Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 24, 1999

L’Observateur / November 24, 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.

All basketball, soccer and wrestling coaches, please send your schedules to L’Observateur, Sports, P.O. Box 1010, LaPlace, LA 70069-1010, fax to 652-3885 or e-mail to The Louisiana Soccer Association, in conjunction with the United States Soccer Federation and the United States Olympic Committee, will conduct open try-outs in the Olympic Development Program.

Trials will be held for boys and girls born in 1987 and 1986 on November 27 and 28. The cost for the area trials is $20 per person. Area trials will be held in Shreveport at Louisiana State University, in Baton Rouge at Independence Park and New Orleans at Audubon Park.

Players must register in advance to be allowed in the tryouts.

Registration forms are available in the autumn 1999 issue of the L.S.A.state newsletter, the Farpost, or they may be printed from the L.S.A.Website at or from your local soccer associationoffice or from the L.S.A. state office. For further details and a registration form cointact the L.S.A. office at(225) 766-0815 or e-mail at The 15th annual Louisiana Hunters Against Poachers general membership meeting will be held Dec. 1, 1999 at 6 p.m. at the St.James Boat Club, 39180 Highway 61 in Gramercy.

The public is invited. There will be a jambalaya dinner, vendor displays,door prizes, raffles, deer mount displays and a special children’s trophy display.

Guest speakers include Louisiana Depart-ment of Wildlife and Fisheries representatives, political representatives and special guests.

Club dues of $35 per club (includes club members) and individual member dues ($5 per person) should be paid at the meeting or mailed to Joe Wiley, secretary, 208 E. Cornerview Street, Gonzales, LA 70737. Any questions, please call Wiley at 225-647-2155 or Charlie Duhe at 225- 869-3790.

The Lakeview Soccer Club, in conjunction with the Louisiana Soccer Association, will host a “Youth Module” level-coaching license course for coaches of under 6 and under 8 aged players.

The course is open to all coaches. The course will be conducted on Dec. 4from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. At Delgado Community College in New Orleans. Thecost is $25 for coaches affiliated to the state association and $35 for those non-affiliated.

For further details and to sign up for the course contact Karl Zimmermann at (504) 283-5602 or e-mail at Coaching courseinformation is always available on the L.S.A. website at or in the FARPOST. St. Charles Catholic High School baseball coach Frank Monicawill be holding a hitting camp over the Christmas holidays.

The camp, for kids 7-14, will be held at the high school Dec. 20-22 from 9a.m. to noon. The cost of the camp is $90 or $30 per day.For more information, contact Monica at 652-3029.

The AAU Baseball and Softball Program will conduct two evaluation camps in December in Brenham, Texas.

Camp dates are Dec. 11-12 for softball and Dec. 18-19 for baseball. Thecost of the camps is $85.

The camps are designed to aid and inform the athlete and their parents on what they need to do to take a higher step in baseball or softball. Eachcamp will include a seminar that will cover topics such as the academic side of college athletics, how to contact coaches, how to attain information that will aid in your search for a good college situation and where to go to be seen by college coaches and pro scouts.

The athletes will be put through skill tests and live scrimmages to determine their level of play. All players will receive an evaluation oftheir skills that includes the information derived at the camps and tips and information that may enhance their chances of advancing in their sport.

Evaluations will be put into a catalog and sent to all college baseball and softball coaches along with all pro scouts in Texas and Louisiana.

The camps will be conducted by college coaches and pro scouts with many years of experience in evaluating the talents of athletes. The camps areopen to all high school age players, freshmen through seniors. For moreinformation, call Frank Dornier at 281-469-6721.

For the 10th consecutive year, mall-based athletic specialty retailer Footaction USA is offering $100,000 in college scholarships to high school seniors. This year, Footaction will award at least 84 scholarships,including one at $10,000, one at $5,000, two at $2,500 and 80 at $1,000.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2000.

Applicants are judged on the basis of financial need, class rank and standardized test scores and level of sports participation. A group of 300semifinalists will be selected by an independent administrator.

Semifinalists will be required to complete a more detailed application and submit additional information, including a 250-word essay.

For more information or to request an application, call the toll-free hotline at 800-521-2123 or visit the Footaction USA website at 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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