Our Town Sports for Sept. 12

September 12, 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 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

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

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

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.

Goalie wanted: Lawrence competitive girls soccer team looking for a full-time goalie that can play in the U14 age group for the fall of 2013 and spring of 2014. All practices in Lawrence; games played in Overland Park. Seasons include tournaments and league play. Email for information.

Family Promise golf: Former Kansas University basketball player Wayne Simien and Cindy Self, wife of KU coach Bill Self, again will co-chair the Family Promise Golf Tournament and auction party. The auction party — to benefit homeless children and their families in Lawrence — will be Sept. 15 at Maceli’s. On Sept. 16, four-person teams will compete in two flights of the golf tournament at Alvamar Country Club. Registration fees include lunch, golf and cart, dinner and beverages both on and off the course, plus two admissions to the auction party. Registration for both events at or call Joe Reitz at 331-5024

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

LPRD recreation basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for those (K-6) interested in participating in the 2013 Youth Recreational Basketball program. To register, stop by any of the Recreation Centers or register on line at: Registration deadline is Sept. 12. Contact the Youth Sports office, 832-7940, for information.

Hoopster competitive basketball: Lawrence Parks and Recreation is taking “TEAM” registrations for those coaches interested in entering their team in the 2013-14 Hoopster Basketball program. Spots are still available for the second-, third- and sixth-grade leagues. To register, stop by any of the Recreation Centers or download a registration form from our web site: Registration is limited to eight teams per age division. Contact the Youth Sports office, 832-7940, for information.

Fall baseball: The Home Plate Cactus 18U team is looking for players for a fall baseball team. Contact Wilson Kilmer by email at:, 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 for more information or contact Steve Riley at

Trail races: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host Hawk 100, 50 and 26.2-mile trail races on the North Shore Trails at Clinton Lake on Sept. 14-15. The “Hawk Hundred” 100-Mile Trail Run features four 25-mile loops on Clinton Lake’s wooded, rocky, root-bound North Shore trail system. The “Hawk 50” runners will complete two laps of the 25-mile course, while runners in the 26.2-mile Hawk Marathon “fun run” will add an extra 1.2 miles off-trail to the beginning of their one-lap race. The races begin and end at Shelter 1 in the Army Corps of Engineers’ Overlook Park section of Clinton Lake State Park. Runners will visit fully staffed aid-stations at four points along the course, approximately every six miles. All runners will have 32 hours to complete the course. Runners in the 100- and 50-mile races start 6 a.m. Marathoners begin at 7 a.m. The Lawrence Trail Hawks are Lawrence’s original trail- and ultra-marathon running group. Started in 2009, the club has about 100 members. An ultra-marathon is any foot-race in excess of 26.2 miles. For more information or to enter, visit the race page at

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. Free one-mile kids run after the 5K. To register: More info: Dee Boeck, 785-841-3587,

Outdoors fundraiser: The Jayhawk Chapter of Upland Quail and Wildlife Federation is having its annual fundraising banquet for local wildlife and youth outdoor activities at 5 p.m., Sept. 14 at the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome. Tickets are $45 each or 2 for $75 and can be purchased at Hite Collision, Downtown Barbershop, Francis Sporting Goods or online at There will be a sit-down steak dinner, live- and silent-auction items, raffles and games, KU memorabilia, bird-dog puppies, the Kansas City Chiefs cheerleaders, kids’ items, plus over a dozen guns. For information, contact John Hill at 785.841.9555 or

Record hiker to speak: Jennifer Pharr-Davis, the world-record holder for the fastest through-hike of the Appalachian Trail at 46 days, 11 hours and 20 minutes, will speak at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14. Her talk will cover specifics of her trail success, her inspirations and what lies next for her. In 2011, Pharr-Davis completed the iconic trail, which stretches 2181 miles, at an average pace of 46.9 miles per day. This topped her previous record by 11 days, which was already the female time to beat. Her effort in 2011 was the best of any gender. She was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year, as well as Ultrarunning Magazine’s top female performance of 2011.

CTG flag football: The Called to Greatness Flag Football Experience for grades 2-6 runs Sept. 7-Oct. 12 at the YSC football fields. Cost is $75. Register at

Junior Firebird clinic: The Junior Firebird Clinic for children preschool-sixth grade will be 1-3 p.m. Sept. 15 at Free State High. Participants will learn cheers, chants and the fight song. Cost is $30, which includes pom poms and a T-shirt. Participants can cheer on the sidelines during the first half of the FSHS-Olathe East football game on Sept. 20. Sign up forms are available in the Free State office, or e-mail Paige Hofer ( or Amy Bartle (

Jayhawk baseball camp: Fall Hitting Academies: four-week sessions in September, October and November; ages 8-18, $125; Elite Pitching/Catching Academy: six-week session starting Sept. 11, grades 9-12; $225; General Pitching Academy: four-week session starting Nov. 6, ages 8-14; $150; Showcase Weekend for high school Juniors and Seniors: Oct. 12 and 13, $110 before Sept. 20; Holiday Skills Camp for ages 8-18, Dec. 27-29, $195. For information call 864-7907.

Eagle Bend ace: Shannon Ross recorded a hole-in-one on the 154-yard Hole No. 13 at Eagle Bend.

Eudora adult co-rec: Adult co-rec kickball and volleyball leagues are forming in Eudora. Kickball will be an eight-game season on Friday nights beginning in late September. Volleyball will be an eight-match season on Sunday afternoons starting Sept. 22. Visit or call (785) 542-3434 for information.

Matt Bollig golf: The Matt Bollig golf tournament benefiting Kansas Accessible Sports will be held Friday, Sept. 17, at Alvamar Golf Course. The fee of $100 per player and $400 per team includes green fee, golf cart, a putting contest and lunch. Registration is at 11 a.m. and tee-off at 1 p.m. Checks should be made payable too Charity Connection, 1904 Mohawk Circle, Olathe, KS, 66062.

Coaches needed: Volunteer coaches are needed for the Lawrence Parks & Recreation and Lawrence USD 497 middle school intramural girls volleyball program at Southwest and West middle schools and we still need volleyball players for the sixth-grade South Middle School team. Registration is $55 and scholarships are available at the Community 115 W. 11th Street. For more information, please contact at Duane Peterson at 832-7949.

Archery championship: Mark Hodges, a local resident and teacher at Sunflower School, competed July 20-21 in the 60 -65 age-group long bow archery championship at the National Senior Olympics in Cleveland. He won the gold medal and set an age-group record of 1436 points, exceeding the old record by 26 points. He qualified for the National by winning his age group championships at the Kansas State Sunflower games and the Missouri State Show Me games. He earlier had won the 2013 National 3 dimensional long bow championship in South Dakota.

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 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 ( at the Youth Sports Office to receive additional information.

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 or contact Matt Windle at 785-864-4321.


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