Hurricane Jermel Fleming, 21, cuts through the Cougar defense en route to the first touchdown of the game during the sixth-grade game Oct. 9 at Youth Sports Inc. The Hurricanes won the game and went on to record an undefeated season.
Seventh-grade Southwest head coach Eric Barkley looks on as his defensive line battles South's offensive line. The Grizzlies' ground game played an important part in Southwest's 20-0 victory over South on Oct. 2 at Youth Sports Inc. These two teams met in the Toy Bowl with Southwest taking the title.
Kaitlin Dunbar attempts a shot against the KC Lightning. The two teams each earned three points in the Kansas Cup Tournament standings when the game ended in a 3-3 tie Sept. 17 at Youth Sports Inc. The team finished second overall in the weekend tournament.
Razorback Alexis Scheibler dribbles around the outside against the Horned Frogs on Nov. 7 at the East Lawrence Center. The Horned Frogs went on to take the lead in the fourth quarter and win to move on in the sixth- and seventh-grade Hoopster preseason tournament. The Horned Frogs eventually lost to the Bruins in the finals of the preseason tournament.
Cougar Xaiven Weseman-Wisdom carries the ball a couple extra yards with a Cardinal defender on his back in the second- and third-grade game Oct. 16 at Youth Sports Inc.
Horned Frog Matt Wade, left, and Bruin Anthony Buffalomeat tip off their sixth- and seventh-grade Hoopster preseason championship game at the center court of the East Lawrence Center on Nov. 21. The Bruins took first in the preseason tournament with a 45-34 victory.
Bryann Burke kicks the ball upfield for the KSA Fury Dec. 14 at Sport 2 Sport. The Fury went on to win the game and compete for the top spot in the 14U division of the Futsal League, where they lost to the Kaw Valley Force 11-0 on Dec. 21.
The Gators swarm the ball in hopes of getting a turnover during the second- and third-grade game with the Blue Devils on Nov. 16 at the East Lawrence Center. The Blue Devils won this consolation preseason tournament game, 23-22.
Brazilian Strikers put their hands all in before the start of their game Oct. 2 at Youth Sports Inc.
Lazer Hannah Davis slides into Soccer Girls goalie Riordan Ryan as Ryan secures the ball and prevents the Lazers from scoring their fifth goal of the first quarter during the match Sept. 24 at Youth Sports Inc.
The South Eagles cheerleaders try to give the guys a little spark in the second half when they were down 14-0 to Southwest Oct. 2 at Youth Sports Inc.
The sixth-grade Hurricanes and Cougars shake hands before the coin toss. The Hurricanes got the ball first Oct. 9 at Youth Sports Inc.
Jayhawks Cooper Rasmussen, left, and Branden Patterson hug after Patterson's goal Oct. 1 at Youth Sports Inc. The 7U Jayhawks lost the game to the Eagles 8-7, but the loss didn't dampen the spirits of the team. Kaw Valley Soccer Association provides leagues in the fall and spring for kids as young as age four.
Diamond Alena Johnson drives to the hoop for the shot and two points for her team. Deerfield has a height advantage in the rookie girls division game, which helped them win Nov. 19 at the Community Building.
Molly Ryan performs her balance beam routine Dec. 10 at the Winter Cup meet. Ryan finished first in the beam, first in the vault, third in the uneven parallel bars and third in the floor exercise to total a secon All-Around finish in the 10-year-old division.
Unified League players box out for the rebound Nov. 4 at the East Lawrence Center. The Unified League provides special needs children the opportunity to participate in sports leagues with other kids their age. The new season of Unified basketball begins on Jan. 20.
Jayhawk Jordan Preston touches the net of the regulation-size goal. During halftime Nov. 19 a Jayahwks coach lifted the kindergarten boys so they could grab the goal's rim at the Community Building.
Bruins Tanner Glazer, left, drives to the hoop, as Spartan Carter Francisco gets his hands up to try to block the shot Nov. 29 at Langston Hughes Elementary. The Spartans won the game 38-22.
Pitcher Riley Price, 4, and catcher Preston Randolph take a time-put on the mound to discuss the upcoming pitch. Rainy conditions made the ball difficult to handle at time Oct. 1 at Sport 2 Sport, but Price managed to only allow one run in three innings of work.
Lawrence fourth-grade All-Star Stan Skwarlo takes off for a touchdown agains the Topeka Thunder on Sept. 4 at Youth Sports Inc. in the Tournament of Champions.
Golden Eagle Nate Munsch tries to get a shot off through the hands of defending Jayhawks. The kindergarteners took their time when getting off a shot to double-check their form Nov. 19 at the Community Building. The recreational basketball season ended on Dec. 17.
Grace Bartle dismounts from the beam Dec. 10 at the Winter Cup meet. Bartle placed fifth in the All-Around for the Level 5-9-year old age group. The team came in third overall.
The fourth- and fifth-grade Cougars and Twisters lineup Oct. 23 to battle for a play-off spot at Youth Sports Inc. The Cougars ended up making the play-offs, capturing the fourth seed, just five points ahead of the Twisters.
Hobbits Andrew Wallen, left, Walker Koberlein, center, and Christopher Nelson laugh during a water break from their four- and five-year old Soccer Hobbits session Oct. 22 at Youth Sports Inc.
Amid light drizzle, Prospect Eric Franz stands at the plate in the bottom of the third inning. Home Plate Baseball and the Prospects met Oct. 1 at Sport 2 Sport and played a complete double-header despite a rainy afternoon.
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 on Jan.7 in Maysville, Mo.
Terrapin Andrew Keating shoots over the outstretched arms of a second- and third-grade Blue Devil Dec. 14 at the East Lawrence Center. The Terrapins won the game 33-13 to continue their unbeaten streak dating back to Nov. 2, when they defeated the Blue Devils 44-8. Hoopster play resumes from the holiday break on Jan. 9.
Four-year old Hobbit Nati Zicker, from Ethiopia, lines the ball up to practice kicking goals Oct. 22 at Youth Sports Inc. The Hobbits program offers four- and five-year olds the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of soccer.
Central Colt Brian Procter Jr. leaps over South Eagles' Levi Flohrschutz during the first half of the game Sept. 11 at Youth Sports Inc.
Aquahawks Logan Sloan, left, and Reed Grabill warm up for their Level II Championship meet Dec. 3 at the Lawrence Indoor Aquatic Center.
Sunflower Wrestler Hunter Haralson, right, has Baldwin wrestler Jack Mitchell in a head lock and pinned to the ground during a drill Dec. 15 at Free State High School. Haralson took the Mid-America National Champion title in his age bracket last season and hopes to have the same success in the 2006 season.
The sixth-grade Hurricanes hoist their championship trophy after defeating the Cougars 25-18 Oct. 30 at Youth Sports Inc. The Hurricanes swept the Toy Bowl taking home first place in the regular season and post-season in each age division.
Lawrence Gymnastics Academy members stand on the medal stand hoisting their third-place Level 5 team trophy Dec. 10 at the Winter Cup. Lawrence Gymnastics Academy hosted the event, where many of their gymnasts use the home gym to perform well and capture individual medals.
The Netburners team bench goofs around, cheers on teammates and watches the action during their game Nov. 12 at Holcom Park Center. The Netburners won the fourth-grade recreational basketball contest.