Southlake sport briefs: Midwest Crusaders holding 14U baseball tryouts

2013-12-02T17:00:00Z 2013-12-02T18:15:11Z Southlake sport briefs: Midwest Crusaders holding 14U baseball tryouts
December 02, 2013 5:00 pm

Kougars edged by Skyhawks in regional final

MICHIGAN CITY | In a game dominated by defense, it was a defensive play that proved to be the difference as the Omaha (Neb.) Skyhawks defeated the Kankakee Valley Kougars 6-0 in the Division 111 Pee Wee final of the Mid-America Pop Warner Regional, Saturday at Ames Field.

Midway through the second quarter, the Skyhawks returned an interception to the Kougars 1 and eventually punched it in.

Kankakee had advanced to the final after defeating the Darrien Swarm 22-7 the week before in the semifinals.

Though Division I and II teams were vying for Pop Warner National Championship berths last weekend at Ames, for Division III teams the regional was their "Super Bowl" for that's as far as their season goes.

Tri Town holding spring flag football, cheer and dance league

SCHERERVILLE | The Tri Town Raiders is holding sign-ups for its flag football, cheer and dance league from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 4, 11 and 25 at the Dyer/Schererville Library. The league is for boys and girls ages 5-15. There are no size or residency requirements. Games will be played on the weekends during April. Cheer and dance teams will perform between the one-hour games.

Cost is $65. For details, go to

Dyer Fire 14U softball team seeks one player

The Dyer Fire 14U travel softball team seeks one player to complete its 2013-2014 season roster. For details, call Jeff (219) 805-3185.

Schererville Girls Softball offering Pitching 101 clinic

DYER | Schererville Girls Softball has openings for Session 3 of its Pitching 101 clinic. The five-week session starts Dec. 11 and runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at ABC Fastpitch Training Academy, 14914 101st Ave. Cost is $130 for SGS league members, and $150 for non-league members. The clinic is taught by Brooke Baker-Runyan and Rick Baker. To register, call Mari Watts at (219) 730-1959.

L.O.F.S. Soccer holding spring registration

LAKES OF FOUR SEASONS | Spring registration for L.O.F.S. Soccer will take play from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 and from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the LOFS 19th Hole. Online registration is at and runs through Dec. 31. The league is for ages 4-14.

Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players

The Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players, no specific positions, to complete its roster. For details, contact Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.

F.O.P. State Bowling Tournament at Stardust II

MERRILLVILLE | The Fraternal Order of Police's Lake County Chris Anton Lodge No. 125 will host the Indiana State. F.O.P. Bowling Tournament this weekend at Stardust Bowl II, 3925 E. Lincoln Hwy. Singles and doubles events will start at 1 p.m. Saturday; team play will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday. There is no charge for spectators.

For details, go to

Mark Deal to display 'Old Oaken Bucket' at the Bullpen

SCHERERVILLE | For Indiana University football player and recent inductee into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, Mark Deal will talk about the 2013 I.U. football season while displaying the "Old Oaken Bucket", which is current property of the Hoosiers after its 56-36 win over Purdue, tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the Bullpen Bar and Grill,1013 Lincoln Hwy.

Indiana Chiefs of Hammond holding bags tournament

GRIFFITH | The Indiana Chiefs of Hammond baseball porgram will be hosting its annual Holiday Bags Challenge, Dec. 26 at Bridges' Scoreboard, 121 N. Griffith Blvd. Sign-in and practice will run from 6 to 6:45 p.m.; the double-elimination tournament begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $40 per team. For details, call Rich at (219) 924-2878 or go to

Former pro Morris giving softball and baseball lessons

SCHERERVILLE | Former minor league baseball player Bobby Morris and his staff are available for lessons at the Morris Baseball and Softball Center is located within Omni Health and Fitness, 221 U.S. 41. For details, call (219) 227-5250 or go to

Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks pitcher

The Lady Playmakers 12U softball team is looking for a pitcher. To schedule a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007 or

Midwest Crusaders holding 14U baseball tryouts

LYNWOOD | The Midwest Crusaders 14U baseball team is holding tryouts from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, 10 Southland Dr. For details, call (708) 668-2982.

Crown Point to host Christmas Baseball Camp

CROWN POINT | Crown Point High School will host a two-day baseball camp for boys in grades K-4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17 in the school's fieldhouse. For details, call Steve Strayer at (219) 663-4885, ext. 11295.

Crown Point Bulldogs seeking 12U softball players

CROWN POINT | 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.

Former Bears QB Avellini to appear at Bridges'

GRIFFITH | Former Bears quarterback Bob Avellini will be signing autographs and taking photos will fans at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9 during the Bears' Monday Night Football Game against the Dallas Cowboys. There is no admission charges. All autographs are $10 each for any item signed. There is no charge for inscriptions. Photos of Avellini will be on sale for $10 each.

For details, call (219) 924-2206.

Holiday basketball and baseball camps at SSC

SOUTH HOLLAND | The South Suburban College Basketball and Baseball Programs will hold two holiday camps at SSC's main campus, 15800 South State St.

SSC baseball coach Steve Ruzich will conduct a two-day Catching Camp for ages 8-18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 27. Cost is $100.

The men's basketball team will host its annual Holiday Basketball Camp for boys and girls ages 7-17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 30-31. Cost is $65 per camper. Pizza, snacks and refreshments will be on sale for lunch.

For details, contact Ruzich at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2413 (Catching Camp); or John Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2524 (Holiday Basketball Camp).

Jim East giving one-on-one basketball shooting lessons

MERRILLVILLE | Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member and former Merrillville varsity head coach Jim East is giving one-hour one-on-one shooting lessons at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville during December. For details, call either (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.

College softball player sought for summer team

The Midwest Elite Diamonds 19-and-over fastpitch softball club is looking for college rostered players to play in the summer of 2014. All positions considered, especially catcher, pitcher and lefty slapper. The team will play four local tournaments and two round-robins. There will be no practices. For details, call (708) 289-3438 or email

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

Eighth grade basketball tournament at Mount Carmel

CHICAGO | Mount Carmel High School, 6410 S. Dante Ave., will hold an eighth grade boys basketball tournament on Dec. 8, 14 and 15. Public and private school brackets will play separately until the semifinals. There will also be a consolation bracket as teams are guaranteed two games. Team fee is $75. For details, call Sue Doheny at (773) 324-1020, ext. 229.

Former softball coach offering instruction, recruitment service

Frank Wilkins, who recently retired from coaching softball at St. Joseph's College after becoming the Pumas' winningest coach with more than 300 wins, is available for individual and team hitting and fielding instruction, as well as college recruiting for local high school players. For details, call (219) 796-5214 or email

Winter youth basketball league at Lincoln Center

HIGHLAND | Baylor Basketball will hold its Winter Youth Basketball League for boys and girls from Dec. 15 through Feb. 23 at Highland Parks Lincoln Center, 2450 Lincoln Ave. For details, call (219) 306-9932 or go to

Hobart Storm looking for 8U baseball players

HOBART | The Hobart Storm is looking for four 8U baseball players for its part-time travel team. Players may play for in-house town leagues (Cal Ripken/Little League) and play for the Storm in elite tournaments during the weekends. For details, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.

All-American Gymnastics has Tumblebear Gym openings

DYER | Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St., is accepting new students for its Tumblebear Gym program, which is for children able to walk through 6 years old. There are parent-and-tot classes and on-their-own classes. For details, call (219) 865-2274 or go to

Angels 12U softball team seeks one more player

The Angels 12U softball team is looking for one more player to complete its roster. For details, call (219) 781-1727.

Andrean High School hosting six-week baseball camp

MERRILLVILLE | Andrean High School is hosting a six-week baseball camp for players in grades 1-12 starting Jan. 19. Andrean head coach Dave Piskur will direct the program in conjunction with U.S. Baseball Academy. Sessions offered included advanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and base running. Space is limited. Registration is under way. For details, call 1 (800) 622-4487 or go to

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

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.

South Shore Steelheads looking for 14U baseball player

The South Shore Steelheads 14U travel baseball team is looking for a player to complete it roster for the 2014 season. Players must be 14 or younger by April 30, 2014. For details, contact Dave Cooper at (219) 545-1422 or

Harlem Globetrotters coming to Hammond Civic Center

HAMMOND | The world famous Harlem Globetrotters and their "Fans Rule" World Tour are coming to the Hammond Civic Center Jan. 4. Fans will be allowed to vote for the rules the game will be played under. The options include Hot Hand Jersey (the designated player wearing the jersey is awarded double points for each basket made); Make of Miss (each team starts the quarter with two players before players get added or removed based on made or missed shots); and Trick Shot Challenge (coaches may challenge the opposing team three times during the game to make a trick shot -- a make is good for five points; a miss awards the other team five points). Online voting is open at Tickets are $13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center, by calling (866) 468-3401 or by going to or

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.

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.

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

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

Hobart Storm looking for 12U baseball players

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

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.

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

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. For details, 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

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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