Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 26, 1999

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / June 26, 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 (504) 652-9545, fax to652-3885, drop by 116 Newspaper Drive, or mail to P.O. Box 1010,LaPlace, LA 70069-1010.

Former Hahnville High School coach and athletic director Robert Gros is among eight “Coaching Legends” from around the state being honored by Southeastern Louisiana University today at 5 p.m. in the AlumniCenter, 500 W. University Avenue in Hammond.The reception is free and open to the public.

Joining Gros are Linda Trevino, Margaret Knoker Millet, Charles Baglio Jr.,Alton Leggette, Kenny Almond, Jennifer Smith Goodwin and Jo Ann Smith.

For more information of the Coaching Legends reception contact Gayle Neal at 549-2301 or 1-800-256-2771.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are conducting an evaluation camp Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Lutcher High School.Position players will be timed in the 60-yard dash, field and throw from their defensive position and participate in a simulated batting practice with wooden bats. Pitchers will be evaluated while throwing a limitednumber of pitches with emphasis on delivery, arm action and velocity.

Players must be 15-20 years of age to participate and are expected to furnish their own shoes, gloves and uniforms with the Diamondbacks providing the other necessary equipment. American Legion players musthave written permission from their coach or the commander of the post they represent.

The camp will be under the direction of area supervisor Mac Seibert.

The first annual River Parishes Football Camp will be held at Riverside, July 7-9 from 9 a.m. until noon.The camp will feature a number of special guests including NFL players Billy Joe Hobert, Richard Cooper, Keith Poole and Brett Bech.

The camp is open to all residents of the parish ages 6-15. Participants areasked to bring football shoes, socks, supporter and T-shirt.

The cost of the camp is $60 which includes a camp T-shirt. For moreinformation call Riverside coach Keith Childress at 536-4251 or at 651- 6466.

The Brett LeMaire Annual Golf Classic will be held Saturday, July 17 at Fashion Golf & Country Club in Hahnville.

Tee off times are 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Flights. The classic is an 18-hole, 4-man scramble. The cost is $40 per player and includes green fees, cart,dinner, towel, prizes and beverages. Prizes will be awarded to first,second and third places. Closest to the hole, longest drive and door prizeswill also be awarded.

All proceeds will fund a scholarship in Brett LeMaire’s name at Hahnville High School. The scholarship is presented to a Hahnville High Schoolsenior, who by the way he or she lives, demonstrated a courageous approach to life. The Brett LeMaire Memorial Scholar-ship is a four-yearaward of $500 per year.

Hole sponsors are needed along with as many teams as possible to make the tournament a success.

Make checks payable to Brett LeMaire Memorial Trust, P.O. Box 679,Hahnville, LA 70057. Deadline is July 1, 1999. For further informationcontact Dutch Kappel at 431-9580 or Tommy LeMaire at 785-2490.

The St. Charles Catholic Comets Football Camp will be held forages 7-13 Tuesday, July 27 through Friday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to noon atthe high school.

The camp includes instruction at all positions, weight lifting, camp T- shirt, highlight films, Iron “Boy” contest, touch football games, skill tests, races and a punt, pass and kick contest.

The cost of the camp is $50. Registration will be held Monday, July 26,from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the St. Charles Catholic CometPlex. For moreinformation contact coach Frank Monica at 652-3029.

Southwest Louisiana will be hosting the south’s largest open basketball tournament in Lake Charles, La. August 7-8. The event will be held between these venues: Washington-Marion High School, Lake Charles-Boston High School, Ray D. Molo Middle School andMLK Recreation Center. The event will involve a men’s division at $180 perteam and a women’s division at $150 per team. Participants are to be 18years and older. Both divisions will qualify for MVP and all-Tournamentawards. The men’s division will be awarded first to sixth place and theqomen’s division first to fourth place. The deadline for the entry fee isJuly 23. After the deadline there is a $50 late charge.The Golf Classic will be held August 7 at Mallard Grove Golf Course. Theentry fee for this two-man scramble is $75 per person and is due by July 15. The fee takes care of cart fee, lunch and gift bags.As part of the tournament, the second annual Youth Drug Free Celebration Day will take place Aug. 7 in the Washington-Marion High Schoolgymnasium at 1 p.m. Mayor Willie Mount has agreed to play in a celebrityHORSE game with former Harlem Globetrotter Billy Ray Hobley. The NBA’sAnferney “Penny” Hardaway is also scheduled to appear.

Entry fees can be mailed to Harold McReynolds at 155 E. Parkway #26,Lake Charles, LA 70607. For more information on the basketballtournament contact McReynolds at (318) 497-8119 or (318) 477-8239 after 4 p.m. AAU Baseball will conduct individual showcase events across the country this summer.

The purpose of the showcase is to aid young players in their quest to play college or pro baseball. A staff of qualified college coaches and pro scoutswill conduct field testing and games. Each participant will receive anevaluation of their playing abilities and this information will be put in a catalog and sent to area colleges and pro organizations.

A seminar will be conducted explaining how players can enhance their chances of being seen by college and pro organizations. Academicrequirements at each level of college ball will be explained. Other topicswill be explained and parents are urged to attend the seminar.

The showcase events are open to players freshmen through graduated seniors. The top players in each regional showcase will be invited to anational showcase at the Walt Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 2-3, 1999.Regional sites in the area are Houston, Aug. 7-8; Tyler, Texas, Aug. 14-15;Dallas, Aug. 21-22; and Shreveport, Aug. 21-22.AAU Baseball is also holding a high school championship tournament in Brenham, Texas, July 16-25. All team members must attend the same highschool. Teams from Arizona, Utah, Virginia and Texas have already enteredto play.

For more information contact Frank Dorner at (281) 469-6721.

Special Olympics Louisiana’s new “Share the Victory” 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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