La Porte Post 83 earns state tourney bid

La Porte Post 83 Hamon Gray will be one of five American Legion Junior Division baseball teams playing for the state title in a double-elimination tournament. It faced Kokomo for the regional championship Sunday. With Kokomo getting an automatic bid to state as it is the host, this also means La Porte qualifies for next weekend’s state tournament.

La Porte went 1-1 in the regional over the weekend. In Game 1, Post 83 fell 10-0 in six innings to host Kokomo. Facing Nolan Buckner for the second time this season, La Porte was once again blanked by Buckner. Post 83 had seven hits in the shortened six-inning game, but was unable to score. Luke Swistek and Alex Contreas led Post 83 with two hits apiece, and Swistek doubled. La Porte’s Caleb McGuire took the loss, surrendering five runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out eight. Defensively, Post 83 didn’t commit an error.

In the second game, La Porte routed Bristol Post 143, 12-2 in five innings. Post 83 pulled away for good with four runs in the second inning. Contreas hit an RBI double, and Dominic Miller also had an RBI double. Spencer Noveroske was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in a run, and Swistek added an RBI groundout. La Porte tallied a five-run fourth. Nick Lemon, Contreas and Evan Cizewski all drove in runs in that inning. Post 83’s Noah Christian got the win, allowing two runs on one hit, fanning a pair in five innings. La Porte had 10 hits in the game, led by Contreas, Miller and Collin Howard each with two hits.

Ott, Thompson in Underclass Showcase

La Porte’s Ryin Ott and Michigan City’s Trinity Thompson will participate in the IBCA/IHSAA Underclass Showcase on Monday at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. Action begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until about 6:45.

Staged by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association with support from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, the Underclass Showcase events are designed to give exposure to approximately 240 of the top basketball prospects (120 boys and 117 girls) from across the state to colleges across the state and nation. The showcase events are open to the public. Admission is $5 per person. IBCA-member coaches will be admitted at no charge by showing their membership card.

MC boys soccer open field/conditioning continues

Open fields and conditioning for Michigan City High School boys soccer is being held during the summer on Mondays through Thursdays. All incoming freshmen through seniors are welcome. Meet at the fields on the east side of the high school. Contact David Harris at dharris02@mcas.k12.in.us for more info.

News-Dispatch, Herald-Argus seeking sports correspondents

The News-Dispatch and Herald-Argus are looking for help with sports coverage in the 2019-20 school year. Responsibilities would include reporting on a variety of sports, primarily high school, across La Porte County, interviewing coaches and athletes and producing an article within the constraints of a deadline.

Sports knowledge is essential. Writing experience is not required but is helpful. Basic photography skills would be a plus. Anyone interested is asked to email Jim Peters at jpeters@thenewsdispatch.com.

Play Day Golf Outing Friday

The La Porte Economic Advancement Partnership will host the 45th Annual Play Day Golf Outing on Friday at Beechwood. The outing begins with registration at 8 a.m., followed by a shotgun start for golfers at 9. Cost is $550 for teams of four. The event is sponsored by Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa, the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Walsh & Kelly, Inc., Qubit Networks and Dermody For Mayor. The outing includes a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Sauers Buick GMC, the fastest hole contest sponsored by the South Bend International Airport and a putting contest sponsored by Lakeshore Promotions and Gifts. Hole and tee sign sponsorships are still available. For more information or to register, call 219-324-8584.

Annual United Way Golf Outing August 12

The 15th annual United Way of La Porte County Golf Outing will be Aug. 12 at Pottawattomie Country Club in Michigan City. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon, and a prime rib dinner and awards at 5 p.m. Cost is $900 for a foursome, which includes golf, cart, lunch, prime rib dinner, exciting games and exclusive prizes, awards and trophies, complimentary water and soft drinks, epic beverage and food sampling booths, hole-in-one shots: win new cars from Sauers GMC/Buick. An individual game bundle is $225. For information, call 219-210-3534, or go to https://secure.qgiv.com/for/unitedwaylpc/event/74725/ to register.

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