Donations requested

Former players of Henry Curry’s baseball teams are planning to erect a memorial at Richards Park to honor Curry and his many contributions to Waxahachie baseball. Former players and those that have been influenced by his efforts are requested to participate with financial support. Send contributions to the Henry Curry Memorial fund at Citizens National Bank of Texas, P.O. Box 717, Waxahachie, TX 75168.

For more information, call Billy R. Hancock at 972-937-5054.

Help spread the word to teammates so that they may participate in this memorial. Any excess funds will be donated to the RBI Baseball Booster Club for improvements at Richards Park.

9U baseball tryouts

The Bats, a 9U kid-pitch select baseball team, is looking for players to fill the 2009 spring roster. Tryout times are to be determined by calling Marc 972-921-1947 or Jason 469-337-7736.

Select 13U-AA tryouts

Texas Terror, a new 13U-AA Select baseball team in Red Oak, is holding OPEN practices each Sunday, Tuesday and Friday during January and early February.  Players who are committed to playing and learning the higher skills of baseball, contact Aaron McGinley 972-571-0374, Blake Sapp 214-728-6230 or Ed Crutchfield 972-824-3611 after 5 p.m. Practices are open to anyone in the age group who would like to practice with the team, meet the coaches and other Terror players.

Boys 12U baseball tryouts

The Red Oak Condors 12U AA/AAA baseball team is looking for three dedicated players to complete its spring roster. If interested, contact Larry Ford 469-576-1547 or Gary Bond 972-921-9663.

Boys 11U baseball tryouts

An 11 and under boys AA select baseball team is looking for players for the 2009 season. For more information and tryout dates, contact Rick Lewis at 214-558-1412.

Texas Thunder tryouts

The Texas Thunder 10U select softball team will be having tryouts for the upcoming season on Jan. 26. All positions are available and the tryouts will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Turner Middle School. Call coach Robert Banda at 214-697-9918.

Braves baseball tryouts

The Waxahachie Braves organization will be holding baseball tryouts for its 11U select team to play during the 2009 spring/summer season. The team will play league schedule as well as tournaments around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Players who will not turn 12 years old before June 1, 2009, are eligible to try out. Tryouts are from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18 at the Optimist Fields in Waxahachie. For additional information, call Gerald Chancellor at 972-351-7507 or Bryan Johnson at 214-908-9009.

Free throw contest

The annual Free Throw Contest will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Waxahachie YMCA. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council No. 8417 and is open to all youth ages 10-14. Winners will advance to district, regional and state competitions. There is no charge for participation. Contact Isaac Martinez at 972-921-4657 for additional details.

Waxahachie Select League

A Spring Select Baseball League is forming in Waxahachie for teams of ages (6-14). There will be an informational meeting at the Waxahachie Optimist Center 219 Patrick Street Waxahachie Texas on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. If interested in entering your team, please attend meeting or contact Chim Curry at 972-935-3909 or cdcwax@yahoo.com.

Midlothian softball registration

Midlothian Girls Softball Association registration has begun for the spring 2009 season. The fee is $80 per child and $70 for each subsequent child in the same family. Payment plans are available. Online registration runs through Feb. 13 by visiting www.midlothiangsa.com

Walk-in registration is scheduled from Feb. 7-8, 13-14 at a place still to be determined. A draft is scheduled Feb. 21 and practices begin March 1. Opening Day is March 28 and an end-of-season tournament is June 6-7. For more information, call vice president Tater Beard at 817-975-5183

Ellis County Umpires Association

All Ellis County Umpires Association class clinics will be held in the Waxahachie Parks and Recreation office, and all outdoor clinics will be held at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. The 2009dues are $60. Anyone interested in umpiring ASA Softball in Ellis County is asked to attend the following evening and afternoon clinics; Wednesday Jan. 28 from 7-8:30 p.m. for welcome and registration, Feb. 4,11,18 from 7-8:30 p.m. all umpire class and Feb. 25 and March 4 all umpire outdoor clinic. For more information, contact James Villarreal, City of Waxahachie Texas ASA District 35 commissioner,at 972-937-7330, ext. 182.

Softball leagues forming

Spring softball leagues are forming for play at the Waxahachie Sports Complex. Total registration fee for each team is $375. Registration forms & fees can be turned in at the coach’s meeting or City Hall. Registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 23. Teams not paid by this date will not be included on schedules. Coaches meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 23 at7pm in the Waxahachie Civic Center. For more information call James Villarreal at 972-937-7330 x182.

Waxahachie football banquet

The annual Waxahachie Indians season end football banquet will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. Super Bowl champion Montae Reagor will be the guest speaker. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $10.

Southern Steel baseball tryouts

A 12U AAA Baseball team based in Waxahachie will be conducting tryouts for the spring 2009 season. Tryouts will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25 at the ball fields in Waxahachie (off Water Street). Check in will start at 1:30 p.m. with tryouts beginning at 2 p.m.

Southern Steel is coached by Lupe Mendoza and sponsored by Southern Welding LLC.

For any questions, contact Joseph Graves at 972-768-2567

Renegade player search

The Ellis County Renegades 12U select baseball team is looking for up to three experienced and dedicated players and parents for the upcoming 2009 spring season. The team will practice in Waxahachie and play tournaments primarily in the Metroplex. To schedule a tryout, call 469-337-7736 or 972-938-7527.

Coach pitch baseball tryouts

There will be 7UAA select boys coach pitch baseball tryouts for Ellis County and southern Dallas County residents on Saturday, Jan. 17, at Lancaster City Park (across from the golf course), at field three, from 2-5 p.m. For more information, contact Jeff Johnson at 972-268-3137 or e-mail: coachjeff@lifetimebaseball.com.

Outlaws baseball tryouts

The Ennis Outlaws 14U baseball team will be holding tryouts for the upcoming spring season. A second session will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17. The sessions will be held at the Bluebonnet Baseball Fields in Ennis and began at 2 p.m.  If you have any questions, call 214-532-4793 or 214-533-8718.

Braves baseball tryouts

The Waxahachie Braves organization will be holding baseball tryouts for its 11U select team to play during the 2009 spring/summer season. The team will play league schedule as well as tournaments around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Players who will not turn 12 years old before June 1, 2009, are eligible to tryout. Tryout dates are Sunday, Jan. 11, and Sunday, Jan. 18, from 2-4 p.m. at the Optimist Fields in Waxahachie. For additional information, call Gerald Chancellor at 972-351-7507, or Bryan Johnson at 214-908-9009.

Bash tryouts

The 12U Texas Bash organization is looking for experienced and dedicated baseball players and parents for the upcoming 2009 spring season. The team will be playing tournaments primarily in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. To schedule a tryout, call 214-755-2118 or e-mail texasbash@yahoo.com. Visit the organization at www.leaguelineup.com/texasbash.

County hoops registration

The Ellis County Youth Association is having basketball registration for boys and girls ages 8-12. There is a $55 registration fee. Call 214-714-1788 for more information, or log on to ecyouth.org.

Red Oak tryouts

The 13U Red Oak select baseball team is looking for experienced and devoted players to join the team for the 2009 spring season. To schedule a tryout, call 214-288-2627.

Golf donations

The Waxahachie High School Golf Booster Club is seeking donations to help with expenses for the current golf season. A sponsor/donation form is currently available by the golf program to participate in the Lady Indian Classic Tournament. Donations of $100 and $500 would be appreciated. For more information, contact Ron Siebert at 972-937-5937 or 972-923-4780, ext. 4128.

YMCA registrations

The YMCA is accepting registration for Angel’s League through Jan. 21. The season begins Feb. 2 and concludes Feb. 23. Angel’s League T-ball is also scheduled. Registration for it begins Feb. 2, 2009 and runs through March 11. Play begins March 4 through May 14.

For more information on these or any other activities, call the YMCA at 972-937-9622.

Manny Martinez account

An account has been set up at Citizens National Bank for Waxahachie High School freshman Manuel “Manny” Martinez, who was a freshman football player and was diagnosed with leukemia last September. Anyone wishing to send cards or letters of support to Manny may send them to Manny Martinez, 622 Kaufman St. Apt. A, Waxahachie, TX 75165.

Super Bowl XLV volunteers needed

The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau is currently accepting Super Bowl XLV volunteer information for those interested in volunteer opportunities with the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, in preparation for Super Bowl XLV, which will be played in the Dallas Cowboys new $1.1 billion stadium in 2011.Thousands of volunteer opportunities will be available, with a variety of skills needed.

Those interested can go to www.arlington.org/volunteers

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