Our Town Sports

January 10, 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 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

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

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 or call 785-841-1800.

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.

Cycling team: Join Team GP VeloTek ( 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

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.

Basketball academy: The Reign Basketball Academy, designed for ages 7-17, is Lawrence’s newest basketball-specific training. The academy offers 1-on-1 and group training. For information, contact Rebekah Vann at 785-766-3056 or or visit the academy on Facebook (Reign Basketball Academy).

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.

Winter Baseball Academy: Free State and Lawrence high schools will be hosting their winter baseball academy again this year. Players grades K-8 will have the opportunity to work on defense, pitching, catching and hitting Sunday evenings at LHS and Free State. Dates are Jan. 13, 20 and 27 and Feb. 10, 17 and 24. Team rates are available. For information, contact Brad Stoll at 785-550-4657 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

Salvation Army league: The AAU Salvation Army Basketball Draft League will run January through March and is taking coaching applications. All players who register and participate in tryouts will be placed on a league team. There will be one or two practices a week and one game a week for two coed leagues: D-1 (fourth and fifth grades) and D-2 (grades 1-3). Tryouts will be Jan. 12 and 13 at the East Lawrence Rec Center. For information, email or visit

LPRD registrations: The Lawrence Parks & Recreation boys middle school intramural basketball and USD 497 registration deadline is today for grades 6-8. Practices will begin the week of Jan. 21, with games beginning Feb. 2. For information, call 832-7940.

LPRD coaches needed: Lawrence Parks & Rec needs volunteer coaches for its K-6 indoor soccer (futsal) and boys 6-8 intramural basketball programs. For each, there will be one practice per week starting the week of Jan. 21. Games will be played on Saturday mornings starting Feb. 2. If interested, contact Duane Peterson at 832-7949.

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

Jayhawk Baseball Camps: The Jayhawk Baseball Camp has different camp options for area youth in the coming months — four-week hitting, pitching and catching academies January-April; a Sunday night baseball school in January; and a two-day spring training camp in March. For information, contact the KU baseball office at 864-7907 or visit

Softball fundraiser: Free State High softball will hold a biscuits and gravy fundraiser from 8-11 a.m. on Jan. 26 at Free State High. Cost is $, and all proceeds go to Free State softball. Tickets available at the door. For information, call Free State office at 832-6050.

MAYB tournament: MAYB will host a basketball tournament in Lawrence for boys and girls in third through eighth grades on Jan. 19. There is a three-game guarantee, and the cost is $165. Games will be played at Lawrence High and Free State. For more info visit

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 Deadline for team entries is the first eight teams per division. For information, contact Lee Ice at


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