River Region Sports Notes, Events and Information

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 28, 2005


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and local volunteers are sponsoring hunter education courses in the community. Anyone born on or after Sept. 1, 1969 must take this course before purchasing a hunting license at age sixteen.

The course is free to the public and anyone ten years and older can be certified for life in all fifty states. Participation the entire length of course is mandatory and tardiness is grounds for dismissal. Dates are March 19-20 at the Sheriffs Riffle Range on Savanne Road in Houma from 7:30 a.m. Until 4 p.m. both days. For more information on this or other hunter education programs, including our home study course please call Jonathan LeBlanc at 985-594-7412 or get on the website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov.


Ascension of Our Lord Recreation Program will hold registration for summer baseball and softball on Sunday April 3 and 17 from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Leagues include T-ball for 4-6 year old boys and girls, coaches pitch baseball for 7-9 year old boys and cabbageball for girls, and baseball for 10-14 year old boys. Softball will also be provided for girls 7-15 years old as well as cabbage ball. If you have any questions, call director Mike Abbate at 985-652-5041.

On Sunday April 10 at 2 p.m. Tryouts for PUMA National Tournament Team open to all high school baseball players aged 13-18 will be held. Tryouts will take place at Privateer Stadium on the University of New Orleans campus. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Baseball Factory and the Team One Baseball staff will be running the tryout. All players must pre-register by contacting Justin Roswell at 800-621-5452.


On April 2nd, the entrance from River Road at Destrehan onto I-310 will be closed after 8 a.m. Until all runners have cleared the entrance (approximately 45 minutes). The exit from I-310 to Destrehan will be closed after 8 a.m. The Airline Drive approach will remain open. One lane of traffic across the bridge southbound will be closed and traffic will be slowed down to 20 MPH in the left-hand lane. Exit #7 to Luling will be closed until all runners have exited and it is safe to re-open to traffic. Traffic may not be able to use this exit until approximately 10 a.m.


LaPlace area junior golfers ages 11-18 are invited to compete in the Arrowhead Junior Masters at Stonebrook Golf Club on April 9th-10th in Pace, Florida just north of Pensacola. The two-day, 36-hole event is ranked by the National Junior Golf Scoreboard and hosted by the Arrowhead Junior Golf Tour. Registration deadline is Saturday, April 2nd at 6 p.m. Discounted hotel accommodations are available. Call 850-243-6333 or register to join the tour online at www.arrowheadjgt.com.


Prime Time Sports’ spring shootout series of basketball tournaments offers quality competition for boys and girls, grades 4-12. Tournament dates and locations in Louisiana are as follows: April 23-24-New Orleans and Shreveport. Entry fee is $195 per tournament. For more information, call 972-355-3788 or 972-874-2564 or visit our website at www.primetimesportz.com.


THIBODAUX – The Nicholls State University soccer team will hold two soccer clinics in April for boys and girls ages 8 to 14 years.

On Saturday, April 9, players will learn the basic skills needed to be an offensive player. Drills will pertain to ball control, passing and receiving and how to strike the ball properly and effectively.

On Saturday, April 16, players will learn aspects of defending. Drills will focus on the correct body position and stance, field positioning, how and when to tackle properly, as well as the use of effective communication.

The clinics will each conclude with short games to show how drills are incorporated into the game.

Instruction will be lead by Nicholls head soccer coach Cindy Piper and members of the university soccer team.

The clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The registration fee is $35 per session. To register, visit the Nicholls State University Office of Continuing Education, Non-Credit programs online at www.nicholls.edu/cnc or call (985) 448-4444.


The 2005 St. Joan of Arc School “Vikes on Spikes” Golf Classic and Social is set for Friday May 6, 2005 at the Belle Terre Country Club located on 111 Fairway Drive in LaPlace. Lunch is set for 12 p.m. With a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will be served following the round. The entrance fee is $125 per player or $500 per team. Each golfer will receive two social tickets. There will be hole-in-one contests as well as longest drive, putting and closet-to-the hole contests. The Social will be from 7-11 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Lee and Perry’s (a production of Take 5). Social tickets are $25 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds will benefit St. Joan of Arc School’s Alack Memorial Library. For an application and more information contact Kevin or Andre’ Lacour at 985-653-8443, Michael Martin at 985-651-2859, Mark Roussel at 985-651-7207, Rebecca Taliancich or Larry Bourgeois at 985-652-6310.

The second annual Rudolph G. Dinvaunt Athletic Foundation tournament will be held on Friday, April 22, 2005 at the Belle Terre Country Club. Shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds will benefit West St. John Athletic Department and the Rudolph G. Dinvaunt Stadium. For application and more information please contact the Foundation at 985-536-4482.


The Special Olympics training school have been set. On March 26th, advanced track and field will be held at the St. Charles Recreation office at 9 a.m. And the advance volleyball will be held at 12:30 at the same location.


The second annual Frisco Fest 5K/mile run is set for May 22nd at 7:30 for the mile run and 8:00 for the 5K run at the San Fransico Plantation in Garyville, Louisiana. Entry fee is $12 before May 1st, $15.00 after. Ages 12 and under are free. Race amenities include a custom t-shirt, food, cold beer, free admission to browse around the fest featuring crafts, food and entertainment. For an application and more information contact Beverly Oubre and 985-535-7159.


The second annual Tour De’San Franciso bike run is set for May 21, 2005 at the San Francisco Plantation in Garryville, Louisiana. Check in time is 7:30 a.m. with a 8 a.m. Start. Lunch will be served at 11 a.m. Your $20 entry fee for the 25-mile race includes a t-shirt, drinks and meal. Fee is $25 after May 1st. For more information and an application contact Beverly Oubre at 985-535-7159 or Aleisha Accardo and Kim Fontenot at 985-535-2341.


The River Parish Hawks will kick off their season on Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 3 p.m. This semi-pro baseball team was formally the River Parishes Sluggers. Home games will be held at the East St. John High School baseball stadium in Reserve. For more information, please call Alvin “Peter” Brown at 504-462-4178.