Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 30, 2000

L’Observateur / May 30, 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 youth baseball, softball, soccer and swimming coaches, please send your schedules to L’Observateur, P.O. Box 1010, LaPlace, LA 70069-1010, or fax to (504) 652-3885.

St. John Parish Day at Zephyr Field is June 15. First pitch is scheduled for6:05 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Recreation Office for $5. All local churches are invited to participate in the St. John Parish ChurchLeague. Games will be played on Friday nights. Deadline for registration isJune 16. Call the Recreation Department at 652-9569 for more information. LaPlace Little League (NOAH) will be holding its mid-season tournament Friday through Sunday. Games begin Friday at 5:30 p.m.; Saturday at 9 a.m.,running to 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m., running to 5 p.m.There is no charge for admission and spectators are welcome. For moredetails call NOAH Boosters at 651-9002.

Softball tryouts for incoming freshmen at Lutcher High School will be held at the school’s softball field June 5-7 from 10 a.m. to noon. East St. John High School has openings for the following positions: headbaseball coach, head softball coach, assistant softball coach and two assistant football coaches. Send resumes to East St. John High School, #1Wildcat Drive, Reserve, LA 70084, or call Ronnie Stephens, athletic director, at (504) 536-1165 or (504) 653-1392.

The 2000 Riverside Speed and Agility Camp will be held June 5-8 at the school. Tim Taffi, who has been a speed and strength coach for five years, isthe camp director. He will be assisted by Riverside athletes. For moreinformation contact Taffi at Riverside at 536-4246.

St. Charles Catholic baseball coach Frank Monica is holding twobaseball camps this spring at the school.

A pitchers and catchers camp will be held June 5 and 6. The cost of the campis $60. A hitters camp will be held June 7-9. The cost of the camp is $90. Formore information and to register, call Monica at 652-3029 or 652-4905.

The sixth annual Norco Lions Golf Classic will be held Saturday, June 10, at Willowdale Country Club in Luling.

There will be a 2 p.m. shotgun start.The cost is $70 per golfer. The fee includes cart, greens fee, dinner, doorprizes and long drive and closest to the pin competition.

Drinks provided all day on the course including beer, soft drinks, sport drinks and bottled water.

For more information or to enter a team contact John Louviere at 764- 2449.

Nicholls State University baseball coach B.D. Parker will hold fourdifferent sessions of his Bayou Baseball Camps in June at Raymond E. DidierField on the Colonel campus.

The dates of the four sessions are June 5-8, 12-15, 19-22 and 26-29, and are open to boys ages 5 through 18. The camp runs from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.Each day and the cost of a session is $155, which includes lunch and a T- shirt.

The purpose of the camp is to provide quality instruction on all aspects of the game as well as lectures regarding the mental aspects of being successful on and off the field. Campers will be divided into appropriate ageand skill level groups.

For more information contact Parker at (504) 448-4808 or (504) 446- 0231.

The Nicholls State University Athletics Department’s second annual Coaches Caravan will be making a stop at Bull’s Corner Restaurant in LaPlace June 20.

The tour will feature the head coaches of all 15 intercollegiate sports.

Selected assistant coaches and staff members will also be in attendance.

The Caravan will also make stops at Beck’s in Raceland on June 5, Hill’s Lounge in Thibodaux on June 6, Randolph’s in Golden Meadow on June 8, the Holiday Inn in Morgan City on June 12, Bayou Vue Cafe in Houma on June 14 and First and Last Chance Cafe in Donaldsonville on June 22.

A meal will be available for $10 and each night’s event begins at 6:30 p.m.For more information contact the Nicholls State Colonel Club at (504) 448- 4804.

Ivanov’s Gymnastics Academy in LaPlace is holding a summer gymnastics training camp for ages 5 and up June 5 through August 18.

Beginners are welcomed. Before and after care is available. Daily and weeklyrates are available. Call 652-4500 for more information. SLU and the Steve Carter Tennis Camp will be hosting the 21st Lion Tennis Camp on the campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. The campis for all ability levels and will be for both resident and day campers. Forinformation contact the SLU Athletic Department at (504) 549-2253 or Steve Carter at P.O. Box 80145, Baton Rouge, LA 70898, or at (504) 924-0735.

The Ray Guy Kicking Academy and Talent Search is being held at Tulane University Saturday and Sunday.

The camp is open to anybody who is at least 10 years of age. The two-dayprogram of concentrated instruction focuses on the specific skills of kicking and punting. Those who attend will train to improve their skills using lectures,demonstrations, video analysis, developmental drills and individual instruction. The Academy is one of the most comprehensive instructionalprograms of its kind, featuring football’s best collegiate and professional kickers and punters.

Enrollment is limited. Interested applicants must pre-register to insureacceptance. For free information contact American Football Specialists, P.O.Box 50484, Bowling Green, KY 42102-3684; call (270) 843-8393 or visit the website at Applications are now being evaluated by the Ten Star All-Star Basketball Camp. Boys and girls ages 7-19 can apply. Players are selected by invitationonly. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, 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.; North Canton, Ohio;Commerce, Texas; and Farmville, Va. College basketball scholarships arepossible for players named to the All-American Team.

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

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 the gold cardwill also receive a complimentary Junior Achievement golf towel. The card isvalid 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 Achievement and its900 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 vehiclewill 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 as the 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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