball & Softball Training Center. For details, call (219) 462-3927.


Baseball/softball lessons offered at Gump's

KOUTS | Gump's Baseball/Softball School is offering private one-on-one lessons or team practices. For details, call (219) 766-3109.


Joe Plesac giving private pitching lessons

Former N.C. State, Team USA and San Diego Padres organization baseball player Joe Plesac is giving pitching lessons to ages 10 and over during the winter. For details, contact Plesac at (219) 242-2774 or josephplesac@aol.com.

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