Sports Shorts: April 19 - April 18, 2019

Courtesy of Associated Press • April 18, 2019

Staff Writer

Special dedication of Jeff DeCamp Field April 27

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department and DeCamp’s Band of Brothers Foundation will host a special dedication of Jeff DeCamp Field at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at Clarke Park. Following the ceremony, the “dedication game” will take place with the La Porte Wreckers 14U playing J-Shock, a squad out of the Elkhart area.

The first phase of the Clarke Park project is nearly finished, with the baseball field regraded, a grass infield with irrigation constructed and fencing installed. The dugouts, bullpens and ADA-compliant spectator areas are scheduled to be completed this spring. The second phase, to be done later this year or in early 2020, includes replacing and relocating the playground to the east side of the park. Future additions may include a picnic shelter, basketball court and off-street parking.

The DeCamp’s Band of Brothers Foundation was started in 2014 by friends of Jeff DeCamp who sought to honor their long-time friend who passed away a year earlier at the age of 42. Jeff loved and played all sports and was on the 1987 La Porte High School baseball team that won the Indiana State Championship. Jeff made lifelong friends through sports and learned valuable life lessons through his participation. It is this passion for sports, love for kids and amazing capacity to help others that the foundation wants to perpetuate in Jeff’s name. For more information on this project, contact Mark Schreiber at 219-326-9600 or by e-mail at, or Mike Riehle at 219-575-2038 or by e-mail at

Thursday events rained out

Thursday’s wet weather wiped out the entire local prep schedule. La Porte’s Unified track meet at Valparaiso has been moved to April 29 at 4:30 p.m., while the home girls tennis match with Crown Point was pushed to Wednesday, bumping the South Bend Riley match previously slated for that day. The Slicers’ softball game at Jimtown will not be rescheduled. Michigan City’s home tennis match with Valparaiso will be played at 4:15 p.m. Monday, and a makeup date for the softball game with Hammond Gavit has not been determined. Marquette’s girls tennis match with Gary West Side was cancelled. Additionally, Michigan City’s previously postponed softball game at Griffith will be played April 26 at 4:30 p.m., with the JV contest starting at 5:15 p.m. at City. The varsity home game with Hobart is set for May 3 at 4:30 p.m. The girls tennis match between Michigan City and Marquette Catholic has been slotted for April 29 at 4 p.m. at the Elston Courts.

SC drops boys golf tri

South Central lost a boys golf triangular with Boone Grove (169) and Morgan Township (212) on Wednesday. The Satellites (228) were led by Jackson Meloy and Sam Haschel with 56s, one shot better than Tyler Johnson. Brody Jarka’s 59 completed S.C.’s scoring.

2019-20 Slicer athletic physicals

The La Porte High School athletic department is now scheduling appointments for athletic physicals for the 2019-20 school year for athletes that are presently in grades 8-11. Physicals will be conducted on May 9 from 5-8 p.m. in the main gym at La Porte High School at a cost of $20. Visit to schedule an appointment for a physical at LPHS.

Slicers athletic schedule changes

La Porte’s girls tennis match at Knox that was postponed on April 10 has been rescheduled for May 1 at 4:30 p.m. The Slicers’ boys golf match on May 2 at Beechwood Golf Course with Crown Point and Portage will now be played on May 1. The Slicers’ JV softball game at Hobart that was postponed on March 30 will be made up on April 26 at 5 p.m. on the road.

Slicer Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing

The inaugural Slicer Athletic Booster Club Golf Outing will be on May 19 at Beechwood Golf Course with registration and lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Information concerning hole sponsorships, or to register a team may be found on the La Porte High School athletic department website, by contacting the LPHS athletic department, or emailing Ed Gilliland at

Free Fishing Saturday

Saturday is the first of four free fishing days in Indiana this year. Indiana residents can fish public waters without a fishing license or a salmon/trout stamp. A Women’s Learn to Fish workshop will be held at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend from 8 to 11 a.m. Advanced registration is required; register online at ( or by calling 574-674-9765.

Upcoming City athletic schedule changes

Michigan City’s softball make-up contest at Griffith will be played on April 26 at 4:30 p.m., while the JV contest will start at 5:15 p.m. at City. The varsity softball team will also make up a game with Hobart at City on May 3 at 4:30 p.m. The girls tennis match between Michigan City and Marquette Catholic that was originally scheduled for April 8 has now been moved to April 29 at 4 p.m. at the Elston Tennis Courts.

City to play in RailCats Challenge

The Michigan City baseball team will be among 37 schools from Illinois and Indiana who will play in the 17th Annual High School Challenge presented by Northwest Indiana Orthopedic and Spine Center at Methodist Hospitals at the U.S. Steel Yard in Gary between April 1-27. The Wolves will face Metea Valley (Ill.) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets can be purchased through the athletic department. For RailCats season ticket and mini-plan packages, call 219-882-2255 or visit Opening Day is May 21.

Blazers athletic schedule changes

Marquette has added a home baseball game with Bowman Academy on Monday and a home game with Gary Roosevelt on April 30. Both will start at 5 p.m. Marquette softball has moved its game against Gary West Side to Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Gary. The softball doubleheader against Bishop Noll scheduled for April 27 at the Marquette Athletic Complex has been moved up to a 10 a.m. first pitch.

Slicers JV baseball drops pair

La Porte’s JV baseball team lost both games to Portage, 6-5 on Tuesday, and 13-9 on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Slicers plated three runs in the fifth inning as Camrin Worthington and Carson Stalbaum both knocked in runs. Jack McGuire took the loss, surrendering four runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings, striking out five. Worthington started the game, allowing two runs on three hits and fanning five in 2 1/3 innings. On Wednesday, La Porte’s Carson Stalbaum went 3-for-4 and had four RBIs, driving in runs on a homer and a single. Brady Bernth also earned multiple hits, and Gabe Kirkpatrick, Bernth, Worthington and Stalbaum all had RBIs in the fourth, when the Slicers scored four runs. Riley Attar took the loss, giving up eight runs on nine hits in three innings, striking out four. Shane Weaver started and went four innings, allowing five runs, scattering six hits with a pair of strikeouts.

La Porte JV softball falls

La Porte’s JV softball team lost 12-0 in five innings at Chesterton on Wednesday. Ella Wheatbrook had the Slicers’ only hit.

Run with the Wolves on Saturday

A “Run With The Wolves 5K Fun Run” will be held Saturday at Washington Park starting from the tennis pavilion. Registration on the day of the race begins at 8 a.m, and the race will start at 9. To register, visit or the Michigan City High School Facebook page. The event is organized by the Michigan City High School Class of 2021.