Murray Kickball league begins April 8th
Team Brighton will regroup this season for the Murray Recreation Adult Coed KickBall League beginning on April 8, participating in the recreational division at the Murray Park Softball Fields. The mostly gay, lesbian and friends team played last year as a new team and though they didn’t win any games, they all had a great time participating and even dressed up for some of the games.
Team Brighton will compete in the recreational league on Friday nights which is a change from last year when there was only one league that all teams could participate in. The recreational league will consist of 10 teams this year, playing nine games during regular season play and ending in a single elimination tournament through June 17. A Competitive League will also begin playing on Wednesday nights starting April 6 through June 15.
Each team can have 20 players on it but only 11 play, so organizer Amanda Groendyke, who led the team last year, will try to create two teams this year, with 15 players on each team. Four female players are required to be on the field during team play against each opponent and the games are played like a softball game with a referee calling balls, fouls, strikes and outs, as the pitcher rolls the ball toward the kicker at home base.
Team Brighton will continue to socialize after each game with each other and the other teams going out for refreshments and dinner after each game. Teams will play each Friday but will have different starting times from week to week as they play through other teams in their division.
Anyone is encouraged to join Team Brighton with a focus on being acceptable of each other and being able to be creative and have a good time. The league provides team T-shirts and Groendyke said each player will be required to contribute $20 for team participation this year.
Team Brighton is also looking for an assistant coach to help Groendyke as she will travel again this season. For more information and register for the league, go to mcreg.com or call 801-264-2614. To participate with Team Brighton email Amanda Groendyke at [email protected].
Lambda Hiking Club announces first hikes
The Lambda Hiking Club has planned their first three months of hikes starting with a 2-3 hour ‘easy’ hike that will take place up City Creek Canyon on Sunday, April 10. Interested hikers are asked to meet at 10 a.m. at the Chevron Station at the corner of 700 East and 200 South, where carpools will be available.
Lambda provides socializing while hiking, meeting and making new friends in and around the greater Wasatch Front. Everyone is encouraged to join in the hike but considered to be in good enough shape to hike an incline. As the weather may make hiking a bit muddy please prepare with an extra pair of hiking boots or tennis shoes and bring a coat in case it rains or snows during the hike. Backpacks are encouraged. Water and snacks are also encouraged for the hike in your backpack. If the weather is torrential, then the hike will be called off.
Two hikes will be planned each month through the fall. The group also plans to march in the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, June 6. Other notable hikes include a May 21 hike to Stansbury Island to look at the petro glyphs on the east side of the island and then drive over to the west side of the island for a 2-3 miles hike. Again, anyone interested will meet at the Chevron for carpooling at 10 a.m.
Look forward to a full schedule to be posted on the group’s website at gayhike.org or call club past president, Ron Steckler at 801-223-5792, email [email protected], or new club president, Bill Stroud at 435-649-3873, email [email protected], or Dana Clark at 801-520-0723.
Team Hardwood heads to Coady Classic
Salt Lake City’s gay men’s basketball club is heading to Chicago to take part in the annual Coady Roundball Classic on April 16-17. The Coady Classic is the world’s largest gay and lesbian, annual basketball tournament and takes place at the Illinois-Chicago Gymnasium in Chicago each year in April. Team Hardwood is a consistent attendee, last year participating in the ‘C’ Division, but his year moving up to the more competitive ‘B’ Division.
The CRC now serves as an annual national championship tournament for gay and lesbian basketball teams. Divisions are Men’s Open ‘A’, Men’s Intermediate ‘B’, and the Men’s Recreational ‘C’. The CRC is a sanctioned event by the National Gay Basketball Association and expects more than 35 teams to attend this year. Each team will be randomly placed into a pool and will play at least three games on Saturday. On Sunday, seeding will be determined by Saturday’s pool play and a single elimination tournament will be played.
This year Team Hardwood is represented at the CRC by Greg Perkins, Huy Vu, Tung Vu, Earl Blackhorse, Mark Rosenhan, Sheldon Bigboy, Austin Luck, Brandon Horrocks and team captain, Steward Ralphs. Anyone can join and play with Team Hardwood as they practice each Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at The Boys and Girls Club of Murray. Bring $2 for gym cost and a black and a white T-shirt for play. For more information, email Ralphs at [email protected]