Our Town Sports

September 6, 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

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

MS bike ride coming: The Kansas City and Topeka annual Bike MS rides will converge on Lawrence. On. Sept 22, 2,000 cyclists are expected to start at either Garmin’s headquarters in Olathe or Shawnee Heights Middle School in Topeka and ride to an overnight in Lawrence, then a ride to Olathe on Sept. 23. There also will be a shuttle from Lawrence to Olathe for Saturday-only riders. Designed for riders of all skill levels, the ride has several route options: 37, 75, 101 and 150 miles. The stop in Lawrence’s South Park will include a festival open to riders and the public with music, food and drink, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the MS Society. For information, visit or call 913-432-3926, press 2.

Recreation basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for those (K-6) interested in participating in the 2012 Youth Recreational Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the recreation centers or register on line at: Registration deadline is Sept. 13. For information, contact the Youth Sports office at 832-7940.

Penny Jones golf tournament: The 31st annual Penny Jones Open golf tournament will be held Sept. 7 at Alvamar. Entry price is $175, with morning and afternoon sessions set for the four-person shamble. For information, contact Kathy Clausing-Willis at 785-505-6134 or or Melissa Hess at 785-505-3317 or, or Kyle Taylor at 785-691-8918 or

Hoopster competitive basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking team registrations for those coaches interested in entering their teams in the 2012-13 Hoopster Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the recreation centers or download a registration form from the website: Registration is limited to eight teams per age division. For information, contact the Youth Sports office at 832-7940.

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

Trail races: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host Hawk 100, 50 and 26.2-mile trail races Sept. 8-9 on the North Shore Trails at Clinton Lake. The “Hawk Hundred” 100-Mile Trail Run features four 25-mile loops on Clinton Lake’s wooded, rocky, root-bound North Shore trail system. The “Hawk 50” runners will complete two laps of the 25-mile course, while the runners in the 26.2-mile Hawk marathon “fun run” will add an extra 1.2 miles off-trail to the beginning of their one-lap race. The races begin and end at Shelter 1 in the Army Corps of Engineers’ Overlook Park section of Clinton Lake State Park. For information or to enter, visit the race page at

Sayers golf tournament: The 18th Annual Gale Sayers Golf Tournament, benefiting the Kansas University School of Education, will be held Sept. 14 at Alvamar Golf Course. Registration for the four-person scramble begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. A casual lunch, awards ceremony and silent auction will follow. Cost is $120 for an individual or $400 for a team. Call or e-mail Sherrie Saathoff at 785-864-4297 or for questions or to sign up.

Baldwin City wrestling: Fall Wrestling League in Baldwin City will be held Wednesday nights from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3 and 10 for youths through high school age. Cost is $5 per night. For more information, contact Kit Harris at or 785-221-8025.

Lawrence Lightning tryouts: Tryouts for the Lawrence Lightning 12U baseball team for the spring/summer 2013 season will be held at 8:30 a.m., Sept. 8, at YSI Field No. 5. For more information, contact Mike Mondi at 785-218-1262.

Family Promise golf tournament: KU All-American Wayne Simien and Cindy Self, wife of KU coach Bill Self, are once again the co-chairs of the Family Promise Golf Tournament and Auction Party. The Auction Party at Maceli’s Sept. 9 will feature hot food and complimentary wine and beer and soft drinks. Bidders will vie for both silent and live auction items ranging in value from $25 gift certificates to a week’s vacation in a private oceanside condo in Florida. On Sept. 10, four-person teams will compete in two flights for a variety of individual and team prizes at Alvamar CC in a scramble format. Registration fees include lunch, golf and cart, dinner and beverages both on and off the course, plus two admissions to the Auction Party. Registration starts at noon, box lunches follow, shotgun start at 1 p.m., a barbecue buffet dinner with awards at 5:30. Non-golfers can purchase tickets to the Auction Party separately. Registration for both events at or call Joe Reitz at 785-331-5024.

Rebels tryouts: The Rebels 8U competitive machine-pitch will hold a tryout from 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 at YSC Field No. 2. For information, contact

Dr. Bob Run: The Dr. Bob Run — a 5K run and 1-mile kids run named for the late Bob Frederick — will be held at 8 a.m., Oct. 6 at Rim Rock Farm. Frederick was a former Kansas University athletic director and avid runner who died in 2009. The free kids run will start at 8 a.m., with the 5K to follow at 8:30. New this year will be a team competition, with cross-country scoring. For information or to register, visit Online registration will close Oct. 4.

LPRD registrations: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for fall adult basketball, volleyball and dodgeball. The registration deadline is Friday. For information, call 832-7920 or visit

Spurling Scramble: The Spurling Scramble, a golf tournament to benefit SAFE, Ride 4 Cops and Preston Scheibler Scholarship Fund, will be held Sept. 20 at Alvamar public and private golf courses. Registration is 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per person for the four-person scramble. Make checks payable to Spurling Scramble and mail completed forms to Amy Rhoads or Mike McAtee, 111 East 11th or 4820 Bob Billings Parkway. For information, call 785-423-1382 or 785-423-0392.

Free State cheer clinic: Free State High cheerleaders will hold their “Junior Firebird” cheer clinic Sept. 16. Registration will be at 12:30 p.m., with the clinic from 1-3. The “Junior Firebirds” will cheer at the Sept. 21 Free State football game. Registration fee is $30, and each participant will receive a T-shirt and poms. Children preschool through sixth grade are welcome. For information, contact FSHS cheer coordinator Paige Hofer at

3-on-3 hoops league: Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood and Free State coach Bryan Duncan will offer a 3-on-3 basketball league this winter for girls enrolled in grades 4-8. The league will be split up into a fourth-/fifth-/sixth-grade division and a seventh-/eighth-grade division. Each team will play four, 10-minute games a night. The league will run Sunday nights from 7:15-8:30 on Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7. Games will be played at Free State High. For information, contact Wood 785-477-5015 or Duncan 785-766-9840.

Girls basketball workouts: Lawrence High girls basketball coach Nick Wood and Free State High girls coach Bryan Duncan will host winter basketball workouts for girls in grades 4-8. The workouts will be at FSHS and will be on Wednesday nights from 7:15-8:30 p.m. The workouts will run Sept. 5-Oct. 3. For information, contact Wood at 785-477-5015 or Duncan at 785-766-9840.

RoughRiders tryouts: The Lawrence RoughRiders 14U baseball team will hold tryouts Sept. 9 at Holcom Red Field, from 1 to 3 p.m.. The RoughRiders, the Kansas State 14U runners-up, are looking for three or four players to join their team. The RoughRiders will play league and at least six tournaments. Contact Jack Tyler at 785-331-9431, or

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

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.

FSHS hoops clinics: Free State High will play host to fall basketball clinics for boys in grades 3 through 8 from Sept. 10 through Oct. 20. For information, contact Chuck Law at or go to

Lawrence Vipers tryout: The Lawrence Vipers 14U softball team is holding a tryout Sept. 9 at YSC Sports Complex field No. 5 from 1-3 p.m. The team is looking for catchers and outfielders. The Vipers have four tournaments scheduled for fall and plan on seven to 10 in spring/summer of 2013. Contact the Vipers for a private tryout. Call Melvin at 785-331-6735 or Tim at 785-691-5065.

Sandrat Trail Run: The 20thannual Sandrat Trail Run will be held Oct. 7 at 8:30 am. It is a 9.5-mile run on the Kansas River Trails. Start and finish at John Taylor Park, Elm & North 7th streets. The first 125 entrants will receive Sandrat Trail Run caps. “Rat” trophies to age group winners. There also is a 1-kilometer Rug Rat Run beginning approximately 10:30 a.m. Registration fees are $20 by Sept. 29, $25 from Sept. 30 to Oct. 6 and $30 race day until 8 am. There is no charge for the Rug Rat Run. Entry forms are available at various locations. You can also enter online at Contact Steve Riley at for information.

Book signing: Mark Button, who lives in Houston, will be in Lawrence for a book signing of his first book, “Finding TiMing and TemPo, Legends of the golf gods.” Button is a Lawrence native and graduated from Lawrence High and Kansas University. He currently is an executive editor for TexasLinks magazine. The book signing will be at Alvamar Golf Club from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 7.

Hole-in-one: Brett Mosiman used an 8-iron to ace the 142-yard No. 11 hole at Lawerence Country Club on Aug. 30. Jerry Neverve witnessed the shot.

Machine-pitch baseball: Tryouts for 8-and-under machine-pitch baseball will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at Field 5 of YSI. Contact Clint at 785-550-5248 for more information.

Basketball clinics: Lawrence High School Fall Basketball Clinics for boys grades 4-8 will begin Sept. 23 and run through Oct. 24. Contact boys basketball coach Mike Lewis for information at 840-5492 or

Maple Leaf Run: The Maple Leaf Run will be held Oct. 20 at Baldwin City Golf Course. Cost of $20 includes shirt, 5K run and 1-mile walk and 1-mile kids run, trophies for kids run and medals for 5K. For flier, email Kit Harris at or go to, call with questions at 785-221-8025.

Bollig golf tournament: The Matt Bollig Golf Tournament will be held Oct. 12 at Eagle Bend. Cost is $360 per foursome for the first 25 teams; late entry will be $440 per foursome. The tournament is named for Bollig, a Chanute High product who suffered a spinal-cord injury during a weight-lifting accident and was paralyzed from the waist down. To register, go to: or contact John Teegarden at 913-205-4628 or

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 or call race director Dee Boeck at 841-3587.

Tennis tournament: The Douglas County/LTA Closed tennis tournament will be Sept. 29-30 at the LHS/LVS courts, 22nd and Greever Terr. Two events per player with a backdraw per event. M,W Open, 3.5, 4.0 singles, doubles, mixed. Cost is $10 singles, $20 per doubles team, free to LTA/WTT players. Must be a resident of Douglas County or a member of The Lawrence Tennis Association to be eligible. A new can of balls per event is required. Fees paid at check-in, 7:30 am Sept. 29. Registration deadline is Sept. 24. Email Bud at with particular event entries and doubles partners, or any questions.

Salvation Army hoops clinic: The Salvataion Army boys and girls basketball camp will be Sept. 29 at the East Lawrence Rec Center. Second/third grades runs 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., fourth/fifth from 1:30-4 p.m. For information email

Flag football: Called To Greatness is hosting a flag football league on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. Sept. 8 and Oct. 13 at the YSC Fields. This is open to third- to sixth-graders. For information or to sign up, go to

Wedge honored: MIT junior Roy Wedge, a product of Lawrence High, was named NEWMAC runner of the week after he won the 5K at the season-opening Keene State Invitational on Saturday. Wedge finished in 15:46.


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