Our town sports

January 12, 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 all positions. Winter conditioning for the spring/summer tournament is starting. To schedule a tryout, contact coach Melvin at 785-331-6735 or email

Middle-school hoops: The Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for boys intramural middle school, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade basketball program through today. Cost is $55 per student. For info, call 832-7940. We are in need of coaches for this program. If you are interested in coaching please email or call 832-7940.

Baseball signups: Lawrence Parks & Recreation is taking team entries for the 2012 Heinrich League & Douglas County Amateur Baseball Association season. To register, stop by Holcom Park Recreation Center or go online at to download a registration form. LPRD will accept the first eight team entries per age division. A deposit will be required to reserve a spot in the league. For information, contact the youth sports office at 832-7940.

U10 baseball tryouts: A second-year U10 DCABA baseball team is looking for two experienced players fully committed to playing on a competitive team in the spring and fall. Email for tryout information.

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.

Soccer squads forming: KC Core Soccer of Lawrence is now forming new premier soccer teams in Lawrence. Core Soccer is currently recruiting for U9 (second and third grades) and U10 (fourth grade) girls teams but will consider players of all ages. Teams are being formed now, with practices in Lawrence and league play in the Spring Heartland Soccer League. For information, contact Dan Stevens at 913-952-5264 or

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.

FSHS fund-raiser: A fundraiser for Free State High’s baseball and softball teams will be held 6-11 p.m. Jan. 28 at Alvamar Country Club. The adults-only fundraiser will include live and silent auctions and a trivia night. The funds raised will go toward the construction of new indoor batting cages that both teams will benefit from year-round.

Aquahawks clinic: The Lawrence Aquahawks and the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center will host a “USA Olympic Swim Clinic” from 10 a.m.-noon on Jan. 29 at the Indoor Aquatic Center. Olympic gold medalists Josh Davis and Ian Crocker will be at the pool and in the water performing small-group personal instruction on champion performance and technique. Swimmers will be able to ask questions of the Olympians, take pictures and get autographs. This clinic is open to all ages 5-18. To reserve a spot, call Candy at 785-423-1223.

Price makes Trials: Ad Astra Area Aquatics’ Katie Price finished 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Minnesota Grand Prix Swim Meet in 2:35.84, a time that qualifies her for the Olympic Trials this summer in Omaha, Neb. Price joins Emma Reaney and Molly Albrecht as AAAA representatives at the June Trials.

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

Gametime opening: The Bantum Basketball Club will the first program offered at the new Gametime Recreation Youth Sports and Activities Center at at 940 E. 28th Street. The Bantum Basketball Club is an instructional program open to boys and girls in grades K-5 that will focus on individual skills and fundamentals and team play enhancement, followed by live mini-games at the end of each session. Registration will remain open until all 30 spots per age group are filled. The program runs Jan. 17-March 9. Email questions to

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 or team consulting available, too. Sessions held at Big Springs Sports Facility. For information, contact LuAnn Metsker at 785-331-9438 or


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