Our Town Sports

September 20, 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.

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

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.

Spurling Scramble: The Spurling Scramble, a golf tournament to benefit SAFE, Ride 4 Cops and Preston Scheibler Scholarship Fund, will be held today 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.

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.

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.

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

Thunder tryouts: The Lawrence Thunder 11U Double AA tournament baseball team is looking for three players for the 2013 season. Tryouts are Saturday, Sept. 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. at YSC 1. Contact Jim Miller at 785-727-0562 for information.

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 or call 785-841-1800.

Hoopster hoops: Lawrence Parks & Recreation is taking team registrations for coaches interested in entering the 2012-13 Hoopster Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the recreation centers or download a registration form from Registration is limited to eight teams per age division. We currently have one team spot available in each of the fourth- and fifth-grade leagues. For information, contact the youth sports office at 832-7940.

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 for tryout information.

Rebels tryout: Kansas Rebels 8U machine-pitch tryout will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sept. 22 at YSC field No. 22. The Rebels will play in the DCABA league and in two to three tournaments through the summer. For information, contact

Air show: The Jayhawk Model Masters will host a Giant Scale Fly-In for radio control aircraft from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday below Clinton Dam.

FSHS fundraiser: Free State High girls basketball will hold a four-player scramble golf tournament fundraiser at 1 p.m., Oct. 21, at Alvamar. Contact Bryan Duncan for information at or 832-6050.

Rowing clinic: Kansas Athletics and Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up for a community rowing clinic, from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at the KU boathouse, located at 220 Indiana Street. The clinic is designed as an introduction to rowing and is geared toward participants with a minimal background in the sport. Instructors for the clinic will be KU rowing coaches and members of the KU women’s rowing team. Pre-registration is required. Participants must be 14 or older. Sign up at


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