Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 3, 1999

L’Observateur / Febuary 3, 1999

Coaches, players, fans and parents: L’Observateur wants schedules, scores or any story ideas about sports and outdoor activities in the River Parishes. Contact Michael Kiral, staff writer, at 652-9545, drop by 116Newspaper Drive, or mail to P.O. Box 1010, LaPlace, LA 70069-1010. All baseball, softball, track and field, golf and tennis coaches, please send your schedules and rosters to L’Observateur, Sports, P.O. Box1010, LaPlace, LA 70069-1010 or fax to (504) 652-3885.

L’Observateur is looking for those interested in writing a column on fishing, hunting and other outdoors activity. If interested, contact MichaelKiral at 652-9545.

WCKW-1010 AM will broadcast River Parishes Sports Talk live from the Pizza Factory in Gramercy every Thursday night from 6:15-7 p.m. The St. Charles Catholic Athletic Association is holding a monthly$1,000 raffle. Only 100 tickets will be sold each month at a cost of $20per ticket. Drawings are to be held on the 28th of each month. For ticketinformation call coach Don Fernandez at St. Charles Catholic at 652-3029. The Bayouland Area Special Olympics Basketball Invitational Tournament will be held Saturday at Hahnville High School.

Arrival time for all athletes and coaches is 8 a.m. Opening ceremoniesbegin at 8:30 a.m. with games running from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. All athletesplanning to advance to state must play at the area tournament in order to qualify.

Lunch will be provided for all athletes and coaches. Concessions will besold throughout the tournament. Please bring spending money for anyconcessions.

Please make arrangements to pick up athletes by 2 p.m. Any questions canbe addressed to Bayouland Area director Theresa Theriot at 785-2961 or 1-800-276-3195.

The Lafreniere Soccer Association, in conjunction with the Louisiana Soccer Association, will host an “E” level coaching certification course for under 13, under 14 and under 15 coaches Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kenner Lions Club fields.The course is open to all coaches and is a prerequisite to the “D” license course.

The course is $45 for coaches affiliated to the state association and $55 for those non-affiliated. For further details and to sign up for the coursecontact the Lafreniere S.A. office at (504) 733-7006. St. Charles Catholic’s Double Diamond Club is hosting its secondannual Double Diamond Gala to benefit the baseball and softball programs Saturday, March 13, in the school gym and cafeteria.

The night begins with dinner served at 7:30 p.m. Dancing is scheduled from9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to the sounds of Summer Breeze. Door prize and cash prizedrawings will be held. Five $200 prizes will be drawn, with the grandprize award of $5000 to be picked at 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased from members of the Double Diamond Club or Frank Monica who can be reached at 652-3809.

For the first time, Nicholls State University is offering season ticket plans for the 1999 baseball season.

The Family Season Pass admits two adults and two children into all 25 NSU home games for a cost of $100. The Block Package includes 16individual tickets for the price of $50, which can be used at any NSU home contest during the season.

NSU’s home schedule includes non-conference foes Southwestern Louisiana, New Orleans, Tulane, Southern Mississippi, Centenary, Southern, William Carey, Dallas Baptist and an exhibition contest with Meiji University of Japan.

The conference slate includes home games with Northwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Arlington.

Under head coach Jim Pizzolatto, the Colonels look to defend their 1998 Southland Conference Tourn-ament championship as NSU will play under the lights for the first time in Raymond E. Didier Field history.For more information, please contact the Nicholls State athletic ticket office at (504) 448-4791.

Southeastern Louisiana University will begin its eighth season with the SLU Sports Radio Network this season. The Sports Network featuresflagship stations KSLU 90.9 FM along with two affiliates and globalaccessibility through the World Wide Web.

This year’s announcing team features play-by-play announcer Mark Willoughby and former Lions basketball player Duane Donald. Willoughbyhas been the voice of Lions basketball since the 1994-95 season.

Affiliates of SLU Sports Radio Network are WIBR 1300 AM in Baton Rouge and WSLA 1560 AM, Slidell. These stations will air a selection of gamesboth home and away. Check your local broadcast schedule for selecteddates.

In addition to the airwaves, KSLU can be heard world wide on the internet at can also keep up with results and weekly schedule by calling the 24- hour information hotline at (504) 230-4444, extension LION (5466) for daily reports; and 5467 for the week’s schedule. The service is provided bythe Sunshine Pages.

The Chrysler Junior Golf Scholarship Program will award 40 $1,000 educational scholarships to America’s most deserving junior golfers.

Anyone 12-18 who plans to attend college can apply.

For information or to request an application contact: Chrysler Junior Golf Scholarship Program Head-quarters, 640 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10019, phone 1-800-856-0764 or e-mail to the Ray Laiche Memorial Fund Scholarship can be made at the Bank of LaPlace.

Call 652-2200 for information.

Special Olympics Louisiana’s new “Share the Vict-ory” motor vehicle recycling program allows anyone in Orleans, Jefferson, St.

Bernard, St. Tammany and St. Charles parishes to turn extra or unwantedvehicles into “something special for Special Olympics.”An individual can call the “Share the Victory” toll-free number and Special Olympics will arrange to tow away their motor vehicle for free.

The vehicle will be recycled into the funds needed to support the year- round program of sports training and athletic competition for mentally- retarded children and adults in Louisiana.

Vehicles can be in any condition to qualify as long as the owner has the title. Consumers may also be able to take advantage of a tax deduction asthe fair market price of the vehicle is considered a tax deductible donation to Special Olympics.

For more information or to donate your used motor vehicle call Share the Victory at 1-800-249-1192.

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