Coach Ron Bailey takes Lucas Ingraham down to the mat during a demonstration at the Sunflower Wrestling Club practice on Dec. 15 at Free State High School. The club practices three days a week for two hours at a time in preparation for their weekend tournaments that run from December through March.
Flames Kaitlyn Jorgensen, Alexa Gaumer, Kailyn Smith, and Elena Watson pose for a picture after their win against the Lions in the Johnson County Holiday Classic Tournament in Gardner on Dec. 11.
Chiva Khalid Abdulsalam kicks a penalty kick that gets past the Silver Lining's goalie for the first of many goals scored by the Chivas on their way to victory and first place in the 14U division.
Sunflower wrestling club coach Ron Bailey, right, gives instruction to Alan Clothier, left, and Trevor Rine on the proper technique to drive an opponent to the mat on Dec. 15 at Free State High School.
Players box out under the basket for the rebound Nov. 4 at the East Lawrence Center. The Unified League provides kids an opportunity to socialize while learning basketball fundamentals.
14U Kaw Valley Force and KSA Fury Shake hands at the conclusion of their match Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport.
Spartan Sam Hearnen takes the ball through two Duck defenders in the fourth- and fifth-grade Hoopster match-up.
Sunflower wrestler Hunter Haralson, right, has Baldwin wrestler Jack Mitchell in a head lock and pinned to the grounf during a drill Dec. 15 at Free State High School. Haralson took the Mid-America National Champion title in his age bracket last season.
Chivas Aquilar Horacio kicks the ball into the net on a penalty kick to begin the onslaught of scoring by his team and him. Horacio scored half of the Chivas' ten goals.
Force coach Riny de Boer spread holiday cheer to her team by handing out presents after their 11-point win over the Fury on Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport.
Fury Bryann Burke, left, and Force Sarah Schneider fight over the ball Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport during the 14U girls division championship game. Schneider scored two goals to help the Kaw Valley Force win the game 11-0.
The fifth-grade Lawrence Flames pose after the Johnson County Holiday Classic in Gardner on Dec. 11. Pictured back row, left to right: coach Doug Gaumer, Bailey Harrell, Callie Enick, Kaitlyn Barnes, Kennedy Kirkpatrick and coach Jeff Kirkpatrick. Front row: Kaitlyn Jorgensen, Alexa Gaumer, Kailyn Smith and Elena Watson. Other team members not pictured are Coach Dane Jorgensen, Madison Hess and Carly Davis.
Chivas forward Gonzalo Aquilar controls the ball in the corner for his team as the Chivas try to work the ball inside to the front of the goal to score. The Chivas did plenty of scoring in the 14U match-up handlily defeating the Hotspurs 10-0.
Force Tor Fornelli, left, and Hotspur Chandler Hicks battle for the ball on Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport.
Reece Conklin, left, and Josh Hanson practice their wrestling technique Dec. 15 at Free State High School. Free State allows Sunflower Wrestling to use the facilities to practice three time a week.
14U Force Hannah Carlson steals the ball from Apryl Hedges Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport. Carlson had four of her teams' eleven goals in the championship game of the 14U girls division of Futsal soccer.
The kids are instructed to get their hands up in anticipation of the rebound Nov. 4 at the East Lawrence Center. The Unified League allows special needs children to participate in athletics along side other kids their age.
Matt Enyart, right, coordinates and referees the Unified basketball league games. League games were held Friday nights through Nov. 11 at the East Lawrence Center. Each sports season Special Populations offers an activity for children with special needs.
Horacio Aquilar, left, uses footwork to get the ball into the net Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport. Aquilar led the Chivas in scoring with five goals en route to a 10-0 win over the Silver Lining in the 14U Division I championship game.
Hotspur Austin Glenn, right, kicks the ball upcourt against the Kaw Valley Force White on Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport. The Hotspurs fell to the Force 4-2.
Josh Hanson, left, and Reece Conklin circle each other during a practice round of wrestling Dec. 15 at Free State High School. The Sunflower Wrestling Club holds practice three times a week, where all the age groups are together to hear instruction from coaches Ron Bailey and Randy Streeter.
Fury Apryl Hedges, gray, tries to keep Force Hannah Carlson away from the ball on Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport. The Force won the game easily, 11-0, to win the 14U division of the second session of the Futsal Soccer League. Carlson has four goals for her team in the victory.
Rookie girls teams the Diamonds and Deerfield shake hands after their game on Nov. 19 at the Community Building. Sportsmanship is something the league emphasizes in all areas of play.
Kaitlyn Barnes, left, and Elena Watson await the start of a tournament game Dec. 11 in Gardner at the Johnson County Holiday Classic.
Sunflower wrestler Chase Russell, right, works against a Balswin wrestler during practice Dec. 15 at Free State High School. Wrestlers from the Baldwin club occasionally come and work out with Sunflower wrestlers.
Dribbling Dragon Maren Kahler, center, takes the ball up court on a fast break for two points against the Dunkers on Dec. 10 at Holcom Park Center. The Dunkers ended up winning the game by two points, but during the game both third- and fourt-grade teams showed the improved skill their coaches talked about after the game.
Hotspur Kurtis Glenn streaks across the court Dec. 21 at Sport 2 Sport to save the ball from going out of bounds. Glenn scored two goals for his team, but that would not be enough to overcome the four goals scored by the Kaw Valley Force White in the championship game.
Sunflower wrestler Reece Conklin, left, volunteers to help coach Ron Bailey demonstrate a move during practice on Dec. 15 at Free State High School. The next meet for the Sunflower Wrestling Club is an optional meet Dec. 31 in either Paola or Belton, Mo.
The K-League Golden Eagles huddle during a timeout to get some instruction Nov. 19 at the Community Building. Coaching is a vital part of the success of the Parks and Recreational basketball league and director Lee Ice hopes that many of this year's coaches will return next year.