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Valpo parks honors LPGA teaching pro Nancy Bender

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Updated: February 4, 2013 2:58PM



Long-time resident LPGA teaching professional Nancy Bender was honored by the Valparaiso parks department for the recent national award she garnered.

Bender was included among the Golf Range Association of America’s “Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals.” The GRAA stated that Bender was “selected from a group of highly regarded teachers.” All winners will be listed in the January 2013 issue of Golf Range Magazine as well as on GolfRange.org.

As one of the 2012 award winners, Bender is invited to teach at GRAA Boot Camps in different regions of the country this year. She can add those duties to her already busy calendar of hosting a variety of golf camps for youths and adults at Creekside Golf Course and Training Center (2355 Clifford Road, Valparaiso).

For more information about Bender’s golf fundamentals and advanced technique courses, call 531-7888.

Wheeler High School to host Indoor Track Series: Wheeler High School will host the annual Wheeler Indoor Track Series, which runs on Mondays at the fieldhouse from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11.

Sponsored by the Wheeler Track Club, the series offers a weekly event through the official practice starting date of the season — Feb. 11.

Athletes of any age can register for any of the events. Sign-ups are only on the day of each meet, and will close 15 minutes before the start of field events. Participants that are younger than 18 years old must present a parent or coach’s signed permission.

Jan. 7 and Jan. 14, registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with field events starting at 6:30 p.m. and running events at 7 p.m. The Jan. 21 schedule includes sign-ups at 5:30 p.m., field events starting at 6 p.m., with 6:30 p.m. trials and 7:30 p.m. finals. On Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, registration starts at 5:30 p.m. with field events starting at 6 p.m. and running events at 6:30 p.m.

The Jan. 7 and Jan. 28 dates feature shot put, long jump, 55m dash, 1,600m run, and 400m dash. On Jan. 14 and Feb. 4, events include shot put, high jump, 55m hurdles, 800m run, and 200m dash. On Jan. 21 there will be shot put, high jump, long jump, and trials in 55m dash, 55m hurdles and 200m dash followed by finals in 55m hurdles and 55m dash. The mile run, 400m dash, 800m run and 200m dash final round out the evening.

The cost for each event is $7. Winners of each event will receive first-place ribbons.

For more information about the series, e-mail coach Luis Guillen at lguillen@union.k12.in.us, or e-mail coach Rhonda Anderson at rhonda.anderson1@comcast.net.

Ross Township accepting softball applications: Registration is open for the Ross Township adult softball league’s 2013 season.

The club will feature a men’s league, which will play evening games on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The co-ed league is slated to play on Wednesdays in the evening. Each league has upper and lower divisions.

The cost for participation is $600 per team. For more information, call the Ross Township Trustee’s Office at 769-2111, or visit rosstownship.org.

CP softball team seeks player: The Crown Point Bulldogs 12U travel softball team is looking for one athlete to complete its roster. For tryout information, contact Mike Manhatton at 773-550-4466 or 219-661-8232.



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