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• Tryouts, KC Phenom Girls Basketball, for fifth grade girls (2025), 3-4 p.m. Sept. 10 at St. Mary's High School gymnasium (622 N. Main St., Independence) and and 6-7 p.m. Sept. 12 at St. Bernadette Parish (9020 E. 51st St. Kansas City). For more information, call Terrell Ford at 816-304-1390 or John Marquardt at 816-838-5878.

• Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Adult Basketball Leagues begin in November and January. Cost is $300 per team for the Nov. 5-Dec. 17 session based on a six-game guarantee. Cost is $400 per team for the Jan. 7-March 11 session based on an eight-game guarantee. Registration deadline is two weeks before the leagues start. Games will be played at Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Pre-register by phone with Visa, Discover or MasterCard at 816-228-0137, online at or by mail or in person at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse, 425 N.E. Mock Ave., during office hours 7 days a week. Call 816-228-0137 for more information.

• PTN Haunted Hoops tournament, Oct. 28-29, in Independence. Boys teams from first grade through high school and girls teams from third grade through high school are eligible. Cost is $165 per team with a three-game guarantee and multi-team discounts are available. Games will feature 20-minute clocks and certified officials. For more information, call John 816-838-5878 or Rodney 816-799-7752.

• Sports Strategy Developments Basketball Club is seeking players. The club will be directed by former longtime professional players and places a high value on academics, skill, character development and culture. The club is seeking players who did not make the high school team or want to learn from pros. Cost is $150 per month (minimum of three months) and includes: player evaluation report card every three months; two practices per week; and minimum of one weekend competitive tournament per month (with 2-5 games on Saturdays and Sundays). Uniforms ($65 per player) and private skills training sessions ($65 per hour) are not included but there is a 25 percent discount for club members. For more information, send email to, call 816-665-5433 or fill out an RSVP on the website at

• Kansas City Youth Basketball Association will host several girls and boys tournaments for the 2016-17 season. To register for these tournaments, visit the website and click on the tournament page.


• The Independence Horseshoe Club meets at McCoy Park (U.S. 24 and Spring Street) 7-9 p.m. Thursday evenings. Open to all ages and skill levels. Each thrower has a partner and pitches two 50-shoe games. All games are 90 percent handicap. Cost of a NHPA sanction card is $28 per year. League membership is $10 per year. Cadets (age 12 and younger) pitch at 20 feet); juniors (18 and younger), women and men age 70 and older at 30 feet; and all others at 40 feet. For more information, contact Alvin Gwinn at 816-806-1726 or Nancy Gunter at 816-694-1800.


• Sugar Creek Youth Soccer Program accepting registrations from young male and female players ages 3-10. Practices and games begin in mid-September. For details, call Sugar Creek City Hall at 816-252-440.

• Summit Soccer Club Futures taking registrations for upcoming sessions for boys and girls ages 4-7. Six-week sessions include an introduction to soccer fundamentals with professional coaches at Franke Fields (3552 Rennau Drive) in Lee's Summit. Fall Session 2: Sept. 18-Oct. 27; Winter Session: Jan. 15-Feb. 23, 2018. Practices are 5:15-6:15 p.m. each Tuesday and scrimmages are 5:15-6:15 p.m. each Thursday during the session. Cost is $99 per session and includes an SSC shirt. To register or to learn more, send email to John Sosa at or visit


• Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Fall Adult Volleyball Leagues begin the week of Sept. 10 at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Leagues available are Wednesday Women’s and Sunday Coed and games are played at Blue Springs Fieldhouse. Cost is $200 per team based on a 10-match schedule. Winter leagues begin Nov. 15. Register online at or by mail or in person at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse (425 N.E. Mock Ave.) during business hours. Call 816-228-0137 for more information.

• The Youth and Athletic Development League will be starting a youth volleyball league this fall. Coed leagues for grades 3-7. Practices start in September and Independence schools. Games will be played on Mondays at Independence School District gymnasiums and will include a postseason tournament. Register early and save. Register at