Sports Shorts: Jan. 10
Slicers grapplers drop DAC decision
La Porte’s wrestling team lost 46-23 at Portage on Wednesday night. Matt Neff (160 pounds), Noah Perez (182) and Jaden Browder (195) each earned a pin for the Slicers (14-10, 2-4 Duneland Athletic Conference). Tyson Nisley (138) recorded a tech fall. La Porte will next compete in the DAC Championships on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Michigan City.
Cougars girls hoops get routed
New Prairie’s girls basketball team fell 88-15 to visiting Class 4A No. 3 Penn on Wednesday night. Kailin Strauch, Sydney Meyers and Jordan Winters all had four points for the Cougars (4-12, 3-7 Northern Indiana Conference). New Prairie returns to action on Friday night at Culver Girls Academy.
Slicer Comfort Closet donations taken Friday
The La Porte High School Comfort Closet is accepting donations during the Slicers varsity boys and girls basketball games versus Chesterton on Friday. Bring a personal care item to support the closet and receive a free Slicer T-Shirt while supplies last. Deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, soap, face wash, and toothpaste will all be accepted. The comfort closet provides personal care items to students at LPHS free of charge. It allows students to anonymously get what they need to feel their best and be successful.
La Porte Parks Youth Sports sign-ups
The La Porte Park and Recreation Department holds its Youth Sports Registration Nights, with registrations offered for Boys Baseball, Girls Slowpitch Softball, T-Ball and Tennis, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, and Thursday, Jan. 17, in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium (1001 Ridge Street). Keeping sports fun, especially in the early stages of youth participation, is the primary concern of the park programs. The department promotes participation for all, positive competition and building character, as well as teaching fundamentals and traditions of the game, championing sportsmanship and encouraging family and community support.
Registration will be available for the following programs (visit www.cityoflaporte.com, or call 219-326-9600 for more information): Boys Baseball, now affiliated with Baseball Players Association, includes four age divisions: Rookie (ages 7-8), Minor (ages 9-10), Major (ages 11-12) and Junior (ages 13-15, formerly Babe Ruth). The seasons run from early spring through July. Cost for Rookie, Minor and Major is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household. Cost for Junior is $100 for first child and $90 for each additional child in same household. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 8.
Girls Slowpitch Softball offers three age divisions: Coach Pitch (ages 7-9), Junior (ages 10-12) and Senior (ages 13-17, with 18-year-olds currently enrolled in high school accepted). The seasons run from early spring through July. Cost is $60 for first child and $50 for each additional child in same household. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after March 8.
T-Ball is for boys and girls ages 5-6. The season runs in June and July. Cost is $50 for first child and $40 for each additional child in same household. An additional $20 will be added to registration fee after May 3.
Tennis offers levels for boys and girls ages 4 and older. The lessons are in June and July. Class days and times vary depending on the grade level for the 2019-20 school year. Cost for youth lessons range from $38-$58 without a racket and from $54-$74 with a racket. Cost for adult lessons is $44 without a racket and $60 with a racket. Love Plus 1 class (one adult and one child) is $68. There is a $10 discount for each additional child (discount does not apply to Love Plus 1 class).
Registration nights are in the lower level of the Civic Auditorium. Use the side door down the ramp on Plain Street to enter building. Age divisions based upon child’s ages as of April 30, 2019. Make checks payable to the La Porte Park and Recreation Department. Visa/MasterCard accepted. Registration available beginning Jan. 22 at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue) or online at www.cityoflaporte.com. The Park Department offers Need-Based Scholarships to assist youth who do not have the financial means to participate in recreation programs. The scholarship must be applied for by the child’s parent and/or guardian and they must meet the criteria for financial need. To apply for assistance, pick up a scholarship form at the Park Office, or contact Recreation Director Pam Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunes Youth Volleyball Club sign-ups
The first session of the Dunes Youth Volleyball Club for players from 3-year-old to sixth graders will be from Jan. 12-Jan. 26. You can sign up by visiting the Dunes Web page: http://www.dunes.org/camps-and-clinics/. This Dunes Volleyball Club program assists youngsters with not just volleyball skills, but also lifelong athletic skills. This program will include: speed and agility training, hand-eye development with ball, introduction to the sport of volleyball, emphasis on teamwork, hustle, fun, and tons more. You do not have to be a member of Dunes Volleyball Club to participate in its youth club. It’s on Saturdays at the Dunes Events Center, 110 Clear Lake Blvd., La Porte, from Jan. 12- Jan. 26. Below is the schedule: Volley-Tikes- 9-10 a.m.- Boys & Girls 3-5 years old- Cost: $20. Volley-Tots- 9-10:15 a.m.- Boys & Girls 1st-2nd grades- Cost: $25. Newcomers- 9-10:15 a.m.- Boys & Girls 3rd-4th grades- Cost: $25. Level 2- 9-11 a.m.- Boys & Girls 5th-6th grades- Cost: $50.
Marquette changes hoops schedules
Marquette’s girls and boys games against Kankakee (Ill.) Bishop McNamara on Saturday have been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict. The Blazers girls will play Chicago Simeon at 5:45 p.m. at Kenwood Academy in Chicago. The JV teams will play at 3:30. The boys game will be made up against an opponent to be determined.
Glenn girls hoops bests O-D
John Glenn’s girls basketball team outlasted Oregon-Davis 37-34 in Hamlet on Tuesday night. Bethany Hayden registered 13 points for the Falcons (10-7), who held the Bobcats 25 points below their season average. Morgan Plunkett recorded 11 points, and Raegan Romer scored seven. Mercedes Rhodes paced O-D (9-7) with 14 points, and Katie Sauer was right behind with 11 points. Glenn led 15-5 after the first quarter and beat the Bobcats at home for the first time since 2004.
WinterFest Cornhole Tournament
Whether you call it cornhole or bags, enjoy your favorite outdoor summer activity indoors this winter at the WinterFest Cornhole Tournament. This new event, presented by American Legion Hamon Gray Post 83, will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Civic Auditorium. Doors open and registration begins at 1 p.m., with pool play beginning at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per two-man team, or $25 for individuals. Register at the Park Office (250 Pine Lake Avenue), American Legion Post 83 (228 E. Lincoln Way) or on-line at www.winterfestcornhole.eventbrite.com. Cash bar and concessions available. For more information, call 219-326-9600, or send e-mail to email@example.com.
K-of-C free throw contest at QAS
The Knights of Columbus Council 12951 will conduct its annual free throw contest Saturday at Queen of All Saints School, 1715 E. Barker Ave. Registration is at 5 p.m. with competition at 5:30. The free contest is open to boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at the time of registration to provide a signed participation form and a copy of their birth certificate. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Forms are available at all school offices. Basketballs will be provided.