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Stache Dash 4 Miler to be held Monday: The Crazy Legs Race Series will hold the Stache Dash 4 Miler at 9 a.m. Monday at Hawthorne Park Community Center in Porter. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Porter Parks and Recreation Department. Forms are available at www.crazylegsraceseries.info. Sign up online at raceroster.com/events/2017/11117/stache-dash-4-miler. For details, email Paul Stofko at stofko121@yahoo.com.

Valpo varsity cheer team to hold clinic: The Valparaiso High School varsity cheer team will hold its annual cheer clinic for girls in kindergarten through fifth grade from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday in the high school's main gym. The cost of the clinic is $30 and includes a T-shirt, pom poms and admission to cheer with the varsity cheerleaders during the first half of the Michigan City at Valparaiso varsity football game Friday. Registration will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym lobby, door 7. For questions, call 219-531-3070, ext. 5238, or email kwissing@valpo.k12.in.us.

Outsiders Baseball Club to hold tryouts: The Outsiders Baseball Club will hold additional tryouts for its 10-and-under and 11U teams for the 2018 season at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St., in Griffith. For details, email Dave Griffin at dgbaseball@comcast.net, or call 219-765-6242.

Crown Point Parks accepting registration for Lil' Dribblers: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration for Lil' Dribblers basketball for boys and girls aged preschool to third grade. Games will be held on Thursdays through Oct. 26 at Franciscan Health Sports Medicine Institute, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, in Crown Point. Preschool to kindergarten will play from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and grades one through three will play 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $65 for residents, $80 for nonresidents. For details and to register, call John Stroia at the park department at 219-661-2272, or email jstroia@crownpoint.in.gov.

Porter Amateur to be held in September: The Porter Amateur will be held Sept. 9 and 16 at The Brassie and Forest Park and Sept. 10 and 17 at Sand Creek and Valparaiso Country Club. Play will be in threesomes; tournament committee will do pairings, and correspondence will be done by email. Entry forms are available at the host golf courses, or email 123duane@pga.com. Entry fee is $150, and closes at 2 p.m. Monday. Cash or check made payable to Porter AM/Duane Borcherding may be mailed to or dropped off at The Brassie Golf Club, 1110 Pearson Road, Chesterton, IN 46304.

Popcorn Panic Sept. 9: The Popcorn Panic run/walk will be held Sept. 9 at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso. The five-mile run and 5K run/walk will start at 7:30 a.m. Online registration will end at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Registration is also available in person at the Butterfield Family Pavilion from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and from 6 to 7 a.m. at the race tent on race day. The cost is $35 before race day, $40 on race day. For details and to register online, go to www.valpoparks.org/209/Popcorn-Panic or runsignup.com/Race/IN/Valparaiso/35thAnnualPopcornPanic.

Hobart youth basketball to hold registration: Hobart youth basketball will hold registration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 9 and 16 and from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 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.

Back-to-School 3-on-3 tournament accepting preregistration: The basketball tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will finish by 4 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Indiana Northwest Campus Savannah Hall Gymnasium during the Back-to-School Jamboree. To preregister, call Dr. Smith at 219-887-2046 or get an application at Beautiful Things, 3570 Village Court, in Gary. Preregistration is $30 and on-site registration is $45. There will also be other events for all ages.

Race to the Rescue to be held Sept. 10: Race to the Rescue, an event to honor first responders, will begin at 7:45 a.m., with opening ceremonies Sept. 10 at The Pavilion at Wolf Lake. The 9K run ($25) will begin at 8 a.m.; the 5K run/walk ($25) immediately follows; kids races ($10), 20-mile cycling road race ($40) at 10 a.m. and 9K fun bike ride at noon. To register, go to active.com or in person at The Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive. For details, email race2therescue@gmail.com.

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 Sept. 10. 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.org.

Horizon to hold registration: Horizon Gymnastics and Cheer Academy, 1254 Horse Prairie Ave., in Valparaiso is taking registration for its back to school gymnastics program. For details, go to www.horizongymnasticsandcheeracademy.com, or call 219-477-6542.

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.

Intramural program turns 65 at Purdue Northwest Hammond campus: In honor of the 65th anniversary of the Purdue Northwest intramural program, which was started by Bob Hayes, there will be a basketball game of H.O.R.S.E. held outside behind the Gym building Sept. 11. Winners of the Bob Hayes Intramural Award, which started with the 60th anniversary of the program, will be invited to compete in the tournament. Other events this school year will include a fishing tournament and go-kart race.

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 from Sept. 11 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.

Valparaiso Swim Club to hold tryouts: Valparaiso Swim Club will hold tryouts for the fall/winter season from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at the Valparaiso High School pool. Children aged 5 and older who have the ability to swim 25 yards freestyle and backstroke are welcome to try out. Swimmers need to bring their suit, goggles, towel and a copy of their birth certificate. For details, go to www.ValparaisoSwimClub.com, or email VP@valparaisoswimclub.com for details.

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. Sept. 18 and 19; 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. Deadline to register is Sept. 15. For details and to register, go to www.lakecentralcamps.com.

Crown Point Parks to host Cubs trip: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will host a Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game trip to Wrigley Field on Sept. 15. The bus will depart at 10:30 a.m. from the Crown Point Sportsplex parking lot, 1313 E. North St., and will return at approximately 6 p.m. For details, call 219-661-2271.

South Shore Roller Girls to hold last bout of season: The South Shore Roller Girls will host a doubleheader bout at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 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.

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 Sept. 15. 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.

Barton's Raiders flag football team to hold reunion: There will be a reunion Sept. 16 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 will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 18 to Oct. 18 at Schererville's Franciscan Health Fitness Centers. To sign up or for information, call 219-865-6969.

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

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 Sept. 19 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' Sept. 20: 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. Sept. 20 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.

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.

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.

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.