Our Town Sports

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 justin@aquahawks.org

Cycling team: Join Team GP VeloTek (www.gpvelotek.com) to improve your road cycling. Open to youth and adults from beginners to advanced cyclists. We even have free loaner bikes for kids, too. Contact coach Jim Whittaker at 913.269.VELO or  velotek@aol.com

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 dmgshowpig@aol.com

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

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 adastraareaaquatics.org

KU Rugby club: The KU Rugby club will hold workouts Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Any level from very beginner to someone who has been playing for years is welcome. Website is KUrugby.org

Fast-pitch: A 12U fast-pitch softball team is looking for a first baseman and a utility player for the fall season. The team practices in the Lawrence area and has indoor facilities for winter. Contact coach Andrew at 785-840-7193.

Thanksgiving day 5K run/walk: runLawrence will host the ninth-annual holiday run on Nov. 22 starting again from Woodlawn School. The Road Runners Club of America has designated the 5K as the state championship, with top runners getting special awards. But the run remains open to all runners and walkers. Again there will be a discount for families signing up three or more before Nov. 15. For information or to enter, visit http://www.runlawrence.org/TDay5k.html or call race director Dee Boeck at 841-3587.

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

U11 baseball seeking: Competitive U11 baseball team looking for one dedicated player for 2013 Season. Cannot turn 12 before May 1, 2013. Team will play in several tournaments. Contact jooser44@gmail.com for tryout information.

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.

Boo!Run looms: The second annual Halloween Boo!Run 5K race will start at 8 a.m., Oct. 28, at the Kansas River levee. The course will go east on the levee from the bridge. For information, contact GaDuGi SafeCenter at 843.8985 or support@gadugisafecenter.org. Online entry available at www.active.com, keyword Boo!Run.

Officials needed: Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department needs intramural basketball officials. If you are interested in officiating middle-school girls basketball games, contact Duane Peterson at 832-7949 or at dpeterson@lawrenceks.org.

Turkey Trot: Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 37th-annual Turkey Trot 5K Run to be held Nov. 3 on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University. Registration fee is $20, $25 the day of the race. Winners in each age division will receive a turkey, and the male and female overall winners will receive a turkey plus a $50 gift certificate from Jock’s Nitch Sporting Goods, 837 Mass. For information call 832-7940.

Hunter education course: A hunter-education course will be held 5:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Douglas County Fairgrounds building No. 21 and 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge near Lone Star. Preregistration is required; call 832-3288 and leave registration info after the tone. Participants must be at least 11. Anyone born after July 1, 1957, must pass a hunter-education course to hunt in Kansas. Information about other courses is available at www.kdwp.state.ks.us

WOW Run: Body Boutique’s annual WOW Run 5K to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build will be at 8 a.m., Nov. 3. The race will start at Body Boutique and wind through the surrounding neighborhoods. The course is newly USATF Certified. The run is open to men, women and children. Cost is $23 ($28 on race day) for adults and $20 ($25 on race day) for kids 12 and under. Online registration can be found at http://wowrun2012.eventbrite.com

Upcoming Jayhawk baseball camps: Kansas University will host the following baseball camps: a four-week Fall Hitting Academy, Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25 for ages 8-18; and a Holiday Skills Camp Dec. 27-29 for ages 8-13. For information, call 864-7907.

Salvation Army clinic: The Salvation Army Thanksgiving basketball clinic will be Nov. 24 at the East Lawrence Recreation Center. The clinic for second- and third-graders will be 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; fourth- and fifth-graders will be 1:30-4 p.m. For registration information, email rick@4squareathletics.com

Veritas volleyball champs: Veritas Christian’s junior high volleyball team won the 2012 North East Kansas Parochial League state tournament. The Eagles entered as the No. 3 seed but won the double-elimination tournament with wins over Flint Hills, Topeka Lutheran (twice) and Topeka Heritage (twice). The team’s eighth-grade players were Brienne Billings, Tori Huslig, Morgan Newcomb and Delaeny Shelton. Veritas also had six seventh-grade players: Naomi Brakenhoff, Paxton Brittingham, Katie Hammer, Chloe Holland, Katy Post and Chloe Holland. The team was coached by Jamaica Billings, in her fifth year at Veritas.

Trail Hawks run: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will hold the fourth-annual Sanders Saunter Heavy 10K Trail Run on Nov. 17 at Clinton Lake’s North Shore Trails. The race is a benefit for the Lawrence Humane Society. For information, visit www.Lawrencetrailhawks.com

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 reignhoops@me.com or visit the academy on Facebook (Reign Basketball Academy).

LHS winter sports: The Lawrence High School winter sports informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the LHS Cafeteria. Prior to the sports meeting there will be a Lion’s Pride meeting at 6:00pm in the Library. Athletic forms for winter sports are due to the athletic office by Thursday, Nov. 8 and tryouts/practices will begin on Monday, Nov. 12.