Our Town Sports

February 2, 2012


Lawrence swim team and lessons: Ad Astra Area Aquatics is a competitive year-round swim team that offers practices for ages 6-18 throughout the week. AAAA is always accepting new members. For information, visit or call Patrick at 331-6940.

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 Zach at 785-393-7966 or

Indoor facility rental: An indoor baseball practice facility is available for team rental and taking reservations for the winter sessions. For information, visit

Sidekicks seeking: The 12U Lawrence Sidekicks are looking for one pitcher and possibly one position player for the upcoming year. Contact Michael Monroe at (785)423-1532 or e-mail to schedule a tryout.

10-U Phenix: The 10U Lawrence Phenix is looking for a couple of players to round out the roster. Please contact Rick Ross at 620-491-3260 or email for more information and to schedule a tryout.

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

Vipers looking: Lawrence Vipers are looking for girls with 1997/98 birthdays for a 14U C softball team. The team is looking for a catcher, shortstop and outfielder, but all positions are welcome. Winter conditioning for the spring/summer tournament is starting. To schedule a tryout, contact coach Melvin at 785-331-6735 or email

Indoor facility: An indoor baseball/softball practice facility is available in Big Springs, with five full-size batting cages, three pitching tunnels and an 70-by-70-foot open area that can be expanded to 140-by-70. For information, visit or call 785-887-6700.

Baldwin City Wrestling Club: Practices will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for youths ages 5 thru 16. Sessions offered are beginners, novice and open. For information, contact Kit Harris, or 785-221-8025.

Love 2 Run: The third-annual Love 2 Run-Lawrence will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 11. The USATF Certified four-mile couples-themed run will start and finish at Free State High. Participants can enter as an individual or as a couple. Registration/packet pickup will be at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports from 3-6 p.m. on Feb. 10. and 8-9 race morning in the Free State gym. Online registration and information is available at

Soccer camps: Kaw Valley Soccer will hold winter soccer camps for preschoolers (9-9:50 a.m.) and K-3 (10-10:50 a.m.) on Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 3 at Sunflower Elementary. Cost is $45. There also will be two free sessions for All Girls Academy for girls 8-12 form 11 a.m.-noon on Feb. 4 and 25 at Sunflower Elementary. Register for the winter camps at For information, call 749-5872 or email

KVSA registration: Registration is open for the Kaw Valley Soccer Association’s spring soccer, with age groups from 3 to U19. Deadline is March 15. For information, call 749-5872 or email

Jayhawk Baseball Camp: The Jayhawks Baseball Camp winter/spring offerings are hitting academies: four-week sessions in February, March, April; ages 8-18, $125 — high school players may attend only in February; pitching/catching academy: four-week session starting Feb. 7, ages 10-18, $125; spring training: grades K-8, March 19-20, $75. For more information, call 785-864-7907.

LHS spring sports forms: Spring sports forms are due by Feb. 22 to the Lawrence High athletic office. Spring tryouts and practices begin Feb. 27. Forms may be picked up at LHS or downloaded at

‘Pi Day’ half-marathon slated: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host the “Pi Day River Rotation Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) Trail Race” on March 4 on the Kansas River trail system. The Pi-Day River Rotation Half Marathon Trail Race begins and ends by the Kansas River Trails trailhead, just off Eighth and Oak streets in North Lawrence. Information is available online at

Youth soccer camps: Several “You are fantastic” youth soccer camps are slated on the Kansas University campus, all in room 215 at Robinson Gym. Coed third through eighth grades: 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays; coed preschool-third grades: 6-7:15 p.m. Tuesdays; girls K-4: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays; girls fourth-eighth grades: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays. Walk-ons welcome through March 15. For information, contact coach Riny at

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

Douglas County Amateur Baseball: Lawrence Parks & Recreation still has a few team openings in both the U8 and U12 divisions of its more competitive baseball leagues. Deadline for team entries is the first eight teams per division. For information contact Lee Ice at

Premier soccer openings: KC Core Soccer of Lawrence is forming new premier teams in Lawrence. We are currently recruiting for U9 (2nd and 3rd grades) and U10 (4th grade) girls teams. Teams are being formed now with practices in Lawrence and league play in the Spring Heartland Soccer League. For additional information, please contact Dan Stevens, Director of Coaching, 913-952-5264 or, or coach Riny DeBoer at


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