Hobart youth basketball to hold registration: Hobart youth basketball will hold registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Hobart Police/Community Complex, 705 E. 4th St. The league is open to boys and girls kindergarten through seventh grades. Practice is one night a week, and games are on Saturdays. For details, go to the Facebook page: Hobart youth basketball or call 219-616-7166.

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 IllinoisDefenders@gmail.com.

South Shore Roller Girls to hold last bout of season: The South Shore Roller Girls will host a doubleheader bout at 6 p.m. today at the Jean Shepherd Community Center in Hammond. The first event is SSRG's Derailers vs. Chicago Outfit Mixer. At 8 p.m., SSRG's Runaways go against Demolition City. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children aged 6 to 10. Children 5 and under are admitted free. For details, go to www.southshorerollergirls.com.

Barton's Raiders flag football team to hold reunion: There will be a reunion today at Wicker Park for anyone who played for Barton's Pizza flag football team. For details, call Bob Crowder at 219-741-3434 or Marty Vicari at 219-895-9312.

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 from Monday to 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 one through eight at the Lake Central High School varsity baseball field. Grades one and two will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; grades three, four and five will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26, 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 www.lakecentralcamps.com.

South Shore Clean Cities to host golf outing: The fifth annual Clean Air Golf Outing will be held starting with a 10:30 a.m. check-in Tuesday at River Pointe Country Club in Hobart. Registration fee is $100 per golfer and includes green and cart fees, lunch, beverage tickets and dinner, on course game and raffle prizes. To register, go to southshorecleancities.org/events/golf_outing.php.

'An Evening of Candid Conversation with IU's Todd Jadlow' Wednesday: The Chesterton High School drug prevention and outreach program and Hilltop30 Publishers will present a free program, "An Evening of Candid Conversation with IU's Todd Jadlow," from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the high school auditorium, Entrance No. 31. Other speakers include Tom Brew and David Milligan. For details, email David Milligan at dmilligan@duneland.k12.in.us, or call 219-983-3730, ext. 7290.

Scarecrow Scamper Kids Fun Run Sept. 23: The annual Scarecrow Scamper Kids Fun Run for those aged 2 to 9 will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23 on Main Street in Wanatah south of the railroad tracks. Proceeds go to Cass Merrymakers 4-H Club. Registration is $12 prior to Sunday. Race day registration is $15. Forms may be obtained at the J-MARt.com and at the J-MARt BP in Wanatah. For details, find Scarecrow Scamper Kids Fun Run on Facebook, go to www.theJ-MARt.com or Scarecrowfest.

VU baseball program to hold alumni golf outing: The Valparaiso University baseball program will hold the Alumni Golf Outing and Alumni Game on Sept. 23 and 24 at The Course at Aberdeen in Valparaiso. It will be a four-person scramble with practice two hours before. Registration will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 with shotgun start at noon with a dinner to follow. Entry for the outing and dinner is $110 per person. Cost for just dinner is $15. The alumni game will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 24 at Emory G. Bauer Field. Register at alumni.valpo.edu, or call 219-464-5142 by Friday. For details, email coach Brian Schmack at brian.schmack@valpo.edu or call 219-464-6117, or email Harvey Yergin at harvey.yergin@gmail.com or call 901-484-9751.

Anyone Can Do a 5K walk/run Sept. 23: Schererville's Franciscan Health Fitness Centers will host the sixth annual Anyone Can Do A 5K walk/run at 8 a.m. Sept, 23. A race packet/goody bag and T-shirt pick-up is available from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the main hall of the club. For details, go to FranciscanAlliance.org/Omni, or register online at THTiming.com.

St. Michael Feast Day 5K Sept. 23: St. Michael's School will host the St. Michael Feast Day 5K run and mile walk at 8 a.m. Sept. 23 at St. Michael Church, 1 Wilhelm St., in Schererville. The race will be held in memory of Jeffrey Tuskan, a former parishioner who died due to a rare form of cancer. Preregistration is $25; same-day registration is $30, and registration for 17 and under is $10. Registration forms are available at the church and school, or sign up at stmichaelparish.life or runsignup.com.

Fundraiser camp Sept. 23: Patti's All-American will host a Kids Night Out — Fairytale Princess & Star Wars Party from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 for girls aged 4 to 12 and boys aged 4 to 8. All money collected will go to the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation. There will be open gym time, crafts, games and a Meet and Greet with 10 princesses and Star Wars characters. Pizza will be served. Nonmembers are $37 for the first child, $32 for each sibling; members are $34 for the first child, $29 for each sibling. For details and to register, call 219-865-2274, or register at www.pattisallamerican.com.

Knights of Columbus to hold soccer challenge: The 2017 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge will be held for boys and girls aged 9 to 14 from the Duneland and surrounding communities at 10 a.m. Sept. 23 at St. Paul Catholic Church, 1855 Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso. Participants are required to bring their birth certificate and written parental consent. For details, call Andy Bozak at 219-508-7152 or Kevin Tracy at 219-405-3642 or email abozak@porterco.org or kevintracy@ktracy.com.

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. Sept. 28 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 on Sept. 30 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 ValpoSoftballClinics.com, or contact graduate assistant Tarah McShane at 219-464-5047 or Tarah.McShane@valpo.edu.

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.

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 IllinoisDefenders@gmail.com.

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 www.gohammond.com, 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.

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

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 JWadding@netzero.com.

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 www.cpbulldogsfastpitch.com, or call Mike Greco at 219-775-2151.


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.