Our Town Sports (March 21)

March 21, 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. 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

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.

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 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.

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

Orchards Ladies: The Orchards Ladies Golf Club will hold its preseason meeting at 9:30 a.m., March 23 at the Orchards Golf Course, 3000 Billings Parkway. OLGCis a nine-hold league that plays either Thursday evenings or Friday mornings. New members of all skill level are welcome. For information, call Barb Trouslot at 766-1046.

Alvamar Ladies: Alvamar Ladies Golf Club’s preseason meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 25 in the public clubhouse. ALGC is a nine-hole Monday evening league and is open to golfers of all skill levels. For information call Barb Trouslot at 766-1046 .

Jayhawk Tennis Center: The Jayhawk Tennis Center is taking enrollment (ages 4-10) in Quick Start Tennis classes and Juniors (ages 10-18) in the Jayhawk Tennis Academy. Adult Cardio and Instructional Drill classes meet Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In-house and USTA leagues for adults of all skill levels are open for Spring/Summer registration. For iinformation, call 785-749-3200 or email

CobbleStone golf: The CobbleStone senior men’s golf league is set for April-October for golfers 55 and over, all skill levels, nine holes on Tuesday mornings. A meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, March 29 at CobbleStone Golf Course, 3000 Billings Parkway. Refreshments provided. For information, contact Chuck Mead at 842-1560/865-9896 (#2). A Cobblestone duffers league, co-ed, all skill levels, is currently in progress at 5 p.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Chuck Mead at 842-1560/865-9896.

Eagle Bend golf leagues: The Eagle Bend senior men’s golf league will start April 15, with tee times of 8-9 a.m. The men’s league starts April 16, with tee times available anytime during the day. The women’s league starts May 1, with tee times of 5-6 p.m. And the junior league begins June 3, with tee times for 10-11 a.m. For information, call Eagle Bend Golf Course at 785-748-0600.

Houk baseball: Registration forms for the Houk Baseball League (U15 Draft League) are available at the Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th Street and online at Registration deadline is April 2. Those who register will be informed of the evaluation date. Must be pre-registered to participate. For more information, contact Lee Ice at 832-7940.

Youth baseball and softball: Registration deadline for Lawrence Parks and Recreation Youth Baseball and Softball (K thru 6) is April 11. Registration forms are available at the Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 W. 27th Street and online at For more information, contact Lee Ice at 832-7940.

Umpires needed: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking applications for individuals interested in umpiring in either competitive leagues (DACBA & Heinrich) or recreational leagues (T-ball, coach pitch). Competitive leagues begin the week of April 15. Please contact Lee Ice ( to receive additional information.


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