Our Town Sports for Feb. 27

February 27, 2014


Practice space: Home Plate Baseball has space available for team practices, batting cage and pitching mound rentals. Contact Wilson Kilmer by email at or text 785-393-9564. For information visit

Ad Astra swimming: Ad Astra Area Aquatics invites your family to experience Lawrence’s only Athlete centered, coach directed, Parent supported swim team. Tryouts are open, just contact coach Patrick at 785-331-6940 or coach Katie at 785-766-7423 or visit the website at Come find out why AAAA is known in our area for its reliable staff and Fun-Friendly-Fast culture!

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

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

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).

Group run: At 6 p.m. every Thursday, 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.

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

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.

Baseball, softball training: A facility for indoor baseball and softball training is open: Team Performance (12,000 square feet, four pitching lanes, six hitting cages, fielding space, personal training, etc.). This is for teams and individuals. It is located at 1811 W 31st. More info at or call 760-0443.

U12 baseball: Competitive U12 baseball team looking for one dedicated and experienced player for 2014 season. Cannot turn 13 before May 1, 2014. Team will play in DCABA league and in several tournaments. Contact for private tryout information.

10U softball: Lawrence Hummers 10U softball team is looking for players with 2003/04 birthdays to play league and some tournaments in the upcoming season with current winter practices. Experienced pitchers are a plus. For information or to schedule a tryout, contact coach Troy Johnson at or call/text 785-550-0524.

Lacrosse Clinic: Seabury Academy is hosting a three-day Introduction To Lacrosse Clinic on March 8, 15 and 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Seabury football field. The clinic is for boys and girls (all schools) entering sixth-12th grade. Cost is $15, which covers participation and loaner equipment. The goal is to develop club lacrosse teams for middle and high school athletes. Information and registration: Info:;; 785-423-0100.

KU baseball camp: Spring Training with the Jayhawks, a two-morning skills camp for grades K-6, will be held on March 20 and 21. Contact the KU baseball office for more information at 785-864-7907, or go to

Baseball know-how: Hitting, pitching, fielding, base running and mental approach will be discussed in one-hour lessons. Call: Dan at 785-760-6161.

Kansas Rebels tryout: A competitive baseball team looking to replace a player moving out of state. The team will play Heinrich League in Lawrence and eight tournaments that include Omaha, state and Global World Series in Joplin, Mo. Contact Trent Flory for a tryout: 785-331-0333, or

Softball opening: Lawrence 5 Tool Softball is looking to fill two to three spots for a competitive 2014 spring/summer season. It will be the second year for the 12U Inferno team, which will be playing league ball in Lawrence and also several tournaments in the surrounding area throughout the spring and summer. The team is looking to add a catcher, pitcher and an infielder to finalize the roster for the upcoming season. Tryouts will be on an individual basis. For further information or a tryout, please contact Jason Robinson at 785-865-7338 or

Eudora baseball: The Eudora Amateur Baseball and Softball Association has begun its 2014 registration period. Coed T-ball, softball, and baseball for ages 5 to 14 years old in a recreational, learning environment. Registration is through March 1 online. Practices to begin April 1 and games run May 6 through July 4. For more information, visit or

Trail Hawks: The Lawrence Trail Hawks will host the fourth-annual “Pi-Day River Rotation Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) Trail Race” at 8 a.m. on March 16 on the Kansas River trail system. The Pi-Day River Rotation Half Marathon Trail Race begins and ends by the Kansas River Trails trailhead, just off Eighth and Oak streets in North Lawrence. The race course is a winding, twisting, mostly smooth trail with a few roots and inclines sprinkled in for fun. The half-marathon is a three-loop course, alternating between two approximately counter-clockwise loops and one clockwise. The 5K runners will race one 3.1-mile loop. The race features awards for the first three men and women finishers and Pi Day running shirts for entrants. Volunteers will serve homemade pie at the finish line. Information is available at

Running program: A sixth-grade running program sponsored by runLawrence will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays starting March 11 and running through April 24. For details and registration information:

Parks and Rec registration: Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is taking team registration for spring adult softball, kickball, volleyball, bowling, futsal, pickleball and basketball. The registration deadline is March 7. For information, call 832-7920 or visit

Douglas County Amateur & Heinrich League Baseball: 2014 DCABA Leagues are filling up. Team space available in the U8 National and U12 National Leagues only. Registration information is at Deadline for team entries is the first eight teams per division. For information, contact Lee Ice at

Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Leagues: LPRD is taking “Team” registration for the 2014 LGFP leagues. Registration deadline is the first eight teams per age division (U8, U10 & U12) or March 14 — whichever comes first. Registration information is available at For information, contact Lee Ice at

Lady Prospects basketball: The Lady Prospects AAU Basketball Club will hold high school girls basketball tryouts beginning March 9 at Bishop Seabury Academy. For information, go to or call (785) 787-2249.

CVL fundraiser: Community Village Lawrence will host its inaugural Spring Fundraiser from 3-6 p.m. March 2 to shine a light on the non-profit community-based organization in its effort to support Lawrence-area seniors. Attendees will take part in hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions, a photo booth and live entertainment. All proceeds will benefit Community Village Lawrence. CVL will welcome guest celebrity Bobby Douglass and guest emcee Jeremy Taylor. Douglass is the former Kansas University quarterback who led the Jayhawks to a 9–2 record, a share of the Big Eight Conference title and a spot in the 1969 Orange Bowl. Community Village Lawrence is a developing non-profit, operating under the fiscal sponsorship of Douglas County Community Foundation. The mission of CVL is to enhance the quality of life for the entire community by helping neighbors remain in their homes as they age. For information, visit

KU volleyball clinic: Kansas volleyball, along with coach Wendell Camargo, will hold a four-session volleyball clinic. Brian Rios, Skyler Yee and some present KU players will help coach the clinic and help with one-on-one skills. The camp will run from 6-7:15 p.m., March 2, 9, 23 and 30 at the Horejsi Center. For information, contact Jana Correa at 816.678.3267 or

Eudora 5K: The March Madness Leprechaun Dash — a 5K “run/walk/crawl” — will be held at 9:30 a.m., March 8 at the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm Street. Prizes will be awarded for best times and best costume/outfit. A portion of the race fees will go toward fundraising for the Eudora Skate Plaza Committee and its plan for a safe area for local skaters. For information, call Jimmy or Gary at 542-3434.

Galloway to visit: Distance runner Jeff Galloway, a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympics team, will visit Lawrence on March 15 to mark the start of his first training program in Kansas, RunWalkLawrence. Galloway will lead the public in a free fun run from Garry Gribble’s Running Sports (839 Massachusetts) at 8 a.m. and will offer a three­-hour running clinic beginning at 10 a.m. More information can be found at, or by contacting J. Jenkins at (785) 865-6112.

Pancake feed: The city’s American Legion baseball team, the Lawrence Raiders, will have a pancake feed Saturday to support the program, comprised of juniors and seniors from Lawrence and Free State high schools. The pancake feed will run from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 14, at 3408 W. Sixth Street.


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