Our Town Sports (Oct. 3)

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 adastraareaaquatics.org

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 andrew.aquahawks@gmail.com.

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 (www.gpvelotek.com) to improve your road cycling. Open to youth and adults from beginners to advanced cyclists. Contact coach Jim Whittaker at 913.269.VELO or  velotek@aol.com

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

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

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 www.overtonsarcherycenter.com

Summer bike ride: Lawrence Bicycle Club Summer Fun Beginner’s Ride will be held Mondays. The ride begins at 6:45 p.m. at Cycle Works, 2121 Kasold, preceded at 6:15 for tech and riding tips. The ride will be approximately 10 miles (the first few rides will be seven miles) at 10 mph, mostly on the bike path. All are welcome; kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and all children under 18 must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Helmet required; spare inner tube and water bottle strongly recommended. For information, contact Susan at 785-865-8454.

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 t0by1us@gmail.com

Fall baseball: The Home Plate Cactus 18U team is looking for players for a fall baseball team. Contact Wilson Kilmer by email at: homeplate@sunflower.com, or by text or phone at 785-393-9564.

Sandrat Trail Run: The 21st annual Sandrat Trail Run will be held at 8:30 a.m., Oct. 6. It will be approximately 9.5 miles along the Kansas River, on the river trails. The start/finish is near John Taylor Park, near North Seventh Street & Elm in North Lawrence. There will also be a 1K (.6 mile) fun run for the “Rug Rats” following the trail run. (Approximately 10:30 a.m.). Runners are encouraged to bring a canned-food item for the Ballard Center. Early registration is $25. Go to www.sandrats.com for more information or contact Steve Riley at srmriley@sunflower.com.

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 gjhammer@sunflower.com 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. Free one-mile kids run after the 5K. To register: www.runlawrence.org/TDay5k.html. More info: Dee Boeck, 785-841-3587, runlawrence@gmail.com

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 (Ginsberg@ku.edu), phone (785 764-6255).

Basketball officials needed: Lawrence Parks & Recreation is taking applications for individual interested in officiating youth basketball. Openings are available in Recreational Leagues (Saturday games) and in the more competitive Hoopster Leagues (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday). Please contact Lee Ice, ice@lawrenceks.org at the Youth Sports Office to receive additional information.

Book signing: KU graduate Ken Davis will sign copies of his book, “100 Things Kansas Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die,” from 8:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday at the KU Bookstore (Kansas Union, Level 2) and 12-3 p.m., Sunday, at 23rd Street Brewery.

Softball clinic: The Jayhawk Fall Softball Clinic will be held Oct. 6. A high school all-skills advanced clinic will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. (cost $75), a pitcher/catcher clinic from noon to 2 p.m. (cost $50) and a youth all-skills clinic from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (cost $50). Coaches from various levels will be on hand, as well as current Jayhawk players. To register, go to www.kusoftballcamp.com or contact Matt Windle at 785-864-4321.

Basketball trainer: Reign Basketball Academy LLC. offers personal and group basketball training sessions for boys and girls ages 6-18. For information, visit www.facebook.com/reignbasketballacademy or contact Rebekah Vann at 785-766-3056; or email:reignhoops@me.com

10U softball: A new 10U softball team is looking for 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 mail@stompin-ground.com or 550-0524.

Wedge honored: Roy Wedge, a 2010 graduate of Lawrence High, was named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Runner of the Week this past week. Wedge, a senior at MIT, placed second in the 8K in 26:14.2 at the Purple Valley Invitational at Middlebury College on Saturday. The previous weekend, Wedge placed third in the five-mile race at the Southern Maine Invitational in 25:20.11. Wedge has earned runner-of-the-week honors three times in his college career.

Maple Leaf Run: The Maple Leaf Run will be held Oct. 19 at Baldwin City Golf Course. Cost for the 5K run is $20 and includes entry fee and a shirt. There also will be a one-mile walk and one-mile kids run, with trophies for kids runners and medals for the 5K. For a flier, email kharris@usd348.com or go to www.mapleleaffestival.com or call 785-221-8025.

Middle school girls hoops: Registration continues for the Lawrence Parks & Recreation/USD 497 Girls Intramural Basketball Program for sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Registration deadline is Oct. 10. Cost is $55. Practices start the week of October 21, with games starting on Nov. 2. All games will be played at the middle schools. Volunteer coaches are needed for all middle school teams. The coaches meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Oct. 17 at Holcom Park Recreation Center, 2700 West 27th Street. For information, call 832-7940.