Local Briefs: June 10

June 10, 2017 GMT

Fantasy NASCAR winners: Joe Macalka & Larry Colvin

As promised, we have two weeks worth of Fantasy NASCAR winners to recap, starting with the May 28th Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte. For the first time this season, Joe Macalka of La Porte posted the top lineup, and he did so with the highest total in our contest history.

Now, of course, that’s in part due to NASCAR changing the points system this season, but it was still an impressive lineup consisting of Kyle Busch (61 points), Jimmie Johnson (36), Kevin Harvick (41), Denny Hamlin (43) and Martin Truex Jr. (60) for a total of 241 points. More impressive is that Macalka — and every other entrant — did not choose race winner Austin Dillon.

In last week’s Dover race on June 4, Larry Colvin of Rolling Prairie was the best for the fourth time this season with a nice total of 230 points. His lineup consisted of Jimmie Johnson (55), who was the race winner, Truex Jr. (54), Kyle Larson (50), Busch (30) and Harvick (41). Two other readers surpassed 200 points — James Chudzynski (215) and Terri Shinn (212).

Both Colvin and Macalka earn entries into our July drawing for Brickyard 400 tickets. This week’s race is on Sunday at Pocono. The entry form was in Wednesday’s Herald-Argus.

La Porte YMCA basketball camp

The La Porte YMCA is holding a basketball camp from June 12-June 15. It will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost is $25 for YMCA members and $35 for YMCA non-members. For questions, contact YMCA sports coordinator Dale Lake at dlake@lpymca.org, or 219-325-9622.

Beechwood Golf Course free youth golf

Beechwood Golf Course is offering free youth golf every Monday this summer. The greens fees will be free for ages 18 and under from 1-5 p.m. Adults can play along for $12 walking, or $20 riding. Clubs, balls and other equipment not provided. For more information and to confirm availability, call the Pro Shop at 219-362-2651.

Beechwood Golf Course Junior Golf Program

Beechwood Golf Course is offering a Junior Golf Program on Monday mornings. The Beginner Session is from 9-9:45 a.m., followed by the Intermediate Session from 10-10:45 a.m. The cost is $60 per child. The program begins Monday, June 12, and finishes on July 24 with a skills competition and cookout. Call the Pro Shop at 219-362-2651, or stop in today to sign up.

La Porte Junior Golf Tour sign-ups now open

The La Porte Junior Golf Tour provides junior golfers ages 8-17 the opportunity to enjoy competition and fun throughout the summer at the area’s golf courses.

Players will enjoy seven event days, along with three complimentary instruction days provided by Briar Leaf PGA Professional Jay Williams. Once again, the host courses for this year’s tour are Briar Leaf, Beechwood, Legacy Hills and Michigan City Municipal North Course. Registration forms are available at all of the golf courses, on the La Porte Junior Golf Tour Facebook page, or may be received through email by calling Briar Leaf at 326-1992. The first event is scheduled for Monday, June 12. Players are strongly encouraged to register early to insure their spot in this year’s Tour.

Summer Junior Golf at Briar Leaf

Briar Leaf Golf Club’s Summer Junior Programs are set for this summer with the first session beginning on June 13. Taught by PGA Professional Jay Williams and the Briar Leaf Professional Golf Staff, juniors ages 5-16 will enjoy a lesson, games and on-course play each day. The program is offered four times each summer and early registration is encouraged. Registration forms are available on the club’s website at briarleaf.com/junior-golf, or at the golf shop at Briar Leaf. For more information, call 326-1992.

Novak aces ‘Alcatraz’ at Briar Leaf

Anthony Novak aced the island green 113-yard No. 3 hole, nicknamed “Alcatraz,” at Briar Leaf Golf Club on Friday in the Sheriff John Boyd Golf Outing. Novak, the 2006 Indiana state high school golf champion, used a 54-degree wedge for his first-ever ace. The shot was witnessed by Matt Hagenow, JoAnn Liberatore and Mike Liberatore.

The team, sponsored by the Law Offices of Newby, Lewis, Kaminski and Jones, went on to win the outing with a score of 16-under par. Ninety-two players participated in the event and enjoyed a day of golf, food and fun at Briar Leaf.

LPHS Slicer Soccer Camp

La Porte High School’s Slicer Soccer Camp will be on June 19-June 22 from 5-6:30 p.m. at the LPHS Soccer Complex in Kesling Park. It’s for boys and girls in grades K-8. It will feature skills, games, competitions and fun. Instructors are LPHS boys and girls soccer players and coaches.

Cost is $40, which includes a camp T-Shirt. Register at La Porte High School, or call 219-363-1447. Sign-ups accepted up to June 19, but sign up early to assure T-Shirt size.

La Porte High athletics now using FinalForms

La Porte High School’s athletic department will be utilizing a new procedure concerning the athletic code of conduct and the filing of the necessary paperwork.

The LPHS athletic department has partnered with FinalForms, an online forms and data management service. FinalForms allows you to complete and sign La Porte High School athletic participation forms for students online. Another exciting aspect is that FinalForms saves data from season-to-season and year-to-year, meaning that you will never need to enter the same information twice. FinalForms also pre-populates information wherever possible, for each of your students, saving you time.

The physical examination form included with FinalForms will still need to be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner, and a hard copy turned in to the athletic office. You will need to review your information once per school year to verify information is current and sign the forms.

Click on the Parent Playbook to get started in FinalForms. If you require any support during the process, scroll to the page bottom and click “Use Support.” LPHS athletics is asking all parents of athletes use FinalForms. Register at https://laporte-in.finalforms.com/ now and electronically complete all forms.

LPHS boys soccer summer workouts

La Porte High School boys soccer pre-season is underway. Summer workouts are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 5-7 p.m. throughout the summer. Any eighth-grade or high-school age boy who will attend LPHS next year is welcome to attend. Call coach McCoy with questions at 219-363-1447.