Our Town Sports for Dec. 6

December 6, 2012


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

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

Hammer lessons: Gary Hammer, PE teacher at Schwegler and boys basketball coach at Veritas Christian School, is conducting private and small-group basketball lessons. Contact him at or call 785-841-1800.

Five Tool league: Teams interested in playing in the Five Tool Softball league for teams 16U and under during the 2013 summer should contact Steve Seratte at 760-1446. The league is looking primarily for tournament teams.

Basketball academy: The Reign Basketball Academy, designed for ages 7-17, is Lawrence’s newest basketball-specific training. The academy offers 1-on-1 and group training. For information, contact Rebekah Vann at 785-766-3056 or or visit the academy on Facebook (Reign Basketball Academy).

Indoor baseball/softball practice facility: Big Springs Sports Center provides indoor batting cages and a large open turf area for team practices. For information, call 887-6700.

Holiday hoops clinic: Coach Bonnie Henrickson and the Kansas University women’s basketball team will be conducting its annual Holiday Hoops Clinic from noon-2 p.m. on Dec. 30 in Allen Fieldhouse. The clinic is open to girls and boys in kindergarten through eighth grade. The cost is $15 per child and $5 per participating adult. All children registered for the clinic will receive a voucher for three tickets to one of the upcoming KU women’s basketball games: Kansas State (Jan. 2), Baylor (Jan. 13) or Texas (Jan. 23). Check-in for the clinic will be at 11:45 a.m. on Dec. 30, in the north concourse of Allen Fieldhouse. To register, visit

Basketball, volleyball, dodgeball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for winter adult basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. The registration deadline is Friday. For information, call 832-7920 or log on to the website at

Jingle Bell Run: The Jingle Bell Run will be held Saturday in downtown Lawrence (200 W. 9th Street). Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. For information, go to: or call 785-272-8461.

Winter Baseball Academy: Free State and Lawrence high schools will be hosting their winter baseball academy again this year. Players grades K-8 will have the opportunity to work on defense, pitching, catching and hitting Sunday evenings at LHS and Free State. Dates are Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 10, 17 and 24. Team rates are available. For information, contact Brad Stoll at 785-550-4657 or

LHS Girls Basketball Alumni Night: All former Lawrence High girls basketball players are invited to participate in Alumni Scrimmage Night taking at 6 p.m., Dec. 20 at the LHS main gym. Registration ($25) by Dec. 6 guarantees a T-shirt; after Dec. 6, fee is $30 and no T-shirt guaranteed. For information, visit

Reaney records: Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney, a Lawrence High graduate, was named Big East swimming and diving athlete of the week for the fifth time in her career after a monster weekend. A sophomore, Reaney won three events — the 200 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast — at the Ohio State Invitational. She set Irish records in the 100 and 200 breast and 400 IM and lowered her own 200 IM record. She also swam on the record-setting 400 medley relay team.

Youth baseball: Lawrence Parks & Rereation is taking team deposits for the 2013 DCABA and Heinrich baseball leagues. Deadline for team entries is the first eight teams per division. Registration information is available at or contact Lee Ice at for information.


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