Our Town Sports

March 1, 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

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

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.

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

‘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

Softball registration: Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Softball Registration runs Feb. 1-April 2 for all age groups — 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U. The 8U Division-Machine Pitch teams will be formed by individual registrations from schools and grades. 8U players must be 8 years of age or younger on Jan. 1, 2012. Cost is $65 per child. The 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U divisions will be Team Registrations. Fee: $900 per team. Player’s eligibility is determined by age as of Jan.1, 2012. No more than 8 teams in each division. For information, call 832-7940, email or go to and click on Youth Sports.

Rebels fundraiser: A silent auction/poker tournament fundraiser for the Kansas Rebels 10U will be 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club. For information, email Pat Karlin at

Facility available: An indoor baseball practice facility is available for team/individual rental. Free or low-cost baseball lessons available to children of low income families. Visit for information, or call 785-230-9624

LPRD registrations: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for spring adult softball, kickball, volleyball and basketball. Deadline is March 9. For information, call 832-7920 or visit

Ump orientation: An orientation meeting for individuals interested in becoming an umpire for adult softball or kickball for the upcoming season will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center, 4706 Overland Drive. For information, call 832-7920 visit

Knight at benefit: Former Indiana and Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Bob Knight will serve as guest of honor at a private dinner charity event from 6-9 p.m. Friday at Alvamar Country Club. The dinner — $650 per person, $1,000 per couple — is a benefit for Vernon Wells’ Perfect 10 Charity, which supports and protects homeless children and single mothers. For information, contact Shelly or Stacy at 620.225.2737 or For information on the Perfect 10 Charity, visit

KU soccer camps: Kansas University will hold several youth soccer camps this summer. A Weekicks Camp for boys and girls in grades K-5 will run 9-11:30 a.m. June 11-15. A Day Camp for boys and girls grades 5-8 will run 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11-15. Girls Residential and Team Camps run July 13-16 and July 17-20 for girls in grades 4-12. And a Boys Elite Residential Camp runs Joly 17-20 for boys in grades 6-12. For information, visit

Eudora T-ball/baseball/softball: Sign-up is open for Eudora Amateur Baseball and Softball Association summer ball program (T-ball, baseball, softball). Registration deadline is March 4, or March 16 with late fees. This program is a rec program focusing on youth development and good sportsmanship. For information, visit or email

KU baseball camps: There will be two Jayhawk Baseball Camp offerings this spring. The four-week Hitting Academies, for ages 8-14, will run 6-8 p.m. in four-week sessions in March and April. And Spring Training will run 9 a.m.-noon on March 19-20 for grades K-8. Family discount now available. For information call 785-864-7907.

Vipers looking: Lawrence Vipers are looking for girls with 97/98 birthdays for a 14U C tournament softball team. Vipers are looking for a catcher, pitcher and outfielder, but all positions are welcome. For information, call coach Melvin at 331-6735 or email


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