Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 15, 1999

L’Observateur / Febuary 15, 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 ticket information call coach Don Fernandez at St. Charles Catholic at652-3029.

The 13th annual Winn-Dixie Showdown is set for February 19-21 with host teams Tulane, UNO and LSU competing against Missis-sippi, Southern Mississippi and USL at the Superdome.

Games will be held on Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. andon Sunday at noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.Discount tickets are available at all Winn-Dixie stores in Louisiana and Mississippi for $5 general admission. Tickets can also be purchased at theevent for $7 general admission.

In addition to the games, tournament entertainment will include a Kid’s Baseball Clinic, a Girl Scout Dance Team Clinic, Steal-A-Base contest, Dizzy Bat contest and Throw for Dough contest.

The New Orleans Soccer Academy, in conjunction with the Louisiana Soccer Association, will host a “D” level coaching certification course for under 15, under 16 and under 17 coaches Feb. 19-21 and 27-28 from 8 6 p.m. at the N.O.S.A. Club house and fields in New Orleans.The course is open to all coaches, although some prerequisites do apply.

The cost is $75 for coaches affiliated to the state association and $85 for those non-affiliated. For further details and to sign up for the coursecontact the N.O.S.A. Office at (504) 280-3982.The Blind River Boss Gobblers of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their first annual banquet Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Gonzales RecreationCenter on Irma Boulevard in Gonzales. For ticket information please callTom Core at (225) 647-2151.

The National Wild Turkey Federation supports scientific wildlife management on public, private and corporate lands. It also supportstraditional American sport hunting and every citizen’s right to enjoy clean air and water as well as a pleasing outdoor environment.

The national non-profit education conservation organization was organized in 1973 by persons wanting to lead the way in managing and restoring the wild turkey and other wildlife resources.

The Federation has over 180,000 members in 50 states and 11 foreign countries and spends over $223,000 on the educational materials, equipment, habitat enhancement, restocking native birds and rewards for game law violations in Louisiana.

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, Sout- hern, William Carey, Dallas Baptist and an exhibition contest with Meiji University of Japan. The conference slate includes home games withNorthwestern State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas-San Antonio and Texas-Arlington.

NSU will play under the lights for the first time in Raymond E. Didier Fieldhistory. For more information, please contact the Nicholls State athleticticket office at (504) 448-4791.

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