What's Happening sports bulletin board for August 30

Items for What’s Happening must be received by noon Thursday before publication. Send information to Karl Zinke, sports editor, including daytime telephone number, to What’s Happening, Sports Dept., The Examiner, P.O. Box 459, Independence, Mo. 64051, fax it to 816-254-0211 or send by e-mail (karl.zinke@examiner.net). Please include deadline or date notice should be taken out and please indicate what sport the announcement should be listed under. Dates are subject to change. Examiner is not responsible for tryouts. Please contact people listed for detailed information. The Examiner reserves the right to edit for length and content.
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BASEBALL
* • Tryouts, Dodgers Baseball 15U AAA team tryouts, 6 p.m. Sept. 2 at Blue Springs Park (2204 SW South Avenue). Team will play fall tournaments, Kiwanis League in summer and several tournaments during summer. Seeking hard-working players to compete at a high level. Contact Chad Thomas at 816-674-8197 or at act@lovelaceassociates.com and actkc.2008@yahoo.com.
* • Tryouts, Millhouse AEP 2008-09 Baseball Clinic/Tryout, for ages 8-18, Sept. 6-7 at Pleasant Valley Park. Instructional clinic open to anyone even if participants have no plans to play for Millhouse. Clinics scheduled are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 6 and 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Sept. 7. Instructors include Chris Mihlfeld, Kyle McCune, David Wilson, Kenny Hook, Clifton Glidewell, Rick Prieto, Alex Ross, Kevin Gaines and Ryan Lowry. Visit the Web site at www.millhouseaep@yahoo.com for more information. E-mail for pre-registration at millhouseaep@yahoo.com or call 816-415-0808.
• Hidden Valley Park Fall Baseball League, Saturday doubleheaders start on Sept. 6. Team registrations only at $600 per team for age 15-16 and 17-18 divisions. Register by Aug. 31. Contact Jim Moran at 816-225-2015.
• Blue Springs Little League Baseball is now registering teams for its Fall Baseball Program. For more information or to register, visit the www.bluespringsbaseball.org Web site.
• Tryouts, 14U AAA Bandits, seeking players for two fall tournaments and 2009 season. Tryouts scheduled for Sept. 6. Team will play about 60 games, state and World Series. Have indoor facility for winter practice. For information, contact Kent at 816-795-9526 or 816-536-0490.
• Tryouts, Independence Bears, 14U AA/AAA team, still seeking few players. Tryouts and practices will be run by former Kansas City Royal Carl Blando along with William Chrisman High School varsity coach Justin Woods and his staff. Seeking future Bears from Independence area who want to play at the high school level. Contact coach Rob Knight at 816-786-6339 for more information.
• New England Catching Camp, Oct. 11-12 at SportsCity in Blue Springs. Catching clinic is Oct. 11 and coaches clinic is Oct. 12. Nationally known instructor Dave Weaver and his son, Jay, will conduct the camp. Cost of player clinic is $75 per person if registered by Oct. 4 ($80 after Oct. 4). Players must provide their own gear. Visit the Web site at www.sportscitykc.com or call 816-229-1314 for more information.
• Tryouts, Independence HiBoy, a 13U AA competition tournament team seeking players for 2009 season. Team will play league and 5-6 tournaments. Contact Phil at 816-289-3091 or phil.pinkley@crbusa.com for a tryout or more information.
• Tryouts, Lee’s Summit Hornets, 11U AA/AAA competitive team that finished second in the 10U AA World Series, seeking a few talented players to complete its roster for fall and spring 2009. Team will play in a few tournaments this fall and approximately 10 tournaments in 2009, including state and the World Series. Players must not turn 12 before May 1, 2009. Contact Ed Derks at 816-564-6447 or ederks@bakeru.edu for more information.
• Tryouts, Skyhawks, a 16U team, seeking a few more players for competitive tournaments this fall. Games will be on Saturday and Sunday only, with practices on Wednesday. Good pitchers/hitters a plus. Player must be 16 or younger on April 30, 2009, to be eligible. Tryouts Sept. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at G.U.M.C. field in Lee’s Summit. Contact Mike at 816-516-3503 or mherren@kc.rr.com to schedule a meeting.
• The Yard, an indoor sports facility, seeking interested, qualified baseball and softball instructors. A background in baseball/softball as a former college/pro player, coach, or instructor is required. Must be able to work with athletes on an individual basis and in a small group or team setting. Applicants need to be very thorough with instruction and be able to give constructive criticism to athletes. Please contact Gerald Barker at (816) 525-YARD (9273) or www.theyardkc.com.
• Tryouts, Blue Springs Marlins, 12U AAA tournament team, seeking 2-3 players to complete 2009 roster. Players cannot turn 13 before May 1. Tryouts are scheduled for Aug. 23. For details, contact Todd Bissell at 816-668-4991 or 816-228-3338.
• Tryouts, Blue Springs Big Dogs, a 13U AAA team, seeking players to field fall 2008 and spring 2009 AAA team. Seeking players who love the game, are willing to learn, and want to have fun at a higher competitive level. If interested, contact Mike Steinbach at 229-9846 or bigdogs2009@comcast.net or visit the Web site at www.bigdogbaseball.com. Tryouts information also posted on the Web site. Players must be age 13 or younger as of April 30, 2009.
• Tryouts, 12U AA/AAA competitive team for next season looking to play 40-50 games and travel. If interested contact Rick at 816-405-0202.
• Tryouts, Blue Springs Vipers, a competitive 14U AAA boys baseball team, will conduct tryouts for 2009 season. Call Danny Johnson at 816-228-6318 for an appointment.
• Tryouts, Coast to Coast Baseball tryout and hitting camp, Sept. 6 at Mac-N-Seitz Baseball facility. Camp is for ages 10-18 and players will be evaluated on hitting, fielding, arm strength and speed. Tryout begins at 10 a.m. and the hitting camp runs 2-5 p.m. Cost is $25 per person for the tryout and $50 per person for the hitting camp, or $65 for both. Another camp is scheduled for July 30 at Maryville University in St. Louis. Pre-register online at www.CoastToCoastAthletics.com or call 740-373-4455.
• Ongoing: Kiwanis Baseball League, for 15-16-year-old teams, is a composite wood bat league. League games to be played at Crysler, IAC and Fort Osage. League is seeking experienced scorekeepers. For more information contact John Curtis at 816-795-6503 or sigjcc@comcast.net.
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Officials Association seeking umpires. Contact Rob Michael at 816-224-4621, 816-918-6066 or jrmichael@sbcglobal.net.
• Ongoing: Fort Osage Indians Athletic Association looking for experienced umpires for summer league. Contact Josh Mitchem at 816-985-9878.
• Ongoing: Fort Osage Indians Athletic Association USSSA sanctioned baseball league for full teams and individual players ages 4-14. For more information, visit the Web site (www.fortosagebaseball.com).
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Little League. For more information go to Web site (bluespringsbaseball.org).
• Ongoing: Queen City Baseball Association. For more information, call the Queen City office at 816-796-4003, visit the Web site (www.eteamz.com/qcba/) or send e-mail to: Queencitybball@aol.com.
• Ongoing: Tri-City Baseball League. For more information, visit the Web site (www.tri-city.org) or call Donna Schroer at Tri-City at 816-795-1088, ext. 320.
• Ongoing: Ban Johnson Amateur League, 816-383-7765.

BASKETBALL
* • Basketball tournament to benefit new Truman High School Sports Hall of Fame, Sept. 6-7 at Truman, for grades 3-12. For more information, call Doug Murdock at 816-914-2050.
* • U12 Missouri Valley Blazers Elite and Select girls basketball teams are hosting a fall camp/clinic at Hillcrest Community Center Sept. 6, 13 and 20, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day. For girls entering sixth or seventh grade. Contact John Marquardt at 816-838-5878 or johnmc2u@yahoo.com for more information.
* • Tryouts, Team Supreme, fifth grade boys competitive tournament team to play October through March. Coached by Brett Kratzer of MO LEGENDS. Contact Brett at 816 213-7329 or kratzer5@yahoo.com for details.
• Tryouts, Supreme Basketball Club, Sept. 28, for boys and girls in grades 3-7 at Supreme Sports Athletic Complex in Independence. Teams will have an opportunity to play 16 league games and 25 to 30 tournament games per season.  Team practices will start in October and teams will start playing league games in November. Team Supreme also seeking parents/willing adults with some basketball playing experience and above average knowledge of the game interested in coaching a competitive basketball team. Coaches will be interviewed by Team Supreme Staff and will receive free instructional clinics and training. All administrative duties will be handled by Team Supreme Staff. Pre-registration is required to participate in the tryout session. For more information, contact Jeff Bass at 816-257-7339 or jeff@supremesportskc.com or visit the Web site at www.supremesportskc.com.
• Supreme Sports Fall Basketball Academy begins Sept. 8 and 9 at Supreme Sports Athletic Complex in Independence. Boys in grades 3-5 meet Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., and girls in grades 3-5 meet Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m., for seven weeks. First hour features fundamental instruction and second hour is league play. Cost is $105 per person and is limited to first 24 participants to sign up. Deadline to register is Aug. 30. For more information, contact Jeff Bass at 816-257-7339 or jeff@supremesportskc.com or visit the Web site at www.supremesportskc.com.
• Tryouts, Blue Springs Jaguars, sixth grade girls competition basketball team, seeking hard-working and dedicated players to fill roster for the fall/winter 2008-09 season. Team will play competition basketball in the Supreme Sports league and 6-8 local tournaments during the season. Point guard and post position players wanted. Contact Steve Schmidli at 816-217-7413 or sschmidli@indepmo.org.
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association Basketball League. For more information contact, Steve Hyde at 816-228-4994 or visit bsaabasketball.com.
• Ongoing: AAU basketball. For more information, write to the Missouri Valley AAU, 1815 South York, Independence, Mo. 64058 or call 816-796-8605.

BMX
• Ongoing: Blue Springs BMX at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs. For more information, call the Track Hot Line at 816-392-9901 or visit bluespringsbmx.com.

FOOTBALL
• Tackle football registrations open Aug. 30 through Sept. 13. Blue Springs, Independence, North Kansas City and Raytown areas. All players ages 11-14 eligible in all districts and all weights. Call 816-564-8888 or send e-mail to SSKC88@aol.com for more information.
• All Metro/Independence Unlimited Football signups now being taken. Ages 11-14 needed for local tackle teams. All equipment furnished. For more information, call 816-564-8888 or email SSKC88@aol.com.
• Ongoing: Pop Warner football, ages 5-14 are eligible. For more information, call Steve Bowen at 816-373-4511 or 816-550-2221.
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Pop Warner football, for ages 5-15. Flag football is for ages 5-8; tackle football is ages 8-15. For more information, call Leonard Fields at 816-373-3298 or Marc Busker 816-224-7991.
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association football leagues. For information, call the BSAA Hotline at 224-4639, ext. 3012.
• Ongoing: Grain Valley Athletic Association youth football leagues. Flag (grades K-2) and tackle (grades 3-7) are available. For more information, visit the Web site at www.gvaasports.org.

GOLF
• Kansas City Singles Golf Association seeking members. Single male and female golfers of all ages are eligible for the group, which is an affiliate of the American Singles Golf Association on Pineville, N.C. Dues are $70 per year. Nine-hole and 18-hole events are held approximately twice each month from April to October at area courses. More information is available at the Web site, www.kansascity.singlesgolf.com, or by calling 913-338-9401.

HORSESHOES
• Independence Horseshoe Club leagues run April through August. For more information, contact club president Alvin Gwinn at 816-461-1746 or league director Neal Straughn at 816-246-0310.

MISCELLANEOUS
• Blue Valley Athletic Complex Adult Coed Kickball League registrations now being taken. Games are played on Friday evenings for ages 18 and older. Cost is $25 per person or $250 per team for an eight-week schedule. For more information, visit the BVAC Web site at www.bvacsports.org or call 816-796-8702.
• Ongoing: YMCA youth sports (preschool children through ninth grade) offered are baseball, soccer, basketball, golf and tennis. Swim lessons for youths and adults are also offered. For more information, contact the Blue Springs YMCA (224-9620), Independence YMCA (254-9622) or the Raytown YMCA (356-9622).
• Ongoing: Kansas City Gaelic Atheltic Club. Gaelic football squad trains and scrimmages at 11 a.m. every Sunday at the Wizards practice facility in Swope Park (63rd and Lewis Road). For more information or the blog, visit the KCGAC Web sit at http://kansascity.missouri.gaa.ie/index.html or http://kcgac.blogspot.com.
• Ongoing: Kansas City Blues Rugby team. Practices are open to experienced and new players. For more information, call the Blues hotline at 816-960-1281 or visit the Web site (www.kcblues.org).
• Ongoing: Missouri State Senior Games: Call the MSSG office at (573) 882-1462 or go online (www.smsg.org/senior_games).

OUTDOORS
• Ongoing: Raytown Bass Club is seeking new members. For more information, call Dennis Mitchell at 913-787-5810 or visit the www.raytownbassclub.net Web site.

RACQUETBALL
• Ongoing: Independence YMCA racquetball leagues. For more information, call the YMCA at 816-254-9622.

RUNNING/TRIATHLONS
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Running Club, contact Terry Hickam at 816-229-6779.
• Ongoing: Free Sunday runs offered at Garry Gribbles Running Sports. Check Web site at garrygribbles.com for directions and starting times. For more information, call 816-373-1100.
• Ongoing: The Brocaw Blazers youth cross country team. For further information, visit the Web site (www.brocawblazers.org) or call coach David Ramsey at 816-365-7938.

SOAP BOX DERBY
• Ongoing: Kansas City Soap Box Derby. Visit the Kansas City Soap Box Derby Web site at www.kcsbd.org or the All American Soap Box Derby Web site at aasbd.org for more information.

SOCCER
• Lil’ Kickers Free Open House, Sept. 20 at SportsCity in Blue Springs, 10 a.m. to noon. Try out the fundamentals class for ages 18 months to 9 years, meet the coaches and learn about the program. Program begins on Sept. 25 and Sept. 27 at three locations. SportsCity features classes on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings. Cost is $135 per player and features 12 classes meeting once a week for 50 minutes. Classes also meet at Oak Grove Soccer Club on Monday evenings at Frick Park in Oak Grove. Cost is $90 per player and meets eight times. Another class meets at Lakeland Community Center on Tuesday evenings or Friday mornings 12 times. Cost is $135 per player. Visit the Web site at www.sportscitykc.com, e-mail Amie Hankel at ahankel@sportscitykc.com or call 816-229-1314 for more information.
• Tryouts, Blue Springs Hurricanes, girls U9 soccer team, looking to add 3-4 players to fall 2008 roster. Non-pay, competitive team playing in KC Metro league. For more information, please contact Netta Findley at 224-6471.
• Tryouts, Blue Springs Fighting Tide, a U12 girls premier soccer team, seeking competitive soccer players to add to its fall 2008 roster. Tryouts held at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs. Contact Scott Hensley at 816-224-6842 or visit the Web site at www.eteamz.com/tidesoccer for more information.
• Soccer kickarounds every Sunday, 7 p.m. at Blue Springs High School’s Peve Stadium. Call 808-4978 for more information or send e-mail to bshssocceralummni@hotmail.com.
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Soccer Club. For more information, call 913-982-1240, visit the Web site (www.bluespringssoccerclub.org) or send e-mail to sewells@sprintmail.com.
• Ongoing: Soccer Association of Independence. Visit the Web site at www.saisoccer.org or call 456-9837.
• Ongoing: Soccer West. Visit www.soccerwestmo.com, send e-mail to soccerwest1@sbcglobal.net or call 816-229-4502.
• Ongoing: Oak Grove Soccer League. For information contact Bruce Forthofer at 816-898-7564 or president@oakgrovesoccer.org or visit the Web site (www.oakgrovesoccer.org).
• Ongoing: “ Youth Soccer Leagues. For more information, call BVAC at 816-796-8702, visit the Web site (www.bvacsports.org) or send e-mail to bvac@bvacsports.org.
• Ongoing: Raytown Soccer Club. For more information, visit the Web site (www.raytownsoccerclub.org) or call 816-313-7721.
• Ongoing: Jackson County Parks and Recreation Soccer Field Rental Program. Requests for field rentals are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost is $20 per hour, per field for daily rental and $100 per field or $30 per team for tournament or league field rental. Nets, corner flags, field painting, etc., require additional fees. To reserve a field or for more information, call 816-795-8200, ext. 1-277 or 1-270.
n Ongoing: Jackson County Futsal Leagues. Futsal is FIFA’s official indoor soccer game, a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors on a smaller field with a low-bounce ball that is weighted. For more information, visit the Web site (www.premierfutsal.com) or call Jim West at 816-522-7314.

SOFTBALL
* • Eastern Jackson County Community Center and Buckner City Park Board taking registrations for fall adult coed softball non-sanctioned league that begins Sept. 21. Cost is $225 per team and each team must supply two game-ready softballs per game. League, which is played at Buckner City Park, will be eight games with a single-elimination postseason tournament. Each team must furnish own numbered shirts or jerseys. Only team registrations accepted and each participant must be age 18 or older by start of the league. Deadline to register is Sept. 15. Registration forms available at Buckner City Hall 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Ed at 816-650-5130 or 816-256-9110 or Deb at 816-807-2053.
• The Yard, an indoor sports facility, seeking interested, qualified baseball and softball instructors. A background in baseball/softball as a former college/pro player, coach, or instructor is required. Must be able to work with athletes on an individual basis and in a small group or team setting. Applicants need to be very thorough with instruction and be able to give constructive criticism to athletes. Please contact Gerald Barker at (816) 525-YARD (9273) or www.theyardkc.com.
• Ongoing: The Exceptionals, a summer youth softball program at Hidden Valley Park Softball Complex for boys and girls ages 5-20 physically or mentally unable to participate in other programs. Contact Laurie Munzuris at 816-522-6749 or Karin Windes at 816-217-8403 for more information or to volunteer.
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Girls Softball Association. For more information, visit the Web site (bsgsa.net).
• Ongoing: USSSA men’s and coed softball leagues at Walnut Valley Park. For more information, contact Mark Clifton at 816-918-3736.
• Ongoing: Heart of America Senior Softball leagues, for women ages 40-70-plus, men ages 50-70-plus, and coed (women 40-plus and men 50-plus). To register or for more information, visit the Web site (www.hasskc.com), send e-mail to hasskc@sbcglobal.net or call 816-358-4277.
• Ongoing: KC Metro 50-Plus Softball League. For details or visit the Web site (www.kcseniorsoftball.com).
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Slow-Pitch Leagues. For more information, visit the Web site (www.bluespringsgov.com) or call the Parks office at 816-228-0137.
• Ongoing: Independence Adult Softball Association Adult Men’s and Coed Leagues. For more information, call Donnie Payne at 816-350-3758 or 816-212-0797.

SWIMMING & DIVING
• Ongoing: Blue Springs YMCA Swim Club, a non-competitive swim team, is available to children ages 6-18. Fundamentals of each stroke as well as personal development will be taught. Call the Blue Springs YMCA at 816-224-9620 for more details.
• Ongoing: Kansas City Dolphins – Dolphins swim at Henley Aquatic Center, Blue Springs Pool Plex and Raytown YMCA. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Call Aaron Dean at 816-204-4297, send e-mail to adean@usswim.net, or visit online (www.kansascitydolphins.org).
• Ongoing: Tsunami Swim Team at Blue Springs YMCA, Longview Recreation Center and William Jewell College. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Call 816-224-WAVE (9283) or visit online (www.tsunamienterprises.com).
• Ongoing: KC Blazers swim team, at the Blue Springs YMCA and the Longview Recreation Center in Lee’s Summit. For more information, call 913-383-8342.
• Ongoing: Centennial Pool-Plex open swim hours. Admission is $5 per person for age 4 and older ($3.50 after 5 p.m.). Ages 3 and younger are free with a parent. Season memberships are also available. For dates and times of Lap Swim, Swimnastics, Therapeutic Swim, open swim hours or additional information, call 228-0137.

TABLE TENNIS
• Ongoing: JACOMO Table Tennis Club plays Sunday and Thursday evenings, 7-10 p.m. For more information, call Dave Baker at 816-229-2253 or send e-mail to dhbakerinc@yahoo.com.

TENNIS
• Ongoing: Independence Tennis Association: If you would like to know more about the ITA, contact Jody McClain at jmcclain39@hotmail.com.

TRACK & FIELD
• Ongoing: Missouri Valley AAU Association. Visit the Web site (www.region8aau.org/movalley).

VOLLEYBALL
• Ongoing: Blue Springs Youth Volleyball League. For more information, visit the Web site at www.eteamz.com/BSYVL.
• Ongoing: Fort Osage Youth Volleyball League, for girls in grades 4-7. Girls in Fort Osage and Independence school districts are eligible. Contact Lyn Adams at 816-650-6294.

WRESTLING
• Ongoing: Youth Jaguar Wrestling Club. For more information, contact Doug Black at dblack@bssd.net or 816-224-1315.
• Ongoing: Predator Youth Wrestling Club of Eastern Jackson County seeks youth wrestlers ages 5-14. Practices are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the William Chrisman High School wrestling room. For more information on joining, please contact Dawn Taff at 816-650-3979 or Mike Gempeler at 816-525-1244 or mwgempeler@gmail.com.
• Ongoing: Independence Wrestling Club is seeking wrestling enthusiasts on all levels interested in joining or forming an all-inclusive wrestling club in the Kansas City area designed for the promotion and advancement of wrestling. Greco-Roman, catch-as-catch-can, collegiate, Olympic and pro wrestling participants, fans, coaches and promoters are welcome. Major goal is to establish a physical presence in the KC area. Available to all interested. For more information, call 816-461-5405 or visit the Web site (http://www.angelfire.com/ny5/lansky2000/wrestling/iwa.html)
• Ongoing: Mat Rat Wrestling Club, practices at Lee’s Summit West, Richmond and University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Team is run by UCM assistant and former Raytown South High School head coach Alan Hull. Contact Alan Hull at 816-564-1847 or hullbuilders@yahoo.com for more information.
• Ongoing: Western Stars Youth Wrestling Club, for ages 4-15. For more information, contact Phil Howk at 816-841-9852 or visit www.westernstars.org.
• Ongoing: Fort Osage Mat Club. Children in kindergarten through eighth in the Fort Osage School District are eligible. Practices are 6-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Fort Osage Multipurpose Building. For more information, Contact Jeff Cutbirth at 816-478-3994 or Bob Luke at 816-650-3516.
• Ongoing: Mo West Wrestling Club. For more information, contact Jason Heslop by e-mail (jheslop@mowest.org) or by calling 816-471-2499.
• Ongoing: Wrestling program at the William Chrisman High School wrestling room. Ages 5-14 are eligible. Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Tournaments are scheduled for Saturdays at area schools. Novice tournaments for first- and second-year wrestlers are Sundays. For more information, contact Chuck Rodgers at 816-254-3716 or Bill Jones at 816-305-2928.
• Ongoing: Lee’s Summit Broncos Youth Wrestling Club. Call Bill Biggerstaff at 816-986-1499 ext. 8193 for more information. Additional registration info and practice schedule may be found at www.leesummit.k12.mo.us/lsnhs and click on athletics, wrestling and Kids Club.