Our Town Sports (Sept. 19)

September 18, 2013


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.

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.

Prospects AAU basketball: The Lady Prospects AAU Basketball will be hosting their Fall Open Gyms for all sixth- through 12th-grade girls. Open gyms begin at 3 p.m. at Bishop Seabury Academy. For all open gym dates and information, go to the team’s website at or call (785) 787-2249.

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

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,

Jayhawk baseball camp: Fall Hitting Academies: four-week sessions in October and November; ages 8-18, $125; Elite Pitching/Catching Academy: 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. 27, 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, Kan., 66062.

Horseshoes anyone?: Anyone interested in pitching horseshoes is welcome at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Broken Arrow. Contact Wynne at 843-8450.

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.

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 (email: 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.

Jayhawk Model Masters: A “Free Air Show” will be provided on Saturday, Sept. 28 by the Jayhawk Model Masters. The “Big Bird” event will be at the model airfield below Clinton Dam. The R/C Air Show of Large model aircraft will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a 140” model of a Beech 18 aircraft and an 80” Jet Turbine powered aircraft.

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.

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.


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