Our Town Sports for March 7

March 7, 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 the 2013 season. Cannot turn 12 before May 1. 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.

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 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

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

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 or at the Community Center.

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

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

U12 baseball tournament: 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 or 785-979-9156 for more information.

Girls volleyball clinic: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is enrolling 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 9-10:45 a.m. for fourth through sixth grades and 11 a.m-1 p.m. for sixth through eighth grades. The clinic will be held three consecutive Saturdays, April 20 through May 4 at East Lawrence Recreation Center (1245 E. 15th St.). Cost is $50 per participant, which includes a clinic T-shirt. Registration deadline is April 15 at or at any Parks and Recreation facility. Contact Ross Schraeder at (785) 832-7950 for more information.

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,,

3 on 3 basketball: Baldwin City Rec is hosting a 3 on 3 Tournament for middle school, high school and adult teams on March 30. Contact BCRC at 785.594.3670 or for info.

LPRD adult sports: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for spring adult softball, kickball, volleyball and basketball. Registration deadline is Friday. For information, call 832-7920 or visit

Simien Free Throw Challenge: The Wayne Simien Free Throw Challenge will be April 13 and 14 to benefit Family Promise of Lawrence and Called to Greatness. Six age divisions: fourth/fifth grade; sixth-eighth grade; high school; 29U; 54U; 55-plus. Team and individual competition. Registration $10 individual, $15 individual and team or $50 team competition only. Info at or or email

Jayhawk Baseball Camps: Jayhawk Baseball Camps will offer the following sessions: spring training with the Jayhawks — grades K-6, March 18-19, 9 a.m.-noon, $85, free game ticket; hitting academies — 4-week session; Mondays in April/May; 6-8 p.m., ages 8-14, $125. Family discount available. For information call 785-864-7907.

Team seeking: LGFPA 12U girls fast pitch team is seeking players to fill roster. Please contact Troy Johnson at (preferred) or 550-0524

Junior golf: Lawrence Country Club participates in the Junior Team Golf Association (JTGA), a summer team junior golf tour with Kansas City area country clubs. If you are interested in learning more, please attend the organizational meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in the lower lounge. For additional information, contact Carol Rau, parent volunteer leader, at JTGA consists of approximately 12 nine-hole tournaments during June and July, with a qualifier and championship at the end of July. Competing teams are from Kansas City area country clubs. Tournaments are on weekdays with 8 a.m. shot-gun starts. Each team has four junior golfers, and the top three scores are combined as the team score for each tournament.


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