Our Town Sports

August 22, 2012


Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.

Aquahawks openings: The Lawrence Aquahawks swimming team is always accepting new members. The Aquahawks are a year-round USA Swimming-sponsored competitive swim team. The Aquahawks offer a swim lesson program and competitive swim team for all ages. The Aquahawks are coached by professional coaches with weekly practices geared toward a variety of skill levels. For information contact Justin at 785-393-2468 or

Cycling team: Join Team GP VeloTek ( to improve your road cycling. Open to youth and adults from beginners to advance cyclists. We even have free loaner bikes for kids, too. Contact coach Jim Whittaker at 913.269.VELO or

FUNdamental Softball: Learn the proper mechanics and techniques to playing softball. Emphasis placed on fundamental instruction teaching the aspects of pitching, catching, fielding, base-running and hitting. Coach and team consulting available, too. Sessions held at Big Springs Sports Facility. For information contact LuAnn Metsker at 785-331-9438 or

Table tennis club: The Lawrence Table Tennis club meets from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center, 917 Highland Drive (just east of Ninth and Iowa). Beginners welcome. Call Jonathan Paretsky 832-8993 or Neil Brown 843-0527

Lawrence Bicycle Club: Beginner’s Ride takes place Mondays through Labor Day. 6:15 for Tech Tips, 6:45 ride begins. Meet at Cycle Works, 2121 Kasold. 10-15 miles@10-12 mph. Helmets, water bottle required.

Henrickson tourney: The eighth annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament will be Aug. 25 at Alvamar Country Club. Registration for the event is available for singles, pairs and foursomes. All proceeds from the tournament will go to Kansas University women’s basketball and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center. The event includes a four-person scramble at 1 p.m., followed by a dinner and live and silent auctions at 6 p.m. Prizes will also be awarded for best four-women team, best four-man team, best four-person mixed team, longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-one. The KU women’s basketball team and staff will be there throughout the day. To register or for more information, visit

Free State fall softball camp: The 5 Tool Softball School (grades 4 through 8) is taking registration for the camp that will be offered at Free State High School this fall. Camp will be held on Sunday afternoons Aug. 26 through Sept. 30. For more information, contact FSHS softball coach Lee Ice at

Soccer club: Lawrence Soccer Club PUMA FC-West Premier U9 Girls team is looking for two female soccer players born before Aug. 1, 2004. Team training is in Lawrence, and games will be played in Olathe. Contact coach Riny de Boer at and/or call 550-3452.

Baseball camp: The Jayhawk Baseball Camp fall offerings: Fall Hitting Academies: 4-week sessions in September, October, and November; ages 8-18, $125; Elite Pitching/Catching Academy: 8-week session starting Sept. 5, grades 9-12; $275; Showcase Weekend for HS juniors and seniors: Oct. 5-6, $100 before Sept. 15; Holiday Skills Camp for ages 8-18, Dec. 27-29, $195. For information, call 785-864-7907.

Nine-hole golf tournament: A nine-hole golf event hosted by the Lawrence Police Foundations will be held today at the Orchards Golf Course. Registration and a putting/chipping contest will be held at 4:30 p.m., a shotgun scramble at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $54 per person, $108 for two-person teams. Rules: three clubs per person, three golf balls per person. For information, contact Lawrence Police Foundation, 900 Massachusetts, Suite 406 or fax 785-865-2334.

MS bike ride coming: The Kansas City and Topeka annual Bike MS rides will converge on Lawrence. On. Sept 22, 2,000 cyclists are expected to start at either Garmin’s headquarters in Olathe or Shawnee Heights Middle School in Topeka and ride to an overnight in Lawrence, then a ride to Olathe on Sept. 23. There also will be a shuttle from Lawrence to Olathe for Saturday-only riders. Designed for riders of all skill levels, the ride has several route options: 37, 75, 101 and 150 miles. The stop in Lawrence’s South Park will include a festival open to riders and the public with music, food and drink, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MS Society. For information, visit or call 913-432-3926, press 2.

Hoops clinic: The KAN Do Hoops Back to School Basics, a clinic for boys and girls in grades 4 thru 8, will be held Aug. 27-30. It will focus on making each player a better dribbler and shooter with better overall awareness of how to outplay their opponent in the workouts. For more information, visit or contact Nick Marshall at 785-218-4380.

Swimming clinics: Catch the Olympic swimming excitement with the Lawrence Aquahawks New Swimmer Clinics. The Aquahawk Swim Club is accepting new members Aug. 28 and 29 at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 5:30 p.m. Please wear your suit and bring towel and goggles. All ages are welcome as Aquahawk coaches will work with and offer opportunities to a wide variety of ability levels. For more information, contact coach Justin at 785-393-2468 or

Recreation basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for those (K-6) interested in participating in the 2012 Youth Recreational Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the recreation centers or register on line at: Registration deadline is Sept. 13. For information, contact the Youth Sports office at 832-7940.

Penny Jones golf tournament: The 31st annual Penny Jones Open golf tournament will be held Sept. 7 at Alvamar. Entry price is $175, with morning and afternoon sessions set for the four-person shamble. For information, contact Kathy Clausing-Willis at 785-505-6134 or or Melissa Hess at 785-505-3317 or, or Kyle Taylor at 785-691-8918 or

Girls volleyball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking fall registrations for fourth- and fifth-grade girls who are interested in participating in the 2012 Youth Volleyball program. To register, stop by any of the recreation centers or register online at: Deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 22. Volunteer coaches also are needed. Practices begin after Labor Day. For information, contact the Youth Sports office at 832-7940.

Hoopster competitive basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking team registrations for those coaches interested in entering their teams in the 2012-13 Hoopster Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the recreation centers or download a registration form from the website: Registration is limited to eight teams per age division. For information, contact the Youth Sports office at 832-7940.

Ad Astra Area Aquatics: Ad Astra Area Aquatics is always accepting new swimmers. For information, contact coach Patrick at 331-6940 or coach Katie at 766-7423 or visit the website at

Trail races: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host Hawk 100, 50 and 26.2-mile trail races Sept. 8-9 on the North Shore Trails at Clinton Lake. The “Hawk Hundred” 100-Mile Trail Run features four 25-mile loops on Clinton Lake’s wooded, rocky, root-bound North Shore trail system. The “Hawk 50” runners will complete two laps of the 25-mile course, while the runners in the 26.2-mile Hawk marathon “fun run” will add an extra 1.2 miles off-trail to the beginning of their one-lap race. The races begin and end at Shelter 1 in the Army Corps of Engineers’ Overlook Park section of Clinton Lake State Park. For information or to enter, visit the race page at

Girls intramural volleyball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation and USD 497 are taking registrations for girls intramural middle school volleyball for sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Participation fee is $55, and the deadline Thursday Aug. 30. Registration forms are located at all local Lawrence Parks and Recreation centers and on the website at plus at all middle school offices. Games will be played on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in volunteer coaching, please e-mail For more information, please call 832-7940.

Sayers golf tournament: The 18th Annual Gale Sayers Golf Tournament, benefiting the Kansas University School of Education, will be held Sept. 14 at Alvamar Golf Course. Registration for the four-person scramble begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. A casual lunch, awards ceremony and silent auction will follow. Cost is $120 for an individual or $400 for a team. Call or e-mail Sherrie Saathoff at 785-864-4297 or for questions or to sign up.

Baldwin City wrestling: Fall Wrestling League in Baldwin City will be held Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3 and 10 for youths through high school age. Cost is $5 per night. For more information, contact Kit Harris at or 785-221-8025.

Lawrence Lightning tryouts: Tryouts for the Lawrence Lightning 12U baseball team for the spring/summer 2013 season will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 8, at YSI Field No. 5. For more information, contact Mike Mondi at 785-218-1262.

Family Promise golf tournament: KU All-American Wayne Simien and Cindy Self, wife of KU coach Bill Self, are once again the co-chairs of the Family Promise Golf Tournament and Auction Party. The Auction Party at Maceli’s Sept. 9 will feature hot food and complimentary wine and beer and soft drinks. Bidders will vie for both silent and live auction items ranging in value from $25 gift certificates to a week’s vacation in a private oceanside condo in Florida. On Sept. 10, four-person teams will compete in two flights for a variety of individual and team prizes at Alvamar CC in a scramble format. Registration fees include lunch, golf and cart, dinner and beverages both on and off the course, plus two admissions to the Auction Party. Registration starts at noon, box lunches follow, shotgun start at 1 p.m., a barbecue buffet dinner with awards at 5:30. Non-golfers can purchase tickets to the Auction Party separately. Registration for both events at or call Joe Reitz at 785-331-5024.

Sidekicks Tribble seeking: The 12U B Sidekicks Tribble is looking for girls with 2001 birthdays for a competitive fast pitch softball team. For information, call Andrew 785-840-7193.

RoughRiders tryouts: The Lawrence RoughRiders 14U baseball team will tryouts from 1-3 p.m. on Sept. 9 at Holcom Red Field. The RoughRiders, the Kansas State 14U runners-up, are looking for three or four players. The RoughRiders will play league and at least six tournaments. Contact Jack Tyler with questions, (785) 331-9431 or

Vipers tryouts: Lawrence Vipers 13U Major baseball team is looking for one player for the 2013 season and will hold tryouts Sunday. For tryout information contact coaches Glenn Quick at 331-6105, Tom Stewart at 913-710-3131, Rik Abrahamson at 423-1658 or Kyle Taylor at 691-8918.

Rebels tryouts: The Rebels 8U competitive machine-pitch will hold a tryout from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 at YSC Field No. 2. For information, contact

Dr. Bob Run: The Dr. Bob Run — a 5K run and 1-mile kids run named for the late Bob Frederick — will be held at 8 a.m., Oct. 6 at Rim Rock Farm. Frederick was a former Kansas University athletic director and avid runner who died in 2009. The free kids run will start at 8 a.m., with the 5K to follow at 8:30. New this year will be a team competition, with cross-country scoring. For information or to register, visit Online registration will close Oct. 4.

LPRD registrations: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for fall adult basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. The registration deadline is Sept. 7, but register by Aug. 29 to receive a discount. For information, call 832-7920 or visit

Spurling Scramble: The Spurling Scramble, a golf tournament to benefit SAFE, Ride 4 Cops and Preston Scheibler Scholarship Fund, will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at Alvamar public and private golf courses. Registration is 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per person for the four-person scramble. Make checks payable to Spurling Scramble and mail completed forms to Amy Rhoads or Mike McAtee, 111 East 11th or 4820 Bob Billings Parkway. For information, call 785-423-1382 or 785-423-0392.

Aldrich hole-in-one: Ernest Aldrich used a 3-hybrid to fire a hole-in-one on the 156-yard No. 8 hole at Eagle Bend. Witnesses were Gene Shaughnessy and Jon Quick.

Free State cheer clinic: Free State High cheerleaders will hold their “Junior Firebird” cheer clinic Sept. 16. Registration will be at 12:30 p.m., with the clinic from 1-3. The “Junior Firebirds” will cheer at the Sept. 21 Free State football game. Registration fee is $30, and each participant will receive a T-shirt and poms. Children preschool through sixth grade are welcome. For information, contact FSHS cheer coordinator Paige Hofer at

3-on-3 hoops league: Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood and Free State coach Bryan Duncan will offer a 3-on-3 basketball league this winter for girls enrolled in grades 4-8. The league will be split up into a fourth-/fifth-/sixth-grade division and a seventh-/eighth-grade division. Each team will play four, 10-minute games a night. The league will run Sunday nights from 7:15-8:30 on Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7. Games will be played at Free State High. For information, contact Wood 785-477-5015 or Duncan 785-766-9840.

Girls basketball workouts: Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood and Free State High girls coach Bryan Duncan will host winter basketball workouts for girls in grades 4-8. The workouts will be at FSHS and will be on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:30 p.m. The workouts will run Sept. 5-Oct. 3. For information, contact Wood at 785-477-5015 or Duncan at 785-766-9840.


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.