August 05, 2014 | 10:41 AMThe phrase "lazy days of summer" doesn't apply at the Geneva Lakes Family YMCA. The organization just wrapped up another busy summer Sports season filled with action-packed leagues for youth and adults.
More than 800 area kids played YMCA/City of Lake Geneva summer Sports, including t-ball, youth baseball and softball and competitive travel leagues, special needs baseball, tennis, swim lessons, karate and swim team.
But kids weren't the only ones in on the action. Nearly 250 adults also participated in leagues including softball, kickball and master's swim team.
A shining moment from the youth Sports season was when both Lake Geneva 12 and under boys travel teams swept the Walworth County Cactus League baseball championship tournament.
Lake Geneva Blue won the July 12 championship game with a 6-4 victory over Lake Geneva Red. This is the first time that two Lake Geneva teams competed for the championship title. Both teams were sponsored by the Lake Geneva Jaycees.
Members of the Lake Geneva Blue team are Brady Wisdom, Matthew Smid, Josh and Jake Stritesky, William and Vince Faul, Cody McCarron, Josh Amann, Brady Patton, Drew Laskowski, Elijah Giovingo, Seth Kawalec, Chase Hodkiewicz and Max Catarello. The team was coached by volunteers Bob Wisdom, Shawn McCarron and John Smid.
Another youth Sports highlight is that 70 special needs children participated in the Y's adaptive baseball program called the Dream Team. Without this program, many of these children would never have the opportunity to experience the joy and benefits of playing on a team. This was the Dream Team's 11th year of play. The team is coached by John Swanson and other community volunteers.
The Y is also pleased to report that a growing number of girls (more than 150) played t-ball and softball this year, and the co-ed tennis program saw an increase in participants as well.
The Geneva Y Swim Team (GYST) also reported record participation this summer. Swimmers wrapped up their season last week and cheered on team members Kaarin Quaerna and Gabby Verdoni who qualified for and competed at YMCA national championships in Indianapolis and the Wisconsin 13 and over state championship meet in Pleasant Prairie, respectively.
Quaerna, 17, swam in the 50 and 100-meter butterfly, as well as the 50, 100 and 200-meter freestyle events. Verdoni, 14, swam the 100 and 200-meter backstroke and 200-meter individual medley. Both girls achieved a personal best time.
"This was one of our best summers for youth Sports," said Mike Coolidge, YMCA Sports director. "It's always exciting to watch the kids' skills improve, develop bonds with their teammates and learn the importance of good sportsmanship."
"At the Y, we always stress that Sports are about more than just competition and winning. They're an avenue for teaching important life lessons, too," Coolidge said. "We're grateful to our volunteer coaches who help us reinforce those lessons and develop great athletes with good character."
In adult Sports, the co-ed kickball league, comprised of more than 50 players, wrapped up its season July 23 with team "Serial Kickers" winning the championship title.
The 12-team adult men's softball league continues playing through August. Watch for more information on the YMCA/City of Lake Geneva men's softball championships in the coming weeks.
Looking ahead to fall, the Y has a full line-up of youth Sports programs planned.
Youth programs include co-ed recreational soccer (ages 5 to 10), flag football (grades K to 6), skill-builders basketball (grades K to 3), girls travel basketball (grades 4 to 8), floor hockey and dodge ball (grades 3 to 6), cheerleading (ages 6 to 12), karate (ages 7 and up), swim lessons and swim team, and P.E.-style classes for preschoolers and homeschool students.
For adults, fall Sports programs include sand volleyball, kickball and racquetball leagues, karate and master's swim team.
Registration for fall Sports and other programs is now underway at the YMCA located at 203 S. Wells St. in Lake Geneva. Income-based financial assistance is available to help cover program fees for families in need.
Visit lakegenevaymca.com for a complete listing of programs, or call (262) 248-6211 with questions.
The above was submitted by the Geneva Lakes Family YMCA.