RAIN PUTS A DAMPER ON SPA FLORIDA STATE TOURNAMENT

by Ho Hoffman 24. August 2012 16:06

      NOAH AND HIS ARC TAKE TOP BILLING

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - A steady down pour not only kept the teams away but shortened the SPA FLORIDA STATE TOURNAMENT held in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA August 11-12.

Only five teams were able to stick around to try and get some resemblance of a tournament finished.

The rains started coming down and wouldn't quit,” tournament Director CURT HOLLIS said, “We got as many games in as we could and then just had to call it.

In a best two-out-of-three match-up HOLLIS APPRAISALS bested 1ST TEAM SPORTS in three games for the MAJOR PLUS crown.

It was LINE DRIVE taking the AAA title with NO NAME in the runner-up spot. The FLORIDA CLASSICS rounded out the grouping.

JIMMY SUMMERCELL (HOLLIS APPRAISALS) on the strength of his .904 (19/21)batting average over four games was named MAJOR PLUS MVP. The All-Tournament team consisted of MANNY QUEIPO (HOLLIS, ,882); MIKE WILLIAMSON (HOLLIS, 826), RANDY PARKER (HOLLIS, ,750) and CALEB RABENOLD (HOLLIS, .708).

The names of the three All-Tournament players from 1ST TEAM SPORTS were unavailable. The names of the MVP in the AAA group along with the nine All-Tournament players are also unavailable.

 

HOLLIS APPRAISALS, 1ST TEAM SPORTS, LINE DRIVE, NO NAME and the FLORIDA CLASSICS all earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

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HENDRICKS SPORTS CONTINUES STORYBOOK YEAR

by Ho Hoffman 23. August 2012 23:27

   TEAM WINS SPA 55 MAJOR PLUS CROWN

 DALTON, GEORGIA – Just like IKE and TINA TURNER sing in “PROUD MARY”, “the BIG WHEEL KEEPS ON TURNING,”

HENDRICKS SPORTS continued  it's domination of the 55 MAJOR PLUS DIVISION over the past 12 months adding the SPA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN to it's current list of tournament accomplishment.

We won every 55 MAJOR PLUS tournament we entered last year : Gold Medal in Senior Olympics, SPA Major Plus, ISSA Major Plus, LVSSA Major Plus and SSUSA Major Plus,” SPA 2012 55 MAJOR PLUS MANAGER-OF-THE-YEAR RANDY HENDRICKS said, “ All in all a storybook year.”

The SPA DALTON TOURNAMENT was no different as HENDRICKS went undefeated in pool play with wins over CONNECTICUT SPORTS PLEX (24-17) and ROBERTS CONSTRUCTION (22-9).

It was the same scenario in bracket play, although CONNECTICUT SPORTS PLEX did put up a fight in the final game losing 19-16 after falling to HENDRICKS 38-23 in the second round.

We did win all our games at SPA this year, “ HENDRICKS said, “ (There) were only three teams in MAJOR PLUS and eight, I think in MAJOR, but we only played MAJOR PLUS teams. We played well overall (in the tournament).”

The most difficult aspect of tournament play for the HENDRICKS' team is deciding who gets the MVP and ALL-AMERICAN AWARDS.

BUD WEATHERS was again MVP. IVAN DENNIS, ALFRED HINTON, ANDREW SIGUR, THOMAS BROWN and JOE WEATHERSOON were ALL-AMERICANS,” HENDRICKS said,As is often the case, at least three more players could have been All-American the way they played

It is sometimes an impossible task to distinguish who gets the award and who is almost there, especially when they (tournament directors) want your decision immediately following your championship game,” he added.

Others who contributed to the HENDRICKS SPORTS SPA DALTON 55 MAJOR PLUS WORLD TITLE were: BILL BLAKE, RANDY HENDRICKS, RICKY HENDERSON, GARY KUBENKA, JOE READ, REGGIE SIMMONS, JOE STANDEFER, DAVID STANDEFER and RUSSELL YOUNG.

HENDRICKS SPORTS and CONNECTICUT SPORTS PLEX both qualified for the SPA WORLD SERIES of CHAMPIONS to be played in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA OCTOBER 31, NOVEMBER 1,2 and 3.

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SPA SHELBYVILLE HOOSIER CLASSIC HITS CAPACITY

by Ho Hoffman 23. August 2012 23:20

THIRTY-SIX TEAMS VISIT INDIANA FOR HOOSIERS' 17TH ANNUAL EVENT

SHELBYVILLE, INDIANA – The GRANDFATHER OF SPA softball tournaments, DWAIN LAIRD wrapped up his 17th ANNUAL HOOSIER CLASSIC at SHELBYVILLE'S BLUE RIVER PARK with thirty-six teams participating in the five-day (AUGUST 15,16,17,18,19) event.

It was one of the most competitive tournaments we have ever had,” the HALL-OF-FAME manager and tournament director said, “We had three “if” games, a team coming out of the loser's bracket winning a championship and a ton of one-and-two run games.”

In the 50's GOLD DIVISION, BRICKYARD SOFTBALL III took the title with THE CATCH out of Kentucky finishing second and the BUCKEYE CLASSICS third.

TWIN CITY MOVERS from ILLINOIS took home the top prize in the SILVER DIVISION with the DAYTON LEGENDS HITMEN second and FLOORS TO GO/RAYMOND JAMES third.

The 55 CROWN went to KENTUCKY'S SMITH LAMINATING while the BRICKYARD LEGENDS took runner-up honors.

MIAMI LAKE SPORTS came out of the loser's bracket to beat the BRICKYARD CLASSICS II twice and take the 60 AAA championship. The DAYTON LEGENDS II came in third followed by crosstown rival DAYTON CLASSICS II in fourth.

Another KENTUCKY team, ZEPPELIN won the 60 AA title with the INDIANA LEGENDS – COLUMBUS claiming runner-up honors. The INDY FOG finished third and THE BOMB SQUAD fourth.

SPORTS LETTERING of Tennessee won the 65 AAA crown with Colorado' SCRAP IRON PHITEN in second. It was CAR CITY of Iowa finishing third.

In the largest group in the tournament, U.S JOBS/INDY 65's walked off with the 65 AA GOLD championship as another local team, the COLUMBUS SILVER STICKS took second and KENTUCKIANA 65'S II third. In the 65 AA SILVER GROUP, JIM AND JOE'S took bragging rights while COSSA 65'S II took home the RUNNER-UP honors. The DAYTON LEGENDS 65's finished third.

INDIANA'S DIRECT EMPLOYERS won the 70 AAA Division with the SILVER SNEAKERS out of ILLINOIS taking second. Also participating in the five-team group were MID-STATE SENIORS, INDIANAPOLIS CLASSICS and BRENNAN'S AKRON 70'S.

CFI avenged an earlier tournament loss to the AKRON 75's by beating them twice to take the 75's AA DIVISION title. The INDIANA SILVER FOXES finished third.

The INDY CROWNS added another title for HOOSIER STATE teams winning the 75's AAA title. The LOUISVILLE THUNDER finished second with MICHIGAN MILLER'S 75's third.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the 2012 SPA HOOSIER CLASSIC earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

 

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“OVER THE HILL GANG” TAKES OVER ARKANSAS INVITATIONAL

by Ho Hoffman 20. August 2012 23:11

     65'S, 70'S, 75'S AND 80'S VISIT HOT SPRINGS

HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS KIMERY PARK in HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS played host AUGUST 16-18 to the upper echelon age groups of SPA SENIOR SOFTBALL.

Ten teams in the 65, 70, 75 and 80 age group squared off to determine four champions.

The 3-team round robin 70 AAA title went to the RANGERS OF NORTH TEXAS (3-1) with the GREYHOUND 70's (2-2) and SMITH FIRE (1-3) finishing second and third the competitive bracket. Ironically SMITH FIRE'S only win was 16-14 over the RANGERS. The GREYHOUNDS lost twice to the champs by scores of 17-10 and 9-5.

JUST FOR FUN did not have much fun in losing the best three-out-of five showdown to the TEXAS LEGENDS 65's in the 65 MAJOR BRACKET. The TEXAS team won the match with scores of 23-26, 20-13, 28-17, 15-18 and 29-27 in the finale.

The three-team round robin in the 80's Division saw the TEXAS CLASSICS go 4-0 with wins over S.W.STARS 2-2 (31-10, 18-17) and the ROADRUNNERS 0-4 (15-8, 15-0).

The GREYHOUNDS 75's had to settle for a quartet of games against the 80's entries and went 4-0 over the S.W. STARS (16-11), TEXAS CLASSICS 80's (16-2, 19-17) and ROADRUNNERS (18-2) in winning the 75 Division.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the ARKANSAS SENIOR SOFTBALL INVITATIONAL earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

 

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HEAT THE BIG WINNER AT SPA'S MEN'S SOUTHWEST NATIONALS-AMERICA

by Ho Hoffman 17. August 2012 15:56

    TWELVE TEAMS SWEAT OUT TWO DIVISION TOURNAMENT

PLANO, TEXAS – “Whoever won and/or whoever lost was secondary to the heat and getting through the tournament without anyone suffering heat stroke,” TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR LAYLA BRYAN said, “The temperature was between 100-and-105 degrees, Our (SPA) main concern was making certain everyone was drinking lots of water and that we had ice and water available in the dugouts for all the players and also for the spectators .”

However, even the heat couldn't stop the teams from playing the tournament through to its climax during the SPA MEN'S SOUTWEST NATIONALS playing August 2 – 5 at HERITAGE YARDS in PLANO, TEXAS.

Heat was the deciding factor in the 60+ championship as the K.C.THUNDER claimed a double forfeit over the NATURALS from ARKANSAS to claim the championship.

“I felt bad for the NATURALS,” BRYAN said, “They played such a great tournament but when it was time for the finals they only had TEN players available and they chose not to risk heat stroke playing a possible two games in the triple digit heat. I can't really blame them, their health was more important than a trophy.”

The LA LEGENDS finished third in the eight-team group with the U.S.A. PATRIOTS fourth. Rounding out the field were the TEXAS THUNDER, MID-AMERICA, SULTANS and DALLAS SPURS.

In the 55+ group, the TEXAS LEGENDS claimed the MAJOR CROWN while GONZALES INSULATION bested the TEXAS CLASSIC 22-13 for the AAA award. The DALLAS SPURS also participated in the 55+ division.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the MEN'S SOUTHWEST 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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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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