Sports Notes

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 14, 1999

L’Observateur / July 10, 1999

NOAH sweeps Area tournament

LAPLACE – The NOAH 11-12 All-Stars swept through the Area II tournament held at NOAH this past week.

NOAH opened the tournament with a 39-1 victory over Champ Cooper Thursday. The All-Stars then swept Bogalusa, 16-0 Friday and 10-0Sunday, for the tournament title.

NOAH advances to the district championship to play the winner of the Area I tournament beginning Friday. The first game is to be played at the site ofthe Area I winner.

LDWF OPENS NEW COMPLEX AT WADDILL OUTDOOR EDUCATION CENTER – Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Jimmy Jenkins officially opened the new office and classroom complex at Waddill Outdoor Education Center with a building dedication ceremony held June 12.

In a brief statement before the ribbon cutting, Jenkins said it was an honor to introduce a new complex serving the education of outdoor sportsmen.

The facility and its classes will plan an important role in conserving our natural resources while preserving game sports for generations to come.

The new structure, consisting of a large classroom and offices for the center’s permanent personnel, was built using $235,000 of funds brought in by the Pittman-Robinson Act, which taxes handguns to provide funds for hunter education.

“We will use the classroom to hold additional hunter education and bowhunter programs, as well as programs on wildlife and resource management,” Wayne Huston, LDWF assistant education administrator, said.

“We will also offer outdoor recreation classes including birding, global positioning system, outdoor ethics and reading the woods. In addition, theclassroom is available for schools, scouts and other groups interested in outdoor education.”Originally part of the department’s refuge program, Waddill officially became an outdoor education center last year.

The mission of Waddill was redirected to allow Baton Rouge area schools and youth groups to have an outdoor education opportunity right in their own back yard. It is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdaythrough Saturday.

Waddill has two fishing ponds, nature trails, a picnic pavilion and playground for use by anyone.

There’s also a shotgun shooting range and 3-D archery trail available to groups through Hunter Education.

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