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NWIWSL in need of players: The Northwest Indiana Women's Soccer League is looking for players and teams for the fall season. The league is for women 30 and older, although each team is allowed four players aged 25 to 29. Registration is today. For details, email at nwiwsl@gmail.com, or go to www.facebook.com/NWIWSL.

Renegades travel team to hold tryouts: The 14-and-under Renegades travel baseball team will hold tryouts for 2018 at 10 a.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday at Hawthorne Park in Chesterton. All players who won't turn 15 prior to May 1, 2018, may try out. There will be eight tournaments from May through July. For details or to confirm attendance, call/text Duane Dibble at 219-395-6112, or email at dl_dibble@yahoo.com.

Blue Wave Fastpitch to hold tryouts: Blue Wave Fastpitch will hold tryouts for 9-and-under through 18U from from today through Thursday at Community Park, 8601 Calumet, in Munster. For details, go to www.bluewavefastpitch.com.

Midnight bike ride set to roll this weekend: The WHAM Ride is scheduled for today and Sunday at Wolf Lake pavilion. Cost is $25. Register at the event from 9 to 11:30 p.m. today. There will be music, prizes and vendor booths before the ride and a pancake breakfast after. The speed riders head out first at midnight Sunday, followed by long-route riders and then those riding the short route.

St. John 14U Tomahawks to have fundraisers today and Sunday: The St. John 14-and-under Tomahawks will have a fundraiser garage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at 1206 Saratoga Ave. in Schererville. The fundraiser will benefit travel expenses for the baseball team and its families for its trip to Virginia to play in the World Series. Another fundraiser will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at La Quesadilla in Crown Point, with 15 percent of those sales going back to the team to help pay for its trip.

Outsiders Baseball Club to hold tryouts: The Outsiders Baseball Club will hold tryouts for 10-and-under, 11U, 14U and 16U for the 2018 season today at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St., in Griffith. The 10U and 11U tryouts will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and the 14U and 16U tryouts will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For a private tryout, contact Dave Griffin at 219-765-6242 or email dgbaseball@comcast.net. The 17U team will conduct private tryouts by appointment. To schedule, email Griffin.

Crown Point Cal Ripken to hold registration: Crown Point Cal Ripken fall baseball registration is open through Aug. 11 for players aged 6 to 12. Register at cpcalripkenbaseball.com.

Cedar Lake to hold fall soccer registration: Cedar Lake will hold fall soccer registration for players aged 4 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and Aug. 12 at the town hall, 7408 Constitution Ave. For details, call 219-374-7400, ext. 119, or email events@cedarlakein.org. Registration forms are available at the town hall or at cedarlakein.org.

Crown Point Babe Ruth to offer fall ball sign-ups: Crown Point Babe Ruth will offer fall ball sign-ups for players aged 12 to 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 12 at Crown Point Family Fun Center, 1301 Merrillville Road, or by using a credit card at www.crownpointbaberuth.siplay.com/site. The cost is $220 per player. Full teams receive a discounted cost. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, are eligible for the fall 15- to 18-year-old program. For details, call Don Ernst at 219-746-4351, or text Becky Mild at 219-306-6599 or John Pearson at 219-682-4351.

Breakers slate baseball tryouts: The 2018 13-and-under Indiana Breakers baseball tryouts will be from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Field of Dreams, 402 West 700 North, in South Haven. For details, call 219-771-2951.

Schererville fall ball baseball to hold registration: Schererville fall ball is holding registration which will end Sunday. Games will start after Labor Day, with one game being held during the week and one game on Saturday. Players will receive a shirt and hat. Register at www.scherervillebaseball.org.

Storm softball expanding: The NWI Storm fast-pitch softball organization is expanding its program to include a 10-and-under and 12U team for the 2017-2018 season. Tryouts will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Field of Dreams Park, County Road 402 W 700 N, in South Haven. For details or a private tryout, contact Shane McKinney at 219-406-5694 or shanenims@yahoo.com.

Triple Crown 18U baseball tryouts Sunday: Triple Crown travel baseball will host tryouts for its 18-and-under team from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For details, call 219-462-3927.

PRO U basketball camp next week: PRO U will hold summer basketball camps for boys and girls in grades three through 12 at Franciscan Point Sports Medicine Institute in Crown Point. Session V, strictly shooting camp, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Wednesday. Registration is $85, $50 for each additional family member. To register, call John Stroia, camp director, at 219-775-6977.

Northwest Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes holds camp: The Northwest Indiana Fellowship of Christian Athletes held its first basketball summer camp at Bethel Church, Gary Campus, for elementary and middle school students. Campers experienced a live basketball show by performer Katie Crevier. FCA is working to design more camps in the Region in upcoming summers. To find out how to start an FCA program at your school, call 219-252-8755, or go nwindianafca.org.

NWI Sox 14U fast-pitch team to hold tryouts: The NWI Sox 14-and-under fast-pitch softball team will hold tryouts from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Andrean High School, with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m. The team is especially looking for catchers. To complete a pretryout registration form, go to www.nwisoxfastpitch.com. For details or to schedule a private tryout, contact Gary Fossey at 219-921-6372 or commish99@comcast.net.

Rotary Ramble 5K slated for Aug. 12: The 37th annual Rotary Ramble 5K Run and Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Aug. 12 on Halleck Street (U.S. 231) near the south end of DeMotte Elementary School. Register online through 4 p.m. Wednesday at www.thtiming.com at a discount. Late registration and packet pickup is available at the DeMotte Elementary gym from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6:45 to 7:45 a.m. Aug. 12. Late registration is $25 with shirt, $20 without. For details, email rotaryramble@hotmail.com.

Benefit Bowling Blast to be held at Stardust III: The Buns Care Charity's Benefit Bowling Blast to help the lives of disadvantaged children will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Aug. 19 at Stardust III. Registration fee of $20 per person includes bowling, shoe rental,T-shirt, food, soft drink, team photo and chance to win prizes. Sign up as a team or as an individual. Each bowler is asked to raise $30. Registration deadline for bowlers wanting event T-shirts is Thursday. For details and to sign up, go to www.bowlathon.net/event/benefit-bowling-blast-17.

Dyer Babe Ruth part-time travel team and fall ball to hold tryouts: The Dyer Babe Ruth part-time travel team will hold tryouts for players aged 13 to 15 from 8 to 10 a.m. and aged 9 to 12 from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 at the Babe Ruth field, 602 Joliet St., in Dyer. For details, email Keith Kwiatkowski at kkwiatkowski201@gmail.com. Dyer Babe Ruth Fall Ball online registration for players aged 12 to 15 will continue until Aug. 15 at www.dyerbaberuthleague.com. For details, email Michael Medlen at medlenm@yahoo.com.

The NWI Exiles to host 5K race/walk: The NWI Exiles will host their second annual Ruck and Run 5K race/1-mile fitness walk at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 in Hobart. The event will start at the Hobart City Ball Park, 747 State St. For details and to register, go to ruckandrun5k.com.

Schererville Heat 16U to hold travel tryouts: The Schererville 16-and-under Heat will hold registration at 9:30 a.m. and conduct the final tryout from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 12 at Redar Park. For details or to schedule a private tryout, call coach Jim at 219-616-9501.

Crown Point Parks to hold softball registration: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration until Aug. 12 for its girls fall softball registration. Cost for preschool through second grade is $45 per player; third through 12th grade is $85 per player. Team registration cost is $350 for preschool through second grade and $750 for third through 12th grade. Weekday games will start Sept. 5 and end the week of Oct. 9. For details, contact John Stroia at 219-661-2272 or jstroia@crownpoint.in.gov.

Oilmen to host College Prospect Showcase: The Oilmen will host their first college prospect showcase Aug. 13 at Oil City Stadium for players looking to play at the collegiate level. It is available to any high school or junior college player and will include on-field batting practice, a defensive workout, clinical sessions and drills as well as a live scrimmage in front of college coaches. Registration is $150. For players who would like to be evaluated as a pitcher and position player, the fee is $225. Register at NWIOilmen.com; go to schedule drop down menu in "special events."

Ben Franklin announces practice dates: Practices for Ben Franklin cross country and volleyball will begin Aug. 14. Cross country will meet from 3 to 4:15 p.m., while volleyball will meet from 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Illinois Defenders to hold skills and drills clinic: Illinois Defenders will hold a basketball skills and drills clinic for grade school girls from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 15, 16 and 17 at Southland Center, 19900 Stoney Island, in Lynwood. The cost is $50 with preregistration, or $60 at the door. Register by emailing IllinoisDefenders@gmail.com.

Gary for Life Basketball League to hold championship game Aug. 17: The Gary for Life Basketball League will hold its end-of-season championship youth games at 5:30 p.m. and adult games at 7 and 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at 21st Century Charter School gym, 556 Washington St. Admission is free. Gary for Life's goal is to engage young males interested in participating in organized activity during critical crime hours and provide a positive safe environment. GFL has plans to host another season to begin in March.

Munster Masters Swim club to host swim event: The Munster Masters Swim Club will host an open water swim event Aug. 19 at Marquette Beach in Miller. Check-in will begin at 7 a.m. A required safety meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the start line. For information, go to www.teamunify.com/EventShow.jsp?id=744227&team=inmmm.

LCAOA golf outing Aug. 20: The Lake County Athletic Officials Association will sponsor a fundraising golf outing at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 20 at Pheasant Valley. Proceeds from the event benefit the LCAOA's scholarship funds. For details, call Tom Bainbridge at 219-781-6710.

High school wood bat fall league to hold registration: The High School Fall Baseball League, a network of high school wood bat fall leagues covering multiple states, is accepting registration until a week before each league begins. The HSFBL is open to incoming 2017 high school players and coach-recommended eighth-graders. League play is on Sundays beginning the week of Aug. 20 or 27. For details and to register, go to www.HSFBL.com.

USSF referee class coming to VU: An entry level United States Soccer Federation referee class will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at Valparaiso University's Gellerson Engineering School. The class is open to Soccer Association for Youth and high school soccer officials as well. To sign up, go to indianasoccerreferees.GameOfficials.Net, or contact Ismail Attallah at ismailattallah@juno.com.

Kaplan to do book signing at Bridges: Comcast Sports host David Kaplan will do a book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 25 at Bridges Scoreboard Restaurant and Sports Bar. "The Plan" is a story about the Cubs' rebuild and 2016 World Series Championship. Cost of the book is $25.

Tour de LaPorte to be held Aug. 25-27: The Tour de LaPorte will be held beginning at Cummings Lodge Aug. 25 to 27. The Tour is a bike riding, running and walking event presented by Healthcare Foundation of LaPorte to benefit local patients with cancer. Adult prices range from $20 to $40 depending on the event; students aged 12 to 17 are half the adult prices, and children under age 11 are free. To register, go to www.tourdelaporte.org.

Boys and Girls Clubs of NW Indiana to host golf outing: The Boys and Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana will host a It's Fore The Kids! golf outing at Briar Ridge Aug. 28. This outing is a four-person scramble format with purchase of skins and mulligans available. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. New this year is a Helicopter Drop course game at 6 p.m. For details, call Navada Terry at 219-881-1060, ext. 419, or email nterry@bgcnwi.org. Online registration is available at bgcnwi.rg/special-events.

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.

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. Sept. 4. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chesterton Cougars seek 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.


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.