JOHNSON CITY TOURNAMENT HONORS TOM WILLIAMS

by Ho Hoffman 26. July 2012 13:30

   PLANS BEING MADE FOR HUGE EXPANSION IN 2013

JOHNSON CITY, TENNESSEE – The dust hasn't even been cleaned off the softball shoes but already TOM WILLIAMS TRI CITIES CLASSIC CO-DIRECTORS JIM LORENZEN and TERRY WIDENER are making big plans for the 2013 tournament.

“We got off to a late start this year and by the time we got going, teams had already made plans to attend all the tournaments which were running the same time as ours,” LORENZEN said.

“Next year, our TWENTY-FIRST, we (LORENZEN and WIDENER) will be starting much, much earlier, promoting the tournament and obtaining teams.” the TD's added.

For those who are not familiar with the late TOM WILLIAMS, he was an icon in senior softball.

TOM was a competitive player and manager for over forty years,” WIDENER explained, “ He was elected to the HALL of FAME and was an original SPA DIRECTOR.

WILLIAMS was the person who instituted the two first bases; the second home plate and the pitching mats for senior softball. He was instrumental in a number of the safety rules we have in senior softball today.

The JOHNSON CITY tournament was changed from the TRI-CITIES CLASSIC to the TOM WILLIAMS TRI-CITIES CLASSIC following the passing of WILLIAMS in 2010.

This years tournament had more competition for teams then you could imagine. Being run in the same weekend (JULY `13,14,15) were SPA tournaments in VIRGINIA and OHIO; the ISSA SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPS in ALABAMA and the TENNESSEE SENIOR OLYMPICS.

“There weren't that many senior teams available for all those tournaments,” LORENZEN said.

Still the TOM WILLIAMS event had a competitive group in both the 60's and 65's AA and AAA divisions. In the 60's LOU'S ROYALS took first with the EAGLES II second and TRI CITIES third.

FLIP DOW was the top dog in the 65's. Others in the group were CUSTOM GRAPHICS, PATRICK HENRY and TRI CITIES.

“In 2013 we may move our date in JULY,” LORENZEN said, “ We then would concentrate on bringing in at least EIGHT TEAMS in age group. There is no doubt we can do it if we start early, I am shooting for a forty-team turnout in 2013.”.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the THE ISENHOWER SENIOR CLASSIC MID-AMERICA NATIONALS earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

 

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SPA ISENHOWER SENIOR CLASSIC TEAMS STAY “IN THE KITCHEN”

by Ho Hoffman 24. July 2012 16:17

            THIRTY TEAMS HANDLE THE HEAT AT FOUNTAIN BLUFF, MO COMPLEX

LIBERTY, MISSOURIThirty teams battled not only their opponents but 107-degrees temperatures at the 16th ANNUAL SPA ISENHOWER SENIOR CLASSIC MID-AMERICA NATIONALS held at FOUNTAIN BLUFF SPORTS COMPLEX July 6-8 in LIBERTY. MISSOURI.

Our 16th ANNUAL tournament was a huge success, “ Tournament Director JERRY HINTON said, “We had thirty teams who battled it out in the 107-degree heat and fought their way to one of the Eleven Division titles,

Seven teams squared off in the 50 AAA bracket with the KC MONARCHS besting runner-up IOWA DEAMONS for the championship. The STING DOGS finished a close third. Rounding out the 50 AAA group were DEALERS TRIM; PRIME CHOICE, KC THUNDER and the X-JOCKS.

In the four-team 50-Majors the KC BARONS took home the GOLD while J.J. SPORTS grabbed the runner-up spot. SCRAP IRON and TEAM ARKANSAS made up the rest of the field.

PRUDENTIAL won the 55 AAA Crown while MWC and the KC BARON finished 1-2 in the 55-MAJOR DIVISION.

KC THUNDER provided all the noise in winning the 60 AAA bracket over runner-up TEAM 454.

The KC KIDS made it a sweep for KANSAS CITY teams in the 60's groups by winning the 60-MAJOR title.

M&V edged the A TEAM for the 65 AA crown with the A TEAM finishing second,

In the four-team 65 AAA BRACKET it was U.S.PALLET taking the title over runner-up MIDWEST EXPRESS. CAR CITY and THE CRACKERBOX filled out the bracket.

The 65-MAJORS saw the TEXAS LEGENDS finishing on top with K.C. FIRE grabbing the runner-up spot. JUST 4 FUN filled out the three-team division,

MID-AMERICA PATRIOTS went home with the 70's AA title. The SILVER SNEAKERS, KNAPHEIDE and CENTRAL 70's finished 1-2-3 in the 70's AAA bracket,

All teams who finished first and/or second in the THE ISENHOWER SENIOR CLASSIC MID-AMERICA NATIONALS earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

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HEART OF OHIO OUT BEATS THE COMPETITION

by Ho Hoffman 24. July 2012 12:39

 

         SEVENTY-FOUR MENS' AND WOMENS' TEAMS PLAY IN COLUMBUS

 

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Despite competing tournaments in Michigan and Syracuse, the SPA HEART of OHIO tournament outdrew the combined efforts of the other two with SEVENTY-FOUR teams participating. at the BERLINER complex.

 

“It was a good turnout with nine brackets participating in the mens' group and five in the woman's, “LARRY MILLIRON, SPA representative said, “We did have some rain which set us back a couple of hours but for the most part everything was on schedule.

 

WOMAN'S BRACKETS

 

SPORTACULARS OF CANADA rebounded from a 1-and-2 record in pool play to take the four-team woman's 70 DIVISION beating the top seed FREEDOM SPIRITS of FLORIDA in the title game. The TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS and GOLDEN GIRLS 70's rounded out the field.

 

In the 65's GROUP the KENTUCKY FILLIES went 6-0 in pool and tournament play to take the four-team bracket championship. The story of the 65's DIVISION was the comeback play of the BLUE CHICKS.

 

The CHICKS lost all three games in pool play plus their first game in bracket play but bounced back by beating the TRI-STARS 8-6 and GOLDEN GIRLS 10-9 before losing to the FILLIES in the championship game.

 

The GOLDEN GIRLS took no prisoners as they rolled through the 60's Division with a perfect 7-0 mark aided by a 17-14 win over the FUN BUNCH in the title game.

 

The OHIO CARDINALS took third in the eight-team bracket with the JOLICO SENIORS 60's fourth. Rounding out the field were the MO FLASHBACKS, GREY POWER of CANADA, OHIO SILVER BUCKEYE SPIRITS and the SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS.

 

The MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS avenged an earlier 16-11 loss to the JOLICO 55's in pool play to beat them twice in bracket play 11-5 and 12-11 in the 55's DIVISION championship game. N.Y. METRO'S DOUBLE PLAY finished third followed by the WANNA BEE'S 55's and SHO-ME 55's.

 

In the 11-team 50's group, the DREAM GIRLZ compiled an undefeated 7-0 record including a 23-6 defeat of the JOLICO SENIOR 50's in the championship game. JOLICO had an impressive 5-2 mark, including four wins in the loser's bracket. Their only defeats came at the hands of the DREAM GIRLZ.

 

Taking third place were the PHENOMENAL LADIES followed by the GOLDEN GIRLS, TENNESSEE STARS 50's< SERIOUS FUN, OHIO ROCKERS, TNT, LADY LOOKOUTS, SASSY SENIORS and SHOW ME 50's.

 

 

MENS' DIVISIONS

 

The INDY CROWNS edged PROHEALTH 16-14 in the title game to win the four-team AAA 75's group. MICHIGAN MILLER'S and the LOUISVILLE THUNDER rounded out the field.

 

The COSSA 75's made the most of the home field advantage beating AKRON 75's 35-20 and 22-12 to win the 75's AA crown. The INDIANA SILVER FOXES completed the three-team bracket.

 

In the four-team 70AA Bracket the DORCHESTER CANADIANS downed the COSSA 70's 16-12 for the title. MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS and DAYTON LEGENDS rounded out the bracket.

 

BRENNAN'S 70's defeated the INDY CLASSICS 18-11 in the “IF” game to take the three-team 70's Division. INDY set up the extra game by beating BRENNAN'S 19-16. PEPCO was the third team in the group.

 

COSSA 65's came out of the loser's bracket to beat the DAYTON LEGENDS twice 31-25 and 21-20 to win the the four-team 65AA Division. U.S. JOBS INDY and the MISSISSAUGA LEGENDS completed the the AA grouping.

 

WINDSOR CHIEFS added another OHIO title to their trophy case beating DOC MARTENS 18-13 for the 65 AAA title. WRIGHT STATE and BRANTFORD NISSAN rounded out the four-team field.

 

INDIANA LEGENDS/CAMPBELL TIRE edged the WINDSOR CHIEFS 60's 10-9 in the title game to win the eight-team 60's DIVISION. The BRICKYARD CLASSICS finished third followed by MIAMI LAKES SPORTS, DAYTON LEGENDS 60'S< OHIO SILVERADO'S, OSHKOSH AMBASSADORS, and DAYTON CLASSICS.

 

In the 55's the CENTRAL ILLINOIS CHIEFS made their first trip to an OHIO tournament a profitable one as they beat SMITH'S LAMINATING 21-12 for the 55's crown. Rounding out the five-team division were the DAYTON LEGEND'S 55's, BRICKYARD LEGENDS and MINUTE MEN/SFS/KMB.

 

THE CATCH rebounded from losing their first pool game 25-17 to go undefeated the rest of the way and end it with a 25-6 victory over runner-up BRICKYARD SOFTBALL II. Coming in third in the five-team 50's bracket was TWIN CITY MOTORS followed by UNIVERSAL MECHANICAL SOFTBALL and DAYTON LEGENDS HITMEN.

 

All teams who finished first and/or second in the The HEART OF OHIO TOURNAMENTearned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

 

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GEORGIA WAS ON THEIR MIND

by Ho Hoffman 3. July 2012 13:03

 

            THIRTY-SIX TEAMS FLOCK TO SPA 2012 PEACH STATE CLASSIC

MARIETTA, GEORGIA – The SPA 2012 PEACH STATE CLASSIC filled the MARIETTA, GEORGIA'S AL BISHOP SOFTBALL COMPLEX to capacity as thirty-six teams took part in one of the biggest senior tournaments below the Mason-Dixon line this year.

“We decided to cut the tournament off at 36 teams,” ROBBIE FAUCETT, Tournament Director said, “We had to turn away at least ten teams but we needed to schedule games on an hour and a half (time frame)”

“We did have some problems with the heat, thunderstorms and lighting but with schedule we had, we built in time for all those problems,” FAUCETT added, “It worked out well as the last game finished before 2:00 PM Sunday.”

The JUNE 21-24 weekend PEACH STATE CLASSIC crowned seven champions as each bracket had at least four teams, all in the same age and playing ability.

The GEORGIA CLASSICS were one of the closest teams to the MARIETTA tournament site but took the longest road in getting to and winning the title game. The CLASSICS had to win five games in the loser's bracket, force and “if” game and beat the runner-up GEORGIA NUGGETS 15-13 to take the 70's CROWN. Third place went to BROOK CLASSIC while LEIDEN'S LEGENDS grabbed the fourth spot. ED'S ALUMINUM BUILDERS completed the five-team bracket.

In the 65 MAJOR, the PANHANDLE HITMEN left no doubt as to who the “king of the hill” was as they defeated SENIOR MOMENTS 21-6 in the championship battle. Third and fourth place went to SOUTHEAST 65's and HUFFMAN ELECTRIC.

The CARDIAC KIDS had a cardiac moment in the 60AAA title game by just edging GEORGIA/ALABAMA MASTERS 23-22. The CARDIAC KIDS also went undefeated in the tournament which also saw COLUMBUS LX and T.A.G. TEAM taking third and fourth place.

Also competing in the eight-team bracket were FMSI, MEMHIS VETERANS, EAGLES and STRYKERS.

CUSTOM GRAPHICS needed an “IF” game and a few lucky bounces to edge FLIP DOW 15-14 for the 65 AAA crown. Others in the 65 AAA division were SPORTS LETTERING, third place; ORTHAPAEDIC SPORTS MEDICINE, fourth place and the TRIUMPS.

The 55 AAA saw ATLANTA RECYCLING defeat the COLUMBUS 55's 15-6 for the championship as (by) GRACE REDEEMED and DIXIE SENIOR SOFTBALL took third and fourth places.

The MONTGOMERY SWARM did just that “swarming” all over the MONARCHS 23-7 in the title game to win the 50 AAA division. Taking the third and fourth spot in the group were HERO ENERGY and LONGSHOTS. The RAMS rounded out the field.

C&M SPORTING GOODS downed SOUTHERN ELITE 32-16 in the big boys division to win the 50 MAJOR crown. SMITTY”S TEAM 44 earned the third slot with DT EXPRESS finishing fourth.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the The PEACH STATE CLASSICearned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

 

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About the Editor

Ho Hoffman of Wadsworth,Ohio is a sports writer for the Medina (Ohio) Gazette daily newspaper. Hoffman also has been playing competitive softball for nearly sixty years and 3,000 games starting in the adult fast pitch leagues as a teenager and continuing through into today's 70's senior division.  

Hoffman for the past twenty years has also been playing on senior softball travel teams. In addition, he along with Red Bole are the tournament directors of the highly successful SPA Ohio Buckeye Classic June senior softball tournament which last year drew 77 teams, in the 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75 AA and AAA only divisions. 

He is also married. He and his wife Sue have three sons who are also active in softball and baseball. The youngest Matt plays adult slo-pitch softball, Mike plays Roy Hobbs 40-and over baseball and Marc is the founder, owner and president of U.S. Baseball Academy, the nation's largest baseball training program.

 

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