SPA 2014 WORLD TOURNAMENT SETS RECORD

by Hockepuck! 24. October 2014 14:27

TOURNAMENT CONTINUES TO GROW IN BOTH MEN AND WOMEN

 DALTON , GEORGIA – It was another banner year for the SPA ORGANIZATION in 2014 as the SPA WORLDS ATTENDANCE hit a new high with 166 teams attending.

The increase in the WORLDS attendance kept pace with SPA'S overall growth for 2014. In the mid-west and east alone, SPA averaged over 40 teams per tournament drawing over 800 teams for the twenty tournaments in that region.

This has been a very good year for SPA,” SPA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RIDGE HOOKS said about the 2014 tournament attendance,”The totals and the increase show that SPA is continuing to put on quality well attended tournaments which are drawing teams to our events.”

 Overall SPA crowned in the 80, 75 GOLD, 75 SILVER, 75 MAJOR, 70 AAA, 70 AA, 70 MAJOR, 65 AAA, 65 AA, 65 MAJOR, 65 MAJOR PLUS, 60 AAA, 60 AA, 60 MAJOR, 60 MAJOR PLUS, 55 AAA, 55 MAJOR, 50 AAA, 50 MAJOR and 50 MAJOR PLUS.

(ARTICLE ON THE 75'S, 80'S , 50'S MAJOR, 50'S MAJOR PLUS, 60 MAJOR, 60 MAJOR PLUS and 75 MAJORS have been covered previously):

2014 CHAMPS

50 AAA - 1. TEAM ELITE CC MIKEN (MD), RATED ATHLETES (CAL); 2.DAYTON LEGENDS HITMEN (OH) (13 TEAMS)

50 MAJOR – 1. RATED ATHLETES (CAL), 2. GOOD TIMES (FLA) (15 TEAMS)

50 MAJOR PLUS – 1. DLB SOFTBALL (WIS), 2.MID-ATLANTIC (VA) (8 TEAMS)

55 AAA – 1.DAVID BOWEN SPORTS (FLA), 2. DT EXPRESS (TN) (7 TEAMS)

55 MAJOR – 1. DOCS (OH), 2. SWEET CONSTRUCTION (NJ) (10 TEAMS)

60 AA – 1. CAVCO SPORTS (ONT,CAN); 2. TENNESSEE 60'S (TN) (5 TEAMS)

60 AAA - 1.ELITE 60'S (GA), 2. REALITY CHECK (NC) (23 TEAMS)

60 MAJOR – 1. GONZALES INSULATION (TX), 2. CRYSTAL COBRAS (NC), 2. KC KIDS (KS) (5 TEAMS)

60 MAJOR PLUS – 1. SUPERIOR SR SOFTBALL (VA), 2. MN MASTERS WHITE (MINN) (3 TEAMS)

65 AA – 1. CHICAGO HITMEN (IL). 2. THE FIRM (TENN) (9 TEAMS)

65 AAA - 1. CARRIAGE HOMES (AR), 2. US DOT JOBS (IND) (9 TEAMS)

65 MAJOR – 1. BEACH BOYZ (FL), 2. SW FLORIDA THUNDER (FL) (9 TEAMS)

65 MAJOR PLUS – 1. HAMEL BUILDERS/SUPERIOR (VA), 2. BEEF O'BRADY'S (FL) (3 TEAMS)

70 AA – 1. CHICAGO GRAT SOX (IL), 2. DAYTON LEGENDS 70'S (OH) (4 TEAMS)

70 AAA – 1. SCRAP IRON LEGACY (CO), 2. SENIOR REDBIRDS (IL) (15 TEAMS)

70 MAJOR – 1. FRANKIE BRIN FINANCIAL (FL), 2. SOUTHEAST LEFTOVERS (GA). (2 TEAMS)

75 SILVER – 1. PEACHTREE RESTAURANT (PA), 2. LOUISVILLE THUNDER (KY) (7 TEAMS)

75 GOLD – 1. CHICAGO GEEZERS (IL), 2. NEW JERSEY JAGS (NJ) (6 TEAMS)

75 MAJOR – 1. THE LEFTOVERS (GA), 2. HAMELS 75'S (MD) (4 TEAMS)

80 AAA – 1. PROHEALTH CARE (WIS), 2. TEXAS CLASSICS (TX) (5 TEAMS)

 POOL AND BRACKET PLAY SCORES MAY BE FOUND ON THE SPA RESULTS PAGE AND ALSO FRONT PAGE.

 

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SPA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW

by Ho Hoffman 23. June 2014 12:04

 

     TENNESSEE TWITTY SENIOR EVENT TOPS FORTY TEAMS

HENDERSONVILLE, TENNESSEE – The SPA women's program continues to grow.

After drawing thirty-seven teams to Pensacola earlier this year, the JUNE 2014 SPA TWITTY event attracted FORTY-FOUR teams to HENDERSONVILLE'S DRAKES CREEK PARK complex.

Let's give credit where credit is due,” SPA President RIDGE HOOKS said, “Our organization (SPA) is fortunate to have people like DON CHERRY (Twitty tournament director), NANCY VEAHMAN (National Women's Assistant Director), JUDY LEE SCHREIBER (National Women's Director) and MIKE DESORBO (Pensacola Tournament Director).”

Tournament attendance doesn't just happen, it takes efforts by the people in charge of these tournaments to not only put on a quality event but also encourage teams to attend these events,” HOOKS added, “Those four people and the others who are in the background helping them is what is making SPA the top women's senior softball program in the Country.”

The TWITTY TOURNAMENT, in addition to the FORTY-FOUR teams, had fourteen states and the province of Ontario represented with the 70-major CALIFORNIA SPIRIT coming the longest way.

Forty-four teams from fourteen states and Canada is pretty impressive for any tournament either men or women,” Tournament Director CHERRY said, “We are hoping that teams like the CALIFORNIA SPIRIT and MISSOURI teams will spread the word out west what SPA is doing for women's softball and hopefully we can get more teams from the west to attend the mid-west and southern tournaments as well as the DALTON WORLDS.”

If that happens,” CHERRY continued, “SPA could possible start holding women's events out west. Another thing once teams realize SPA welcomes teams of all ages (35-and-up) to all their tournaments, I would expect seeing FIFTY teams at a SPA women's tournament will be common and not an exception.”

At HENDERSONVILLE, champions were crowned in eleven different brackets.

The two largest brackets were the seven-team 50 and 65 MAJOR groups.

The FUN BUNCH won all three of their bracket games to earn the MARYLAND girls the 65-MAJOR title. On the way to the podium, FUN BUNCH beat VIRGINA'S GOLDEN GIRLS 5-1, FLORIDA'S GOLDEN GALS 17-9 and the GOLDEN GIRLS 6-3 in the title game.

Others in the bracket were CANADA'S GREY POWER, JOLICO 65'S of MICHIGAN, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS (TN) and BLUE CHICKS (DEL)

The 50-MAJOR bracket saw the DREAMGIRLZ (VA) outscore the opposition 61-26 in three bracket games to take home the top prize. Finishing second to the VIRGINIA team was the VOLUNTEER STATES SERIOUS FUN.

Rounding out the bracket were PHENOMENAL LADIES (VA), JOLICO 50'S (MICH), TENNESSEE STARS, LADY LOOKOUTS (TN) and GOLDEN GIRLS 50 (VA).

ARKANSAS SYNERGY beat PRIME TIME LADIES (TN) 32-12 in the “IF” game to claim the 35-bracket crown, PRIME TIME LADIES forced the “IF” game by handing the champs their only loss by a 19-18 count.

The third team in the group was ARKANSAS JWP.

In a pair of best two-out-of-three contests, SHOW ME 50'S (MO) after losing the opener 12-4 to SASSY SR's came back to win 12-6 and 16-9 over the SOUTH CAROLINA squad for the 50 AAA title.

Another MISSOURI team, the MISSOURI FLASHBACKS won the 60AAA crown beating the SOUTHERN STARS (TN) 11-9 and 18-6 to win the crown,

The 40'S BRACKET saw LADIES FIRST (MD) rebound from losing their first game in bracket play to KRYTONITE (10-20) and bounce back to win the “IF” game over the FLORIDA team 19-13 and with it the championship.

The other two teams in the 40's group were PAY IT FORWARD (FLA) and CHICKS WITH STICKS (TN).

A quartet of teams went after the 55 MAJOR CROWN but when the dust settled it was the JOLICO 55'S (MICH) standing alone at the top.

It wasn't easy for the MICHIGAN gals as they had to fight their way out of the loser's bracket edging NOR EASTERS (CT) 8-7 and then the MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS twice (13-8,20-11) before being crowned champs.

MISSOURI'S SHOW ME 55's rounded out the bracket.

The JOLICO organization took home it's second title of the tournament as the JOLICO 60's won the 60 MAJOR three-team division beating OHIO CARDINALS (7-2) and FUN BUNCH (MO) 23-4.

The CALIFORNIA SPIRIT made their cross-country trek worthwhile as they ran the 70 MAJOR bracket going 3-0 with wins over BLUE CHICKS (DEL) 17-2, GOLDEN GALS (FLA) 13-6 and GOLDEN GALS again, this time 14-11.

The fourth team in the group was the SPORTACULARS (ONTARIO,CAN).

VIRGINIA'S GOLDEN GIRLS won their 70 AAA title the hard way. The champs lost their bracket opener 13-15 to the CHATTANOOGA CHARGERS, fought back through the loser's bracket beating the CLASSICS (KY) 7-2 and CHATTANOOGA twice 18-3 and 18-8 to take home the top prize.

NW MOUNTAIN MAMAS (WVA) rounded out the four-team bracket.

FLORIDA'S FREEDOM SPIRIT went 3-0 in bracket play beating the THOROUGHBREDS (KY) 15-0, and the GOLDEN GIRLS (VA) twice (17-2 and 14-2) to claim the four-team 75'S CROWN.

The TENNESSEE STARS was the fourth member of the quartet..

Only two SPA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENTS are left on the agenda before the SEPTEMBER WORLDS in DALTON, GEORGIA comes around.

Next tournament is the ROCKY TOP WOMEN'S MASTERS & SENIOR NIT, JULY 9-13 at the CASWELL SOFTBALL COMPLEX in KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE.

The ROCKY TOP event will be followed by the PARADIASE IN THE VILLAGES NIT tournament AUGUST 20-24 at the SBUFFALO GLEN COMPLEX.

 

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PENSACOLA WOMENS' SPRING NATIONALS ON THE RISE

by Ho Hoffman 14. May 2014 12:20

          TOURNAMENTS CLIMBS TO THIRTY-SEVEN TEAMS

PENSACOLA, FORIDA - Five years ago the SPA PENSACOLA WOMENS' SPRING NATIONALS drew ELEVEN TEAMS. This year THIRTY-SEVEN squads competed at EXCHANGE PARK April 10-13, which was also an increase of NINE from last year that had SPA TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR MIKE DE SORBO beaming with pride.

This tournament continues to grow and is turning into a great success,” DE SORBO said, “ Much of the success can be attributed to the high marks received for the outstanding playing field conditions, great umpires, park amenities, honoring the suggestions from teams and players and of course the high performance level the women's teams have shown the past five years”

This year was no exception to the “high performance level” DE SORBO raved about as NINE DIVISON CHAMPIONS were crowned in the exciting competitive games.

KRYPTONITE started the action off besting ARKANSAS SYNERGY 20-4 and 18-5 to capture the 35/40 crown in a best-two-of-three showdown.

The PENSACOLA LADIES duplicated KRYPTONITE'S effort disposing of CHICKS WITH STICKS 23-17 and 29-13 in their two-of-three battle for the 40/45 title.

In the THREE TEAM 50 AAA bracket, LADY LOOKOUTS swept ROCKIN ROBINS 20-12 and 22-7 for the championship. The ROBINS were able to fly into the finals by beating LA SPORTS 16-14.

SIX TEAMS showed their stuff in the 50 MAJOR DIVISION with the DREAM GIRLZ hoisting the FIRST PLACE TROPHY after beating the TENNESSEE STARS in the title game.

THE DREAM GIRLZ defeated JOLICO 50's 16-10 and SERIOUS FUN 20-3 on the way to the championship game. The TENNESSEE STARS defeated JOLICO 50's 5-1 to come out of the loser's bracket for their trip to the finals.

Others in the bracket were SUNNY BEACHES and MOTOWN MAGIC.

FIVES were alive as FIVE teams battled for the title of the 55 DIVISION.

SUNNY BEACHES 55's won the DOUBLE-NICKEL title beating the MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS 12-1 in the title game.

The SUNNY BEACHES 55's reached the big game by first knocking off SHO ME 55's 17-16 and the ROADRUNNERS in an earlier game 16-14.

The MARYLAND team made it out of the loser's bracket by beating the JOLICO 55's 12-1. The FIFTH team in the bracket was FLORIDA LIGHTNING.

The 60's BRACKET saw JOLICO 60's fight back to win the “IF” game over FUN BUNCH 13-0. The FUN BUNCH had forced the “IF” game by beating JOLICO 8-6. In an earlier bracket game between the two it was JOLICO on top 8-3 after taking no prisoners against SOUTHERN STARS.30-14.

The FUN BUNCH beat SOUTHERN STARS 17-10 to earn their second shot at JOLICO.

One of the tournament's three biggest group showed up in the 65 DIVISION where six teams laced up their cleats to battle it out for the title.

The team which had the most fun was FUN BUNCH as they swept all three opponents in bracket play. JOLLICO 65's lost in the title game 12-3 while the GOLDEN GALS (15-8) and JOLICO (8-3) earlier definitely did not have any fun

The JOLICO 65's, however got their money's worth in the tournament when after losing their opening bracket play game they fought their way out of the loser's bracket on the way to the finals beating SAINTS EXPRESS 15-10 and the GOLDEN GALS 3-2.

Others in the bracket were SMOKEY MOUNTAIN STARS and GOLDEN GIRLS.

The third SIX TEAM BRACKET was the 70'S Division.

The GOLDEN GALS breezed through the competition beating OHIO TRI-STARS 23-15, SPORTACULARS 16-7 and TRI-STARS again, this time in the finals 18-4.

The BUCKEYE STATE Ladies fought their way back out of the loser's bracket by sending the THOROUGHBREDS (24-7) and SPORTACULARS (11-8) to the sidelines. Rounding out the bracket were GOLDEN GIRLS and NW MOUNTAIN MAMAS.

It was FREEDOM SPIRIT taking the four team 75 DIVISION by defeating GOLDEN GIRLS 18-0 in the title game. The GOLDEN GIRLS had fought their way to the finals forcing an “IF” game beating the SPIRIT 6-5.

Prior to that after losing their opening bracket game 4-3 to the THOROUGHBREDS, they strung together wins over TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS (10-3) and THOROUGHBREDS (11-5).

Before losing to the GOLDEN GIRLS the FREEDOM SPIRIT had defeated the THOROUGHBREDS 15-2 and TENNESSEE STARS 10-5.

It was a great tournament,” De SORBO concluded, “I expect the 2015 event to be even better.”

 

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EVERYTHING IS FINAH IN CAROLINA!!

by Ho Hoffman 16. December 2013 17:59

SNIPERS WIN 2013 SPA WOMAN'S 40/45 WORLDS

DALTON, GEORGIA – It took a little extra doing, but the CAROLINA SNIPERS 45's found out everything IS FINAH in CAROLINA as they beat FORTY FOR K 40's in the “IF” game to win the SPA 2013 40/45 AAA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

It took a little extra for us to win the championship,” SPA 40/45 2013 MANAGER-OF-THE-YEAR DEBI BENNETT said, “We got hammered in our first game in bracket play by FORTY FOR K 21-10 and had to fight our way out of the loser's bracket.”

The 2012 SPA 45'S WORLD CHAMPION CAROLINA team started their run by beating CHICKS WITH STICKS 14-9 and FORTY FOR K 17-8 to set up the “IF” game.

After that first loss on SUNDAY, we started to put it all together and actually played probably our best softball of the year,” BENNETT said.

The secret according to BENNETT was that everyone started to take that extra step and make that extra effort.

Nobody put out that extra effort more than 59-year young YVONNE BROWN, who despite having a very sore arm moved to third base in bracket play and her outstanding defensive play, despite her injury, seemed to inspire the rest of the team.

Definitely YVONNE'S (BROWN) play picked up the rest of us,” BENNETT said, “ I don't know if we even had one error in those final three games.”

You wouldn't believe the plays our fielders were making,” she continued, “In addition our pitching was right on with no walks and good fielding. If you keep your opponents off the bases and don't give up extra outs, you really improve your chances of winning.”

As for the individual award recipients, BENNETT was emphatic about the title being the result of team play and not individual play.

You win championships with team play,” she explained, “When you have an entire team giving it their all in every inning in every game, how can you distinguish between who gave more than others?”

The championship will also be the last “HURRAH” for the CAROLINA SNIPERS in the 45'S DIVISION since they will be moving up to the 50'S in 2014.

We have enough players to make the move,” BENNETT said, “More than two-thirds of our team is over 50 years of age and in 2015 most of the others will be moving up to join us.”

Playing as a 45-year young team has been difficult for the CAROLINA SNIPERS, not so much the competition but the lack of teams. There is only one other woman's 45-division team registered with SPA.

Most of our players are 50-or-older to begin with and we constantly find ourselves playing 35-year and 40-year young teams,” she explained, “And we really aren't strong enough to constantly play the younger teams, so moving up to 50's will give us a better opportunity to compete.”

Making up the roster of the final CAROLINA SNIPER 45-YOUNG TEAM ARE: DEBI BENNETT, YVONNE BROWN, GAIL REEVES, TERRY RHIAN, REGINA BURNS, CHANTELLE MCCALL, PHYLLIS ONEAL, DENISE KULLNAT, SANDY PREUSZ, PATRICE MAXWELL, TAMMY NAVARRO-OWENS, TONYA BROWN, RENDY YATES, TONYA COLLINS, KAREN O'BRIEN and BARB FISHER.

I will hate leaving part of the team behind when the rest of us move up, because everyone has been so close to each other almost like a family,” BENNETT explained, “But it is the right move because not only does it put us on a level playing field against our opponents but also gives us a lot more different opponents to play.”

I am hoping we can all get back together again in 2015 because this has been such a special group of ladies.” she said, “I am just so happy that we can go out as the SPA 2013 WOMEN'S 40/45 AAA WORLD CHAMPIONS, that is something we can always remember.”

 

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ARKANSAS SYNERGY REEBOK WINS 35/40 MAJORS

by Ho Hoffman 16. December 2013 17:49

     CHAMPS BEAT KRYPTONITE IN TITLE GAME

DALTON, GEORGIA: Revenge, how sweet it is. The ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK 35-year old woman’s team, who were the 2012 SPA 35/40 MAJOR RUNNER-UPS found that out in DALTON.

They did it by avenging a 2012 loss to KRYPTONITE in the championship “IF”game by returning the favor in winning the 2013 35/40 MAJORS “IF” game.

The victory earned the ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK ladies the title of SPA 2013 WOMAN'S 35/40 MAJOR WORLD CHAMPIONS.

ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK worked their way to the title beating in order LADIES FIRST 40'S (12-11), KRPTONITE 40'S (17-12) and JANE OF ALL TRADES 17-11 before losing to KRYPTONITE (16-8) and forcing another “IF” game.

This time the ARKANSAS team held on a white-knuckler to escape with a 12-11 win and with it the championship crown.

Members of the 2013 ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK team are: KERRY RICHISON, CONSUELA VOLZ, KAREN CHAMBERS, GINA MCKINNEY, MARKEITHA GILLIAM, LANELL EVANS, TINA OLIVER, KELLY HARRIS, ELIZABETH CAUSBY, GALE STACK, SHERRI CLARK, JUANITA ROPER, ROBIN STEBBINS, ROBIN WILLIAMS, CHRISTY TERRY and LATRESE ATKINS.

 

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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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