PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Portage, Valpo Turkey Trots Thursday

2012-11-16T17:00:00Z 2012-11-17T03:45:03Z PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Portage, Valpo Turkey Trots Thursday nwitimes.com
November 16, 2012 5:00 pm

12th annual Turkey Trot Thursday

PORTAGE | The 12th annual Turkey Trot four-mile run/5K noncompetitive walk will take place at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The event will start and finish at the Portage Township YMCA. For details, go to www.ymcaofportage.org; call (219) 762-9622, or email amber@ymcaofportage.org.


Valparaiso Turkey Trot Thursday

VALPARAISO | Porter-Starke Services Foundation will host the ninth annual Valparaiso Turkey Trot 5K walk/run and 10K race at 8 a.m. Thursday at Valparaiso High School. To register, go to www.porterstarke.org.


Thanksgiving break junior golf programs available

VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center will offer junior golf programs during Thanksgiving break. Junior 101 (aged 9 to 11) will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, while Junior 202 (12 and older) will follow from 3 to 5 p.m. Both classes are $30. Lil Tigers (3 to 5) will run from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Nov. 24. An accompanying adult can play for free. Linkster (6 to 8) will run from 2 to 3 p.m. Both classes are $15. For details, call Nancy Bender at (219) 531-7888.


Valpo High to host hoops camp

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Vikings boys basketball program will conduct a Black Friday Basketball Camp from 9 a.m. to noon Friday for boys in grades one to five. Players will be coached in basic skills by the Valpo coaching staff and players. There will be a variety of games, contests and prizes. Cost is $25. Participants will register before the camp. Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Enter through Door 5.

Former Olympian to appear in Chesterton

CHESTERTON | Distance runner Adam Goucher, who participated in the 2000 Olympics and was an NCAA champion with the University of Colorado, will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at Chesterton Middle School. There will also be a fun run at 7:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Extra Mile Fitness, 1330 E. Lincolnway, with Goucher participating. To register for the fun run, go to www.thtiming.com. For details, call (219) 309-3428.


Portage Tribe 12U baseball team seeks players

The Portage Tribe 12-and-under baseball team is seeking players for the 2013 baseball season. Players must live in Northwest Indiana. Those interested should call (219) 309-6546.


Triple Crown TCE seeks 18U baseball players

Triple Crown TCE, an 18-and-under baseball team, is looking for players. Those interested should call Rich Bafia at (219) 678-0493.


Youth coed volleyball registration under way

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks Department is starting a coed youth volleyball league. Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Dec. 21 at the Valpo Parks Office. The league, to be conducted at the Boys and Girls Club of Valparaiso, is open to second- through fifth-graders. The season will run Jan. 7 through March 2. Games will begin Jan. 26. Practices will be held on Wednesdays or Thursdays with games on Saturdays. Cost is $55 for Valpo residents, $65 for nonresidents. The fee includes an annual Boys and Girls Club membership. Anyone with an active membership will receive a $25 discount. For details, go to www.valpoparks.org, or call (219) 462-5144.


Junior golf sessions available in November

VALPARAISO | Several junior golf sessions for children aged 3 to 18 are available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in November at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center. Options include Junior 101 and 202 classes, Li’l Tigers, Linksters Academies and LPGA Girls Golf. Prices range from $10 to $30 per class, plus range balls. For details, go to www.nancybender.com, or call Nancy Bender at (219) 531-7888.


Little League competes for $2,500 grant

PORTAGE | Portage Little League has a chance to receive a $2,500 grant as part of  Liberty Mutual Insurance's Responsible Sports program. People are encouraged to go to www.ResponsibleSports.com/Grant and fill out a 10-question quiz. Each completed quiz is worth a point. Organizations that earn the most points in their division will win one of the 15 grants. The competition ends Nov. 30. For details, visit www.portagelittleleague.org or www.facebook.com/PortageLL.


Indiana Raiders seek utility player

The Indiana Raiders 10-and-under fast-pitch softball travel team is in need of a No. 1 pitcher and a utility player. To set up a tryout, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.


Gump's taking reservations for lessons

KOUTS | Gump's Baseball/Softball School is taking reservations for private lessons or team rentals. For details, call Andy Rasala at (219) 766-3109.


Winter VIP Soccer Camps run Dec. 2, March 17

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University men's soccer program will run VIP Day Camps on Dec. 2 and March 17. For details, contact Jeff Oleck at (219) 464-5059 or Jeff.Oleck@valpo.edu, or go to www.valposoccerVIP.com.


State umpiring indoor clinic at Fun Center Dome

CROWN POINT | An indoor National Babe Ruth Baseball Umpire Clinic will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Crown Point Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. Registration will start at 7:45 a.m. All youth league umpires and anyone interested in becoming an umpire with national certification are encouraged to attend. Umpires will need to dress and bring their own equipment if available. An open-book national certifiction test will be given to first-time umpires. Returning umpires can become recertified for the 2013 season. The cost of the clinic alone is $25, which includes lunch, plus $45 to take the certification or to recertify. To RSVP, call Randy Walker at (219) 865-2437 or John Pearson at (219) 661-9923.


Baseball, softball skill sessions offered

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Parks youth program and Valparaiso University's baseball and softball teams have joined to offer youth baseball and softball lessons. The one-hour sessions will run on Sundays through Jan. 20. Each lesson is $1. No registration is required. For details, go to www.valpoparks.org, or call (219) 462-5144.


Assistant baseball coach opening at Westville

WESTVILLE | Westville High School is accepting applications for its assistant varsity baseball coaching position. For details, go to www.westville.k12.in.us.


Triple Crown taking team practice reservations

VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso is taking reservations for winter team practices. For details, call (219) 462-3927, or go to www.triplecrownvalpo.com.


Storm seeks players for 10-and-under baseball team

The 10-and-under Storm part-time travel baseball team is looking for players, who will still be allowed to play in Little League/Cal Ripken. For an individual tryout, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.


Crown Point Bulldogs softball team seeks pitcher

CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 16-and-under travel "A" softball team is looking for a pitcher. For tryout details, call (219) 512-4229.


Porter County Storm seeks baseball managers/coaches

CHESTERTON | The Porter County Storm is in need of a manager and assistant coaches for its 16-and-under White baseball team. Interested candidates should email their experience and a brief explanation of why they are seeking the position to Nick Doud at nicholasdoud25@25yahoo.com.


Southshore Steelheads need a player

The Southshore Steelheads 13-and-under travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete its 2013 spring/summer roster. For details, contact coach Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or coop_365@msn.com.


Triple Crown seeks baseball players

Those interested in playing for Triple Crown's 11-and-under, 14U, 16U and 18U baseball teams should call Rich Bafia at (219) 678-0493.


Indiana Playmakers seek 9U baseball players

The Indiana Playmakers 9-and-under baseball team seeks players for next year. Those interested should contact George at (773) 908-5445.


Baseball/softball bat speed course offered

VALPARAISO | A bat speed training course for both baseball and softball will be offered for players aged 10 to 23 at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. weekdays. For details, call Eric Snyder at (219) 241-9167.

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