Southlake sport briefs: Illiana Blackbirds to hold home opener Saturday

2013-10-07T22:00:00Z Southlake sport briefs: Illiana Blackbirds to hold home opener Saturday
October 07, 2013 10:00 pm

South Shore Midwest Billards Championship at Majestic

GARY | The Greater Midwest Poolplayers Association will host the South Shore Midwest Pocket Billiard Championships Wednesday through Sunday at the Majestic Casino and Hotel located at 1 Buffington Harbor. Starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday there will be Open 9-Ball with men and women divisions. On Thursday, the 8-Ball championships will begin with Open "A" singles and Open Seniors (50+) starting at 1 p.m.; Open "B" singles at 4 p.m.; Open Women's at 6 p.m.; and Advanced Women/Men at 8 p.m. Entry fee for singles is $50.

At 2 p.m. Friday, there will be a no-entry sportsman division for players who did not share in the prize pool. At 7 p.m. Friday, there will be three-player team events with men and women divisions.

For details, contact Cecil Messer at (219) 465-8101 or, or visit


Former Bears to appear at Bridges' Scoreboard

GRIFFITH | Former Bears Mike Hartenstine, Adrian Peterson and Bobby Douglass are scheduled to appear at Bridges Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar. Hartentine will be there from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Peterson will appear from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 20, and Douglass will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4. Admission is free for all appearances. For all players, there here will be a $10 charge of each item to be signed. Photos of the players will be sold for $10 each. Peterson will also be signing copies of his book "Don't Dis My Abilities", which will be sold for $20. For details, call (219) 924-2206.


Midwest holding call-outs for competitive cheer program

DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., will be holding call-outs for its half-season cheer teams from 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Half-season teams are for athletes who have missed all-star team tryouts as well as newer athletes who want to try cheer before making the full year commitment.

For details, call (219) 558-8811.


NWI NABA championship to resume Saturday

GARY | The rain-delayed NWI National Adult Baseball Association championship game between the Cubs and Blue Jays will resume at 5 p.m. Saturday at the U.S Steel Yard. The game will pick up at the top of the sixth with the score tied at 5-5. Admission is free. Concessions will be available. No food or drink are allowed to be brought into the park.


Illiana Blackbirds hold home opener Saturday

DYER | The Illiana Blackbirds of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League will hold their home opener against the Fort Wayne Federals at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Midwest Training and Ice Center. General admission seating is $6. For details, go to


NWI White Sox Fastball Softball has openings for teams

The NWI White Sox Fastpitch Softball Program still has a couple of openings for its 10U and 12U teams. For a tryout, or further details, call or text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or (219) 427-4876.



Zumba classes at Patti's All-American Gymnastics

DYER | Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St., is offering Zumba classes from 9 to 10 a.m. Oct. 30, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18. Cost is $10 per class, which includes free babysitting. For details, call (219) 865-2274 or go to


Monster Bash at Midwest Training and Ice Center

DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., will host a Midwest Monster Bash from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 26. It will include open gym, costume parade, bounce houses, dance party, prizes and dinner. Cost is $25 if registered by Oct. 19; $30 if registered after. For details, call (219) 558-8811.


Millennium Vardar holding soccer tryouts

MERRILLVILLE | Millennium Vardar, a premier soccer club in Northwest Indiana, will be holding open tryouts for U8 through U18 boys and girls Oct. 26, 27 and Nov. 3 at St. Elijah Church. For times and further details, call Vangel Nacovski at (219) 577-5509 or go to


Team seeks premier 16U softball pitcher

A premier 16U softball team is looking for a pitcher to complete its 2014 roster. For details, call Kenny at (219) 510-2971.


Jim East giving basketball shooting lessons

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Merrillville varsity head coach Jim East is giving one-hour shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades 3-12 through October and November at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville. For details, call either (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.


Dyer Kickers and Chicago Fire offering soccer training

DYER | The Dyer Kickers are teaming up with the Chicago Fire to offer soccer training from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Central Park, located at Calumet Avenue and 213th Street. Participants should bring a ball and water. For details, call either Jim Holechko at (708) 334-0524 or Kevin Selinger at (219) 308-6754.


Playmakers looking for 9U and 13U baseball players

Dave Griffin's Playmakers are looking for 9U and 13U baseball players. For details, call (219) 922-1107.


Hammond Sports HOF nomination deadline is Oct. 30

HAMMOND | Oct. 30 is the deadline to nominate candidates for the 2014 Hammond Sports Hall of Fame induction consideration. To be considered, candidates must be nominated on an official Hammond Sports Hall of Fame nomination form to be submitted to the Office of Parks and Recreation at the Hammond Civic Center, 5825 Sohl Ave., Hammond, 46320-2358. Nomination forms are available at the Civic Center and online at



Baseball hitting leagues starting at Diamond Kings

ST. JOHN | Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Complex will start its 2013 Indoor Baseball Hitting Leagues the week of Oct. 28. The eight-week league will include 9U/10U, 11U/12U, Junior High and High School divisions. Cost is $85 per player. Deadline to register four-player teams is Oct. 25. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or


Hobart Storm seeks 9U travel baseball players

The Hobart Storm 9U travel baseball teams are looking for players to complete its 2014 roster. For details, or to schedule an individual tryouts, contact Kyle at (219) 545-9011.


For ND star Reggie Brooks appearing at Bridges'

GRIFFITH | Notre Dame 1992 All-American running back Reggie Brooks will be appearing at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 during the Notre Dame-Air Force football game. Admission is free. Photos of Brooks will be on sale for $10 to be signed for no extra charge. Fans may bring their own items to be signed for $10 each. For details, call (219) 924-2206.


Nationals Premier Softball Team looking for players

The Nationals Premier College Softball Team is looking for girls players ages 15-18, primarily a pitcher, a shortstop/outfielder and a catcher. The team is based out of Tinley Park. For details, contact Larry Brzezinski at (708) 243-0186 or, or go to


Pitching 101 Clinics at ABC Fastpitch

DYER | Schererville Girls Softball will be hosting Pitching 101 Clinics from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at ABC Fastpitch, 14914 101st Ave. Former collegiate player Brooke Baker and longtime softball coach Rick Baker will be the instructors. Cost is $130 for Schererville Girls Softball members and $150 for non-members. For details, call (219) 730-1959 or go to


Southlake YMCA offering fall sport leagues

CROWN POINT | Southlake YMCA, 1450 S. Court St., is holding a variety of fall sport leagues. They include Men's 18-and-Over Basketball which is taking registration through today, cost is $320 a team and Youth Basketball with grade divisions K-1, 2-3 and 4-5, which is taking registration through Oct. 12, cost is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. For details, go to


Bags league/tournament starting at OTSSA

CROWN POINT | Players are sought for Friday night bags leagues/tournaments at On the Square Sports Academy. There will competitive and recreational levels with cash and prizes. Sign-ups are required a week in advance to secure a spot. For details, call (219) 808-5290.


Brooke Baker holding softball pitching clinic at Triple Crown

SCHERERVILLE | Former Purdue University star Brooke Baker will be conducting at Monday night softball pitching clinic on six consecutive Mondays starting Nov. 11 at Triple Crown All Stars. All ages and levels are welcome. Beginners will learn basic fundamentals; advanced players will be taught how to add movement to their pitches, conditioning and participate in competitive drills. Campers will be selected on a first come basis. For details, call or text Brooke Baker at (219) 427-4876 or Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017.


Back handspring classes at Patti's All-American

DYER | Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St., is now accepting enrollment in their Back Handspring Classes, which are held from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, from 5:50 to 6:50 p.m. Wednesdays and from 7:20 to 8:20 p.m. Fridays. Special drills and spotting will aid in the learning the skill. Pre-class requirements include must be able to do a correct power round-off and steady handstand. For details, call (219) 865-2274 or go online at


Men's basketball leagues at Fuel Fitness

CROWN POINT | Men's 30 and Over and Men's Open Basketball leagues are starting a Fuel Fitness in Crown Point. The Open League is on Monday nights starting Oct. 14; the 30 and Over League is on Thursday nights starting Oct. 17. Cost for either league is $550 per team. There will be open gym from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Fuel Fitness for teams to register and practice. There is a $5 player fee for open gym. For details, call (219) 765-4966.


Flag football league starting at C.P. Family Fun Center

CROWN POINT | Men's 5-on-5 Saturday Flag Football is starting Oct. 26 at the Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome. Cost is $550 per team. For details, call (219) 765-4966.


Seniors sought for low-key baseball activity

Play It Again, Sam Sports is calling out for people ages 60 and over interested in participating in a low-key baseball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email


Hanover Central holding 'Field of Dreams' campaign

CEDAR LAKE | The Hanover Central Athletic Department is partnering with Art Hill Auto Group and Big Mouth Advertising on a campaign entitled "NWI Field of Dreams," which purpose is to bring awareness to the community and surrounding communities for continued support for the school's new football program as well as the rest of the athletic department. The campaign includes a You Tube video featuring HC head football coach Robert Harrison and his players, a "NWI Field of Dreams" Facebook page, and a "Give Forward" website where donations can be made. On Oct. 19, supporters for the "NWI Field of Dreams" will be recognized during Hanover Central final junior varsity football home game of the season. For details, contact the Hanover Central athletic department at (219) 374-3866.


Crown Point Lacrosse seeks boys and girls players

CROWN POINT | Crown Point Lacrosse is holding 2014 season team registration. Youth teams will be offered at the U9, U11, U13 and U15 levels. A girls JV team has been added. Crown Point residency is not required. Boys JV and Varsity teams require athletes to attend Crown Point High School Registration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 20 at the Crown Point Civic Center, 101 South East St. Sign-up information and registration documents are available at For details, call (219) 779-9632.


Hobart Storm looking for 12U baseball players

The Hobart Storm 12U baseball team is looking for serious players from Northwest Indiana. For details, call Bobby at (219) 840-8918.


Andrean High School seeks assistant wrestling coach

MERRILLVILLE | Andrean High School seeks an assistant wrestling coach for the upcoming season. All interested should submit a resume with at least three references to athletic director Bill Mueller by mail at at Andrean High School, c/o Bill Mueller, 5959 Broadway, Merrillville, Ind. 46410, or by email at


Hobart High School seeks assistant swimming coach

HOBART | Hobart High School is looking for a boys and girls assistant swimming coach for the 2013-2014 school year. Those interested should call (219) 942-8521, ext. 8035.


Hobart Storm looking for 8U baseball players

The Hobart Storm 8U travel baseball team is looking for three players to complete its 2014 roster. For details, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.


Indiana Chiefs seek a couple of 13U baseball players

The Indiana Chiefs 13U baseball team is looking for two additional players to complete its 2014 roster. Players interested should have experience in pitching, playing middle infield or the outfield. The team will play a local schedule beginning in April along with a competitive summer travel schedule, which includes a tournament in Florida. For details, call Jim Nohos at (219) 313-6680.


Crown Point Bulldogs seeking 12U softball players

The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U travel softball team is looking for one quality athlete to complete its roster. For details, call Mike Manhatton at (773) 550-4466.


Girls basketball teams sought for Lady Sting tournament

SOUTH HOLLAND | Seton Academy is seeking seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball teams for its Lady Sting Junior High Tournament to be held Oct. 25-28. For details, contact Seton Academy athletic director Deon Tolliver at (708) 339-8153 or


Standout college pitchers at Diamond Kings

ST. JOHN | Former collegiate pitching standouts Sarah Funston (softball) and Keith Greer (baseball) are available for pitching lessons at Diamond Kings Baseball and Softball Training Complex. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to


Indiana Angels looking to add softball players

The Indians Angels 10U and 12U fastpitch softball teams are looking for players. For details about the 12U team that needs two position players, call Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727 or Jim Pappas at (219) 765-3462. For details about the 10U team that needs a few players, including pitchers, call Missy at (219) 313-9920. For details, go to


Elite 18U travel baseball team seeks players

An elite 18U travel baseball team is accepting applicants for the 2014 season. The team will play locally and out of town. Players will have full access to baseball facilities for practice and games. For details, contact manager Bob Kelley at


Stateline Hitmen looking for player for 13U baseball team

The Stateline Hitmen 13U baseball team seeks an additional player, preferably a top pitcher/shortstop. Contact Paul Siska at


South Shore Steelheads holding 14U baseball team

The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team is looking for two players, preferably pitchers or shortstops. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. Those interested in trying out should contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or a


Triple Crown Xplosion seeks one more 12U softball player

SCHERERVILLE | Triple Crown All Stars in Schererville is looking to add a quality athlete to complete their TC Xplosion 12U girls fastpitch roster. For details, contact Dave Smith at (219) 765-1484 or


New classes forming at Patti's All-American Gymnastics

DYER | New classes are forming at Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St. They include Jr. Cheer (ages 6-8), All-Star Cheer (9-13), Demo Squad (5-18), Back Handspring, Tumblebear Gymnastics (1-6), Champion School-Age Gymnastics (5-18), Tumbling and Trampoline (5-18), Dance (2-18), Gym-N-Learn (3-5) and Karate (4-13). For details, call (219) 865-2274 or go to


APEX Baseball holding invitation-only 17U workouts

APEX Baseball is accepting invitational-only workouts for its 1&U baseball team. Players must be in their junior year of high school and are seriously interested in playing at the college level. For consideration, contact Brett Summers at (219) 765-0085 or, or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449 or


Region Storm holding tryouts for 17U baseball team

The Region Storm is holding invitational-only tryouts for its 17U baseball team which went 26-8 this season with two college tournament championships. For consideration, contact Ken Haluska at (219) 313-4726 or Only serious and experienced travel players should inquire.
























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