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Rec Roundup: Blackbirds win hockey tourney in Michigan

Updated: April 7, 2014 1:35PM



If March roared in like a lion, in meteorological terms, then the Midwest Blackbirds heated up to pounce like a bear as they dominated the Bear Big Thaw travel hockey tournament.

From Feb. 28 to March 2, the Dyer-based team went 4-0 among A-division 14-year-olds in the event held in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Leading the Blackbirds was tournament MVP Louie Covelli, who netted five goals, including a hat trick in the championship game. Also pacing the travel team were Richie Greene and Alex Sobilo with two goals and two assists each. Joey Fata added three goals.

According to coaches at Midwest Training and Ice Center in Dyer, the Blackbirds maintained a solid defensive effort with Brady Delaney backstopping to the tune of a 0.950 save percentage and a 0.75 goals against average. Also anchoring the defense were Noah Giedemann (plus-8) and Jason Kasper and Anthony Alleva (plus-6).

Storm to hold signups: The Porter County Storm 18U baseball team will be holding registration for the 2014 spring/summer season on Saturday

Signups will be hosted at the Westchester Intermediate School in Chesterton from noon to 2 p.m. The Storm are looking for all interested players ages 16 to 18. Players must bring a $100 deposit.

For more information, call coach Hall at 395-9295.

Steel Wheels offers clinic: Steel Wheels BMX is inviting interested area residents to participate in a new rider clinic taught by rising BMX star and Munster resident Nicole Mirowski.

The free event will be hosted at Steel Wheels (709 N. Hobart Rd., Hobart) starting at 2 p.m. on March 15, just prior to the Indiana state qualifier race. All ages are welcome to the instructional clinic that will focus on the basics of BMX racing for the newbie.

Registration for the double points state qualifier will be from 4 to 6 p.m., with racing immediately following. This is the first stop on the Indiana state chase for the championship. All interested BMXers are invited and do not need to be a resident of Indiana.

Race fees are $25 for class/cruiser and $5 for open/strider. A discount will be offered if a rider races both class and cruiser. USA BMX memberships are required to participate.

For more information, call 406-9833, or visit steelwheelsbmx.com.

LaPorte baseball invitational: The LaPorte Park and Recreation Department will host the 37th annual Walt Thode Baseball Classic on June 7-14.

For the second straight year, the tournament is open to any area 12-and-under recreation league teams. Each squad is required to provide proof of their team’s league affiliation and rosters prior to acceptance into the invitational. Travel teams are not permitted. No player turning 13 or older before May 1 is eligible to play.

The single-elimination tournament will begin with the first round on June 7, and will continue through the semifinals and the championship on June 14. The tournament is limited to the first 16 teams to pay and gain acceptance. The entry fee is $50 per club and is due by April 11.

For more information, call recreation director Mark Schreiber at 326-9600, e-mail him at mschreiber@cityoflaporte.com, or visit cityoflaporte.com.

Valpo girls hoops to host summer tourney: Valparaiso girls basketball will roll out a new tradition in June when the first annual Greg Kirby Klassic plays host to up to 32 area varsity teams.

The program looks to offer fun and “a couple of days of exciting basketball” while honoring longtime Vikings girls basketball coach Greg Kirby, who was elected into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame last year.

Team registrations for the June 20 and 21 competition are due on May 23. The fee is $150 for six games. Host sites will be VHS and Ben Franklin Middle School, also in the city.

To reserve a spot, send a check for $50 as a deposit or made out in full to: Valparaiso Girls Basketball, c/o Coach Jack Gabor, 12 Lockerbie Dr., Valparaiso, Ind. 46385.

For more information, call assistant coach Jack Gabor at 689­9493, or e-mail him at jsgabor@yahoo.com.



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