TUCKER, DUDAK, JACKSON TO BE INDUCTED: Kathi Tucker, of St. John, John Dudak, of Orland Park, and Claude Jackson, of Highland, will be honored in December at the Greater Calumet Area USBC's 27th annual Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet.
Tucker, the principal of Homan Elementary School in Schererville, was inducted into the Indiana State Women's Bowling Hall of Fame in 2011. She has eight women's state titles as well as a fifth-place doubles finish at the USBC Championships in 1997. She is a two-time winner of both The Times and Post-Tribune bowling tournaments, and has 13 perfect (300) games and three 800 series to her credit.
Dudak has nine sanctioned 800 series to his credit, including three straight at Lan-Oak Lanes in Lansing during the 2010-2011 season. Included among his 19 perfect games are three in which Dudak recorded in Professional Bowlers Association events.
Jackson, who was Highland High School's bowling coach for 14 years, was voted into the Hall of Fame in the "Meritorious Service" category. During the 1980s, Jackson worked to establish the "Bowling in Schools" program in the area as well as the GCA USBC Scholarship Program.
SLOAN SEVEN BACK IN ILLINOIS WOMEN'S OPEN: Illinois graduate Sammi Sloan of Lansing is seven strokes off the lead after her 5-over-par 77 in the first round of the Illinois Women's Open at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.
Sloan is tied for 40th, with leaders Nicole Jeray, Erica Popson and Caroline Powers at 2-under 70. Younger sister Maggie Sloan, a few weeks from her sophomore year at T.F. South, scored 14-over 86. Illinois junior Michelle Mayer scored 9-over 81, while sister Rachel Mayer, just graduated from Loyola, was at 19-over 91. Marian Catholic grad Bree Veazey, hampered by a double-bogey and triple-bogey on the 15th and 16th, scored 15-over 87. - Tim Cronin
RAILCATS ROUT EXPLORERS: Christian Vitters powered a 14-hit attack with two singles and a triple in the RailCats' 9-3 win at Sioux City on Wednesday.
Cristian Guerrero singled and doubled, driving in two runs, while Vitters, Ryan Babineau and Brian Kolb all scored twice. Babineau, Ryan Brockett and Drew Martinez also notched two hits for the RailCats.
James Adkins lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, to record the victory. Kyle Lindquist, Estevan Uriegas and Marco Rodriguez combined on 3 1/3 innings of one-hit, shutout relief.
RAILCATS PICK UP FRONK: The RailCats acquired infielder Reid Fronk from the El Paso Diablos in exchange for cash Wednesday and then placed him on the inactive list.
Fronk is in his second year of independent ball after a five-year run in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He split the 2012 season with El Paso and the Kansas City T-Bones, hitting .284 with seven home runs and 51 RBIs. Fronk was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rays in 2007 out of the University of North Carolina. He reached AA Montgomery in 2011, appearing in 57 games and hitting .203 with three homers.
HOBART CORN MAZE HONORS STANLEY CUP CHAMPS: A tribute to the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks is emerging in a Hobart corn field.
The County Line Orchard is preparing its annual corn maze with designs celebrating the Blackhawks. Orchard owner Ryan Richardson says he's a big Blackhawks fan, and it was an easy decision to go with the hockey theme for the mazes this year. He says the bigger of the two mazes covers about 15 acres. The orchard expects to open the mazes to the public in early September.
OUTLAWS COMING TO ILLIANA: The Indiana-based Hoss Outlaw sprint cars invade Illiana Motor Speedway on Saturday for a 30-lap main event featuring six divisions of racing.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., with time trials set for 5:30 and the first race at 7. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children aged 8 to 12. Kids 7 and under get in free.
TOLER LEAVES COLTS PRACTICE WITH CONCUSSION: Colts cornerback Greg Toler finished the afternoon practice on the sideline Wednesday after being diagnosed with a concussion.
Indianapolis signed Toler as an unrestricted free agent in March — a move team officials hope will provide improvement and depth to a secondary that struggled last season.
Toler joined a growing list of injured players. Receiver LaVon Brazill missed the afternoon workout with an abdominal injury and linebacker Mario Harvey finished practice on the sideline after injuring his hamstring.
LOCAL 10U TEAM'S TRYOUTS SATURDAY: A Northern Indiana-based 10-and-under baseball team will hold tryouts from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Aberdeen baseball fields in Valparaiso. Those interested in participating should email travelball10U@comcast.net.
BREAKERS TRYOUTS SATURDAY: Breakers Baseball will host tryouts for its college exposure team at 11 a.m. Saturday at Washington Township High School. The fall and 2014 summer team is for unsigned juniors, seniors and top-level sophomores. To register, call (219) 309-3970, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DYER BABE RUTH SIGN-UPS SLATED: Dyer Babe Ruth will hold sign-ups for its Fall Ball Season for players aged 12 to 15 from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Dyer Babe Ruth Field. Cost is $90. For details, call (219) 588-4215.
C.P. CAL RIPKEN REGISTRATION NOW: The Crown Point Cal Ripken Youth Baseball will have registration until Aug. 15. Online registration is at cpcalripkenbaseball.com. The season starts in early September and runs through mid October. The cost is $100, plus $4 online fee and $3.50 registration fee. There is an additional $40 fee for non-Crown Point Cal Ripken league players.
OPEN GYM WITH MIKE: Former Munster basketball star Michael Bizoukas will hold a youth basketball clinic Friday at Wilbur Wright Middle School.
The former DePaul, Missouri State and current professional player in Europe will work with grades two through five from 10 a.m. to noon. Grades six through eight will work from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $30. For details, email DIBIZOUKAS@aol.com.
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