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Hammond Optimist 11U Baseball Bulldog team to hold tryouts: Tryouts for the 11-and-under Hammond Optimist Baseball Bulldog team will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Optimist Youth Sports Complex, 1245 North River Drive, in Hammond. For details, call 219-484-0568.

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 on Monday. The 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 Online registration is available at bgcnwi.rg/special-events.

Parisi Speed School to hold training camp: Parisi Speed School of Schererville will hold a hockey off ice speed and strength training camp from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Tuesday to Sept. 28. The camp is for those aged 12 to 15. To register, call 219-865-6969.

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 Sign up online at For details, email Paul Stofko at

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 from Sept. 7 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

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, 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.

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 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.

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. Sept. 6 at Dave Griffin's Baseball School, 1200 W. Main St., in Griffith. For details, email Dave Griffin at, or call 219-765-6242.

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 or in person at The Hammond Marina, 701 Casino Center Drive. For details, email

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

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

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, or call 219-464-5142 by Sept. 15. For details, email coach Brian Schmack at or call 219-464-6117, or email Harvey Yergin at 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

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, or contact graduate assistant Tarah McShane at 219-464-5047 or

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

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

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, or call Mike Greco at 219-775-2151.


Sports Copy Editor

Jim is a copy editor 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.