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St. John Fest to hold 5k run: The St. John Fest will hold its 25th annual 5k run Saturday. On-site registration will be accepted until 7:45 a.m. For details, visit to www.stjohnfest.org/5k.

Valpo men's soccer to hold youth VIP camp: The Valparaiso University men's soccer team will hold a youth VIP camp from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 to 8 at the Eastgate Field complex. The day camp is open to children entering grades Kindergarten through eighth grade to meet and learn from Valpo players and coaches. The early-bird cost is $60 by Sunday and $75 after Sunday. Register for the camp online at mens.valposoccervip.com.

IU Northwest to hold summer basketball camps: Indiana Northwest will host the 2018 RedHawks Summer Basketball Camps for Kids. The Kids Camp for those aged 6 to 12 will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday to Wednesday at the Savannah Center Gymnasium. The camp emphasizes fundamentals and sportsmanship and designed for children of all levels and experience. The Skills Camp for those aged 12 to 17 will be held from 8:30  to 11:30 a.m. July 23 to 25 at the gymnasium. The camp emphasizes fundamental and skills development to improve at either middle school or high school level. Registration is $60 per child and $50 for each additional child from same family. For details or to register, call 219-980-6793, email redhawks@iun.edu or go to www.iunredhawkathletics.com.

Triple Crown sets team tryouts: Triple Crown Swang 14-and-under travel softball will host tryouts Aug. 4 and 5 at the Field of Dreams Complex in South Haven. Sessions on Field 5 will run from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 4 and noon to 3 p.m. on Aug. 5. For details, contact Desiree Szakacs at 219-808-8941 or sszakacs06@yahoo.com. Also, tryouts for the Triple Crown baseball teams will be held at Thomas Jefferson School in Valparaiso as follows: 10U Threat, July 31; 11U Threat, Wednesday (small field); 12U Lightning, Tuesday; 12U Threat, Wednesday (big field); 13U Threat and 13U Lightning, Thursday; 14U Threat, Monday; 15U Threat, July 23; 16U Threat, July 30; 17U/18U Threat, July 31. All tryouts will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Make-up dates due to postponement will be posted on the Triple Crown website. To schedule a private tryout, call 219-462-3927.

Wicker Park to hold junior golf camp: Wicker Park will hold a junior camp for golfers aged 7 to 18 from 10 a.m. to noon Monday to Thursday. The cost is $60 per child, $100 per family. For details, call the course at 219-838-9809.

St. John Tomahawks 7U to 15U to  hold tryouts: St. John Tomahawks 7-and-Under to 15U travel baseball teams will hold tryouts at Heartland Park Sports Complex, St. John as follows: 7U, 6 p.m. Monday and July 24, field 3; 8U, 6:30 p.m., Monday and July 24, field 1; 9U, 6:30 p.m., Monday and July 24, field 2; 10U, 7:30 p.m., Monday and July 24, field 3; 11U, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and July 25, field 3; 12U, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday and July 25, field 4; 13U, 6:30 p.m., Monday and July 24, Babe Ruth field; 14U, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. July 25, Babe Ruth field; 15U, 8 p.m., Tuesday and July 25, Babe Ruth field. Families are asked to pay a fee of $200 for field maintenance. For details, email Joe Bonato at president.sjyb@gmail.com or Eric Valiska at vp.sjyb@gmail.com.

IU Northwest to offer summer basketball camps: The RedHawks Summer Basketball Camps for Kids will run in two sessions in July at Savannah Center Gymnasium. Kids Camp, for aged 6 to 12, will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday thru Wednesday.  A Skills Camp, for aged 12 to 17, will be held 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 23 to 25. Registration is $60 per child and $50 for each additional child from same family. For details or to register, call 219-980-6793, email redhawks@iun.edu or go to www.iunredhawkathletics.com.

Stingrays 13U to hold tryouts: The Valparaiso Stingrays 13-and-under youth baseball team will hold tryouts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Valparaiso Americans complex on the Majors Field. Players should bring their own baseball equipment including glove, cleats, helmet, bat, and catcher's equipment (as needed). The tryout should last approximately 1 hour. For details, contact Reid Amones at reidaamones@yahoo.com.

North American Youth Sports to hold tournament: North American Youth Sports will hold its 28th annual champions tour national tournament from Friday to July 22 at Bolingbrook High School and Recreation Center. The tournament will be held for boys and girls in fourth through twelfth grade (based on grade of 2017-18 school year). Entry fee is $475 for one team. For details and to register, visit www.northamericanyouthsports.org.

Festival of the Lakes to host golf scramble: The Festival of the Lakes will host a golf scramble at 8 a.m. Friday at Lost Marsh. Interested parties can register for a foursome in advance at Hammond Civic Center business office. Cost is $400 per foursome. For details, call 219-853-6378 or go to festivalofthelakes.com.

Festival of the Lakes to hold on-shore fishing derby: The Festival of the Lakes' fishing derby will be held from 8 a.m. to noon July 21 at Wolf Lake Memorial Park. The entry fee is a $1 donation to support the Dowling Park stocking program. Children aged 15 and under will receive free fishing equipment while supplies last. Fishing poles and live bait will be available. For details, call 219-853-6378 or go to www.festivalofthelakes.com.

Hammond to hold 5K walk/run/splash: Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. and the Hammond Parks and Recreation Department will hold the Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Walk/Run at the 15th Annual Festival of the Lakes, beginning with registration at 7 a.m. July 21. The walk/run starts at 8 a.m. and begins and ends at The Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center. Early registration is $20 on or before Friday or $25 on race day. A free children's race begins at 8:15 a.m. For online entry go to www.festivalofthelakes.com or go to the Hammond Civic Center.

Outsiders Baseball Club to hold tryouts: Outsiders Baseball Club will hold tryouts for players aged 9 to 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 1 and players aged 14 to 18 from 5 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Dowling Park, 2902-54 175th St., Hammond. To register online, go to http://www.obcbaseball.com/.

Valparaiso Sunrise Kiwanis to hold golf outing: The First Tee will hold its third-annual golf outing at noon Aug. 9 at Valparaiso Country Club. For details, call golf outing chair Cindy Felton at 219-242-3475.

Salvation Army to hold 5K: The Salvation Army of Michigan City and NIPSCO will hold The Red Shield Run 5K at 8 a.m. Aug. 11 at Krueger Middle School, 2001 Springland Ave. Registration is $25 in advance and $30, beginning at 7 a.m. on race day. To register, go to www.thtiming.com or go to The Salvation Army, 1201 S. Franklin St. Proceeds will help support programs and services provided by The Salvation Army of Michigan City.

VU to host women's basketball elite camp: Valparaiso University's women's basketball program will host its annual elite camp on Aug. 25 at the Athletics-Recreation Center. The camp is open to high school girls. The cost is $50. For details, contact either VU assistant coach Gabby Johnson (gabby.johnson@valpo.edu, 219-464-6981), administrative assistant Julie Vick (julie.vick@valpo.edu, 219-464-5254) or visit valpowomensbasketballcamps.com.

Valpo Softball to host Fall Experience Camp: Head coach Kate Stake and the Valparaiso University softball program will host a Fall Experience Camp on Oct. 6 at the Valpo Softball Complex. Players scheduled to graduate from high school from 2019 to 2024 are eligible. 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. Registration is limited, and the cost is $160. For details or to register, go to ValpoSoftballClinics.com call graduate assistant Kayti Grable at 219-464-5047 or email Kayti.Grable@valpo.edu.

Patti's All-American to take registrations for summer camps: Patti's All-American is now accepting registration for summer camps. Gymnastics camps will be held for girls aged 4 to 12 and boys aged 4 to 8 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Dance will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays for girls aged 4 to 8. Kids night out camps for girls aged 4 to 12 and boys aged 4 to 8 will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Aug. 26. For details, call 219-865-2274 or go to pattisallamerican.com for online enrollment.

Teams to form for USTA Junior Team tennis: Local teams are forming for United State Tennis Association's Junior Team Tennis, a coed league for aged 18 and under. Matches will be played in Lake and Porter counties on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The league fee is $18 and USTA membership is not required. Interested players who need assistance in forming a team or want to be placed on an existing team call Donn Gobbie at 219-629-3821. For details, go to www.tennis219.com.

Hobart YMCA adds classes for aqua arthritis program: The Hobart Family YMCA has added evening and Saturday classes to their arthritis foundation YMCA aquatic program. Classes are also available at 6:15 p.m. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8:15 a.m. Saturdays. For details, call 219-942-2183.

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.

Crown Point Babe Ruth fall ball to offer early registration: Crown Point Babe Ruth will offer early fall ball on-line registration at a reduced price for a limited time. The fall leagues are open to players aged 12 to 14 and 15 to 18. The cost is $200 per player. To register, go to www.crownpointbaberuth.siplay.com/site/. For questions, call either Don Ernst at 219-746-4351 or John Pearson at 219-682-4351.

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 klcormican@yahoo.com or go to www.tritownraiders.org.

Hobart YMCA to offer PiYo and TurboKick: The Hobart YMCA will offer PiYo and TurboKick programs this summer. Karate classes are also available for all age groups. For details, call 219-942-2183 or go to www.hobartymca.org.

Kankakee Valley looking for volleyball coaches: Kankakee Valley is looking for seventh, eighth and ninth grade volleyball coaches. For details, email athletic director John Gray at jgray@kv.k12.in.us.

Crown Point looking for umpires: The Crown Point Parks and Recreation Department needs umpires for adult baseball and fast-pitch girls youth softball games. For details, call John Stroia at 219-661-2272 or email jstroia@crownpoint.in.gov.

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 http://www.nipwls.com and look under "local associations" for your town's contact information to enroll.

Porter AM dates announced: The 2018 Porter AM dates have been announced. On Sept. 8, the master division/women's division will start play at 8 a.m. at Forest Park, while the open division will start at 8 a.m. at The Brassie. On Sept. 9, the master division/women's division will begin at 11 a.m. at Sand Creek, while the open division will start at 11 a.m. at Valparaiso Country Club. On Sept. 15, the master division/women's division will start at 8 a.m. at The Brassie, while the open division will start at 11 a.m. at Sand Creek. On Sept. 16, the master division/women's division will start play at 11 a.m. at VCC, while the open division will start play at 8 a.m. at Forest Park.

Hobart YMCA to offer Inferno Bootcamp and Queenax programs: The Hobart YMCA will offer Inferno Bootcamp and Queenax (strength and cardio, bridge basics or power circuit burn) programs this summer. For details, call 219-942-2183 or go to www.hobartymca.org.

Patti's All-American to begin swim registration: Patti's All-American has begun online swim registration for summer swim lessons at www.pattisallamerican.com and will also accept in-person registration. Swim lessons for 15 months to 12 years of age will go throughout summer. Private lessons for adults or children available upon request. For details, call 219-865-2274 or go to www.pattisallamerican.com.

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 www.ghcyfc.com.

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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.