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South Suburban camps open for sign-ups: A pair of basketball camps at South Suburban College are open for sign-ups.

The Championship Basketball Camp, which takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 18-21, will cost $110. The Championship Shooting Camp will run from 1-4 p.m. June 25-28 and will cost $60. If you enroll in both camps, the cost is $150. The camp is for open to boys and girls from ages seven to 17.

For more information, call head coach John Pigatti at (708) 596-2000, extension 2524.

Men's basketball

Purdue Northwest hires new coach: Brian  “Boomer”  Roberts was named the Purdue Northwest coach after leading Trinity International University to the NAIA Division II national tournament each of the last two seasons.

Roberts joins the Pride after a nearly four-year stint at TIU in Deerfield, Ill., where he compiled an 84-48 overall record over four seasons. Roberts engineered the largest three-year turnaround at any level of college basketball from 2014 to 2017 bringing the Trojans from five wins in a season to 30.

Over the last two seasons at TIU, the men’s team posted 51 victories, which was more than any other four-year institution in Illinois over the same stretch. In 2016-17, the Trojans shared the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) regular season title as Roberts was also named the CCAC Men’s Basketball Co-Coach of the Year that season.

Men's soccer

Valpo announces season awards: Valparaiso announced its awards winners for the 2017-18 season.

Rafael Mentzingen was named the Offensive MVP after accumulating 19 points (nine goals) and also being named to First-Team All Missouri Valley Conference and MVC All Tournament teams. Goalkeeper

Ignacio Miras posted a 1.64 goals against average while racking up 61 saves and was named the Defensive MVP. His single-season goals against average ranks 10th in program history. 

Jacob Keck earned the TS11 Award, which honors the player who best represents the core values of the program and who is the embodiment of the ideal teammate, was selected by a vote among teammates.

Strength and conditioning coach Bob Brooks was selected for the Supporter's Award, while Adam Kamps was awarded the Alumni Award.

College softball

Pair of Crusaders earn MVC Scholar-Athlete recognition: Valparaiso's Taylor Lawson and Carly Trepanier were honored as Honorable Mention Scholar-Athletes by the Missouri Valley Conference.

Lawson hit .246 while stealing 24 bases — a single-season total good for fifth in program history and second in the MVC. Lawson also paced Valpo with 30 runs scored and finished her career third in program history with 69 career steals. She carries a 3.67 GPA in the sports administration master’s program.

Trepanier hit a team-best .291 while starting all 51 games. The junior led Valpo with 18 walks and a .371 on-base percentage, while leading the way in both doubles (10) and triples (five). Her five triples were most by any MVC player. She maintains a 3.35 GPA as a nursing major.

Eligibility for a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete teams is based on being a starter or important reserve with sophomore athletic/academic standings and at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA.

Hammond Sportsplex

General manager, assistant general manager announced: James Taillon II has been named general manager of the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center, the city announced in a statement Monday. Kymberli Roberts was hired as assistant general manager for basketball and volleyball.

Taillon, a Hammond native, is the co-owner, president and CEO of Tailco Beverages, an energy drink and bar drink mix manufacturer.

Roberts, a Hammond resident, is the volleyball coach and a girls basketball assistant coach at Griffith. She has a master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso University.

In addition, Roberts is a correctional officer with the Hammond Police Department.

The Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center is under construction and scheduled to be finished in September.

The center will feature six basketball courts, 12 volleyball courts, two regulation-sized indoor soccer fields, six indoor batting cages and a walking track on the upper level that will double as a place to view the sports taking place on the lower level. 


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Steve has won awards during two different stints at The Times. In addition to being the Prep Beat columnist, he covers football, boys basketball and boys track. He is a long-suffering Cubs fan.