What's Happening sports bulletin board for July 28

Items for What’s Happening must be received by noon Thursday before publication. Send information to Karl Zinke to What’s Happening, Sports Dept., The Examiner, 410 S. Liberty, Independence, Mo. 64050, fax it to 816-254-0211 or send email to 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 and remove any listings.
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Baseball

* Tryouts, KC Mets 15U Major assembling 2013 Summer Showcase baseball team. Tryouts will be Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Santa Fe Trail Park in Independence. Seeking dedicated players. Team will travel some and will play this fall. For more information, contact Mike Jensen at 816-510-2643 or mbarj16@gmail.com. * Tryouts, 11U Independence Patriots baseball team, AA competitive team. No league play, only tournaments. Prior baseball league or tournament play experience required. Pitching/catching a plus. All positions are open for competition. For a tryout or more information, contact Greg Lundquist at 816-847-7971 or glundquist@comcast.net. Tryouts, 11U AAA Blue Springs Orioles will be holding tryouts for the 2013 spring season. For tryout times and locations, contact Todd Bissell at 816-668-4991 or tbissell@fortosage.net. Tryouts, 13U Oak Grove Heat 2013 AA/AAA team, tryouts set for 10 a.m. July 28 in Oak Grove. New team that does not have a set roster and non-parent coaches with college experience. Team will play 10-12 tournaments, including state and world series. Players will have access to indoor facility 24/7 for fall and winter workouts. For more information, contact Rhett Rigby at 816-213-9363 or rrigby5@hotmail.com. Tryouts, 15U Oak Grove Heat 2013 Premier/Select, tryouts set for 10 a.m. Aug. 4 in Oak Grove. Team will play in 7-8 premier/select tournaments across the Midwest, including International World Series in Crystal Lake, Ill. Roster will carry 15 or 16 players with 4-5 POs. Program is geared toward players wanting to play college baseball. Players will have access to indoor facility 24/7 for fall and winter workouts. For more information, contact Rhett Rigby at 816-213-9363 or rrigby5@hotmail.com. Tryouts, Ticket Solutions Tigers 15U looking to expand roster this fall and for 2013 season. Competitive team that played up at the 16U level this season will play at 16-18U levels next season. Established coaches with indoor and outdoor practice facilities. Especially looking for pitchers with experience and high level baseball is preferred. Contact Tim Atchity at 816-589-8144 or Tom Larkins at 816-795-6213 or tlark@comcast.net. SportsCity fall T-ball leagues for ages 3-5, and includes eight games, team shirt, individual trophy and team party. A 30-minute practice is followed by a game (1 hour or 3 innings, whichever comes first) on Saturdays starting at 10 a.m. usually. A one-hour meet-the-team meeting is Aug. 4. Registration deadline has passed; call for availability. Register at www.sportscitykc.com, call 816-229-1314 to register over the phone with a credit or debit card or visit in person at 425 N.E. Mock Ave., Blue Springs. Tryouts, Havoc Baseball, AA/AAA team, looking to pick up 2-3 strong players. Will play 4 tournaments this fall and 10 next spring, including state and world series. All positions are available. Pitching is a plus. Final tryout is July 29 at 1 p.m. at Santa Fe Trail Park. Call or email with questions or to confirm attendance at the tryout. For more information, contact Rick Rawlings at 816-405-1214 or mizzoufan@comcast.net or Rodney Phillips at 816-935-9865. Tryouts, 11U Thunder looking for players for fall ball and tournaments in the spring 2013 season. Not seeking players who just need a fall team. Pitching and catching a plus. For a tryout or more information, contact Robert at 816-255-8092 or RMyers@comcast.net. Tryouts, Raytown Wolverines, a 10U AA/4th grade competitive baseball team, seeking to fill multiple spots for 2012 tournament team and 2013 fall league and tournament season, when team will move to 11U AA/5th grade. Pitching and catching experience a plus and all positions are open for competition. Will play in numerous tournaments, including 11U fall state tournament. For more information or to schedule a tryout, contact Coach Floyd at 816-984-9069 or slickfloyd69@hotmail.com. Ongoing: Kiwanis Baseball League, for age 15-16 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: Fort Osage Indians Athletic Association USSSA sanctioned baseball league for full teams and individual players ages 4-14. For more information, visit the website (www.fortosagebaseball.com). Ongoing: Blue Springs Baseball. For more information go to the website (bluespringsbaseball.org). Ongoing: Queen City Baseball Association. For more information, call the Queen City office at 816-796-4003, visit the website (www.eteamz.com/qcba/) or send email to: Queencitybball@aol.com. Ongoing: Tri-City Baseball League. For more information, visit the website (www.tri-city.org) or call Donna Schroer at Tri-City at 816-795-1088, ext. 320.

Basketball

* Midwest Battle of the Borders Basketball Tournament, Aug. 17-19, in Chillicothe, Mo., for boys and girls teams in grades 3 through high school. Divisions I, II and III, USA Junior Basketball Association sanctioned. Cost is $210 per team, or $185 with multiple team entries. Deadline to enter is 6 p.m. Aug. 13. For more information, visit www.usajba.org or send email to prowlerselitebball@gmail.com. SportsCity men’s basketball leagues start Aug. 19. Deadline to register is Aug. 5. Register at www.sportscitykc.com, call 816-229-1314 or visit in person at 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Branson Classic, Aug. 11-12 at Branson (Mo.) RecPlex. Boys and girls teams in grades 3-12 eligible. Tournament organized around Silver (locally competitive) division; Gold division (elite competitive) teams play up one grade division. Cost is $125 per team with a three-game guarantee. Tournament is nationally sanctioned qualifier. To register or for more information, call 816-916-9565 or send email to director@excelyouthbasketball.com. KC Tournament, Aug. 17-19, Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 22-23 at Shawnee Mission School District sites in Kansas. Boys and girls teams in grades 3-12 eligible. Tournament organized around Silver (locally competitive) division; Gold division (elite competitive) teams play up one grade division. Cost is $125 per team with a three-game guarantee. Tournament is nationally sanctioned qualifier. To register or for more information, call 816-916-9565 or send email to director@excelyouthbasketball.com. Bears Tomorrow Tournament, Nov. 17-18 at William Chrisman High School in Independence. Boys and girls teams in grades 3-12 eligible. Tournament organized around Silver (locally competitive) division; Gold division (elite competitive) teams play up one grade division. Cost is $125 per team with a three-game guarantee. To register or for more information, call 816-916-9565 or send email to director@excelyouthbasketball.com. Bruins Tournament, Dec. 1-2 in Independence. Boys and girls teams in grades 3-8 eligible. Tournament organized around Silver (locally competitive) division; Gold division (elite competitive) teams play up one grade division. Cost is $125 per team with a three-game guarantee. To register or for more information, call 816-916-9565 or send email to director@excelyouthbasketball.com. Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association Basketball League. For more information, visit www.bsaabasketball.com or call Terry Cornelius at 816-229-4298. Ongoing: AAU basketball. For more information, write to the Missouri Valley AAU, 1815 South York, Independence, Mo. 64058, call 816-796-8893 or send email to smaau@comcast.net.

BMX/Cycling

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

The Grain Valley Parks and Recreation Department will host the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition Aug. 18 at the Armstrong Park Multipurpose Field behind the Grain Valley Community Center. The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6-15. Contestants can compete anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Aug. 18. This is the first step of four levels of competition, culminating in the national finals. Winners at this event advance to a sectional competition. There is no fee for the event. Participants register on-site. A birth certificate is required. For more information, visit the Grain Valley Parks and Recreation Department website at www.cityofgrainvalley.org/recreation.aspx or call City Hall at 816-847-6200. Ongoing: KC Sports Lodge Adult Indoor 5v5 Flag Football. For information, visit www.kcsportslodge.com, call 816-795-7171 or send email to info@kcsportslodge.com. Ongoing: Pop Warner football, ages 5-14 are eligible. For more information, call Steve Bowen at 816-373-4511 or 816-550-2221 or email to SSKC88@aol.com. 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, contact Bill Humphreys at 816-795-9791 or BillLisaHumphreys@sbcglobal.net or Anthony Boyd at 816-935-4749 or aboyd44@att.net. Ongoing: Blue Springs Athletic Association football leagues. For information, call the BSAA Hotline at 224-4639, ext. 3012 or visit bsaafootball.com. Ongoing: Grain Valley Athletic Association youth football leagues. Flag (grades K-2) and tackle (grades 3-7) are available. For more information, visit the website at www.gvaasports.org. Ongoing: Raytown Sports Association Football, for ages 5-15. Flag (grades K-1) and tackle (grades 1-7). For more information, call Bob Dingman 816-510-2607 or www.raytownsports.com.

Golf

* Fort Osage Athletic Booster Club’s Indian Pride Golf Tournament, Aug. 3 at WinterStone Golf Course. The event begins with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Cost is $75 per player or $300 per team and includes the green fees, cart, continental breakfast, lunch and contests. All proceeds go to assist the athletic programs at Fort Osage High School. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.fortosage.net or call 816-650-4035.

Horseshoes

Independence Horseshoe Club leagues run May through August at McCoy Park. For more information, contact club president Wayne Henderson at 816-257-1853.

Ice Skating

Ongoing: Centerpoint Community Ice Facility, located inside the Independence Events Center, offers several learn-to-skate and hockey classes for every age and skill level. Visit the website at www.independenceeventscenter.com and click on the “Community Ice” page for class times, prices and online registration. Or call 816-442-6128 or send email to MLauerman@IndependenceEventsCenter.com for more information.

Miscellaneous

* BVAC Adult Kickball leagues registration is open until Aug. 31 for ages 18 and older. Cost is $285 per team for 8-game season. Games played on Friday evenings. For more information, contact BVAC at 816-796-8702 or bvac@bvacsports.org or visit www.bvacsports.org. 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 Athletic 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 website at 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 website (www.kcblues.org). Ongoing: Missouri State Senior Games: Call the MSSG office at (573) 882-1462 or go online (www.smsg.org/senior_games).

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 Gribble’s Running Sports. Check Website 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 Website at 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 Website at www.kcsbd.org or the All American Soap Box Derby Website at aasbd.org for more information.

Soccer

* Soccer Association of Independence is still taking registrations based on availability for each age, but a $10 late fee applies. Cost is $60 per person for U6-U14 and $75 for high school age. Next session begins Aug. 25. Coaches meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3. For more information, visit the website at www.saisoccer.org/. * Metro East Soccer Club taking fall league registrations through Aug. 1 for ages 4 through high school. Cost is $55 per person for U5, $70 for U6-high school age teams. Various levels are offered, including academy, share play and competitive. For more information, visit metroeastsoccer.org, send email to info@metroeastsoccer.org or call 816-830-4469. * BVAC Soccer leagues registration is open until Aug. 31 for ages 3 through 12th grade. Cost is $76 per person for 8-game season and includes a team shirt. Practice one hour once a week and most games on Saturday, all played at BVAC. Games begin Sept. 22. For more information, contact BVAC at 816-796-8702 or bvac@bvacsports.org or visit www.bvacsports.org. * BVAC Fall 6v6 Soccer leagues registration is open until Aug. 31 for grades 10-12. Cost is $76 per person for 8-game season and includes a team shirt. Practice one hour once a week and most games on Saturday, all played at BVAC. Games begin Sept. 22. For more information, contact BVAC at 816-796-8702 or bvac@bvacsports.org or visit www.bvacsports.org. SportsCity adult coed soccer leagues start Aug. 17. Deadline to register is Aug. 5. Register at www.sportscitykc.com, call 816-229-1314 or visit in person at 425 N.E. Mock Ave. Ongoing: KC Sports Lodge Indoor Soccer Leagues, Soccer Skills Academy and tournament information available at www.kcsportslodge.com. Leagues will include U5 through high school 3v3 leagues, U7-U8 4v4 Leagues on Thursday and Fridays. Full-sided soccer leagues for U9-U15 on Saturdays and Sundays, high school boys 6v6 on Saturdays, high school girls 6v6 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Adult leagues offered Mondays; men’s over 30, men’s leagues are on Thursday nights; adult coed 6v6 offered on Friday nights and Sunday evenings. Elite Coaching Winter Soccer Skills Academy offered on Monday evenings for players U5 through high school. Check website for details, deadlines, start dates and fees. Individuals and team signups available through online registration. For more details, send email to info@kcsportslodge.com or call 816-795-7171. Ongoing: KC Sports Lodge Adult Indoor Soccer Leagues with boarded and non boarded fields. Adult leagues for men, women and coed play offered year round. Sign up as an individual or as an entire team. No experience required. All leagues are 6v6. Coed leagues must have a minimum of two female players on field at all times. For details, please visit www.kcsportslodge.com, send email to info@kcsportslodge.com or call 816-795-7171. Ongoing: BSHS Soccer Alumni Association seeking former soccer players at Blue Springs High School to join. For more information, call Bob Rusert at 816-808-4978 or visit bshssocceralumni.org. Ongoing: Blue Springs High School Boys Soccer Booster Club will meet on second Thursday of each month at the high school. For more information, call Bernadette Lawson at 816-616-4531. Ongoing: Blue Springs High School Girls Soccer Booster Club meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Blue Springs High School library. For more information, contact Kathy Karst at 816-228-7458 or Janet Shelman at 816-229-5769. Ongoing: Blue Springs Soccer Club. For more information, call 913-982-1240, visit the Website (www.bluespringssoccerclub.org) or send email to sewells@sprintmail.com. Ongoing: Soccer Association of Independence. Visit the website at www.saisoccer.org or call 456-9837. Ongoing: Metro East Soccer Club, for Oak Grove and Grain Valley area. For more information, visit metroeastsoccer.org, send email to info@metroeastsoccer.org or call 816-830-4469. Ongoing: BVAC Youth Soccer Leagues. For more information, call BVAC at 816-796-8702, visit the Website (www.bvacsports.org) or send email to bvac@bvacsports.org. Ongoing: Raytown Soccer Club. For more information, visit the website (www.raytownsoccerclub.org) or call 816-313-7721.

Softball

The Grain Valley Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for its 12th Annual Feed the Need Coed Softball Tournament Aug. 11 at the Monkey Mountain Sports Complex. All funds will go to the Grain Valley Assistance Council Food Pantry. Cost is $275 per team. Register at the Grain Valley Community Center. For a registration form, visit the GVPR website at www.cityofgrainvalley.org/recreation.aspx. 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, or click on the “Exceptionals” tab at bsgsa.clubspaces.com. Ongoing: Blue Springs Girls Softball Association. For more information, visit the website at bsgsa.net. Independence Girls Softball Association. For more information, visit the website at www.igsasoftball.com. Ongoing: Lee’s Summit Girls Softball Association is accepting girls from the entire metro area. Information available online at LSGSA.org. Both recreational and competitive teams available. 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 Website (www.hasskc.com), send email to hasskc@sbcglobal.net or call 816-358-4277. Ongoing: KC Metro 50-Plus Softball League. For details or visit the website (www.kcseniorsoftball.com).

Swimming & Diving

Ongoing: Centennial Pool-Plex, now run by the Blue Springs School District, offers open lap swimming, swimming and aquatic classes, private swimming lessons, season memberships and private pool parties. Lap swimming hours ar 6:30-7:30 a.m. (6 lanes) and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (2 lanes) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 8-9 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday (2 lanes); and 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Saturdays (2 lanes). Lap times are for ages 13 and older and ages 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older. Cost is $3 per session or a season membership. Aquatics classes offered are Swimnastics, Aqua-Aerobics and Therapeutic Swim. Cost is $4 per session or a 20-class Wellness Discount Card is available for purchase for $75. Swimnastics is offered 9-10 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or 8-9 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; Aqua-Aerobics is offered 11 a.m. to noon Saturday; and Therapeutic Swim is offered 10:15-11:15 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Private swimming instruction also is available for $18 for a 45-minute session (contact the pool manager at 816-228-0188 to schedule lessons). Youth lessons for ages 6 months through 18 are available through the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program. Private parties are available 7:30-9 p.m. Fridays, 12:30-9 p.m. Saturdays and 2-9 p.m. Sundays. Cost is $90 for the first hour and $40 for each additional half hour. An additional $50 refundable cleaning deposit is also required. Please reserve at least two weeks in advance. For information on these items, call Blue Springs High School at 816-229-3459. Ongoing: Kansas City Dolphins, practices at Centennial Pool-Plex and Blue Springs YMCA in Blue Springs and Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Visit the Website (www.teamdolphins.com) for more information. 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: Tsunami Swim Team at Blue Springs YMCA, Longview Recreation Center and William Jewell College. Signups are ongoing throughout the year. Visit online (www.tsunamiswimteamkc.org). 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.

Table Tennis

Ongoing: Open play, JACOMO Table Tennis Club in Independence, Monday evenings, 6-9 p.m. For more information, call Dave Baker at 816-229-2253 or send email to dhbakerinc@yahoo.com.

Tennis

Ongoing: United States Tennis Association Jr. Team Tennis, for boys and girls ages 6-18 in leagues that emphasize fun, fitness and friends. Leagues match players of similar age and ability using the Junior National Tennis Rating Program (JNTRP). To learn more go to www.missourivalley.usta.com or call 913-322-4826.

Track & Field

Ongoing: Eastern Jackson County Track club, for ages 6-18. Includes USA Track and Field membership. For more information, contact Chris Earley at 816-847-0252.

Volleyball

* Blue Springs Youth Volleyball League final signup, July 28, 9 a.m. to noon, at Sunny Pointe Elementary in Blue Springs. Girls entering grades 4-8 are eligible. Cost is $60 per person. Practice begins Aug. 27 and matches will be played on Saturdays, Sept. 8 through Oct. 27, at Brittany Hill Middle School. Skills test is Aug. 11 at Brittany Hill. For a registration form or more information, visit the website at www.eteamz.com/BSYVL/ or send email to commissioner@bsyvl.com. * BVAC Volleyball leagues now taking registrations for grades 3-11 (new this year for grades 10-11). Cost is $76 per person. Practice one hour once a week and most games on Monday nights. Games begin Sept. 24. For more information, contact BVAC at 816-796-8702 or bvac@bvacsports.org or visit www.bvacsports.org. Ongoing: Blue Springs Youth Volleyball League. For more information, visit the website 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 Dicki Stephens at 816-228-2944.

Wrestling

Ongoing: Youth Jaguar Wrestling Club, team practices at Blue Springs South High School. For more information, contact Doug Black at dblack@bssd.net or 816-582-6911. Ongoing: Independence Youth 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, visit the website at www.independenceyouthwrestling.org or contact Chuck Rodgers at 816-254-3716 or Bill Jones at 816-305-2928. Ongoing: Western Stars Youth Wrestling Club, for ages 4-15. For more information, contact Phil Howk at 816-841-9852. 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 email (jheslop@mowest.org) or by calling 816-471-2499. 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.