Willowcreek fall sports practices start Monday
PORTAGE | Willowcreek Middle School football players are to report for practice at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Practice will go from 9 to 11 a.m. Players should be equipped in shorts, shirt and cleats. Cross country practice will be at 8 a.m. each weekday until school starts, when it will move to 2:45 p.m. In order to practice, all athletes must have a completed and signed physical on file in the athletic office. Physicals that are dated prior to April 1, 2013, are not valid for this school year.
Thomas Jefferson practices begin Monday
VALPARAISO | The opening day for Thomas Jefferson Middle School fall practices is Monday. Volleyball tryouts will run from 9 to 11;30 a.m., cross country from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and football from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
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. Wednesday.
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.
Chesterton Cougars 13U tryouts this weekend
CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Cougars 13-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts from 2 to 4 p.m. today 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.
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 go from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. For details, contact Jim Smith at (219) 712-2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Tryouts for 14U will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. For details, contact Rod Thomas at email@example.com. Utility players and pitchers interested in trying out for the 16U team should contact Lisa Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or Robb Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duneland Flyers baseball team to hold tryouts
CHESTERTON | The Duneland Flyers 14-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Westchester Intermediate School, 1050 S. Fifth Street. Those unable to attend can arrange for an individual tryout. For details about the Duneland Flyers, go to www.dunelandflyers.com. For details about Elite Baseball Training, which is partnering with the Flyers, go to www.elitebaseballteams.com.
Triple Crown softball tryouts Sunday
PORTER TOWNSHIP | The Triple Crown Nightmare 12-and-under softball team will hold tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Boone Grove High School. For details, call George Pate at (219) 746-9209.
South Shore Steelheads schedule 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 16U tryouts will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at City Ball Park. For details on 14U, call Dave (14 U) at (219) 545-1422, and 16U should contact John Batistatos at (219) 384-6656 or email@example.com. The team's website is www.southshoresteelheads.com.
Aftermath Fastpitch to hold 14U softball tryouts
VALPARAISO | Aftermath Fastpitch will hold tryouts for its 14-and-under team at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. For details, call (219) 916-9243; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.aftermathfastpitch.com.
LaPorte Fastpitch Club Fall tryouts Tuesday
LAPORTE | Tryouts for the LaPorte Fastpitch Club's 8-and-under softball team will start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lions Field No. 1. For details, contact Rachael Pearish at (219) 851-0852 or email@example.com.
Hot Shots raising funds for Arizona firefighter families
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Hot Shots 14-and-under softball team will raise funds for the families of the 19 firemen killed in the recent fire in Arizona. The softball team will sell baked goods from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Harley Davidson dealership during a car and bike show cruise.
Indiana Raiders 12U tryouts Friday
PORTAGE | Tryouts for the Indiana Raiders 12-and-under softball team will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Imagination Glen Park. For details, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
Self-defense class Friday at Valpo ATA
VALPARAISO | Valpo ATA will host a self-defense class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $10. For details, call (219) 462-5000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valparaiso Bombers baseball tryouts Aug. 17
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Bombers, an 11-and-under baseball team, will hold tryouts for the 2014 season at 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Valparaiso Americans Little League Fields, 3603 Oak Grove Drive. For details, contact Sean Siewin at (219) 477-8225 or email@example.com.
Westville's Blackhawk Open Aug. 17
The Blackhawk Open golf outing will take place at 9 a.m. Aug. 17 at Legacy Hills in LaPorte. Cost is $60 per golfer. For details, contact Westville athletic director Ken Shilt at (219) 785-2531, ext. 1223, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Portage Jr. Miss fall ball registration ends Aug. 17
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.
High school fall ball sign-ups open
PORTAGE | The high school baseball fall league and exposure tour held on Sundays at Portage High School is accepting registration until Aug. 18. Space is limited for incoming players entering grades nine to 12. For details, go to www.hsfbl.com.
Triple Crown baseball tryouts Aug. 22
VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso will hold tryouts for its 15-and-under and 16U travel baseball teams from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Triple Crown Valparaiso. For details, call (219) 462-3927.
Openings for Porter County Storm Fall Ball team
The Porter County Storm baseball team has openings for its fall ball team. Players born in 1994 through May 1, 1998, are eligible to play. For details, contact Nick Doud at (219) 331-3080 or email@example.com.
Indiana Warriors to hold 12U baseball tryouts
CROWN POINT | The Indiana Warriors 12-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at the Lakes of Four Seasons baseball fields. For details, call (219) 613-7675.
Kouts golf outing Aug. 24 at Sandy Pines
Kouts High School's athletic department is sponsoring a golf outing at 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at Sandy Pines in DeMotte. Cost is $65 per person. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kouts Country Classic race Aug. 24
KOUTS | Kouts High School's athletic department is accepting registration for the Country Classic 4-mile run, which starts at 8 a.m. Aug. 24 at KHS. Cost is $20 by Aug. 18, $25 on race day. For details, email email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 Wednesday, $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 $20. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
Hunting education safety courses at Cedar Creek
CEDAR LAKE | The Department of Natural Resources will hold hunter's education safety courses Friday and Aug. 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; VIP registration is $155 per person. 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.
Eighth annual Harvest Bicycle Century Tour Sept. 8
ROLLING PRAIRIE | The Rolling Prairie Lions Club's eighth annual Harvest Bicycle Century Tour bicycle ride will start at 7 a.m. Sept. 8 at the elementary school. The event benefits pediatric cancer programs, Alpha 1 Immunodeficiency Syndrome research and other Lions projects. Routes are 25, 40, 62 and 100 miles, plus a 15-mile family ride. Fees are $15 per person, $30 for family riders before Aug. 31. For details, call Ron King at (219) 778-4568, or go to www.rollingprairie.org.
Washington Township golf outing Sept. 15
The Washington Township School athletic department will hold the Senator Open golf outing Sept. 15 at Forest Park Golf Course. Cost is $60 per golfer. Registration ends Sept. 3. For details, call Sue Lipinski at (219) 464-3598.
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.
Valparaiso Y to host indoor soccer clinics
VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso YMCA will host indoor soccer clinics Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 24 through Oct. 10. Sign-up deadline is Sept. 20. Cost is $20 for members, $40 for nonmembers. For details, go to www.valpoymca.org.
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.
Junior Achievement Golf Classic Sept. 30
MICHIGAN CITY | Junior Achievement of LaPorte County's inaugural Golf Classic will take place at noon Sept. 30 at Pottawattamie Golf Club. Registration deadline is Sept. 20. For details, contact Lisa Scheller at (219) 873-3002 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.