Our Town Sports (Nov. 21)

November 21, 2013


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

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 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 832-8993 or Neil Brown 843-0527.

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

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

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.

Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk: RunLawrence will hold its 10 annual Thanksgiving Day 5K on Nov. 28. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at Woodlawn School. Sign up to run or walk. First 1,000 get a pair of Asics runner’s mittens (or beanies for youth). Family discounts for three or more entries by Nov. 22. Free one-mile kids run after the 5K. To register: More info: Dee Boeck, 785-841-3587,

Baseball team forming: A new U 14 boys baseball team is forming. It will play next spring in the local Heinrich League and perhaps some tournaments. Contact Rick for information and tryout schedule: e-mail (, phone (785 764-6255).

Basketball trainer: Reign Basketball Academy LLC. offers personal and group basketball training sessions for boys and girls ages 6-18. For information, visit or contact Rebekah Vann at 785-766-3056; or

Group run: Every Thursday at 6 p.m., Garry Gribble’s RunningSports holds a group run from its store. It’s called “Mass Street Milers,” and all paces and ability levels are welcome. For information, call the store at (785)-856-0434.

RunWalk Lawrence: A new training program called RunWalkLawrence is starting in Lawrence. It is a Jeff Galloway program. Galloway represented the U.S. at the 1972 Munich Olympics and has since helped over a quarter of a million people experience the joys and benefits of running. Galloway has programs in many major cities around the country; this is the first time his program has been offered in Kansas. Questions can be directed to J. Jenkins at (785)-865-6112.

10U softball: The River City All Stars 10U softball team is looking for players with 2003 birthdays (2004 considered) to play in the spring/summer of 2014 with optional 2013 fall and winter practices. For information or to schedule a tryout, contact coach Troy Johnson at or 550-0524.

Eudora basketball: Eudora youth basketball leagues are forming: 1st/2nd Grade Co-Rec Leagues, 3rd/4th Grade Boys & Girls Leagues and 5th/6th Grade Boys & Girls Leagues. Cost is $40 per participant. Games begin Jan. 4 with practices in November and December. Visit or the Community Center, 1630 Elm, Eudora.

Bingham camp: Former Kansas University baseball coach Dave Bingham will conduct a skill-development camp Dec. 14-15 at Big Springs Sports Center. Contact Matt Duncan ( for information.

Trail Hawks 10K run: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host the 5th annual “Sanders’ Saunter Heavy 10k Trail Run,” Saturday, Nov. 23 on Clinton Lake’s North Shore Trails. The race is a benefit for Loving Paws Animal-Assisted Therapy Program, Lawrence. More information, including online entry, is available at

Eagle Bend ace: Gene Shaughnessy recorded a hole-in-one on the 120-yard No. 3 hole at Eagle Bend. Shaughnessy used a pitching wedge for the ace.

Baldwin City wrestling: The Baldwin City Wrestling Club will have sign-ups on Nov. 26 and Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. in the BJHS gym. For more information, contact Kit Harris at 785-221-8025 or

Softball clinics: The Kansas University softball coaching staff will host two winter clinics on Sunday, Dec. 15 inside Anschutz Pavilion. The clinics are open to anyone in grades 8 through 12 and will be priced at $75 for each. The first session will focus on the mechanics of hitting and the fundamentals of defense and will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. The second session, lasting from 12:30-3 p.m., will be dedicated to working specifically with pitchers and catchers. Details at or contact Matt Windle at

Adult winter leagues: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is currently taking team registration for winter adult basketball, bowling and volleyball and individual registration for an adult pickleball league. The registration deadline is Friday, Dec. 6, but register by Wednesday, Nov 27 and receive a discount on registration fee for team registrations. For information, call 832-7920 or log on to the website at

Soccer leagues: Lawrence Parks & Recreation is now taking registration for the 2014 Boys & Girls Indoor Futsal (Soccer) Leagues Grades K-6. The cost is K-4th grades $40 and 5th & 6th grades $50. You can pick up registration forms at any of the local Recreation Centers or do online registration on the Lawrence Parks & Recreation website at click on Youth Sports. For more information, please call 832-7940.

Basketball program: Lawrence Parks & Recreation and Lawrence USD #497 are now taking registration for the 2014 Boys Middle School Intramural Basketball Program for the 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades. The participation fee is $55. You can get registration forms at any of the local Lawrence Parks & Recreation Centers or at the Middle School main offices. Teams are now being formed at your local Middle Schools so make sure you get your registrations forms in now so you will not be left out this season. For more information, please call 832-7940.

Coffin hole-in-one: Barry Coffin fired a hole-in-one on the “converted” 154-yard No. 18 at Eagle Bend Golf Course. Coffin used a 7-wood for the shot into a blustery southerly wind. Witnesses were Jerry Tuckwin and Mike Boheskey. It was Coffin’s second lifetime hole-in-one.


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