Sign-ups for Valpo gymnastics classes today

VALPARAISO | Registration for June sessions of gymnastics classes at Valparaiso High School run from 5 to 5:30 p.m. (current students) and 5:30 to 6 (new students) today in the fieldhouse. Classes will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, beginning June 10. Cost is $40 for one week, $75 for two weeks and $100 for three weeks. For details, call (219) 464-8018.


Portage Jr. Miss tournament July 12-14

PORTAGE | Portage Jr. Miss Softball's invite all-star tournament will run July 12 to 14. Cost is $350, $275 if paid by Friday. For details, go to


LOFS Soccer schedules sign-ups

Fall registration for LOFS Soccer will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lake of the Four Seasons's soccer fields. Online registration is available at The club's in-house league includes under-6, U8 and U11 coed divisions. The travel league includes U8, U10, U12 and U14 boys and girls divisions. For details, email


Free to Breathe 5K walk Saturday

CHESTERTON | The Free to Breathe 5K walk will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Coffee Creek Watershed, 178 E. Sidewalk Road. For details, go to, or email


Little Sluggers Baseball/Softball League at WMS

PORTAGE | Walk-up registration for the Little Sluggers Baseball/Softball League for players aged 3 to 7 will be at 5:15 p.m. June 4 at Willowcreek Middle School. Practice dates are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25. Game dates are from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. June 8, 15, 22 and 29. Players need to have glove, tennis shoes/plastic spikes and a cold drink. Parent/guardian must stay on property while league is in session. Cost is $50. For details, contact Jeff Smith at (219) 805-6213 or


Millennium Vardar to hold soccer tryouts

Millennium Vardar, a premier soccer club in Northwest Indiana, will hold open tryouts for boys and girls in under-8 and U18 divisions starting in June. For details, contact Vangel Nacovski at (219) 577-5509 or


Leon's Triathlon slated for Sunday

HAMMOND | Northwest Indiana will host the 30th anniversary of Leon’s Triathlon on Sunday. Leon’s Triathlon is an Olympic distance race beginning and ending at Wolf Lake Park. It includes a .9-mile swim, 24.6-mile bike and a 6.2-mile run. Cost is $165. The triathlon will also offer team registration and relay registration. For details or to register, go to

Leon's Triathlon will be hosting a Demo Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Lake Park. The event will showcase a variety of active lifestyle sports and products in addition to triathlon gear. There will also be training, gear and nutrition seminars by professional athletes, entertainment and food. Interested vendors should email


Aquacise classes start June 4

PORTAGE | Portage YMCA's aquacise classes will run from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4 to 27 at the high school west pool. Cost is $16 for members, $32 for non-members. For details, call (219) 762-9622.


June evaluations for NWI United Futbol Club

PORTAGE | Evaluations for the Northwest Indiana United Futbol Club will take place June 5, 11-13 at Imagination Glen West, 2275 McCool Road. A mandatory commitment meeting will run from noon to 2 p.m. June 15 at Woodland Park. Pre-register at For details, go to the website, or email director of coaching Mis' Mrak at


OE Nelson's Port-A-Pit fundraiser June 7

VALPARAISO | Opportunity Enterprises will hold a Nelson's Port-a-Pit Chicken fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 at their offices, 2801 Evans Ave., and at Walgreen's, on U.S. 30. For details, email


Golf 101 class at Robbinhurst on June 7

VALPARAISO | Robbinhurst Golf Club will host a free Golf 101 class from 6 to 7 p.m. June 7. For details, call (219) 762-9711.


Beginners lacrosse camp starts June 9

VALPARAISO | A lacrosse camp for beginners will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Sundays from June 9 through Aug. 18 at West Side Park. Valpo resident cost is $50 for children aged 8 to 17 and $60 for adults, while non-resident costs are $60 for children aged 8 to 17 and $70 for adults. For details, contact Roger Perlstein (, (518) 810-5217) or the Valpo Parks Department (, (219) 462-5144,


Soccer camp at West Side Park June 10-14

VALPARAISO | An annual youth soccer camp for children aged 7 to 18 will be conducted June 10 to 14 at West Side Park. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 8 p.m. For details, call camp director Danny Jeftich at (219) 242-3770.


Valpo University offers summer basketball camps

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University's men's and women's basketball teams will host youth camps this summer.

The women's team will run a four-day camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 10 through 13 for girls entering grades three through eight. The cost is $90. An overnight elite camp for incoming high school students will run June 18 and 19. The cost is $100. A two-day team shootout camp will run June 20 and 21 for high school and junior varsity squads. The cost is $350 for one day, $500 for two days.

The men's team will run a mini-camp for children aged 5 to 7 from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 27. The cost is $115. The Valpo Basketball School will run from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 through 27 and is for players aged 8 to 14. The cost is $165. The Valpo Basketball Academy is for players aged 8 to 14 and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $295.

For details on the boys camps, call Sherry Williams at (219) 464-5254, or go to For details on girls camps, contact Kari Nelson at (219) 464-5146 or


Valparaiso University offers summer tennis camps

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University tennis camps will begin June 10 and run Monday through Thursday for five weeks at the Valpo Tennis Complex. Junior sessions (children aged 5 to 18) run during the day and adult sessions take place in the evening. Beginner and adult groups are $40 per week, intermediate and advanced groups are $80 per week. For details, call  (219) 621-2934, or email


Robbie Hummel camp June 11-14

MERRILLVILLE | The Robbie Hummel Basketball Camp will run June 11 to 14 at The Fieldhouse. Grades one to five will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and grades six to eight from noon to 2 p.m. Cost is $100. The camp will provide individual instruction on shooting, ball handling, passing, defense and team concepts. Register at Go to for a chance to win a free registration.


Valpo Jr. Triathlon June 15

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Jr. Triathlon will take place at 9 a.m. June 15 at Valparaiso High School. Children aged 6 to 14 are eligible. The event features a 75-yard swim, 5K bike ride and 1K run for athletes aged 6 to 10 and a 150-yard swim, 10K bike ride and 3K run for athletes aged 11 to 14. Cost is $30 by Wednesday, $40 after June 7. For details, email Leslie McCall at, or go to or


VU women to host summer soccer camps

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso women's soccer program will host youth camps June 17 through 19 at Brown Field. The VIP High School Camp is for girls aged 14 to 18. The cost is $275 for commuters, $350 for residential campers. The Crusaders Youth Skills Camp is for girls aged 7 to 13. The event will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The cost is $99. The Little Crusaders Camp is for children aged 4 to 6. It will run from 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $35. For details, call (219) 464-5041, email, or go to


VU softball programs offers summer camps

VALPARAISO | Valparaiso University's softball program is offering three summer camps. A high school camp will run June 17 to 19. Cost is $400 (residential), $225 (non-residential) and $115 (morning sessions only). A grade school camp will run July 15 to 17. Cost is $225 (all sessions) or $115 (morning sessions only). A camps for those in kindergarten through second grade will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22 to 24. For details, go to


IUPUI soccer camp at Munster High School

MUNSTER | IUPUI will hold a soccer camp for high school-aged girls from 4 to 6 p.m. June 17 to 21 at the Munster High School soccer field. The camp will be led by IUPUI's women's soccer coaches. Cost is $100. Registration deadline is Friday. For details, contact Chris Johnson at (317) 274-1447 or


Carson Cunningham Basketball Camp June 17-20

MERRILLVILLE | The Carson Cunningham Basketball Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to noon June 17 through 20 at Andrean High School, 5959 Broadway. The camp will feature competitions, 5-on-5 scrimmages, ball-handing drills and instruction in basic motion offense. Cost is $70, which includes a camp T-shirt. For details, contact Cunningham at (630) 781-8820 or


Purdue Calumet holding summer camps

HAMMOND | Purdue Calumet men's basketball coach Dan Voudrie will hold a Little Dribblers Camp for boys in grades one to six from 9 a.m. to noon June 10 to 13, and a Day Camp for boys in grades three to eight from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 17 to 20. Cost for the Little Dribblers Camp is $40; cost for the Day Camp is $65. For details, contact Voudrie at (219) 989-2290 or

PUC women's basketball coach Tom Megyesi will hold a Fundamental Camp for girls in grades three to eight from 9 a.m. to noon July 8 to 11. Cost is $40. For details, contact Megyesi at (219) 989-2309 or

PUC women's volleyball coach Natalie Shadowen will hold a volleyball camp for boys and girls in grades six to eight from 9 a.m. to noon June 24 to 27. Cost is $40. For details, contact Shadowen at (219) 989-2540 or


Indiana Elite Gymnastics holding summer camps

WHEELER | Indiana Elite Gymnastics, 679 W. Ind. 130, will hold a "Summer Fun" Camp for gymnasts aged 4 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 to 21. Campers will learn gymnastics during a mix of theme days, crafts and daily activities. Cost is $88. IEG will also offer three back handspring clinics from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 22, July 13 and Aug. 10. Cost is $30. For details, call (219) 764-1019, or email


Andrean 59er Classic scramble June 21

MERRILLVILLE | The 17th annual Andrean 59er Classic four-person scramble will start at noon June 21 at Innsbrook Country Club. Registration will run from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The guest speaker is 1981 alum Dan Dakich. Cost is $175 for both golf and dinner, $50 for the dinner only. For details, call (219) 980-9143.


Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons

MERRILLVILLE | Former Merrillville boys basketball coach and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member Jim East is giving one-hour individual basketball shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades four to 12 during June and July. Openings are available in the morning and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. For cost and registration, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.


British Soccer Camp begins June 24

PORTAGE | The Portage YMCA's British Soccer Camp will run from June 24 to 28. Cost is $72 (children aged 3 to 4), $87 (4 to 5) and $114 (6 to 14). For details, call (219) 762-9622, or email


VHS wrestling room raffle July 1

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso High School wrestling room raffle fundraiser will take place at 9 a.m. July 1. The prize is a trip for four to Walt Disney World. Raffle tickets are $20. A portion of the proceeds goes to helping build a wrestling room at Valparaiso. For details, call (219) 916-4446, or email


Portage YMCA outdoor soccer sign-ups underway

PORTAGE | Registration for the Portage YMCA's outdoor soccer program for children aged 3 to 14 will run through July 5. Cost is $28.70 for primary plus members, $41 for primary members and $82 for non-members. The program will run from July 15 through Aug. 31 at Real Life Community Church. For details, call (219) 762-9622, or email


Viking Football Camp in July

VALPARAISO | The Viking Football Camp for students in grades six and seven who plan to play football next season is set for 1 to 2:30 p.m. July 8 to 11. Registration will end June 28. Cost is $40. Forms are available all Valparaiso middle schools. They are to be mailed to Dave Coyle, Head Football Coach, Valparaiso High School, 2727 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, IN 46385.


VU volleyball team to host summer camps

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's volleyball team will host two summer camps. The annual summer camp will run July 8 to 11 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The camp is open to children in grades three to 12. Cost is $420 for overnight campers, $335 for commuters.

The program will also be part of a combination volleyball/soccer camp from Aug. 5 to 7. The camp is open for children in grades kindergarten through eight. The cost is $100 for both sports, $75 for volleyball only. For details, call (219) 464-5323; email, or go to


Redhawks Basketball Camp July 15-18

GARY | Indiana Northwest and the Office of Athletics will host their fourth annual Redhawks Summer Basketball Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13. The camp will run from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 15 through 18 at the IU Northwest Savannah Center Gymnasium. Registration is $50, and $45 for each additional child from the same family. The camp will be led by Redhawks men's coach Ryan Shelton. For details, call (219) 981-4279 or (219) 980-6944, or email


Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend set for July 19-20

VALPARAISO | The 16th annual Frankenmuth Valpo Weekend will take place July 19 and 20 as alumni and friends have a chance to reconnect with one another as well as meet Crusaders coaches during the event in Frankenmuth, Mich. The cost of the golf package is $175. Registration deadline is June 29. For details, go to, or call (800) 833-6792, ext. 23.


Jason Hawkins Basketball Camp at Noll

HAMMOND | Former Valparaiso University player and current IUN Northwest head men's basketball coach Jason Hawkins will hold a basketball camp for boys and girls aged 5 to 14 from 9 a.m. to noon July 29 through Aug. 1 at Bishop Noll Institute. Cost is $75, $60 if registered before Saturday. For details, call (219) 781-9522, or email


Hammond Optimist Youth Sports hosting World Series

HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports is hosting the 2013 Cal Ripken 12U World Series, Aug. 9 to 16 at the HOYS Complex located at Columbia Avenue and River Drive. The HOYS Bulldogs as well as the Northern Indiana champions will be two of the 10 teams participating in the series. Those interested in sponsoring and/or volunteering for the event should contact Tim Bell at (219) 484-0568 or Doyle Godbolt at (219) 512-4543, or email For details, go to


City by the Lake Triathlon/Duathlon Aug. 9-10

MICHIGAN CITY | The fifth annual City By the Lake Triathlon and inaugural duathlon will take place Aug. 9 and 10. The kids events will take place at 5:30 p..m. Aug. 9, while the adult events start at 8 a.m. Aug. 10. For details, go to


Free running club meets Tuesdays

PORTAGE | A free community running club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesdays in the Portage Township YMCA lobby. The event is a one-hour run. Runners aged 14 and older are eligible. No membership is needed. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to


Portage offers free walking club

PORTAGE | The Portage Township YMCA and the City of Portage have combined to run a free walking club, which takes place at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays. During inclement weather, the YMCA track will be used for the session. No membership is needed. For details, call (219) 762-9672, or go to

Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.