PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Slam Fest baseball tourney this week

2013-07-15T17:00:00Z 2013-07-16T00:49:04Z PORTER COUNTY SPORTS BRIEFS: Slam Fest baseball tourney this week nwitimes.com
July 15, 2013 5:00 pm

Volleyball camp begins Wednesday

SOUTH HAVEN | Portage High School volleyball coach Brian Zofkie will conduct a camp Wednesday through Friday at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County -- South Haven Unit for children aged 6 to 13. The camp, which will run from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., will teach the fundamentals of volleyball, including passing, bumping, serving, blocking and teamwork. A pizza party will be held at the end of the camp. Cost is $5 per participant. Register at the club, 723 Long Run Road, between 11:30 a.m. and 5:20 p.m. Participants must be a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County. For details, call Ron Ranta at (219) 759-2565.


Slam Fest baseball tourney this week

VALPARAISO | The Valpo Americans will hold their fourth annual 8-and-under and 9U baseball tournament Thursday through Sunday. Cost is $375 per team. Checks should be made payable to Valparaiso American's Baseball. For details, contact Todd Adams at (219) 712-8532 or tmadams3132@aol.com.


Triple Crown Cobras to hold tryouts

VALPARAISO | The Triple Crown Cobras, a 12-and-under baseball team, will hold tryouts for the fall 2013/spring 2014 seasons Saturday and Sunday. To arrange a tryout, call Casey at (630) 461-9302 or Doug at (219) 405-0679.


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 Highland Open on Saturday and Sunday at Highland High School, 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.


Creekside golf sessions take place in July

VALPARAISO | Creekside Golf Course and Training Center will host adult and junior golf clinics this month. Fore Ladies Only Clinics will run from 8 to 9 a.m. Mondays. The cost is $15 per session. Get Golf Ready Review Clinics will run from 8 to 10 a.m. Fridays. The cost is $30.

Junior events will take place this month. Masters Academy (children aged 12 to 16) will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 24 and 26. Cost is $90 overall or $30 per class. Target Academy (9-11) will run from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is $60 overall or $30 per session. Linkster Academy (6-8) will run from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Cost is $15. Lil' Tigers Academy (3-5) will run from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Cost is $15 per session; accompanying adults are admitted free. For details, call (219) 531-7888, or go to www.valpoparks.org.


Dunes Volleyball Club to hold elite camp

ROLLING PRAIRIE | The Dunes Volleyball Club will host its fourth annual Elite Volleyball Camp on Wednesday and Thursday at its center, 4744 Oak Knoll. The Wednesday camp will focus on defense; the Thursday camp will focus on offense. Both camps are for high school and middle school players. Each camp is $75. For details, contact Rick Ashmore at (219) 861-7122 or dunesvbc@comcast.net, or go to www.dunes.org.


M.C. to hold boys hoops camp

MICHIGAN CITY | The Michigan City High School boys basketball team and coaching staff will host a camp for boys entering grades three to seven from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through July 25 in the main gym. Cost is $50, which includes skills training, T-shirt, photo and snacks. For details, go to www.michigancitywolvesbasketball.com.


Creekside hosting events for kids

VALPARAISO | During July, Creekside Golf Course will offer children aged 18 and under a free small bucket of balls when they are accompanied by an adult’s bucket purchase. Also, any parent who brings his or her daughter (aged 18 or younger) to the course for a round of golf will receive a free greens fee for the daughter. For details, call (219) 531-7888.


Boone Grove needs cheerleading coach

PORTER TOWNSHIP | Boone Grove High School is in need of a qualified varsity cheerleading coach. To apply for the position, complete an application at www.ptsc.k12.in.us, or email athletic director Kerrie Schludecker at Kerrie.Schludecker@ptsc.k12.in.us.


Westville has coaching openings

WESTVILLE | Westville Schools has the following coaching positions open for the coming school year: junior varsity girls volleyball, varsity softball, JV softball, varsity cheerleading, middle school cheerleading and middle school poms. Those interested in a position must fill out an employment application at www.westville.k12.in.us. For details, contact Athletic Director Ken Shilt at kshilt@westville.k12.in.us.


Hebron fan fest slated for July 27

HEBRON | Hebron will hold its inaugural fan fest fundraiser July 27 at the high school field. The all-day baseball event will feature a 50-inning game involving varsity and junior varsity players, a futures game for Hebron Middle School players, a father-son wiffle ball game, an alumni game and a home run derby. Admission is $5 per family or a case of Gatorade/water. The home run derby and alumni game cost $10 and $20, respectively. The concession stand will be open all day. All proceeds go to the baseball program. Alumni are asked to confirm their participation with coach John Steinhilber at (219) 608-0334 or coach Sean Riley at (219) 306-9150.


Valparaiso University boys camp slated

VALPARAISO | The Valpo Basketball Academy for players aged 8 to 14 will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 29 through Aug. 2. The cost is $295. For details, call Sherry Williams at (219) 464-5254, or go to www.valpobasketballcamps.com.


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. For details, call (219) 781-9522, or email coachjasonhawkins@gmail.com.


APEX Baseball Organization tryouts July 30

MERRILLVILLE | The APEX Baseball Organization will hold tryouts for its 15-and-under team from 5 to 8 p.m. July 30 at the Merrillville High School baseball field, 276 East 68th Place. Those trying out must register at www.apexbaseball.com. For details, call Brett Summers at (219) 765-0085 or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449.


VU volleyball/soccer camp in August

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso University women's volleyball team will 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 Carin.Avery@valpo.edu, or go to www.valpovolleyballcap.com.


Triple Crown Valpo to hold baseball tryouts

VALPARAISO | Triple Crown Valparaiso 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. Aug. 6. Tryouts for the 17/18U team will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 8. For details, call (219) 462-3927.


World Disc Golf Championships at Lemon Lake

CROWN POINT | The Professional Disc Golf Association will hold its World Championships from Aug. 5 through 10 at Lemon Lake County and Hidden Lake. There is an admission fee for spectators at both parks. For details, go to www.pdga.com.


Hammond Optimist Youth Sports hosting World Series

HAMMOND | Hammond Optimist Youth Sports will host the 2013 Cal Ripken 12U World Series from 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 hoysports.baberuthonline.com. For details, go to www.12uworldserieshammond.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. Aug. 10. Cost is $30. For details, call (219) 764-1019, or email IEG_ASA@aol.com.


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 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, W. 109th Ave. 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 Aug. 10. 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.


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.


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 cpsctriathlon@yahoo.com, or go to www.crownpointswimclub.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 owerko@comcast.net.

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