Tri Town football, dance and cheer teams shine in Florida
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. | At the Pop Warner National Championships held last week at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Center, the Tri Town Raiders came to play, dance and cheer -- and did so convincingly.
In the Mitey Mite Bowl which showcased the top 16 Mitey Mite football teams in the nation, the Tri Town Raiders defeated the Millston (N.J.) Eagles 14-0 and the Ormond Beach (Fla.) Sandcrabs 39-6 in both of their games.
The Tri Town Midget Dance Team won its second national title in a row.
In the Pee Wee Level 3 Small cheerleading division, Tri Town placed fifth.
Winter baseball workouts at the C.P. Dome
CROWN POINT | Winter baseball workouts for new and returning Babe Ruth league-age players will run for 10 weeks at the Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. The dates are Jan. 12, 19, 26; Feb. 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16 and 23. Starting times are 5 p.m. for 13 year-olds; 6:30 p.m. for 14 year-olds; and 8 p.m. for 15 year-olds. Cost is $200. Registration deadline is Dec. 31. For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351.
Lake Central Hockey Club holding alumni game Sunday
DYER | The Lake Central Indians Hockey Club will hold its annual LC Alumni Game from 3:40 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Midwest Training and Ice Center. For details, call Dan Clark at (219) 765-9126 or John Lisac at (219) 775-0147.
Toy Drive Pitching Camp at Indiana Elite
MERRILLVILLE | Baltimore Orioles prospect Trent Howard, and Central Michigan baseball players Jimmy McNamara and Taylor Lehnert will be the featured instructors at the Toy Drive Pitching Camp, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Elite Baseball and Softball Facility, 8224 Wright St.
Cost for the camp is $10 plus one donated toy.
* Howard is also an addition to Indiana Elite staff. Other additional staff members include Anthony Olund, Devin DeYoung and Kyle DeYoung. Walk-in registration are welcome anytime or by calling (219) 545-2241. For further details, call (219) 545-2241.
Ultimate Armwrestling League coming to Horseshoe
HAMMOND | The Ultimate Armwrestling League is coming to Horseshoe Casino, 777 Casino Center Dr., on Jan. 11. There will be professional and amateur competitions -- amateur competition is open to the public. The tournament starts at 11 a.m.; the ultimate matchup starts at 7 p.m., featuring the super heavyweight main event between the "Brazilian Phenom" Marcio Barboza and "Leviathan" Richard Lupkes.
Tickets are available by calling 1 (800) 745-3000 or at ticketmaster.com. For more information, go to moreinfo@theUAL.com.
Skate With the Indians Dec. 26 at Midwest Ice Center
DYER | The Lake Central Hockey Club invites all seventh- and eighth-graders interested in playing hockey to skate with the Lake Central varsity and junior varsity hockey players from 3:55 to 5 p.m. Dec. 26 at Midwest Training and Ice Center. Those interested are asked to bring their hockey gear and arrive 30 minutes early to dress.
For details, contact Dan Clark at (219) 765-9126.
Senior Singles Bowling Tournament at Set 'Em Up Lanes
GRIFFITH | The Greater Calumet Area USBC will hold its 8th-annual Senior Singles Bowling Tournament, Jan. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at Set 'Em Up Lanes, 135 N. Broad St. Divisions open to male and female GCA-sanctioned bowlers include ages 50-59 averaging 211 or more; ages 50-59 averaging 210 or less; 60-and-over averaging 201 or more; ages 60-and-over averaging 200 or less.
Participants bowl four games and keep the best three in the handicapped event. Cost is $20. For details, call (219) 923-7240 for www.greatercalumet.com.
Trot 4 Toys 5K at Marquette Park
GARY | Trot 4 Toys 5K run/walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Marquette Park. The race is free, and participants are asked to donate a toy, which will be donated to Gary area shelters. For details, go to Cause2Compete.com.
Champion Cheer Camp at Patti's All-American Gymnastics
DYER | Patti's All-American Gymnastics will host its Champion Cheer Camp for ages 5-8 from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 2. Aspiring cheerleaders will learn cheers, motions, and proper hand and body movements. To register, or for more details, call (219) 865-2274 or go to www.pattisallamerican.com.
Baseball Christmas Camp at Dave Griffin's
GRIFFITH | A Baseball Christmas Camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27 at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St. Instructors include Purdue Calumet recruiting coordinator Alex Triantafillo and Trent Howard, who pitches in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Cost is $65. For details, call (219) 922-1107 or email email@example.com.
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 www.tritownraiders.org.
Indiana Bulldogs 12U baseball team seeks player
The Indiana Bulldogs 12U baseball team is looking to add one more player to its roster. The player would need to be a serious travel ball participant will availability to travel on weekends through the summer including a trip to Myrtle Beach. Workouts will start in January and will go up until the season begins. When inquiring about the roster spot, indicate where you're from, previous playing experience and positions. Those interested should contact Bill at (219) 669-6399 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crown Point Babe Ruth holding baseball sign-ups
CROWN POINT | Crown Point Babe Ruth is holding sign-ups for ages 13-18 from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 at Crown Point Family Fun Center Dome, 1301 Merrillville Road. The cost is $200 per player which includes $25 in raffle tickets, $100 for the second player with a $300 family maximum. The 13-15 division will accept players from Crown Point, Hebron, Hobart and Merrillville. The 16-18 division will take players from Lake, Porter, Newton and LaPorte counties. Any player born in 1995 is eligible for the 16-18 programs. For details, call Don Ernst at (219) 746-4351 or Becky Mild at (219) 306-6599.
Winter basketball league at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville
MERRILLVILLE | The Fieldhouse-Merrillville winter basketball leagues for boys and girls in grades 3-12 and adults will be starting in January. The leagues consist of eight games and a single-elimination tournament. All girls grade 4-8 games will be played on Sunday afternoons starting Jan. 5; all boys grade 3-5 games will be played on Sunday afternoons starting Jan. 5; all boys grade 6 games will be played on Thursday evenings starting Jan. 9; all boys grade 7 games will be played on Monday evenings starting Jan. 6; all boys grade 8 games will be played on Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 8; and all high school and adult games will played on Sunday evenings starting Jan. 5.
Cost is $495 per team or $125 for individual registration. Registration deadline is Dec. 27. For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Pro U holding 'Drop and Shop' basketball camps
MERRILLVILLE | Pro U will hold its "Drop and Shop" holiday season FUNdamentals Basketball Camp sessions for boys and girls in grades 3-12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 26-27 and Jan. 2-3 at the Fieldhouse-Merrillville, 899 East 99th Court. Cost is $50 per camper and $30 for each additional family member. There is a special team rate of $400 for a maximum of 10 players. For details, call (219) 738-2424 or go to www.thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Hockey and figure skating lessons at Midwest Training
DYER | Midwest Training and Ice Center, 10600 White Oak Ave., is offering a free month of hockey or figure skating lessons for new students. For details, call (219) 558-8811.
Storm looking for part-time 8U travel baseball players
The Storm 8U part-time travel baseball team is looking for three players 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.
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 Wednesday 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.
Christmas Gymnastics Camp at All-American Gymnastics
DYER | Patti's All-American Gymnastics, 1530 Joliet St., will be hosting a "Christmas Drop and Shop Gymnastics Camp" from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 23 for ages 4-12. Activities include gymnastics, games, candy cane hunt and a gingerbread house craft. For details, call (219) 865-2274 or go to www.pattisallamerican.com.
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.
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 hammondchiefs.com.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.USBaseballAcademy.com.
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 email@example.com.
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 harlemglobetrotters.com/rule. Tickets are $13, and may be purchased at the Civic Center, by calling (866) 468-3401 or by going to harlemglobetrotters.com or www.ticketweb.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com, or Marc Escobedo at (219) 308-4449 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.