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Gary Pop Warner team one step from nationals

Updated: December 24, 2012 7:10AM



A dash of baseball, golf, volleyball or cheering could be the ideal antidote to the recipe of a high-calorie Thanksgiving, manufactured retail holidays, and indoor captivity.

And local sports programs are equal to that challenge, offering a variety of camps and leagues for youths and adults.

Also on this extended weekend, a Northwest Indiana Pop Warner football team will take its steely resolve to Illinois to compete for a chance to play in Florida for a national title.

The Gary Steelers junior midgets team is coming off its Nov. 17 sub-regional game victory in Independence, Mo., and preparing to represent Indiana in Bolingbrook, Ill., with a chance to capture the Mid-America regional title.

Winning on Friday will send the squad to the Wide World of Sports complex near Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 29.

The Steelers are seeking donations for that trip to Nationals. According to team officials, the jaunt will cost the program about $40,000. That amount would need to be raised by Monday.

For more information about the Steelers and their fundraising efforts, call coach Scott Kaletha at 898-1679, or team mom Gina Kaletha at 898-1678.

Orioles players to attend Griffin’s camp: Dave Griffin’s Baseball School (1200 W. Main St., Griffith) has invited Baltimore Orioles players Andy Loomis and Trent Howard to a Thanksgiving baseball camp set for from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday.

The camp is open to ages 7 to 13 and costs $75. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 922-1107 or e-mail dgbaseball@comcast.net.

Golf signups available at Creekside: During the Thanksgiving holiday school break Valparaiso’s Creekside Golf Course and Training Center will be set to serve up lessons for youths of various skill levels.

On Friday, kids ages 9 to 11 can try the Junior 101 class from 1 to 3 p.m. The one-hour class is designed to assist juniors who are either new to or have had a little experience with golf, addressing one or two essential skills. The Junior 202 class is for ages 12 and older who have had some experience.

The 202 class runs from 3 to 5 p.m. The sessions cost $30 each plus range balls.

Lil Tigers, or youngsters from 3- to 5-years-old, can attend a 45-minute class (accompanied by an adult who can play at no cost) on Saturday at 1 p.m. For 6- to 8-year-olds who are novices, there is the Linkster class set for 2 to 3 p.m. Each class costs $15 plus range balls.

For more information, call LPGA teaching professional Nancy Bender at 531-7888.

Highland still taking co-ed volleyball applicants: Registration for Highland Parks & Recreation’s co-ed, 18-and-older volleyball league continues through Friday at the Lincoln Center (2450 Lincoln St.).

The league features a competitive A division and a recreational B division, which play on Tuesday nights and Thursday nights, respectively. The season kicks off on Dec. 4 and continues for nine weeks with a total of 18 matches and a tournament on the tenth week.

Free open gym time will be available for all registered teams Nov. 28 from 6 to 9:40 p.m.

Costs per team are $300. The league is also seeking experienced referees. For more information, call Dave Byers, recreation director, at 838-0114.



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