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Updated: March 8, 2013 7:43AM



Emphasizing a mantra of “education first,” Hammond Hurricanes president Willie White Jr. announced that several players in his high school AAU basketball program earned scholarship offers from major colleges, based on their outstanding tournament performances last year.

The Hurricanes had winning 2012 spring and summer seasons. They topped the silver division at the Kentucky Hoopfest, the nation’s oldest AAU basketball travel tournament. On the road to victory, the team defeated the Ohio Shining Stars, the Chattanooga Steam, and the Nashville Tigers.

A majority of Hurricanes student-athletes earned their college scholarship offers during the July Las Vegas “Live” recruiting period. July is the most crucial month for athletes to be evaluated by Division I and II college scouts.

There the team defeated the Colorado Rocky Mountain Fever 62-61, Oklahoma Attack 67-59, and Arizona Ballers 62-61.

White explained that it was not long after those successes on the court that scholarship offers began to arrive. The Hurricanes heard from Ball State, Northern Illinois, Chicago State, Lipscomp, Marietta, South Dakota State, Southwest Missouri State, Tulane, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky, Albany, Denver, and Texas-Pan Am.

The Hammond Hurricanes program was established in 2001, and is a 501c3 organization.

Lake Station to hold Little League meeting: An informational meeting for the Lake Station Little League’s upcoming season will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Station-New Chicago Library (2007 Central Ave.)

Registration will be for both baseball and softball. For more information, call Karen Knight at 962-3453, or e-mail her at kkarlee@aol.com.

Tri Town Pop Warner looking for football players, cheerleaders: Tri Town’s Pop Warner youth football, cheer and dance program will be hosting spring flag football and cheer sign-ups from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the St. John Township Community Center (1515 U.S. 30 in Schererville.)

Youths from the ages of 5 to 14 from any area community can participate in the club. The organization is fielding teams for boys and girls for either football or cheerleading. Tri Town will also continue with its Challenger division program this year.

Games will be played for four weeks on the weekends during April and May. The fee is $65 per participant.

The league is also interviewing for coaches for the spring and fall. Interested individuals can inquire at the registration event. For more information, visit tritownraiders.org.

Valpo Parks baseball registration: Before winter is over, Valparaiso Parks baseball programs will be in full swing preparing for the 2013 season.

The Rookie League of Cal Ripken baseball is for 7 and 8 year olds. A 10-game schedule includes weeknight and Saturday games at Westside Park, plus an end-of-season, single-elimination tournament. A new training approach will have players hitting off a pitching machine and transitioning to player pitching by the end of the season. Player fees start at $60. The registration deadline is May 10.

The Cal Ripken Minor League is designed for 9 and 10 year olds, while the Majors are for 11 and 12 year olds. At Westside or Kirchhoff Parks, the teams will compete against squads from Porter County Youth League. Fees start at $70 and registration must be completed by March 1.

Evaluation day will be in mid-March.

Thirteen- to 15-year-old boys (as of April 30, 2013) may register for Babe Ruth baseball. The regular season will run from April to June. Games will be played on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Fees start at $110 and registration must be completed by March 1.

Parents can register their children at the Valpo Parks office (3210 N. Campbell St.), or by calling 462-5144. For more information, visit valpoparks.org.



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