Blackbirds stopped short of MJHL final
The Illiana Blackbirds junior hockey team had its season ended over the weekend due do consecutive losses to the Wisconsin Dell Ducks in the Final Four round of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League playoffs in Oregon, Wis.
In the first game on Friday, Illiana got off to a great start scoring two goals for a 2-0 lead a little more than three minutes into the game. They were scored by Hobart resident Joe Orosz (Jordan Keller and Jakob Smith assisting) and Nick Riscossa (Griffin Mason assisting).
But the Ducks went on to score four unanswered goals to win 4-2 before shutting out the Blackbirds 3-0 on Saturday.
Torbica to be honored at Chicago Blackhawks game
Munster 12-year-old hockey player Evan Torbica, who scored 103 goals in 26 games while playing for the Midwest Blackbirds Pee Wee 2 in-house team, will be recognized during an on-ice ceremony during the Chicago Blackhawks' April 3 home game against Minnesota Wild at the United Center.
Evan was selected at the Chicago Blackhawks/BMO Harris Bank "Player of the Month."
Ross Township Girls Softball holding registration
MERRILLVILLE | Ross Township Girls Softball is holding registration open to all girls ages 5-18 from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wesleyan Church-Merrillville, 2920 W. 73rd Place.
Fees are $175 for one girl, $320 for two girls and $465 for three girls. Portion of the fee ($15 per girl) will be a fundraiser fee refundable at season's end if fundraiser obligation is met. Payment plans are available. First-time players must bring birth certificate.
For details, contact league president Mark Magiera at (219) 712-7494 (call or text) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over 30 basketball league forming at On the Square
CROWN POINT | On the Square Sports Academy, 105 N. Court St., is looking for men over 30 who are interested in playing basketball two to three hours a week with the possibility of forming a league. Players or groups interested should call (219) 808-5290.
Crete Phoenix 12U softball team seeks players
The Crete Phoenix 12U softball team is looking to add a starting pitcher and a position player. To arrange a confidential tryout, call general manager Bill Wheeler at (708) 825-3784.
Patti's All-American holding open gym on April 5
DYER | Patti's All-American will be hosting a "PAA Open Gym-Party Rock after Dark" from 7 to 10 p.m. April 5. The event is open to the public and is for ages 6-13, including supervised time in the gym, DJ, light show, dancing and H20 bar. For details, call (219) 865-2274 or go to www.pattisallamerican.com.
Andrean seeking varsity volleyball and soccer coaches
MERRILLVILLE | Andrean High School is seeking a head boys varsity soccer coach and a head girls varsity volleyball coach for the 2014-2015 school year. Application materials, which include letter of interest, resume, certificate and licenses, and references (three minimum) should be sent to Andrean High School, c/o Athletic Director, 5959 Broadway, Merrillville, Ind. 46410. Application deadline is April 8.
For details, call (219) 887-5281 or go to www.andreanhs.com.
Cedar Lake Youth Soccer League holding sign-ups
CEDAR LAKE | Cedar Lake Youth Soccer League is holding in-person registration for age groups 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12 and U14 through April 16 at the Town Hall, 7408 Constitution Ave. Online registration is at www.genmoverecreation.com. Cost is $30. All games will be on Saturdays from April 26 through June 7.
Millennium Soccer Association holding spring registration
The Millennium Soccer Association is holding sign-ups for its spring youth soccer program for boys and girls ages U6-U12. For registration information, contact Vangel Nacovski at email@example.com or go to www.millenniumsoccer.org.
'Best of the Best' AAU girls basketball tourney July 9
HIGHLAND | Future Hoopers of America and former Washington and UIC basketball star Dejeanette Flournoy will host the "Best of the Best" elite girls basketball showcase tournament, July 9 at the Lincoln Center. The event plans to attract 40 of the top girls AAU teams from across the nation as well as many collegiate coaches.
The event is seeking sponsors. Those interested should contact Flournoy at (773) 744-0985 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morris Elite Baseball accepting applications for coaches
Morris Elite Baseball is accepting applications for experienced coaches to add to its growing baseball organization. For details, contact Bobby Morris at (219) 677-2183 or email@example.com.
Elite 15U baseball team seeking players
An Elite 15U travel baseball team is looking for a few players. For team and tryout information, call Matt Hopkins at (219) 713-7992.
Dyer Babe Ruth extending registration for 2014 season
Dyer Babe Ruth is expanding both its 16-18 year old programs and has opening for all players residing in Lake County For details, call (219) 588-4215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lady Playmakers 12U softball team seeks two players
The Lady Playmakers 12U girls softball team is looking for two dedicated players -- in particular catcher/infielder. The team plays a full travel schedule. For a tryout, contact Billy Pierce at (219) 381-7007.
Former all-state catcher joins Diamond Kings staff
ST. JOHN | Former Crown Point all-star catcher and Butler University standout Nick Hladek is available to hitting and catching lessons at Diamond Kings. For details, call (219) 558-2273 or go to www.TrainDK.com.
NAYS holding spring basketball tourney in Joliet
JOLIET | North American Youth Sports still has openings for its annual spring youth basketball, April 25-27 at the Joliet Park District Multipurpose Center. The boys and girls grade brackets range from 4-5 to 11-12. Cost is $160 per team. Registration deadline is April 4.
For details, call the NAYS spring tournament hotline at 1 (866) 352-5915, tourney director Josh Barry at (815) 741-7275, ext. 170, or go to the NAYS website at www.northamericanyouthsports.org.
Crown Point Bulldogs 12U softball team seeks players
CROWN POINT | The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U softball team is looking for one or two quality athletes to add to its roster. All positions are open. For a confidential tryout, call Mike Manhatton at (773) 550-4466.
Softball umpiring clinic Saturday at Taft Middle School
CROWN POINT | The Indiana ASA/IHSAA Softball Umpire Clinic/Comprehensive School will take place at Taft Middle School, 1000 South Main St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For details, call Dick Zurbriggen at (219) 776-0654 or Fred Maxey at (219) 508-5819.
Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball player
The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for player to complete its roster. The team will play in elite tournaments during the weekends while allowing players to play in their in-house leagues. For details, call Luke Donsbach at (219) 313-2920.
NWI Sox Fastpitch has two softball player openings
The NWI Sox Fastpitch Softball organization is seeking one player each for its 10U and 12U JW team. For details, call/text Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or go to www.nwisoxfastpitch.com.
Basketball shooting lessons at Fieldhouse-Merrillville
MERRILLVILLE | Jim East, former boys basketball coach at Merrillville High School and Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame member, is giving basketball shooting lessons for boys and girls in grades 4-12 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville during March. For details, call (219) 662-8157 or (219) 308-5504.
Youth basketball tournament at Crete-Monee High School
CRETE | Crete-Monee High School will host a youth basketball tournament for grade 3/4 and 5/6 teams on April 25-26. The fee is $100 per team -- each team will have a minimum of two. Trophies will be awarded to first- and second-place teams.
The tourney is in honor of the Joyce Hutton, wife of CM basketball coach Alvin Hutton, who passed away after battling breast cancer. Proceeds from the tournament will go cancer research. Entry deadline is April 11.
For details, call Greg Murray at (708) 534-6456 (office) or (708) 921-4386 (cell).
Crete Crush 14U softball team seeks pitcher
The Crete Crush 14U travel softball team is looking for an experienced travel ball pitcher. To arrange a tryout, or for more details, contact Joe Cash at (219) 201-9806 or email@example.com.
Lansing Redbirds 16U baseball team seeks catcher
The Lansing Redbirds 16U travel basketball team is looking for a catcher to complete its roster for the season. Interested players from Lansing or from the surrounding Illinois and Indiana communities should call (708) 670-3647 or (708) 805-8262 to arrange a tryout.
Tri Kappa Tie Dyed Dash April 12 in Plum Creek
SCHERERVILLE | Tri Kappa's Zeta Psi chapter will host its third annual 5K fun run/walk through the Plum Creek subdivision starting at 8 a.m. April 12. The starting line is at 221 U.S. 41.
Registration is at www.runsignup.com/trikappadash.
Cheer Tryout Prep Classes at Midwest locations
Midwest Training will being its Cheer Tryout Prep Class, which instructs on the basics of cheer, motions, jumps and more. Classes will be held at both the Dyer and Crown Point locations. For details, call Michelle at (219) 558-8811.
Illiana Ravens holding women's football tryouts
CHICAGO HEIGHTS | The Illiana Ravens women's football team is holding tryouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at the Ho-Chunk Sports and Expo Center, 10 Southland Drive. For details, call Bob at (219) 741-3434 or go to illianaravens.com.
Playmakers 15U baseball team looking for two players
The Playmakers 15U baseball team is looking for two players. The team is coached by former major league pitcher Brad Voyles. For a private tryout, call Voyles at (920) 217-4200 or Dave Griffin's Baseball School at (219) 922-1107.
Crete Crush looking for 14U softball pitcher
The Crete Crush 14U travel softball team is looking for an experienced travel ball pitcher. For details, contact Joe Cash at (219) 201-9806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks players
The Indiana Angels 12U softball team seeks two players, no specific positions, to complete its roster. For details, contact Al Zabrecky at (219) 781-1727.
Dyer Little League still holding registrations
DYER | Dyer Little League is still holding registration for the 2014 season. Eligible players must be ages 4-12 by April 30, 2014, and live within the Dyer Little League boundaries, which are Main Street (north), 93rd Avenue (south), Cline Avenue (east) and the Indiana/Illinois state line (west). Those attending school within league boundaries are also eligible.
For registration details, contact Lisa Born at email@example.com.
Indiana Playmakers looking for 9U baseball players
The Indiana Playmakers 9U baseball team is looking for two additional players who must be able to play multiple positions. Those interested should contact Anthony at (219) 776-6211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hidden Lake Park taking adult softball sign-ups
MERRILLVILLE | The Ross Township trustee's office is accepting registrations for the upcoming adult softball league at Hidden Lake Park. The fee is $500 per team — early-bird special of $450 per team if signed up by April 18. The men's league plays Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings; the coed league plays on Wednesday evenings.
For details, call (219) 769-2111 or go www.rosstownship.org.
Preschool open gym at Midwest Training and Ice
DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., is offering preschool open gym for ages 3-5 on Friday mornings from 9:45 to 11 a.m. For details, call (219) 558-8811.
Region Rockers seek 14U junior high softball player
The Region Rockers are looking for a 14U girls softball player -- must be in seventh or eighth grade. Those interest should contact Tom Bainbridge at (219) 769-3033.
Former St. Joe's softball coach at Dave Griffin's School
GRIFFITH | Frank Wilkins, who has been the St. Joseph's College girls softball coach for 13 years before retiring last spring after amassing more than 300 victories making him the school's all-time winningest coach, is now giving lessons at Dave Griffin's Baseball and Softball School, 1200 West Main St. Wilkins is also available to assist aspiring college softball players in the recruiting process.
For details, contact Wilkins at (219) 796-5214 or email@example.com.
Hard Court Classic girls tourney at Bloom Township
CHICAGO | Bloom Township High School will host the "Hard Court Classic", a girls high school basketball tournament, on June 20-21. Cost is $200 per team. There will be a four-game guarantee. Teams may play three games on that Friday, and one game the following Saturday, or two games each day. Games starts at 9 a.m. each day. There will be a JV division if enough teams are interested.
For details, contact Ron Newquist at (708) 259-8067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NWI Sox looking to fill two roster spots for 12U team
The NWI Sox girls travel softball organization is looking for fill two roster spots on its "12U JW" team. Head coach of the team is Jim Wright, who has 15 years of coaching experience at the travel ball/high school levels. For tryout information, call Rick Baker at (219) 613-1017 or visit www.nwisoxfastpitch.com.
South Shore Steelheads looking for 16U baseball players
The South Shore Steelheads 16U baseball team is looking for two players to complete its roster. The Steelheads play in tournaments throughout the Midwest as well as the Northern Illinois Metro League. For tryout information, call John Batistatos at (219) 384-6656 or go to www.southshoresteelheads.com.
Seniors sought for low-key basketball activity
Play It Again, Sam Sports is calling out for people ages 60 and over interested in participating in a low-key basketball activity. For details, contact Joe Gerlach at (219) 365-5791 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 NATIONALSGOLD@aol.com, or go to NATIONALSSOFTBALL.com.
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 Bkelley685@comcast.net.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. Only serious and experienced travel players should inquire.