La Porte Wreckers 9U-14U travel baseball tryouts

The La Porte Wreckers, a part-time travel program for participants in the city of La Porte Park and Recreation Department boys baseball program, will hold tryouts in August. Ages 9-11 will try out from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 3 at Kesling Park, and ages 12-14 will try out from noon-2 p.m. Aug. 11 at Jeff DeCamp Field (ages as of April 30, 2020).

The program offers part-time travel teams for 9U-14U divisions. Age groups are offered depending upon the number of players interested and may be combined. Teams work out in the fall through early October, and begin winter workouts in January. Teams participate in tournaments from April through July. Teams will be selected by the coaching staff, with oversight from league administrators and coaches. There is no fee to try out. If selected, players must pay a fee, possibly participate in fundraising, and commit to the full schedule and participation in the boys baseball spring/summer program.

Financial assistance for families of potential participants is available. Scholarship forms can be picked up at the park office. For more information, call 219-326-9600.

Duneland Open Jr. Tennis Tournament

The 2019 Duneland Open Junior Tennis Tournament will be Monday to Wednesday at Chesterton High School and Sand Creek Courts. The non-sanctioned tournament has divisions for: boys/girls singles: 12-under, 14-under, JV, varsity; boys/girls doubles: middle school, JV and varsity. Play is best two-of-three sets with a 10-point tiebreaker for the third set. Consolation bracket after first-round loss only. Must be available all three days. Play begins as early as 9 a.m. each day.

Deadline to sign up is Friday. Cost is $40 for singles and $40 per doubles team. Give cash or check to Kyle Prow on the day of play. Contacts are Prow (; 309-0342) and Tom Bour (; 873-6096). Email name, cell number, email, doubles partner name (if applicable), doubles partner cell number (if applicable) and division(s) entering.

Grand Prix Golf Outing Wednesday

The Great Lakes Grand Prix Golf Outing, sponsored by the Visit Michigan City LaPorte tourism bureau, will be Wednesday at the Michigan City Municipal Golf Course. Lunch from Jimmy John’s will be at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Cost is $100 per player or $400 per foursome with drinks and prizes included. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Proceeds benefit Reins of Life, a not-for-profit organization that serves children and adults with disabilities through equine-assisted activities. For more information or to pre-register, contact Chris Magnuson at 219-873-1516 or Golfers can also sign up at the course.


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 until Aug. 2 or at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (9292 Broadway, Merrillville; 219-769-9292).

United Way Golf Outing Aug. 12

The 15th annual United Way of La Porte County Golf Outing will be Aug. 12 at Pottawattomie Country Club in Michigan City. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon, and a prime rib dinner and awards at 5 p.m. Cost is $900 for a foursome, which includes golf, cart, lunch, prime rib dinner, games and exclusive prizes, awards and trophies, water and soft drinks, beverage and food sampling booths and hole-in-one shots for cars from Sauers GMC/Buick. An individual game bundle is $225. For information, call 219-210-3534, or go to to register.

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