Bearcat Thunder to hold 16U softball tryouts
The Bearcat Thunder 16-and-under softball team will hold tryouts from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Pitchers are needed. For location, or to schedule a personal tryout, call Chris Evans at (219) 241-6157.
Valparaiso University boys camp next week
VALPARAISO | The Valpo Basketball Academy for players aged 8 to 14 will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $295. For details, call Sherry Williams at (219) 464-5254, or go to www.valpobasketballcamps.com.
Physicals offered Tuesday at PNC
WESTVILLE | Indiana University Health Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the Purdue North Central athletics department, will offer sports physicals for middle school and high school students for the 2013–14 school year from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the PNC campus. Cost is $10. Athletes are asked to pick up the appropriate forms and materials at their school with all appropriate signatures and form completed prior to their physical.
Triple Crown Threat schedules softball tryouts
The Triple Crown Threat 14-and-under softball team will hold tryouts at 6 p.m. Aug. 4 and at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7 at Bailey Elementary School in Chesterton. Registration will start an hour before tryouts. For details, call Doug at (219) 242-1580.
The Triple Crown Threat 18U softball team will hold tryouts from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Triple Crown Valparaiso. For details, call Sara at (219) 771-1607.
Chesterton Cougars offer tryouts
CHESTERTON | The Chesterton Cougars 14-and-under baseball team is seeking players for next season. Players must be 14 or younger as of May 1, 2014. Tryouts will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Aug. 5 at Patriot Park, Duneland field. For details, call coach Dave Wagoner at (219) 508-0563 or coach Nate Rettinger at (219) 405-7820.
Portage Jr. Miss fall ball registration underway
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.
Valpo Fall Ball registration ends Friday
VALPARAISO | Valpo Parks fall baseball for youth aged 7 through 12 will begin Aug. 24 and run through Sept. 28, with games on weekdays and Saturdays. Deadline to register is Friday. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
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 Monday through Thursday at Bishop Noll Institute. Cost is $75. For details, call (219) 781-9522, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
APEX Baseball Organization tryouts Tuesday
MERRILLVILLE | The APEX Baseball Organization will hold tryouts for its 15-and-under team from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday 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.
Dunes Volleyball Club to hold camps
ROLLING PRAIRIE | The Dunes Volleyball Club will hold a Pre-Tryout Volleyball Camp, a Youth Volleyball Camp and a VolleyTots Camp Monday through Thursday at the Dunes Operational Center, 4744 Oak Knoll.
The Pre-Tryout Camp, for girls entering grades six to nine, will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and costs $8. The Youth Volleyball Camp, for boys and girls entering grades four and five, will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $50. The VolleyTots Camp, for boys and girls entering grades kindergarten through three, will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $30.
For details, contact Rick Ashmore at (219) 861-7122 or email@example.com, or go to www.dunes.org.
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, 2902 Cascade Drive, 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 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 8. The coach is Rich Bafia. For details, call (219) 462-3927.
Triple Crown Threat to hold softball tryouts
VALPARAISO | The Triple Crown Threat 10-and-under and 12U softball teams will hold tryouts Aug. 10 at the Valparaiso High School softball field. Times are from 9 to 11 a.m. for 10U, 1 to 3 p.m. for 12U. For details, contact Josh Howard at (574) 876-0301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWI White Sox softball to hold tryouts
MERRILLVILLE | The NWI White Sox Softball program will hold tryouts for the 2014 season at the Andrean High School softball complex. Tryouts for 10-and-under will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10; tryouts for 12U will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 and from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 10; tryouts for 14U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 10; tryouts for 16U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 11, and tryouts for 18U are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 and from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 11. For details, call Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017.
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 Raiders 12U tryouts start Aug. 10
PORTAGE | Tryouts for the Indiana Raiders 12-and-under softball team will run from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 10 and from 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Imagination Glen Park. For details, call Karen Kobialka at (219) 508-6530.
Rotary Ramble 5K takes place Aug. 10
DEMOTTE | The 33rd annual Rotary Ramble 5K run/walk will take place at 8 a.m. Aug. 10 on Halleck Street, near the south end of DeMotte Elementary School. Pre-registration fee is $18 through Aug. 3, $23 from Aug. 4 to race day. For details, call Char Groet at (219) 987-2875, or go to www.thtiming.com.
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.
Portage Tribe baseball tryouts Aug. 11
PORTAGE | The Portage Tribe traveling baseball teams will hold tryouts Aug. 11 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.
South Shore Steelheads to hold baseball tryouts
HOBART | The South Shore Steelheads 14-and-under travel baseball team will hold tryouts from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 and 18 at City Ball Park. Players must be 14 or younger by April 1, 2014. For details, call Dave at (219) 545-1422.
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 Aug. 9, $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 Aug. 14, $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 $10 through Aug. 9, $20 after. For details, go to www.ValpoParks.org.
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. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com, or go to www.crownpointswimclub.org.
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.