Our Town Sports

June 14, 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

Youth football camp: The Lawrence/Free State youth football camp will be Monday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 27 at Lawrence High School. The camp is for children in third through eighth grades. Fliers on the camp have been distributed to city elementary and middle schools. For more information, contact LHS coach Dirk Wedd at 832-5050 or FSHS coach Bob Lisher at 832-6050.

Free State volleyball camp: Free State will hold a volleyball camp June 25-29. For eighth-graders and below, camp runs 8 a.m.-noon; for ninth-graders and up, 1-5 p.m. daily. For information contact Nancy Hopkins at 766-7677 or

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.

Lyme Disease 5K: The second-annual Hope for Healing Lyme Disease 5K run and walk will be at 6 p.m., June 16, at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, south of the intersection of Wakarusa Drive and Kansas Highway 10. Online registration is available at Packet pickup and registration 4-7:30 p.m. on June 15 and 9 a.m.-noon on June 16 at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, 839 Massachusetts. For information and to register, visit, or contact Peninah at 785-248-3504 or email

Table tennis club: The Lawrence Table Tennis club meets from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday evenings 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

LHS scholarship golf tourney: The 13th Annual Lawrence Lions Alumni Association Scholarship Golf Tournament is at 8 a.m., June 16 at Alvamar Golf Course. Entry fee is $75 per golfer and includes golf, cart, prizes, and lunch. The tournament is NOT limited to LHS Alumni. All proceeds go toward scholarships awarded by the Association to graduating LHS seniors. Contact Patty (Kuhn) Kennedy at 841-9541 or

LHS boys basketball camp: The Lawrence High boys basketball workout camp will be June 11-July 16 for grades 4 through 12. For information, please contact coach Mike Lewis at or 785-840-5492.

Lawrence High volleyball camp: The Lawrence High Volleyball Camp will be held June 25-29. Brochures can be found at the LHS website or by emailing

LHS conditioning: Conditioning for Lawrence High girls will be held every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-9 a.m. June 4-22 and July 2-19. Brochures can be found at the LHS website or by

Junior volleyball camp: Lawrence Juniors Volleyball Camp will be July 30-31 at Free State for ages 10-16. Any child interested in club volleyball or just wanting to sharpen skills for school tryouts is welcome. Registration forms are available at: For information, e-mail Kathy Allen at

Baker volleyball camp: Baker University Volleyball Camp will be June 18-21 in Baldwin City. Morning camp will run 9-12 for fourth through eighth grades. Afternoon camp is 1-4 p.m. for grades 9-12. Brochure and registration form available at: For information, contact Kathy Allen at 785-594-8455 or email

LHS tennis summer workouts: The Lawrence High tennis team will have summer workouts for any players eligible to play for LHS in the 2012-13 school year. Workouts will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from June 5 through July 12 (with the exception of July 4 week) at LHS courts. Cost is $50, with the money going toward supplies and equipment for next year. For more information, contact coach Chris Marshall at or call 785-423-1402.

Benefit golf: The Kansas Athletics Golf Classic supporting Douglas County Special Olympics will be held at 1 p.m. on June 22 at Alvamar. Entry fee of $150.00 ($140.00 if paid by June 8) goodie bags, lunch and dinner banque and silent auction as well as finishing prizes. Contact Connie Warkins at Scott Rice Office Works 832-1020 go to All proceeds benefit Douglas County Special Olympians.

Soccer tryouts: The Puma FC-West boys and girls soccer clubs will hold tryouts June 16 and 17 at Bishop Seabury Academy, 4120 Clinton Parkway. Times for June 16 are: 9-10:30 a.m. — U8, U9, U10 girls; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — U8, U9, U10 boys; 1-2:30 p.m. — U11, U12, U13 girls; 2:30-4 p.m. — U11, U12, U13 boys; and 4-6 p.m. — U14, U15-U18 girls. Times for June 17: 1-2:30 p.m. — U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 girls; 3-4:30 p.m. — U8, U9, U10, U11, U12 boys; and 4:30-6:30 p.m. — U13, U14, U15-U18 boys. For information, contact Riny de Boer at 550-3452 or visit

Baker hoops camp: The Baker University basketball program will hold a camp June 25-28 in Baldwin City. The camp is for boys and girls in grades K-8. The morning session will run from 8 a.m.-noon and is for grades 4-8. The afternoon session will run from 1-3 and is for K-3. For information and registration form, go to or contact Sean Dooley at or 785-594-8422.

Soccer camps and league: Free State will hold soccer camps and a 6v6 league this summer. Girls camp will be June 25-29, and the youth camp will be from June 18-21. The summer league is open to all high school and college students and runs from June 12 to July 12. Sign up information can be found online at

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.

Running clinics: Good Form Running Clinics at Garry Gribble’s Running Sports (839 Massachusetts St) will be on June 19 from 6-7 p.m. This is a free clinic for anyone who wants to learn tips and techniques to improve your running efficiency. Please RSVP by calling 856-0434, or email if you have any questions. This is an active clinic, so please bring or wear your existing running shoes.

City golf championships: The 36-hole city golf championships will be held July 7-8 at Alvamar Golf Course and Alvamar Country Club. Entry forms are available at Alvamar, Lawrence Country Club and Eagle Bend and should be sent to LAGA, P.O. Box 1111, Lawrence, Kansas 66044. Entry fee is $125, and checks should be made payable to Lawrence Amateur Golf Assn. Competition will take place in men’s, women’s senior and super senior divisions. Anyone who is a resident or employed in Douglas County, a member at Alvamar, LCC, Jayhawk Golf Club of Eagle Bend men’s league, or any past PAGA event champion, is eligible.

Hughes wins again: Lawrence’s Dan Hughes claimed his third Dirty Kanza 200 title. Hughes, who also won the 200-plus-mile gravel road ride in and around Emporia in 2006 and in 2011, won this year’s race in an event-record 11 hours, 56 minutes, beating the four-year-old record of 11:58:32. The women’s overall winner was Rebecca Rusch of Ketchum, Idaho, who finished in 12:02, crushing the old women’s record of 14:49.

LHS fall sports meeting: The Lawrence High fall sports informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 5 in the LHS auditorium. Fall sports forms may be submitted at the meeting. Notaries will be available. The fall forms deadline is Aug 9.

Vipers looking: Lawrence Vipers 14CU is looking for dedicated players at catcher, pitcher and utility player for fall 2012. For information, contact Melvin at 785-331-6735, Tim at 785-691-5065 or email:

Youth wrestling clinic: There will be a youth wrestling clinic from 6-7 p.m. July 17, 19, 24, 26 and 31 and Aug. 2, 7 and 9 in the South Gym (at Eighth and Chapel streets). Cost is $15 and includes a shirt. For information, contact Kit Harris at 785-221-8025 or

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

Reaney makes Trials: Lawrence native Emma Reaney has qualified to swim in four events at the upcoming U.S. Olympic Trials — the 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 individual medley and 400 individual medley. The Trials will be June 25-July 2 in Omaha, Neb.

Pizza ride: Join team GP VeloTek for the pizza ride. This easy, beginner-friendly bike ride for youth and their parents starts at Johnny’s North. Show time 6:15 p.m. and ride at 6:30 in June 18. Bring your road or mountain bike and helmet. We’ll ride to the end of the levy trail and back and then eat free pizza. For information, visit or call Jim Whittaker 913.269.VELO.

Hammer camp: Gary Hammer is conducting private and small-group basketball lessons during the summer. Hammer is P.E. teacher at Schwegler and varsity boys basketball coach at Veritas Christian School. Contact Gary at or 785-841-1800.


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