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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Kids TRYathlon set for Saturday

  • Let us muse into the weekend... so get ready, it's here! The 12th Annual TRYathlon is upon us.
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  • Let us muse into the weekend... so get ready, it's here! The 12th Annual TRYathlon is upon us.
    This weekend at the Riverfront Community Center gymnasium will be the meeting spot for everyone. This exciting event’s registration total has already exceeded last year’s total.
    If I hadn’t almost drowned twice in my life already, I would get my tricycle out and enter. The event is an introduction for children aged 6-15 to the sport of triathlon.
    We will have three age brackets: 6-8, 9-11 and 12-15. The distances for the swim, bike and run are set to ensure each child will be able to complete the event. Every child will receive an event T-shirt.
    Every child who finishes the event will receive a finisher medal. We will not keep times or places. The registration fee is only $20.
    Those of you who don't have anyone entered need to come down to the Riverfront Community Center and cheer on all of our participating children. The event begins at 8 a.m.
    The deadline for early registration is today at noon. Late registration will re-open Saturday at 7 a.m. and will close at 7:30 a.m.
    * Another important deadline is quickly creeping upon us. The deadline for entering the Zeck Ford 3-Point Shoot-out is Monday.
    Any player on an adult men’s basketball roster is eligible to enter the shoot-out.
    First prize is $75 and a top-notch basketball donated by Varsity Sports; second place is $50; third place is $25; four place is $10 and fifth is $5.
    Every contestant has 30 seconds to attempt as many 3-point shots as they can. This will be contested on April 18 at 6:00 p.m. in front of the adult men’s championship game.
    * Registration for all of our youth summer activities is currently going on at this time.
    This includes youth baseball and softball. We have also started a summer league for rising (6-8 grades) Middle School and rising (9-12 grades) High School athletes.
    This registration is by team only.
    We are not accepting individual registrations.
    The deadline for all of our youth programs is April 25. Late registrations will not be accepted. Our youth activities will begin June 1.
    * Great news. Our maiden season of the Geiger Ready-Mix Showcase baseball league for boys under the age of 16 appears to be a huge success.
    We had hoped to attract eight teams for the first season and it appears that we may actually have more than that. I appreciate the efforts of everyone in making this happen.
    Page 2 of 3 - * Instructional baseball/softball has brought several questions to our office.
    Anyone who had a child in this season’s highly successful Bitty Basketball that was conducted by coach Derek Zeck and his girls coaching staff from Leavenworth High School will know the philosophy of our new program.
    After personally coaching in the T-Ball program last summer, I knew a new approach was needed in developing our children in these sports.
    I approached coach Joe Allison about the idea of his staff overseeing the program. He embraced the idea with his typical baseball fervor.
    The philosophy will be one of instruction. I can compare it to a camp or clinic.
    The child will receive exceptional guidance as they work to develop their personal skills. I am excited about the possibilities with this new approach for our children.
    * Don't forget our adult programming.
    We are currently accepting registration for all of our adult softball leagues including several newly-added leagues such as: Baby Boomer leagues for women (over 40) and men (over 50); the Varsity Sports Wooden Bat league (all-comers men and women); and the Church Coed league.
    We are also offering an adult men’s basketball league.
    Also, don't forget our new coed 4-on-4 sand volleyball. The deadline for all of our adult programs is April 29. Late registrations will not be accepted.
    * A night for all the marbles, or in this case all the volleyballs, will be on Monday at 6 p.m. as the Drillers (Wendy Sachen) take on Boom! (Sherry Schwinn) in a true grudge match.
    In the last game Boom! drilled the Drillers, as they handed the team its first defeat in two seasons.
    The winner of this game will be crowned the winter league champions.
    I would encourage any volleyball lovers to come out and catch some great competitive volleyball. Good luck ladies.
    * One of my favorite parts of this job has been reminiscing with all of the great individuals who have grown up in the sports programs offered through the City of Leavenworth Parks and Recreation.
    It has been a blast listening to some of the Baby Boomers share stories of growing up in sports in this city. My boss said that we are not senior citizens ― we are Baby Boomers.
    Therefore, I have come up with a new idea to be injected into my musings. A couple of weeks ago, I shared my reason for naming this document the musings.
    I stated, at that time: “I chose Musings because it indicates a reflection albeit of the past or future.”
    Page 3 of 3 - Therefore, I would like to solicit baseball/softball memories from the past. So, I will understand when you tell me of the 750-foot home runs Herman Rathman hit as a 15-year-old in the American Legion, or the time David Rush threw a fast ball that got away and actually went through the backstop.
    Please share your memories with me to be shared with our readers. My only restrictions are: you must sign your name and provide me a phone number so we can talk about the memory and it must be about baseball or softball.
    In June, I will begin sharing these stories on a weekly basis. Please send your memories to tmedill@firstcity.org.

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