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Triple Crown looking for 10U travel players: Triple Crown Valparaiso is looking for 10-and-under travel players. For details, call 219-462-3927.

Triple Crown Valparaiso looking for players: Triple Crown Valparaiso is looking for 10- and 13-and-under baseball players. For details, call 219-462-3927.

TR Select looking for baseball players: TR Select is looking for two to three part-time 10-and-under boys baseball players for the 2019 season. Purdue Northwest baseball recruiting coordinator Dave Waddell directs the program. For tryout details, call coach Josh Holland 219-798-9436. The website is

Playmakers 16U baseball looking for catcher, two pitchers: Playmakers 16-and-Under baseball is looking for a catcher and two pitchers to fill its roster. Call 219-922-1107 to schedule a private tryout.


Illinois Defenders to hold Skills and Drills: The Illinois Defenders will hold Skills and Drills for girls of all ages from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 24. Classes take place at Southland Center, 10 Southland Drive, Lynwood. Cost is $165 per player or $15 drop-in fee per night. To register, email to

Crown Point Parks to hold registration for Lil' Dribblers: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for fall basketball instruction for boys and girls in preschool to third grade. Games take place at Franciscan Health Crown Point Sport Medicine. Preschool to kindergarten will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays Oct. 15 through Dec. 3 and grades first through third will be held Fridays from Oct. 19 through Dec. 14. Registration fees for Crown Point residents are $64 and $80 for non-residents. For details, call 219-661-2272 or email John Stroia at

Football and cheer

United YFL to hold cheerleading competition: The United YFL Hoosier Favorite open cheerleading competition will be held Nov. 17 at Hanover Central High School, 10120 W. 133rd Ave., Cedar Lake. Cost for United teams is $150. Outside teams are $200 if paid by Oct. 15, $250 after Oct. 15. Payment deadline is Oct. 29. For details, email Amber at

Tri-Town Raiders Pop Warner holding fall registration: The Tri Town Raiders Pop Warner football, cheer and flag program is holding its sign-ups. Players aged 5 to 14 from any town are eligible to participate. If interested, email Kristine Cormican at or go to

Northern Indiana Pop Warner to hold signups: Northern Indiana Pop Warner Little Scholars, youth football, cheer, flag and challenger will hold fall signups. For details, go to and look under "local associations" for your town's contact information to enroll.

Greater Hoosier football and cheer looking for players: The Greater Hoosier Conference Youth Football and Cheer is looking for new towns, individual teams or individual players. For details, go to

Health and Fitness

Hobart YMCA to hold holiday session registration: Registration for the Hobart Family YMCA holiday session will begin on Oct. 22 for members and Oct. 24 for the general public. There are swim lesson options for ages 6 months through adult plus fitness and aquatic classes. Register at the YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place or go to Access the mobile app by searching Hobart Family YMCA in the app store. For details, call 219-942-2183.

Hobart YMCA has new classes: The Hobart YMCA, 601 W. 40th Place, is offering new classes in youth fitness, cardio drumming, cardio and strength and a Sunday morning tranquility class. For days and times, go to

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.

LaPorte Hospital wellness center to offer group exercise classes: The LaPorte Hospital wellness center will offer group exercise classes as part of a membership. Classes are available with a membership or $5 one-week trial at The Crossing of LaPorte Hospital  or the Wellness & Rehab Center in New Carlisle. Classes being offered are zumba, zumba gold, zumba toning, yoga, chair yoga, strength training and circuit training. For details, go to to


NIDS to hold 5K run/walk: The Northwest Indiana Dental Society will hold a oral cancer awareness 5K run/walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 at Hidden Lake Park, Shelter 2, 6355 Broadway, Merrillville. There will be awards for the top three male and female finishers in each age group. The entry fee is $30. To register, go to or (scroll down to the green button that says "sign up here").

Black Cat Strut 5k/walk to be held Oct. 21: The Crazy Legs Race Series will hold the Black Cat Strut 5k and non-competitive 5k walk at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 at Red Mill County Park in LaPorte. Entry fee is $25; for walkers, $15. To register, go to For paper forms, contact Paul at For details, go to


Hammond Sportsplex to host Friday night soccer league: The Hammond Sportsplex will host a Friday Night aged 30s, 40s, and 50s soccer league with eight games from Oct. 19 to Dec. 14. Playoffs will be Jan. 4 and 11. All players must have a player card. Registration will be held at the Sportsplex main office from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. Team fee is $700 with $100 payment due 10 days prior to league start, $350 due at first game and remaining balance by Week 3.

Valpo men's soccer to hold fall ID camp: The Valparaiso University men's soccer team will hold a fall ID camp for high school students from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Athletics-Recreation Center and Brown Field. The camp will provide college-bound soccer players an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities while being evaluated by the Valpo men's soccer coaching staff and other elite coaches from the college ranks. Cost to register is $130 per player. For details and to register go to


Crown Point to accept girls fall softball registration: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department is accepting individual players and teams for its girls fall softball league for those aged 3 through high school. There will be travel teams, all-star teams and in-house teams. For individual registration rates, preschool to first grade is $45 per player, second grade to high school is $85. Team registration for preschool to first grade is $350 and second grade to high school is $750. For details and to register, call the park department at 219-661-2272 or email John Stroia at


Hammond Sportsplex to hold volleyball tournament: The Hammond Sportsplex will hold a volleyball tournament at 11 a.m. Nov. 24. There will be coed, women's rec, women's elite and men's elite categories. Registration team fee is $120. Deadline to register and pay is Nov. 2. For details, email Kymberli Roberts at or go to


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.