SPA WOMEN TAKE THEIR “GAME” TO PENSACOLA

by Ho Hoffman 30. April 2013 17:29

           WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONAL TOPS THIRTY TEAMS

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – For the second straight year the SPA WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS at PENSACOLA'S EXCHANGE PARK topped thirty teams, as thirty-three (an increase from 2012)  made the trip this year.

"JUDY LEE (SCHREIBER), her staff, LAYLA BRYAN and Tournament Director MIKE DESORBO have really built this tournament into a great event,” SPA EXECUTIVE DIREDTOR RIDGE HOOKS said,” Four years ago this tournament had only eleven teams and look at it today. It just shows the WOMEN'S PROGRAM at SPA is really growing.”

To aid the growth SPA has SIX WOMEN'S TOURNAMENTS scheduled for 2013. The group includes PENSACOLA WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS; SPA -TWITTY SR WOMEN'S NIT (HENDERSONVILLE, TENN JUNE); SPA WOMEN'S MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS (IRVING, TEXAS AUGUST); SPA WOMEN'S LINE DRIVE SPORTS TOURNAMENT (MAUMEE, OHIO AUGUST); SPA WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (DALTON,GEORGIA SEPTEMBER) and the SPA WOMEN'S WORLD SERIES (JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA NOVEMBER).

Pensacola started the ball rolling April 11-14 with nine Division Champs crowned.

In the “kid's” Division, KRYPTONITE (FLORIDA) took the 35/40 title with MARYLAND'S LADIES FIRST taking runner-up honors. Others in the five-team division were CHICKS WITH STICKS (TENN); ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK and NORTHWEST FLORIDA (NWFL) RIVER ROCK.

ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK was also the 35 DIVISION CHAMP.

The home-town PENSACOLA SENIOR LADIES edged the CAROLINA SNIPERS 16-15 in the championship game of their best two-out-of-three battle for the 45 PLUS TITLE.

PENSACOLA won game one 20-19 but CAROLINA forced the third game with a 27-18 victory.

In the six-team 50+ Division, JOLICO SENIOR 50'S of MICHIGAN took the crown with SERIOUS FUN (TENN) second and FLORIDA'S SUNNY BEACHES third.

Rounding out the field were TNT STARS (TENN), LADY LOOKOUTS (TENN) and LA SPORTS (LOUISIANA).

The two-team 55's TITLE was won by JOLICO SENIOR 55'S overthe FLORIDA LIGHTNING.

The 60+ Division went to the “Show Me” state's FUN BUNCH followed by the OHIO CARDINALS in second and MICHIGAN'S JOLICO SENIORS third.

The remaining teams in the five-team field were VIRGINIA'S GOLDEN GIRLS and the SOUTHER STARS from TENNESSEE.

The 65+ Division turned into a marathon for the FUN BUNCH 65's. The TENNESSEE team won their first game 12-8 against the GOLDEN GIRLS (VA) but lost 12-5 to FLORIDA GOLDEN GALS in the second round.

The FUN BUNCH fought their way back out of the loser's bracket beating the SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS (TENN) 9-2; KENTUCKY FILLIES, JOLICO and a 12-10 rematch contest with GOLDEN GALS to force an “IF” game.

The FUN BENCH ended their “long day” edging the GOLDEN GALS 11-10 to take the 65+ six-team crown.

The GOLDEN GIRLS 70'S (VIRGINIA) ran the table with a pair of wins over the (KENTUCKY) THOROUGHBREDS and a single victory against the (TENNESSEE) SENIOR STARS to take the 70 AAA championship. The THOROUGHBREDS were second.

The WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MAMMA'S were the fourth team in the bracket.

It was FLORIDA'S FREEDOM SPIRIT 75's winning the “IF” game 13-10 to edge FLORIDA'S GOLDEN GALS 70's for the 70/75 MAJOR title.

The GOLDEN GALS forced the “IF” game with a 12-11 win over the FREEDOM SPIRIT. CANADA'S SPORTACULARS rounded out the three-team field.

All teams which finished first and/or second in the WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS qualified for the SPA 2013 WOMEN'S WORLD SERIES NOVEMBER 7-10 in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA.

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SPA MONTGOMERY SPRING NATIONALS BRINGS OUT THE KIDS

by Ho Hoffman 1. April 2013 14:06

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – For the second year in a row, it was “kids day” at the 2013 SPA SPRING NATIONALS with THIRTEEN 50's teams heading the thirty squads battling out at the LAGOON PARK complex March 14-17.

It was a great tournament,” SPA ON-SITE TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR DON CHERRY said,” With the new registration innovations they put into effect at the home office, we were able to do things so much quicker and concentrate on the games instead of the paper work.”

ADIKTIVE SPORTS was the big horse in the ten-team 50 PLATINUM Division knocking off second place HOLLIS APPRISALS and RANDY SNITH to win the championship. Other teams participating were SOUTHERN ELITE, D.T.EXPRESS, MONTGOMERY SWARM, TEAM ARKANSAS, MONSTER SOFTBALL, TRI-STATE CONNECTION and ATLANTA MONARCHS.

In the other 50's group, the GOLD DIVISION, LANGSTON PAINTING defeated the ELITE 50's 13-10, MASS MONSTER 27-24 and ELITE 50's again (19-12) for the GOLD CROWN. ELITE 50's downed MASS MONSTER 23-19 for runner-up honors.

Five teams squared off in the 55 PLATINUM DIVISION with CRYSTAL PHARMACY running the table beating DIXIE SENIORS (31-16, 28-13) and ATLANTA RECYCLING 13-9 to walk off with the title. DOC C's and COLUMBUS 55's rounded out the five-team field.

COLUMBUS LX fought their way out of the loser's bracket to win the 60 GOLD championship. After losing to FMI 19-16, COLUMBUS beat the STRYKERS 22-21 and then forced an “IF” game by edging FMI 18-16. The title “IF” game was no contest as COLUMBUS LX disposed of FMI 27-18.

The fourth team in the bracket was the MEMPHIS VETERANS.

In another “IF” game the CARDIAC KIDS lived up to their names beating GA/AL MASTERS 33-16. The MASTERS had sent the KIDS to the loser's bracket earlier with a 42-31 win. The CARDIAC gang recovered to down TAG 27-18 and the MASTERS 23-15 to force the”IF”game.

CUSTOM GRAPHICS had the distinction of being outscored 71-58 in their four bracket games but scored at the right times to win the 65/70 DIVISION. GRAPHICS edged BORDER STATES (13-12) and the PANHANDLE HITMEN (14-13) before suffering their first loss (20-4 to the HITMEN) forcing an “IF”game.

It was another squeaker for the GRAPHIC squad as they wiggled by the HITMEN 27-26 in the championship game.

The 70/75 DIVISION went to three games in the best two-out-of three with MOUNTAIN TOPPER prevailing. The MOUNTAIN boys beat PENSACOLA RIPTIDE 18-15 in the opener, lost the second game 27-15 but rebounded to win the championship battle 21-6.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the 2013 SPA SOUTHERN SPRING NIT earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

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SPA TEXAS TOURNAMENT AN “IFFY” SITUATION

by Ho Hoffman 1. April 2013 14:01

GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – The 2013 march 14-17 SPA GEORGETOWN CLASSIC turned into an “IFFY” situation for the thirty teams participating with four of the eight titles being decided with an “if” game.

The competition was really tight this year with even the early bracket games going down to the last inning and last out to decide who was advancing,” SPA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR LAYLA BRYAN said, “Not only that but all the teams had their hitting shoes on and the balls were really flying in and out of the MCMASTERS ATHLETIC COMPLEX.”

WOODLAW, winners of the 50's division, really got their money's worth , when after losing their first game Saturday, they won five in-a-row Sunday for the title. The champs beat GONZALES INSULATION 29-24 in the “if” game after beating them 29-20 to set up the deciding game.

On the way to the title, WOODLAW disposed of the BULLETS 15-13, TX ELITE/BUSH 26-11 and AUSTON 25-17. The BULLETS, who knocked WOODLAW into the loser's bracket Saturday (22-20) took third place.

Another “if”game surfaced when HOUSTON FIRE lost 22-15 to the DALAS SPURS in the first game of the “55's” two-out-of-three showdown but bounced back to defeat the SPURS 21-4 and then 24-2 in the “IF” game for the crown.

The 60's SILVER saw REYES LOGISTICS fight it's way back after losing a first round game 31-30 to the DALLAS SPURS to dump the SPURS twice for the championship. REYES zapped DALLAS 26-23 to set up an “IF” game and made the most of the opportunity by beating them again 23-22 to take the title.

REYES beat TEXAS PICK-UPS 19-12 and the TEXAS LONE STARS 19-17 on its march out of the loser's bracket.

The 65 GOLD also went “IFFY” as the S.A. LEGENDS downed the TEXAS LEGENDS in an “IF”game to take the 65's GOLD title. The S.A. Team lost to the TEXAS LEGENDS 22-12 in an earlier bracket game before beating HILL CONTRACTING 20--17 and the TEXAS LEGENDS 23-22 to forced the:”IF” game.

The TEXAS HEAT went 3-and-0 in its bracket competition to win the 60's GOLD crown knocking off the TEXAS THUNDER in the championship game. S.A. SILVER STARS finished third.

The 65 SILVER was a quick three-and-done for the S.A. REBELS as they beat the LEFTOVERS 25-24; DALLAS SPURS 27-9 and the LEFTOVERS again, this time 36-23 to take home the top prize.

HARRIS AUCTION also had a sweep in the 70's beating the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS 25-17 in the championship game and S.A. CRACKERS (22-7) along with HILL CONTRACTING 25-10 in earlier games.

It was no-contest for the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS in the 75/80 group as they marched through the competition beating the TEXANS, S.A. CLASSICS and finishing it off beating the TEXAS CLASSICS in the title game.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the 2013 SPA GEORGETOWN CLASSIC earned spots in the SPA 2013 WORLD SERIES in the HOUSTON, TEXAS SPORTSPLEX OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 3, 2013.

 

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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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