Illinois Defenders to hold skills and drills: The Illinois Defenders will hold a girls basketball skills and drills clinic from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 25 at Southland Center in Lynwood. The cost is $165 per player or $15 drop in fee per night. To register, email

Parisi softball speed and agility training offered: Training for those aged 14 to 18 will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 18 at Schererville's Franciscan Health Fitness Centers. To sign up or for information, call 219-865-6969.

Lake Central to hold baseball camp: The Lake Central High School coaching staff and players will hold a baseball camp for players in grades three through eight at the Lake Central High School varsity baseball field. Grades three, four and five will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and grades six, seven and eighth will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3. Cost is $35 per person. For details and to register, go to

Former Bear Baschnagel to sign autographs at Bridges: Former Bears receiver/kick returner Brian Baschnagel will sign autographs and pose for photos with fans from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Bridges' Scoreboard Restaurant & Sports Bar in Griffith. Admission is free. Autograph tickets are $10 each for any item you would like Baschnagel to sign if purchased in advance. Autograph tickets purchased at the event are $15. Bridges will have photos of Baschnagel and Bears items for sale. To purchase tickets, call Bridges at 219-924-2206.

Valpo softball to host camp: Valparaiso University coach Kate Stake and the Crusaders softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp Saturday at the VU field. The camp is open to players who will graduate from high school from 2018 through 2023. Campers will learn and exhibit offensive, defensive and baserunning skills through instructional sessions and games. The camp will also provide informational sessions on sport specific training, team building and mental training. The cost of the camp is $160. For details or to register, go to, or contact graduate assistant Tarah McShane at 219-464-5047 or

Pickleball at Schererville's Franciscan Health Fitness Center: Pickleball is available all day Tuesdays beginning at 7:30 a.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville. Nonmembers are welcome. Participants must be 18 or older and have a state ID. For details, call 219-865-6969.

Crown Point to hold adult fall volleyball league: Crown Point's Parks and Recreation Department will run Tuesday and Friday night adult volleyball leagues. Competitive, coed and women's division Tuesday leagues start Oct. 10 and coed recreation division Friday leagues run from Oct. 13 to Dec. 15. Entry fee for Crown Point residents is $325 and non-residents is $400. Deadline to register is Oct. 5. For details, call the parks department at 219-661-2271 or email John Stroia at

Illinois Defenders to hold tryouts: The Illinois Defenders girls basketball club will hold 2018 season tryouts Oct. 6 and 7 at Southland Center in Lynwood. On Oct. 6, tryouts for fourth and fifth grade will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., sixth to seventh grade from 7 to 8 p.m. and eighth grade from 8 to 9 p.m. On Oct. 7, tryouts for ninth grade will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and 10th and 11th grade from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tryout fee is $15 and includes a shirt. To register, email

Tuesday night soccer returns to Hammond: Area soccer enthusiasts are invited to come out from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday nights from November through March to play and/or be coached in soccer at the Jean Shepherd Community Center in Hammond. The cost is $4 per youth player, $3 for the second child, and $5 per adult player. There is no charge for Jean Shepherd Center annual members. Players need to bring shin guards and a ball. Download the waiver form at, click on Document Central, Parks & Recreation. For details, call 219-554-0155.

Aqua Barre classes offered: Aqua Barre classes are being offered at Franciscan Health Fitness Centers in Schererville. To register, call 219-865-6969.

Triple Crown Valpo seeks players for baseball teams: Triple Crown Valparaiso is looking for players for its 13-, 15- and 17-and-under travel baseball teams. For details, call 219-462-3927.

Chesterton Cougars need starting pitcher: The Chesterton Cougars 15-and-under baseball team is looking for a starting pitcher for next year's team. To set up a workout, call or text Steve at 219-314-3873.

Chesterton Cougars seek players: The Chesterton Cougars 17-and-under baseball team is looking for players. For a private tryout, contact Jody Wadding at 219-983-2427 or

Crown Point Bulldogs to hold 16U fast-pitch tryouts: The Crown Point Bulldogs 16-and-under fast-pitch softball travel team will hold an open tryout for the 2017-18 season. The schedule will consist of mostly Premier Girls Fastpitch and college showcase tournaments. For details, go to, or call Mike Greco at 219-775-2151.

Triple Crown Valpo in need of players: Triple Crown Valpo needs players for its 17- and 15-and-under teams. For details, call 219-462-3927.

Outsiders Baseball Club to hold tryouts: Outsiders Baseball Club will hold tryouts for the spring 2018 season for 10-, 11- and 15-and-under teams at 2 p.m. Saturday at Dave Griffin Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St., Griffith. For details, call Dave at 219-765-6242.

Midwest Irish 16U travel team in need of players: The Midwest Irish 16-and-under travel baseball team is in need of pitchers and position players for the 2018 summer roster. For details, call/text head coach Mike Huttel at 219-730-1315 or assistant coach Wayne Johnson at 219-808-6032.


Jim is a sports writer for The Times who works out of Valparaiso. A South Central High School (1984) and Ball State ('89) grad, he’s covered preps most of his career. He received the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Media Award in 1997.