Area hoops players in Underclass Showcase events

Two area girls basketball players were named to participate in an IBCA/IHSAA Underclass Showcase event. La Porte’s Ryin Ott and Michigan City’s Trinity Thompson were chosen to the 2019 Girls’ Showcase, which will be on July 15 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Action will begin at 1 p.m. CDT and last until about 6:45 p.m. CDT. La Porte’s Garrott Ott-Large participated in the 2019 Boys’ Showcase on June 22 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Staged by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association with support from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, the Underclass Showcase events are designed to give exposure to approximately 240 of the top basketball prospects (120 boys and 117 girls) from across the state to colleges across the state and nation. The showcase events are open to the public. Admission is $5 per person per day. IBCA-member coaches will be admitted at no charge by showing their IBCA membership card.

LTG camp begins Monday

The LTG Basketball Camp, directed by Michigan City alum Jarrod Jones, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the high school. The camp, open to boys and girls ages 9 to 17, includes individual skill development and highly competitive 1-on-1, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 play. All participants receive an LTG Love The Game camp t-shirt and drawstring bag. Cost is $100. Register in advance at www.ltglovethegame.com or before the start of the camp at 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Play Day Golf Outing July 19

The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership will host the 45th Annual Play Day Golf Outing on July 19 at Beechwood. The outing begins with registration at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start for golfers at 9. Cost is $550 for teams of four.  The event is sponsored by Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa, the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Walsh & Kelly, Inc., Qubit Networks and Dermody For Mayor. The outing includes a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Sauers Buick GMC, the fastest hole contest sponsored by the South Bend International Airport and a putting contest sponsored by Lakeshore Promotions and Gifts. Hole and tee sign sponsorships are still available. For more information or to register, call 219-324-8584.

RailCats host Bishop Hying Night

The RailCats and the Diocese of Gary will host Bishop Hying's Birthday Bash and Farewell Celebration Aug. 6 at the U.S. Steel Yard. The evening will kick off with a 5 p.m. Mass. Gates re-open at 6 p.m. ahead of Hying's ceremonial first pitch at 6:45 and the RailCats game with Fargo-Moorhead at 7:10.

Fans have multiple ticket options. A game ticket that includes a three-hour unlimited buffet of BBQ pulled pork, hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, popcorn, peanuts, chips, cookies, pop and water is $30, while a ticket that also includes a beer/wine package costs $45. A game ticket without any of the other perks is $10. Limited edition Bishop Hying bobbleheads are available for $20. 

Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/bishopbirthday until Aug. 2 or at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (9292 Broadway, Merrillville; 219-769-9292) by July 24.

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