Area hoops players in Underclass Showcase events

La Porte’s Ryin Ott and Michigan City’s Trinity Thompson will participate in the IBCA/IHSAA Underclass Showcase on Monday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Action will begin at 1 p.m. and last until about 6:45 p.m.

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.

New Prairie Ironmen 12U baseball tryouts

The New Prairie Ironmen 12U baseball team will host tryouts for the 2019-20 season at 5:30 p.m. July 25 and July 29 at Prairie View Elementary. If interested in a tryout: Pre-register by emailing the following to npironmen@gmail.com: Player name, birthdate, prior team (if any), position(s) played, bats R/L, throws R/L, parent’s name, email address, and phone number.

They’ll field a team of 11 players for next season. They plan to travel three to four times per year overnight with the majority of the tournaments within driving distance. They do a significant amount of fundraising to keep their costs low. They begin indoor training in late November and work together as a team until the end of July. They do practice indoors in the winter and spring and play about 10 to 12 tourneys in a season and do play on most holidays (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Memorial Day, etc.).

La Porte Crush Baseball tryouts

La Porte Crush Baseball will hold tryouts for the following teams for 2020: 10U -- 2-4 p.m., July 27, 6:30-8, July 29; 12U -- 10 a.m.-noon, July 27-28; and 13U -- 6-7, July 28. July 28 from 6-7 p.m. Contact Adam Mrozinski at 219-575-3359 about 13U, Ryan Knoll at 219-851-4323 about 12U and Matt Kirk at 219-608-6303 about 10U.

All tryouts will be at County Road 2322 North 100 West, La Porte. Arrive early to register and warm up. Tryouts will begin promptly at the stated start time. Players must not be older than the age group they are trying out for as of April 30, 2020.

News-Dispatch, Herald-Argus seeking sports correspondents

The News-Dispatch and Herald-Argus are looking for help with sports coverage in the 2019-20 school year. Responsibilities would include reporting on a variety of sports, primarily high school, across La Porte County, interviewing coaches and athletes and producing an article within the constraints of a deadline.

Sports knowledge is essential. Writing experience is not required but is helpful. Basic photography skills would be a plus. Anyone interested is asked to email Jim Peters at jpeters@thenewsdispatch.com.

Free fishing contest today

Chief’s Bait Shop is hosting a free steelhead fishing contest today. A total of $500 in gift certificates will be awarded for the 12 heaviest steelies, starting with $200 for first place down to $25 for 12th. Fishing starts at 12:01 a.m. with weigh-in from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the bait shop, 1114 W. 4th St. (U.S. Hwy 12), Michigan City. For more information, see Chief’s on Facebook or stop by the shop.

Grand Prix Golf Outing July 31

The Great Lakes Grand Prix Golf Outing, sponsored by the Visit Michigan City LaPorte tourism bureau, will be July 31 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 cmagnuson@emichigancity.com. Golfers can also sign up at the course.

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