Our Town Sports

September 27, 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

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.

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.

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.

Salvation Army hoops clinic: The Salvation 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 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday 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.

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.

Henrickson basketball clinic: The ninth annual Bonnie Henrickson Basketball Coaching Clinic will be held Oct. 21 at Allen Fieldhouse. Henrickson, Kansas University’s women’s basketball coach, and her staff will hold an on-court skill demonstration followed by a Rock Chalk Talk on defensive and offensive concepts. The free clinic runs from 2-5 p.m., but participants are invited to attend the Jayhawks’ team practice beforehand from noon-2 p.m. Those interested in attending must fill out the application form on, and return it by Oct. 14. Forms can be mailed to: Kansas Women’s Basketball, Allen Fieldhouse, 1651 Naismith Dr., Lawrence, Kansas 66045.

Banning hole-in-one: Bruce Banning used a 9-iron to first a hole-in-one on the 110-yard 13th hole at Eagle Bend. Witnesses were Willie Amison and Chris Petr.

Pickleball medals: Lawrence players won 10 gold medals and two bronze medals at the Kansas Senior Olympics pickleball competition in Topeka. Lawrence medalists were: gold in Mixed Doubles, 55-60: Terry Messenhimer and Pete Easterwood; gold in Women’s Doubles, 55-60: Paige Carney and Messenhimer; gold in Women’s Doubles, 60-65: Jane Harris and Ginny Honomichl; gold in Men’s Doubles, 60-65: Easterwood and Evan Jorn; gold in Mixed Doubles, 60-65: Carney and Jorn; bronze in Mixed Doubles, 60-65: Honomichl and Charles Hart. All of the Lawrence teams qualified for National Senior Olympics next summer in Cleveland.

Five Tool tryout: Five Tool Softball will hold a tryout for its 14U girls fastpitch team at 4 p.m., Sept. 30 at FSHS.

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 Online entry available at, keyword Boo!Run.

Quail banquet: The Jayhawk Chapter of Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation’s 27th annual charity banquet and auction will be held at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 2 at the Holiday Inn Holidome. Tickets can be purchased at Francis Sporting Goods, Downtown Barbershop, Hite Collision or online at

Cheer/dance fundraiser: A bowling fundraiser for Free State High’s cheerleading and dance program will be Sunday at Royal Crest Lanes. There will be three sessions: 2, 4 or 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. Also, Wayne and Larry’s will donate 10 percent of tickets to the program. For information, contact Paige Hofer at


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