Rec Roundup: Tri-Town Raiders headed to Florida
By Anthony D. Alonzo Post-Tribune correspondent October 23, 2013 11:54PM
The Tri-Town Raiders mighty mites team finished its second straight unbeaten regular season. | Provided photo
For local recreation results, see page 35
Updated: November 25, 2013 1:28PM
The Tri-Town Raiders’ mighty mites football team went unbeaten for the second straight season, finishing with an 8-0 record.
The Schererville-based Pop Warner squad, coached by league vice president Derek Spearman, continued its winning ways that began at the start of its junior mighty mites campaign last year. The boys now look to take their game to a bigger stage, having accepted an invitation to compete in the Pop Warner football championships, or Super Bowl.
“This is a huge accomplishment for our kids,” Spearman wrote in an e-mail. “We will be representing the Mid-America Pop Warner Region, which includes (several) states.”
The Raiders will first need to raise funds to make it to the event, which is held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Dec. 6 and 7.
The team is planning to host a fundraiser on Nov. 16 and its official donation web site is gofundme.com/DisneySuperBowl. In a week’s time the raiders raised more than $500 toward their goal of $22,500.
For more information, call Spearman at (312) 342-7977, e-mail him at email@example.com, or visit tritownraiders.org.
Fieldhouse-Merrillville hoops: Area boys and girls are can sign up for the Fieldhouse-Merrillville’s annual fall basketball league. The league, hosted at 899 E. 99th Court in Merrillville, is open to youths in grades 3 to 12.
League play begins on Sunday and consists of eight games plus a single-elimination tournament.
The costs to play in the league are $495 per team or $125 per individual.
The Fieldhouse staff will also roll out call-out dates for the stars fall basketball league. Boys and girls are welcome to try out.
Evaluations will take place at the Fieldhouse on Nov. 5. Fourth through sixth graders may attend from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and seventh graders through high schoolers from 7 to 7:45 p.m.
Stars clubs will play eight games followed by a single-elimination tournament. Volunteer coaches may apply.
For more information about these programs, call the Fieldhouse-Merrillville at 738-2424, or visit thefieldhouse-merrillville.com.
Valpo Parks volleyball: Valparaiso’s parks department recently announced two volleyball offerings.
First, volleyball officials are needed for men’s, women’s, and co-ed leagues. Those who are familiar with volleyball and its rules and regulations are encouraged to apply for part-time evening positions for the season that runs from late October through March.
Visit valpoparks.org to complete an online application, or visit the Valparaiso Parks office at 3210 N. Campbell.
Youths in first to sixth grades can learn to play volleyball in an eight-week program that is forming for the winter. Registration will continue through Dec. 20.
Valparaiso University volleyball players are expected to coordinate the practice sessions that will be hosted at the Boys & Girls Club of Valparaiso (354 Jefferson St.).
For more information about the volleyball camp, visit valpoparks.org.