Our Town Sports (Aug. 15)

August 14, 2013


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 will be hosting new swimmer tryouts at the Alvamar Pool located at Bishop Seabury Academy from 6-8:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 17. The Aquahawks are 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 Andrew Schmidt at

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 at 832-8993 or Neil Brown at 843-0527.

Ad Astra swimming: 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

Cycling team: Join Team GP VeloTek ( to improve your road cycling. Open to youth and adults from beginners to advanced cyclists. Contact coach Jim Whittaker at 913.269.VELO or

Next level lessons: Next Level Baseball Academy offers year-round private and semi-private baseball lessons ages 8-18. Locations in Lawrence, Big Springs and New Century. For information, email or visit

FUNdamental softball: Learn the proper mechanics and techniques to play softball. Emphasis placed on fundamental instruction teaching the aspects of pitching, catching, fielding, base-running and hitting. Coach and team consulting available, too. For information contact LuAnn Metsker at 785-331-9438 or

Baseball instruction: Home Plate Baseball has space available for individual and team instruction or team practices. For details, contact former KU assistant baseball coach Wilson Kilmer at 785-393-9564,,

Archery club: The Junior Olympic Archery Development Club meets at 9 a.m. every Saturday in the indoor target range at Overton’s Archery Center, 1025 N. Third Street, Suite 119. Youth age 8-20, all levels of experience, are invited to join. The Archery Center has a full-service pro shop with rental equipment available. For information, call Overton’s Archery Center at 832-1654 or visit

Summer bike ride: Lawrence Bicycle Club Summer Fun Beginner’s Ride will be held Mondays. The ride begins at 6:45 p.m. at Cycle Works, 2121 Kasold, preceded at 6:15 for tech and riding tips. The ride will be approximately 10 miles (the first few rides will be seven miles) at 10 mph, mostly on the bike path. All are welcome; kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and all children under 18 must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Helmet required; spare inner tube and water bottle strongly recommended. For information, contact Susan at 785-865-8454.

Penny Jones golf: The Penny Jones Open golf tournament will be held Sept. 6 at Alvamar. For information on the four-person scramble, call 785.505.3315 or go to

Goalie wanted: Lawrence competitive girls soccer team looking for a full-time goalie that can play in the U14 age group for the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014. All practices in Lawrence; games played in Overland Park. Seasons include tournaments and league play. Email for information.

Softball camp: The 5 Tool Softball School is taking applications for softball camp for grades 4-8 that will be held at Free State High this fall. Camp will be held on Sunday afternoons Aug. 25-Sept. 29. For information, contact FSHS head coach Lee Ice at

Henrickson golf tournament: The ninth annual Bonnie Henrickson Golf Tournament will take place on Aug. 24 at Alvamar Country Club. Registration is available for singles, pairs and foursomes. All proceeds from the tournament will go to support Kansas University women’s basketball and the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Breast Center. The event includes a four-person scramble at 1 p.m., followed by a dinner and live and silent auctions beginning at 6 p.m. The KU women’s basketball team and staff will be there throughout the day to cheer on the teams. Cost of entry is $100 for individuals, $200 for pairs and $400 for foursomes. Sponsorships are also available. To register and learn more about the tournament, visit

Family Promise golf: Former Kansas University basketball player Wayne Simien and Cindy Self, wife of KU coach Bill Self, again will co-chair the Family Promise Golf Tournament and auction party. The auction party — to benefit homeless children and their families in Lawrence — will be Sept. 15 at Maceli’s. On Sept. 16, four-person teams will compete in two flights of the golf tournament at Alvamar Country Club. Registration fees include lunch, golf and cart, dinner and beverages both on and off the course, plus two admissions to the auction party. Registration for both events at or call Joe Reitz at 331-5024.

Rebels tryouts: The Rebels 9U kid-pitch team will hold a tryout from 10 a.m.-noon on Aug. 17 at YSC Field No. 5. For information, email Mark Kern at

14U baseball: A new 14U baseball team is forming, which will play tournaments in the Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence areas. League play has yet to be decided, but is a possibility. All spots are open. If interested please contact schedule a tryout. Call Tom at 785-217-4649 or email

Middle school cross country: RunLawrence is offering a cross country program with systematic training organized by a qualified coach. Open to grades 6-8, the program runs Aug 19 to Oct 11. Times: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday-Friday at Broken Arrow Park. To register, visit or email

Youth bowling: Royal Crest Lanes will offer a youth program this fall for ages 3-18. Cost is $8 per week. Sign up 9-11 a.m. Aug. 31; the program begins Sept. 7 and offers free coaching. A free one-on-one coaching program called “pre-game” starts at 8 a.m.. For information, call Royal Crest at 842-1234.

Lasers baseball tryouts: Tryouts for the Lawrence Lasers 10U baseball team will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at YSC 4. Contact coach Bryan Gonzales at 816-518-0418 or

Rebels baseball tryouts: Tryouts for the Lawrence Rebels 12 U baseball team will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at YSC 1 and 5:30-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at YSC 1. Contact Pat Karlin for information or questions at or 785-865-8682.

Girls volleyball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking fall registrations for fourth- or fifth-grade girls who are interested in participating in the 2013 Youth Volleyball program. To register, stop by any of the Recreation Centers or register on line at: Registration deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 21. Volunteer coaches are needed. Practices begin after Labor Day. Contact the Youth Sports office, 832-7940, for information.

LPRD recreation basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for those (K-6) interested in participating in the 2013 Youth Recreational Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the Recreation Centers or register on line at: Registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 12. Contact the Youth Sports office, 832-7940, for information.

Hoopster competitive basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking “TEAM” registrations for those coaches interested in entering their team in the 2013-14 Hoopster Basketball program. Spots are still available for the second-, third- and sixth-grade leagues. To register, stop by any of the Recreation Centers or download a registration form from our web site: Registration is limited to eight teams per age division. Contact the Youth Sports office, 832-7940, for information.

Fall baseball: The Home Plate Cactus 18U team is looking for players for a fall baseball team. Contact Wilson Kilmer by email at:, or by text or phone at 785-393-9564.

Prospects AAU basketball: The Lady Prospects AAU Basketball will be hosting their Fall Open Gyms for all sixth- through 12th-grade girls. Open gyms begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Bishop Seabury Academy. For all open gym dates and information, go to the team’s website at or call (785)787-2249.

Baseball tryouts: Tryouts for a 12U baseball team will be 10 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at at YSC No. 4. The team is looking for players who will not turn 13 before April 30 to play in DCABA and possibly tournaments for the 2014 season. Looking for most positions. Email for more information.

Mac N Seitz tryouts: Lawrence Mac N Seitz will hold a tryout at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Holcom Complex for a 14U baseball team for spring/summer 2014. Tryouts for an 11-12U team for spring/summer 2014 will be held at noon Saturday, Aug. 24 at Holcom Complex. Please contact Chad Rea at or call 785-840-5055 form information.

Sandrat Trail Run: The 21st annual Sandrat Trail Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. It will be approximately 9.5 miles along the Kansas River, on the river trails. The start/finish is near John Taylor Park, near N. 7th St. & Elm in North Lawrence. There will also be a 1K (.6 mile) fun run for the “Rug Rats” following the trail run. (Approximately 10:30 a.m.). Runners are encouraged to bring a canned-food item for the Ballard Center. Early registration is $25. Go to for more information or contact Steve Riley at

Intramural volleyball: Registration has started for the girls Intramural Middle School Volleyball Program Grades sixth, seventh & eighth sponsored by the Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department and Lawrence USD 497. Leagues will include sixth grade only and a seventh- and eighth-grade combined league. The program consists of weekly practices to be held at each middle school starting the week of Sept. 9. Games will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Sept. 21 at the middle schools. Participation fee is $55, which includes a T-shirt. Registration forms are available at any of the local Lawrence Parks & Recreation centers, at all of the middle school offices, plus on the Parks & Recreation website at under youth sports. Registration deadline is Thursday, Aug. 29. Scholarships applications are available at the Community Building, 115 W. 11th Street. For more information, please call 832-7940.

Trail races: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host Hawk 100, 50 and 26.2-mile trail races on the North Shore Trails at Clinton Lake on Sept. 14-15. 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 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. Runners will visit fully staffed aid-stations at four points along the course, approximately every six miles. All runners will have 32 hours to complete the course. Runners in the 100- and 50-mile races start 6 a.m. Marathoners begin at 7 a.m.

U13 baseball tryouts: A U13 baseball team is looking to add one to two players for the 2014 Heinrich League season as well as several tournaments. Please email Eric Gabrielson at or call 785-218-7958 for information.

Basketball lessons: Gary Hammer is conducting private and small group basketball lessons. Hammer is the athletic director and a teacher and coach at Veritas Christian School. Contact Gary at or call 785-841-1800.

Lawrence Owls baseball: The Lawrence Owls are a U13 baseball team that will be joining in both league and tournament play. The Owls are looking to fill just a few spots, and will be holding a tryout on Aug. 31. Please email Kirk Redmond at lawrence.owls for more information.


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