by Ho Hoffman 15. April 2014 15:22



GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – A record thirty-five teams turned out to remember the late LAYLA BRYAN and participate in the tournament renamed in her honor which was held at MCMASTERS ATHLETIC COMPLEX in GEORGETOWN, TEXAS MARCH 27-30..

BRYAN, who was a beloved member of the senior softball family passed away suddenly last fall. She was well known and respected as the ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the SOFTBALL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION (SPA) and also as the TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR of many SPA events, including GEORGETOWN.


LAYLA meant at lot to not only us but also the entire senior softball family,” SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS said, “ Due in part to her hard work and love of the game SENIOR SOFTBALL and SPA especially has continually grown over the years.”

Although she was the tournament director for a number of SPA tournaments, the GEORGETOWN event was her “baby”, “HOOKS continued, “ She loved the GEORGETOWN TOURNAMENT, the players, teams, the complex and just everything about it. We felt it was only fitting to rename the tournament in her honor. I am sure she had a front row seat this year watching down from above and saying to anyone who would listen, “Isn't that great. RIDGE named a tournament after me, How special is that”?.

Just a special recognition for a special lady.

On the field TEN BRACKET CHAMPIONS were crowned with the biggest group being the 70's division.

The TEXAS LEGENDS won the five-team bracket besting the TEXAS CLASSICS 23-6 and STILL 8-7. To reach the finals the TEXAS CLASSICS defeated the TEXAS GREYHOUNDS. HILL CONTRACTING rounded out the field.

HARRIS AUCTION beat HILL CONTRACTING 75'S 22-12 and ALAMO CITY TRAVELERS 25-13 to claim the 75 PLUS TITLE. The TEXAS CLASSICS 80's were the fourth team in the group.

In another four-team bracket, ROCKY MOUNTAIN ran the field beating OKLAHOMA RHINOS twice including 24-16 in the title game. The “MOUNTAIN” men also beat A&B GRAPHICS 23-13 along the way. AUSTIN ROCK completed the 50 GOLD grouping.

It was as simple as 1-2-3 with NORTEX beating TEXAS MAVERICKS 19-15 (title game), 24-4 and TEXAS PLAYERS 29-22 for the CROWN in the three-team 50 PLATINUM DIVISION.

The 50 GOLD THREE-TEAM DIVISION saw TEXAS ELITE BUD down MIXED BREED 19-16 in the title game and the BULLETS 21-20 leading up to the championship game. MIXED BREED reached the finals by beating the BULLETS 26-13.

SAN ANTONIO (SA) 55 SOFTBALL CLUB dumped GONZALES INSULATING 19-1 in the showdown game and 27-15 in the opening round to win the three-team 55 GOLD GROUP. GONZALES INSULATING reached the finals by edging HOUSTON FIRE 55's 26-25.

In the three-team 60 PLATINUM GROUP, GONZALES INSULATING had to go to the “IF” game to edge HOUSTON FIRE 29-28 for the GOLD RING.

THE “FIRE” GUYS forced the “IF” game by beating GONZALES INSULATION 26-25. In earlier bracket games GONZALES had beaten HOUSTON FIRE 35-25 and OOPS SOFTBALL 27.26.

In a BEST TWO-OUT-OF-THREE SHOWDOWN for the 60 PLUS TITLE, the TEXAS THUNDER was all over the DALLAS SPURS winning two straight by 28-21 and 25-10 counts.

CENTEX 65's went THREE-AND-ZERO in bracket play to claim the FOUR-TEAM 65 GOLD CROWN. The CENTEX gang beat the LOUISIANA LEGENDS 19-4 in the finale . In earlier bracket contests CENTEX 65's downed TEXAS LEGENDS 26-22 and LOUISIANA LEGENDS 21-11.

The LOUISIANA LEGENDS reached the finals by downing CARRIAGE HOMES 28-16 and TEXAS LEGENDS 26-25 to fight their way back into the winner's bracket.

The TEXAS RATTLERS were “real snakes in the grass” striking for three straight in bracket play to win the 65 SILVER TITLE.

The RATTLERS edged OKIES 19-18 in the championship game and RELENTLESS 65's 10-5 and the TEXAS EAGLES 24-21 in earlier games.

OKIES made it to the finals by beating RELENTLESS 65's 20-12.

It was a great tournament both in terms of competition and teams,” TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR LONNIE O'HAVER said, “ I know LAYLA is smiling down on us because she would have really been proud of it.”

We were close to reaching FORTY teams ,” O'HAVER said,”We had to turn four teams away for trying to enter after the deadline and we had three which pulled out at the last minute. Based on how well the tournament went this year, I am certain we will top forty teams in 2015.”


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by Ho Hoffman 15. April 2014 14:56


GEORGETOWN, TEXAS – They say talk is cheap, so SPA, the teams and players at the 2014 LAYLA BRYAN MEMORIAL (formerly GEORGETOWN CLASSIC) put their money were their mouth was.

Paced by the Tournament’s $500.00 donation, they raised over $900.00 for the LAYLA BRYAN SCHOLRASHIP fund.

It was a tremendous way to honor someone who has done so much for SENIOR SOFTBALL, “LAYLA BRYAN MEMORIAL tournament Director LONNIE O'HAVER said, “The teams and the players were anxious to chip in for the Scholarship Fund.”

BRYAN, who passed away in 2013, was an integral part of the SPA organization. She was not only the moving force behind the GEORGETOWN CLASSIC TOURNAMENT but numerous other SPA Tournaments.

As the Assistant Executive Director for SPA, BRYAN was also a fixture at the SPA DALTON WORLDS and the SPA 75 PLUS WORLDS in COLUMBUS, OHIO.

LAYLA was like my right hand man,” SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS said during the MEMORIAL SERVICE for LAYLA at the tournament.

You can not put into words how much she meant not only to SPA but to senior softball in general,” HOOKS added, “ She definitely was a “mover and shaker” for senior softball and will be greatly missed by all.”

In a memorial service conducted at the tournament Friday morning, HOOKS presented Plaques to her husband JON and her two daughters, thanking them for the sacrifices that they made in enabling LAYLA to devote so much of her time and energy to improving the game of Senior Softball.

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the LAYLA BRYAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND can do so my sending a check or money order to:


PO BOX 1307


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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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