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 six through eight at the Lake Central High School varsity baseball field. Grades six, seven and eighth will meet from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Cost is $35 per person. For details and to register, go to

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 Thursday. For details, call the parks department at 219-661-2271 or email John Stroia at

IU Region Rose Bowl reunion to be held Thursday: The Lakeshore Chapter of the Indiana University Alumni Association will hold a Region Rose Bowl reunion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Avalon Manor. The event will commemorate the 1967 Hoosiers team that played against Southern California. Tickets at the door will be $20 per person. For details, call Larry Alt at 219-757-3528.

Illinois Defenders to hold tryouts: The Illinois Defenders girls basketball club will hold 2018 season tryouts Friday and Oct. 7 at Southland Center in Lynwood. On Friday, 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

Crown Point Parks to hold registration for Lil' Dribblers: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for fall basketball instruction for boys and girls in preschool to third grade. Games take place Mondays and Wednesdays at Franciscan Health Crown Point Sport Medicine. Preschool to kindergarten will be held from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 30 to Nov. 29 and grades first through third will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 20 to Dec. 15. Registration fees for Crown Point residents are $64 and $80 for non-residents. Registration ends Oct. 25. For details, call 219-661-2271 or email John Stroia at

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

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. today 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.

Boone Grove High School and middle schools has open coaching positions: Boone Grove High School and middle schools has immediate coaching positions open for girls varsity tennis, boys freshman basketball, boys seventh grade basketball, boys sixth grade basketball, girls sixth grade basketball and middle school wrestling. Interested parties should fill out the online application via the Human Resources tab at

Midwest Elite Cheer to hold tryouts: Midwest Elite Cheer will hold tryouts to add members aged 3 to 14 to the half-season cheer teams.  The program has limited travel. For details, call 219-558-8811.


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.