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Platis wins gold: Mary Lou Platis of Schererville won a gold medal in the discus and shot put last weekend at the State Games of America in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Platis competed in the 70 to 74 age group in this biennial amateur multi-sport event.

Illiana Misfits Rugby Club to hold fundraiser: The Illiana Misfits Rugby Club will hold a fundraiser from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Enzos Beef and Sausage, 1120 U.S. 30, in Schererville for a player's son who was diagnosed with Hunter Syndrome. For details, a Facebook page, Ruggers on the roof, was created.

Komara, Zaluckyj from Patti's All American to speak at convention: Patti Komara, gymnastics expert and president of Patti's All-American in Dyer, will speak to gymnastics coaches and owners this month at a USA Gymnastics National Convention in Anaheim, California. She will speak on ways to make a business grow and tech tips. Rhonda Zaluckyj, vice-president of sales for Patti's All-American and USA Gymnastics teacher, will speak on "Parent & Tot: Creating Moments -- Not Just Play".

Powerboat P1 AquaX Racing returns to Whiting: The Powerboat P1 AquaX racing will return to Whiting Lakefront Park for the second annual Grand Prix of the Sea from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This event is free to the public. For details, go to p1aquax.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. Saturday 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. Saturday 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.

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

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 Saturday 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 Tuesday 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. Saturday 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 Saturday at Redar Park. For details or to schedule a private tryout, call coach Jim at 219-616-9501.

Crown Point Parks holding softball registration: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department is holding registration until Saturday 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 Sunday 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 Monday. Cross country will meet from 3 to 4:15 p.m., while volleyball will meet from 3 to 5 p.m.

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.

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. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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 Thursday: 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. Thursday 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.

Outsiders Baseball Club to hold tryouts: The Outsiders Baseball Club will hold tryouts for 10-and-under, 11U, 17U for the 2018 season Aug. 19 at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St., in Griffith. The 17U tryouts will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. The 10U and 11U tryouts will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For details, contact Dave Griffin at 219-765-6242 or dgbaseball@comcast.net.

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.

Valpo Stingrays 12U team to hold tryouts: The Valpo Stingrays 12-and-under travel baseball team will hold tryouts for the 2018 season at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Valpo Americans Majors Field, 3603 Oak Grove Drive, in Valparaiso. For details, email Reid Amones at reidaamones@yahoo.com.

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.

Michigan City Basketball Sunday League to hold sign-ups: The Michigan City Basketball League is holding sign-ups for its Sunday League which is open to boys and girls in grades kindergarten to eight. Cost is $30 per player or $150 per team for the six-week session which begins Aug. 27. Aug. 20 is a free skills clinic and in-person sign-up day. Registration is also available at www.michigancitybasketball.com. For details, call Kathy Workman at 219-229-4516, or email mcbleague@gmail.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.

Stache Dash 4 Miler to be held Sept. 4: The Crazy Legs Race Series will hold the Stache Dash 4 Miler at 9 a.m. Sept. 4 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.

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.

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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.