Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 7, 1999

L’Observateur / August 7, 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.

Special Olympics Louisiana is looking for Special Olympic athletes, especially softball players, in St. John Parish. If interested please callJudy Forstall at 386-4801 for more information.

The St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office is sponsoring several huntersafety classes this summer. Classes will be held at the St. John ParishSheriff’s Office, Division Headquarters Squad Room, located at Deputy Barton Granier Drive in LaPlace.

Class times will be from 5:30-9:15 p.m. Saturday’s class will begin at 8a.m. at Nick’s Shooting Range in Garyville. The schedule of classes is asfollows: Aug. 17-19, 21; Sept. 21-23, 25; Oct. 19-21, 23; and Nov. 16-18,20.

There is no charge for these classes. Registration is mandatory. Minimumage is 10 years old. Participants must attend each day for certification.Please call 652-9513 or 652-7058 to register or if you have any questions.

Softball, T-Ball, and coach pitch Special Olympic teams will be signing up athletes today at Monsanto Park in Luling at 9 a.m.A training camp for anyone interested in becoming a coach will be held at the recreation office Saturday at 9 a.m.Special Olympics needs volunteers please call 783-5090 for more information.

St. Peter Catholic Community is holding registration for soccerSunday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon in front of thechurch. Children 5-14 years-old may participate. For more informationcall 536-6934.

Ascension of Our Lord Recreation will hold soccer registration on Sunday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 22, in the school lobby from 12:30-3 p.m.Registration will be held for the following age groups: boys and girls under 6 years old, boys under 10, girls under 10, boys under 11, boys under 12, girls under 12, boys under 13, boys under 14, girls under 14 and boys under 16.

For more information, call 652-5041.

All former Riverside football players are invited to particpate in the alumni flag football game following the 6:30 p.m. scrimmage Aug. 19at Riverside Stadium.

For more information contact Patrick Hymel or the Riverside front office Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon at 536-4246. The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation willhave its annual summer bowling banquet for all senior bowlers at the Esperanza Restaurant, Monday, Aug. 23.The cost is $7 for the lunch fee. Guests may start arriving at 10:45 a.m.and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. It is requested that all money be collectedfrom individuals prior to arrival.

The Fall Bowling League will begin Aug. 30 and end on Dec. 20.Registration forms are available at Riverbend Lanes.

For more information, contact Theresa Theriot at the Recreation Office.

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 an evaluation 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 Tyler, Texas, Aug. 14-15; Dallas, Aug. 21-22; and Shreveport, Aug. 21-22.For more information contact Frank Dorner at (281) 469-6721.

The Louisiana Big Bass Rodeo, sponsored by the Louisiana Lions, will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at Cypress Bend on Toledo Lake. Entry fee is$60 per person; Big Bass competition is $10 per person.

Registration will be held at the host marina Saturday morning beginning at 5 a.m. Mail-in entries must be postmarked on/or before the Monday priorto the tournament date.

Entries will receive boat identification numbers according to the order received. Any application received after the deadline will be charged a $15per person late fee.

Make checks payable to Louisiana Big Bass Rodeo and mail to Louisiana Big Bass Rodeo, 7401 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA 70003. For more informationcall (504) 737-6866.

The St. John United Way will host its first annual golf tournament onMonday, Oct. 25 at Riverlands Country Club.The tournament will have an 8 a.m. round and a 1:30 p.m. round. You can help support the St. John United Way by being a golf participantfor $100; sponsoring a hole for $100 each; sponsoring a team for $400; or donating door prizes.

All contributions are tax deductible and all proceeds benefit the St. JohnUnited Way campaign.

To participate in the tournament, call Lenie Laiche at 535-7189.

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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