Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 22, 2000

L’Observateur / January 22, 2000

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 baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track and field coaches, please your rosters and schedules to L’Observateur, Sports, P.O. Box 1010,LaPlace, LA 70069, fax to (504) 652-3885 or e-mail to The River Parish Hoyas are now registering boys from the ages of 9-14 years old. The Hoyas have expanded to six teams from two teams last year.Deadline for registration is Jan. 31.Last year, the 11-year-old team won the state tournament and went on to place 24th out of 87 teams in the national tournament at Cocoa Beach, Fla.

The 14-year-old team played in the national tournament at the Orlando, Fla. Disney Complex. The Hoyas organization has been in existence for thepast four years and is looking for kids from St. John, St. Charles and St.James parishes as well as additional coaches.

For more information contact Paul George at (504) 651-8842 or (504) 213-1885 or Ronnie Smith at (504) 652-4737 or (504) 268-2626.

The St. Charles Catholic Double Diamond Dance will be held in theschool’s gym, Saturday, March 18, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.Music will be provided by Bits N’ Pieces. A dinner will be served. Therewill be a $5,000 grand prize along with a $1,000 cash give-a-way and tremendous door prizes.

The cost is $50 per couple. Contact Frank Monica at the high school at652-3029.

LSU baseball players and coaches will conduct instructional clinics from January through April at the facilities of youth baseball organizations. The clinics are offered as a community service to playersseeking to improve their skills.

The baseball clinics feature LSU players and coaches offering instruction in all facets of the game, including hitting, pitching and fielding.

Youth baseball groups wishing to schedule a clinic should call the LSU baseball office at (225) 388-4148. Available clinic dates are limited,however, LSU will accommodate as many requests as possible.

Applications are now being evaluated by the Ten Star All-Star Basketball Camp. Boys and girls ages 7-19 can apply. Players areselected by invitation only. Past participants include Michael Jordan, TimDuncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley, Antawn Jamison, Christian Laettner, Tom Gugliotta and Trajan Langdon.

Camp locations include Atlanta; Riverside, Calif.; Babson Park, Fla.;Champagne, Ill., Fort Wayne, Ind.; Atchison, Kan.; Georgetown, Ky.;Northfield, Minn.; Raleigh, N.C.; Boiling Springs, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y.; NorthCanton, Ohio; Commerce, Texas; and Farmville, Va. College basketballscholarships are possible for the most advanced players.

For an evaluation form call (704) 372-8610.

Sports for Youth Foundation, Inc. is currently accepting applicationsfor boys and girls aged 15-18, who are accomplished volleyball players to represent the United States on the 2000 Goodwill Ambassadors World Tour. 2000 marks the 18th year that the Goodwill Ambassadors haveconducted world tours for junior volleyball players. This year’s tour is toSouthern Europe (London, Paris, Geneva, Venice, Rome). This tour is both acultural and athletic enrichment program. For more information or toapply, contact the Sports for Youth Foundation at info@volleyballnw.comor visit the web site at Registration deadline isJan. 30, 2000.The organization is also currently accepting applications for the Adult Euro-Volley Bash Volleyball Tour to Europe. Adults 21 and over, who areaccomplished volleyball players who want to sight-see, play volleyball and meet new people are encouraged to enroll. The two-week tour goesthrough London, Paris, Venice and Rome. For more information or to apply,contact the Sports for Youth Foundation at or visitthe web site at The deadline for applications isFeb. 20, 2000 or when 20 players (10 women, 10 men) have been acceptedonto this year’s tour.

The Junior Achievement Golf Sampler Card allows area golfers to drive the fairways at 12 of the local golf courses.

The Golf Sampler Card is $39 and entitles the cardholder to play a total of 49 rounds of golf among the participating courses – Audubon, Bayou Barriere, Colonial, Colonial Acres, Eastover, Ellendale, Lakewood, Oak Harbor, Ormond, Pinewood, Stonebridge and Timberlane. Supporters of thegold card will also receive a complimentary Junior Achievement golf towel. The card is valid from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2000.Proceeds from the Golf Sampler Card benefit Junior Achievement’s K-12 in-school free enterprise programs. This year alone, Junior Achievementand its 900 volunteers will teach more than 25,000 local students in over 140 schools about the relevance of education to the workplace and to prepare them for lifelong learning.

Call the Junior Achievement office at (504) 832-0102 for more information.

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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