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PENSACOLA SPA MENS' SOUTHERN NATIONALS CROWN SIX NEW CHAMPS

clock May 24, 2012 14:42 by Ho Hoffman   Hockepuck

               TWENTY-SEVEN TEAMS BATTLE IT OUT AT EXCHANGE PARK

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA PENSACOLA'S EXCHANGE PARK was the host for the 2012 SPA MENS” SOUTHERN NATIONALS May 17-May 20.

Twenty-seven teams took part in the event with seven playing in the 60 and OVER DIVISION. TAG had to fight off a solid effort from the GA/AL MASTERS to win the title.

The MASTERS edged COLUMBUS LX 18-17 to come out of the loser's bracket and beat TAGS 24-23 to force an “IF” game for the championship. TAGS made it a “no doubter” win by beating the MASTERS 23-13. Offensively, TAGS was consistent throughout scoring runs of 24, 24, 23 and 23 in their four bracket games.

The rest of the seven-team field were the PENSACOLA 60'S, MEMPHIS VETS, FMSI and STRYKERS.

The HITMEN rolled through the opposition, going 3-0 in bracket play to take the 65 and OVER five-team CHAMPIONSHIP. SOUTHEAST took runner-up honors followed by OSM, HUFFMAN ELECTRIC and the WILDCATTERS.

JAMES R. SMITH also ran the table going 3-0 in the double-elimination to win the 50 and OVER CROWN beating DOCS 31-21 in the title game. The LA LEGENDS knocked off the LAKERS 20-5 for third place.

GOOD TIME SPORTS came out of the loser's bracket to beat C&M SPORTS twice (42-21, 34-33) for the 50 and OVER MAJOR DIVISION top spot. DT EXPRESS knocked off RANDY SMITH 33-38 for third place.

MEMPHIS INVESTMENT took no prisoners in rolling over OP CONSTRUCTION 22-13; COLUMBUS 55's 17-7 and 24-9 to win the four-team 55 and over DIVISION. OP CONSTRUCTION beat ATLANTA RECYCLING 32-23 for third place.

PREMIUM SEATS beat ED'S ALUMINUM 19-6 to claim the 75 Plus Title, with the TEXANS 75's finishing third..

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

SPA TOURNAMENTS on the JUNE AGENDA are the BILL SELLERS ATLANTIC COAST NATIONAL in BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA JUNE 1 through JUNE 3; the SPA 75'S PLUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in BARBERTON, OHIO JUNE 6/7-6/10; THEE 2012 SPA BUICKEYE CLASSIC 6/12-6/16 AND 6/21-6/24 BARBERTON,OHIO and the PEACH STATE CLASSIC at MARIETTA , GEORGIA 6/12-6/24.. Information on these and other 2012 SPA events can be found at the SPA tournament web site:



TWENTY TEAMS GOT THEIR KICKS AT ROUTE 66 SPA NATIONAL

clock May 24, 2012 14:37 by Ho Hoffman   Hockepuck

SHOW ME” STATE SHOWS TEAMS A GREAT TOURNAMENT

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI – SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI'S KILLIAN COMPLEX was the host May 17-20 for the SPA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS as twenty teams laced up for the event.

It was a very competitive tournament,” tournament director MIKE TAYLOR said, “There were lots of runs scored and some very exciting championship games. It was a well balanced tournament.”

KNAPHEIDE set the tome of what to expect coming from behind to win the 70's Division. After losing the opening game in the best two-out-o-three 9-14 to the SILVER SNEAKERS, the MISSOURI team bounced back to take the next two games 14-7 and 14-3 to win the championship.

It was more of the same as the ARKANSAS NATURALS came out of the loser's bracket to beat K.C. THUNDER twice in a pair of one-run white knuckles 15-14 and 24-23 to win the 60 GOLD title. The NATURALS earned their showdown with the THUNDER by beating the MID-AMERICA LEGENDS 29-25 in the loser's bracket finale.

The 50's GOLD crown went to the TEN CATS while the X-JOCKS claimed runner-up honors. The K.C. BARONS bested MONSTER SOFTBALL for the championship in the 50's PLATINUM.

It was the MIDWEST CARDINALS flying high in the 55 GOLD DIVISION with the OKLAHOMA MUDCATS taking the runner-up spot.

Other teams participating in the 50 and 55 group were DEALERS TRIM, SC'S HOME ENTERTAINMENT, OLE SKOOL STL 50'S and the K.C.MONARCHS.

U.S. PALLET finished first with the KANSAS CITY FIRE second in the 65 GOLD group. HARRIS AUCTION and the CRACKER BOX rounded out the field.

All teams who finished first and/or second in the 2012 SPA ROUTE 66 NATIONALS earned spots in the inaugural SPA 2012 WORLD SERIES in JACKSONVILLE,FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2 and 3.

SPA TOURNAMENTS still on the JUNE AGENDA are the BILL SELLERS ATLANTIC COAST NATIONAL in BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA JUNE 1 through JUNE 3; the SPA 75'S PLUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in BARBERTON, OHIO JUNE 6/7-6/10; THEE 2012 SPA BUICKEYE CLASSIC 6/12-6/16 AND 6/21-6/24 BARBERTON,OHIO and the PEACH STATE CLASSIC at MARIETTA , GEORGIA 6/12-6/24.. Information on these and other 2012 SPA events can be found at the SPA tournament web site:



UPPER DIVISIONS BATTLE IT OUT IN THE SPA MOSQUITOLAND CLASSIC

clock May 24, 2012 10:23 by Ho Hoffman   Hockepuck

            LITTLE CANADA'S PIONEER PARK PLAYS HOST TO THE SPA EVENT 

The Mosquitoland SPA Classic was held May 17th-20th in Little Canada Minnesota at beautiful Pioneer Park.

In mens 70's/75's play, congratulations to the MN Masters 70's who went undefeated, with Lowell Thompson leading the way as tourney MVP! In preliminary games, the Masters knocked off Jimmy's Gold 75's (MN), the defending champions, 20-4 and then out slugged the Central 70's of Iowa 30-17. Meanwhile the Central 70's knocked off Jimmy's as well, winning 23-8.

In the championship round on Fri May 18th, the Masters continued their hot hitting, beating  Jimmy's Gold in the undefeated game 23-10, then knocked off the tourney runner up Central 70's in the finals 17-8.

In mens 65's action in the preliminary round, MN Prize (exhibition team) beat the MN Masters 21-10 and then knocked off the MN Lumberjacks 21-12. The Masters also bested the Lumberjacks in another preliminary game 25-16.

In championship play on Friday, the Masters defeated the Lumberjacks in a thriller 20-19, followed by the MN Prize then knocking off the Masters 27-9. In the 3rd place game the Lumberjacks rebounded well in defeating the Masters 24-18, thus advancing to the championship versus the Prize. The Lumberjacks were declared the winner of the championship, after 24-18 game versus  the MN Prize. Since the Prize was an exhibition team, the Lumberjacks were declared the Mosquitoland Classic champs for 2012! Congrats Art Glidden and his club!

In mens 60's championship play, congratulations to the Minnesota Masters White Major club, as they topped Rickers of MN (exhibition) in the championship, defeating Rickers two of three, by scores of 11-8, 13-14, and 18-6. Manager Tony Udean had his club firing on all cylinders, and they are looking forward to the SPA Nationals in Dalton in July!

We would like to thank the Little Canada Parks and Recreation Department, Jim Morelan and staff, for the use of beautiful Pioneer Park, and also a big thanks to the Nancy Anderson family (concessions) and Gary Bennett of ExtremeSports.com

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

SPA TOURNAMENTS still on the JUNE AGENDA are the BILL SELLERS ATLANTIC COAST NATIONAL in BURLINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA JUNE 1 through JUNE 3; the SPA 75'S PLUS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS in BARBERTON, OHIO JUNE 6/7-6/10; THE 2012 SPA BUICKEYE CLASSIC 6/12-6/16 AND 6/21-6/24 BARBERTON,OHIO and the PEACH STATE CLASSIC at MARIETTA , GEORGIA 6/12-6/24.. Information on these and other 2012 SPA events can be found at the SPA tournament web site:

http://www.softball-spa.com/spadata/CalendarPrint.aspx



SPA APRIL'S FINEST CROWNS FIVE CHAMPS

clock April 26, 2012 11:56 by Ho Hoffman   Hockepuck

SOUTH CAROLINA TOURNAMENT in 15th YEAR

NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA Westvaco Park in North Charleston was the site for the 2012 SPA APRIL'S FINEST TOURNAMENT as the event celebrated its 15th year of SPA involvement with 16 teams from the 60,65 and 70 age group taking part.

“It is always a pleasure hosting this prestigious Senior Tournament,” North Charleston Recreation Department Tournament Director CINDY DAMBAUGH said, “In our 15th year of affiliation with SPA we are as excited as year one.”

The SIXTEEN TEAMS were divided into four divisions according to age groups which saw EIGHT TEAMS (first and second place) qualify for the SPA WORLD SERIES of champions in JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA October 31 and November 1,2,3.

'The level of competition continues to be the topic among players and spectators,” DAMBAUGH said, “With only one team going undefeated through the entire tournament , there were many exciting games,.”

Florida's SENIOR MOMENTS 60's claimed the 60's DIVISION title followed by the NORTH CHARLESTON PATRIOTS; Georgia's HUFFMAN ELECTRIC 65's and the VIRGINIA CAVALIERS.

LEVIN FINANCIAL of Florida, North Carolina's FLIP DOW BONDING and SPORTS LETTERING from TENNESSEE finished 1-2-3 in the 65 GOLD DIVISION.

Four teams went at it in the 65 SILVER DIVISION with CUSTOM GRAPHICS II of Georgia coming out on top. The MYRTLE BEACH SENIORS earned the runner-up spot followed by the HAMEL CAVALIERS 70's from Virginia and the TRIUMPHS, also from Georgia,.

RICHMOND CLASSIC won the 70 DIVISION crown with the GA NUGGETS II in the runner-up spot. The CAROLINA CRDINALS from North Carolina; Tennessee's TRI-CITY 70's and LEIDEN'S LEGENDS of Georgia rounding out the field.

The month of MAY will be a busy month for SPA tournaments with ELEVEN scheduled in MARYLAND, GEORGIA, OKLAHOMA, VIRGINIA, OHIO, FLORIDA, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, MINNESOTA and NORTH CAROLINA.

Detailed information on these events plus all 2012 SPA tournaments can be found on the SPA TOURNAMENT CALANDAR SITE. ::

http://www.softball-spa.com/SPAData/CalendarPrint.aspx

REMEMBER, PLAY WHERE THE OTHER TEAMS PLAY AND PLAY SPA TOURNAMENTS.



SPA WOMEN'S SPRING NATIONALS CONTINUES TO GROW

clock April 18, 2012 09:47 by Ho Hoffman   Hockepuck

PENSACOLA EVENT DRAWS THIRTY-ONE TEAMS

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – “Three years ago the SPRING NATIONALS had 11 teams and last year we had 21,” SPA NATIONAL WOMEN'S DIRECTOR JUDY LEE SCHREIBER said, “This year we reached 31 teams. It just shows me the SPA WOMEN'S SENIOR SOFTBALL program has really taken off and is continuing to grow.”

The Pensacola tournament at Exchange Park had thirty-one teams compete in eight divisions. SPA also had it's first 35-year young team, the ARKANSAS SYNERGY/REEBOK team enter a SPA tournament.

We are finally reaching the dream we at SPA have had,” SPA PRESIDENT RIDGE HOOKS said, “JUDY LEE and I have always envisioned making the women's program the most player friendly and respected women's program in senior softball.”

With people like JUDY LEE, PEGGY O'NEILL, LAYLA BRYAN, BUDDY CONNELLY and Tournament Director MIKE DESORBO being involved, we have shown the women's teams we listen to their concerns and opinions and act accordingly to make the SPA program the way they (women) would like it to be.”, HOOKS continued, “Senior Softball men's and women's both should be for the player's first and that is what SPA strives to do.”

The SPA approach is apparently working as the past two years, the women's program has seen increases in players, teams and tournament attendance.”

The SPA program is really growing, “ SCHREIBER said, “All tournaments are expecting an increase in entries. I just hear COLUMBUS, OHIO is expecting over forty teams and I am looking for between 50 and 60 teams at the SPA WORLDS in DALTON, GEORGIA

The biggest age group at PENSECOLA was the “65” DIVISION with the Village's GOLDEN GALS taking the title. The KY FILLIES; DREAM CATCHERS from Albaquergue: GOLDEN GIRLS of Virginia; CHATTANOOGA CHARGERS and the West Virginia MOUNTAIN MAMA 65'S also competed in the six-team field.

 

The big news in the 70's DIVISION was the antics of the Village's GOLDEN GALS' EVELYN HAYES. HAYES not only cleared the 225-foot fence with one shot but did it twice and also hit a pair of ground rule doubles that bounced over the fence.

Paced by the play of their tournament MVP, the GOLDEN GALS beat Ontario's SPORTACULARS 65/70 in the “IF” game to take the five-team division crown. Third place went to the FREEDOM SPIRIT OF FLORIDA 70 II. The GOLDEN GIRLS 70's and the TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS 70's were also part of the competitive 70's group.

It was a GOLDEN time in the 60's PAIRINGS as the Virginia GOLDEN GIRLS 60's took the Gold ring with the Missouri FUN BUNCH in the second spot and the Buckeye State OHIO CARDINALS third. Michigan's JOLICO SENIORS and the “Show Me State's” MISSOURI FLASHBACKS completing the five-team bracket.

The Michigan JOLICO SENIOR 50's captured the five-team 50's DIVISION finishing ahead of second place TENNESSEE SENIOR STARS and the third place Chattanooga LADY LOOKOUTS. Louisiana's LA SPORTS and SERIOUS FUN from Tennessee completed the field.

In the 55's DIVISION the MARYLAND ROADRUNNERS raced away from the second place VILLAGE VIXONS and the third place JOLICO SENIOR 55's of Michigan.

The South Carolina CAROLINA SNIPERS out dueled the PENSACOLA LADIES in the two-team 45's DIVISION.

KRYPTONITE from Florida bested Maryland's LADIES FIRST for the 40's TITLE with the Tennessee CHICKS WITH STICKS squad coming in third.

The 35 DIVISION crown went to ARKANSAS SNYERGY/REEBOK 35's.

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

The next SPA WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT is the COLUMBUS, OHIO HEART OF OHIO tournament JULY 11-15. Information on this and other women's 2012 SPA events can be found at the SPA women's web site:

http://softball-spa.com/spadata/Women.aspx



About the author

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 Ohio Buckeye Classic June senior softball tournament which last year drew 53 teams, in the 60, 65, 70 and 75 AA and AAA only divisions. An independent tournament in 2010, this year the Buckeye Classic is joining the SPA Tournament family. 

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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