Sports Briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 20, 2000

L’Observateur / December 20, 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 basketball, soccer, wrestling and track coaches, please send you schedules to L’Observateur, P.O. Box 101, LaPlace, LA 70069-1010, faxto (504) 652-3885 or e-mail to

The St. Charles Parish Department of Parks and Recreation isholding registration for girls’ basketball ages 13-14. Any girl interestedin playing for the St. Charles Parish Recreation Department can call 783-5090. This is the first year girls All Stars for 13-14 will be elgible toplay Pre-Prep.

An LSU bus trip for those in the Lutcher/Gramercy, Baton Rouge/Gonzales, LaPlace/New Orleans area interested in traveling to the Peach Bowl is being planned. The bus departs on Thursday, Dec. 28 andreturns on Saturday, Dec. 30. The price is $495 per couple and $370 perperson. This includes the game tickets. Interested parties should contact(225) 869-1305 after 5 p.m. or the Hot Line at (225) 556-5649 and leave amessage.

The St. Charles Catholic Christmas Baseball Camp will be held Dec.27-29 at the school from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost of the camp is$60. For more information contact Paul Waguespack at 652-3029 or 725-0962.

The Lutcher Dugout Club will hold a two-day baseball and softball camp at the Lutcher High School diamonds Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28-29.

All boys and girls ages seven through 14 years of age are invited to attend.

The camp will include instructional drills in defense and in offense on Friday.

The cost of the camp will be $40 for pre-registration and $45 for anyone registering on or after Tuesday, Dec. 26. There will be a cost reduction fortwo or more campers from the same family. The cost will include a luncheach day, a camp T-shirt and insurance throughout the camp. Campers arerequired to bring their own glove, bat and cleats. In case of bad weather,the camp will be held in the gymnasiums.

Camp instructors for baseball include Lutcher head coach Scott Tribble, assistant coach Rowdy Martinez and college players Jess Poche of Louisiana-Lafayette, Tolly Nassar of Springhill College, Cleavon Webster and Damian Ursin of Southern University and Rusty Crosslin and Wesley Louque of Pearl River Junior College.

Softball instructors will include Lutcher head coach Helen Funk, assistant coach Chris Nelson and college players Brandi Neal and Erin Hymel of Southeastern Louisiana University, Miss Martin of Louisiana-Lafayette and Jessie Zeringue, Tanya Teague and Sammi Wilks of Chipola Junior College.

Other instructors are still be arranged at this time and may be attending also.

Parents and little league coaches are welcomed and encouraged to attend the camp at no charge. Lunches will be sold to the public on Thursday ofthe camp and will be available to parents and coaches both days. Theconcession stand will be open throughout the camp.

Brochures are available at local businesses which include Kajun Kitchen, Verons Supermarket, Subway, Sandwich World, Superior Office Products and at Landmark Teez in LaPlace and Athletic Center in Gonzales.

For more information call (225) 869-8433. Pre-registration applicationscan be mailed to LHS Dugout Club Holiday Camp 2000, 32240 Longview Street, Paulina, LA 70763.

The St. John Parish Louisiana Hurricanes of the North AmericanFootball League are looking for players with college experience. Playersmust be willing to commit to three practices a week. Please send name,age, date of birth, height, weight, position, college or university attended, phone number to St. John Parish Louisiana Hurricanes, P.O. Box 757,LaPlace, LA 70069-0757. A Hurricanes tryout combine will be held in thespring. Time and place will be announced at a later date.

Applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All-Star Summer Basketball camp. Boys ages 8-19 and girls ages 10-19 canapply. Players are selected by invitational only.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 Commerce and Fort Worth, Texas; Redlands and Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Babson Park, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; Champagne andMacomb, Ill.; Greencastle, Ind.; Atchison, Kan.; Midway, Ky.; Hillsdale,Mich.; St. Paul, Minn.; Fayette, Mo.; Rochester, N.Y.; Boiling Springs, N.C.;North Canton, Ohio; Lock Haven, Pa.; Bristol, R.I.; Lebanon, Tenn.;Blacksburg, Va.; and Olympia, Wash.College basketball scholarships are possible for players named to the all- American team. For an evaluation form, call (704) 568-6801.

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 $44 and entitles the cardholder to play a total of 61 rounds of golf among the participating courses – Audubon, Bayou Barriere, Colonial, Colonial Acres, Golf Club of New Orleans at Eastover, Ellendale, Lakewood, Oak Harbor, Ormond, Pinewood, Stonebridge and Timberlane. Supporters of the gold card will also receive a complimentaryJunior Achievement golf towel. The card is valid from Jan. 1 through Dec.31, 2001.

Proceeds from the Golf Sampler Card benefit Junior Achievement’s K-12 in-school free enterprise programs. This year alone, Junior Achievementand its 1,000 volunteers will teach more than 30,000 local students in over 160 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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