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

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

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.

Hammer lessons: Gary Hammer, PE teacher at Schwegler and boys basketball coach at Veritas Christian 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 the 2013 season. Cannot turn 12 before May 1. Team will play in several tournaments. Contact jooser44@gmail.com for tryout information.

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

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.

Indoor baseball/softball practice facility: Big Springs Sports Center provides indoor batting cages and a large open turf area for team practices. For information, call 887-6700.

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 Duncanmatt32@yahoo.com or visit NextLevelBaseballAcademy.com

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 dmgshowpig@aol.com

DCABA U8: Lawrence Parks & Recreation is taking team deposits for the DCABA competitive U8 divisions (coach-pitch and machine-pitch). Registration information is available at www.lprd.org. Deadline for team entries is the first eight teams per division. For information, contact Lee Ice at ice@lawrenceks.org

Eudora blastball: Registration is under way for Eudora blastball leagues. There will be four sessions: March/April; May; June/July and August/September. Sign up online at www.eudoraparksandrec.org or at the Community Center.

Eudora baseball, softball: The Eudora Amateur Baseball and Softball Association has begun its 2013 registration period. The EABSA offers coed T-ball, softball and baseball for ages 5 to 14 years old in a recreational, learning environment. Registration is open until March 1, online at www.eabsa.com or www.eudorabaseball.com. Practices will begin April 1 and games begin May 6 through July 4.

Trail Hawks race: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host the third-annual “Pi Day” half-marathon and 5K at 8 a.m., March 10, on the Kansas River trail system. The Pi-Day River Rotation Half Marathon Trail Race begins and ends by the Kansas River Trails trailhead, just off Eight and Oak streets in North Lawrence. The race course is a winding, twisting, mostly smooth trail with a few roots and inclines sprinkled in. The half-marathon is a three-loop course, alternating between two approximately counter-clockwise loops and one clockwise. The 5K runners will race one 3.1-mile loop. More information is available online at www.Lawrencetrailhawks.com.

Girls fast pitch: The registration deadline for Lawrence 8U machine pitch, 10U, 12U, 14U and 16U girls fast pitch is April 1. Cost for 8U machine pitch is $65 per child; equipment will be provided. A coaches meeting will be at 6:30 p.m., April 18 at Holcom Park Rec Center. Scholarships are available at the Community Building 115 W. 11th Street by March 25. Cost for the other divisions is $900 per team, with a maximum of eight teams per league. There is a nonrefundable deposit of $100 to secure a spot in the league, with the remainder due at the coaches meeting at 6:30 p.m., April 16 at Holcom Park Rec center. For information, call 832-7940.

Softball tryouts: Fast&Furious fast-pitch softball tryouts are still available for 10U and 14U players. For information, contact John Delfelder at jdel@sunflower.com

U12 baseball tournament: Get some games under your belt before the season starts at the Lawrence Falcons Spring Fling U12 baseball tournament will be held March 23 and 24 in Eudora. There is a three-game guarantee. Contact Shaun Elston at selston@sunflower.com or 785-979-9156 for more information.

Adult spring sports registration: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for spring adult softball, kickball, volleyball and basketball. The registration deadline is March 8, but register by Feb. 27 and receive a discount on your registration fee. An orientation meeting for individuals interested in becoming an umpire for adult softball or kickball for the upcoming season will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Lawrence Union Pacific Depot (402 N. 2nd Street) or on Saturday, March 2, at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center (4706 Overland Drive). For information, call 832-7920 or go to www.lprd.org.

Girls volleyball clinic: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is accepting enrollment for its spring girls volleyball clinic. The clinic is open to girls in fourth through eighth grades and will cover the fundamentals, skills and rules needed to better prepare them for school team competition. The clinic will run 9 to 10:45 a.m. for girls in fourth through sixth grades, and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for girls in sixth through eighth grades. The clinic will be held three consecutive Saturdays, beginning April 20 through May 4. All sessions will take place at East Lawrence Recreation Center (1245 E. 15th St.). The cost is $50 per participant, which includes a clinic t-shirt. The registration deadline is April 15. Register online at www.lprd.org or at any Parks and Recreation facility and contact Ross Schraeder at (785) 832-7950 for more information.

Twombly wins: Isaac Twombly, a Drake University senior from Baldwin City, won the weight throw at the Missouri Valley Conference meet over the weekend. He threw 68 feet, 7 1/4 inches, which is a Drake record and the 14th-best throw in NCAA Div. I. Twombly is a graduate of Baldwin High.

Prospects tryouts: The Lady Prospects AAU Basketball Club will host tryouts for their ninth-, 10th- and 11th-grade girls teams, 1:30-4:30 p.m. March 3 at Oskaloosa Junior/Senior High. For more information, email info@ladyprospectsbball.org or call (785) 787-2249.

Trinity fitness walks: A noncompetitive fitness walk will be held March 23. No times will be kept and there is no registration fee for the 2K and 5K walks, but participants are encouraged to bring a can of food, which will be donated to the Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry. Walkers should meet in the Trinity Lutheran Church fellowship hall at 13th and New Hampshire streets at 10 a.m. to fill out an entry form and sign a waiver. The walk starts at 10:30 a.m. For information, call Joan Wells at 842-6160.

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, homeplate@sunflower.com, www.homeplatebaseball.net

Pickleball news: Seven Lawrence pickleball players competed in a tournament Sunday at Wood Valley Racquet Club in Topeka. The tournament was organized by player rating, rather than age category, and three Lawrence teams earned medals in their divisions. The winners were Paige Carney and Charles Hart, first place in 4.0 mixed doubles; Hart and Ron Callaway, first place in 3.5 men’s doubles; and Carney and Rebecca Wempe, second in 3.5 women’s doubles. The other local players were Ginny Honomichl, Karen Schneller and Terry Messenhimer. To learn more about Lawrence pickleball, email Evan Jorn at evanjorn@gmail.com