NOTICE JULY 21st:PM
A message from Ho's wife.
To all the people who have been concerned about Ho's health... To all who have
sent cards and flowers.. And to all who have visited him... I thank you so much
! It means the world to us ! He is improving every day and with God's help he
will fully recover.. He lost over 20 pounds so he will be ready to play ball
next year ! Sue
NOTICE JULY 19th:PM
I visited Ho this morning. He seemed to be doing quite well. He complained he wanted some crackers and a diet Pepsi. He was aware and told of all that visited him since he was moved to the rehab center. Dan Frias, Tim Sauers, John Johnston and Art Bailey were the ones he told me about. He had received flowers from Jerry Keefe from Sylvania and Bill Zavarello. He still has a tube in for feeding. He is able to drink water in small amounts. It seems they want to make sure he is able to swallow when he starts eating again. His wife had his dog in to see him this morning. In all he is progressing better than I thought he would. Dan Frias says we should all give thanks for answered prayers. Amen
NOTICE JULY 14th:AM
Ho is being moved to Altracare - 147 Garfield St. Wadsworth, Ohio today. I would assume he can be visited there starting tomorrow. I will not be able to visit him for a few days. I will assume visits Saturday. Sue says he has resigned himself to some rehab. He is still confused about some things but also remembers a lot.
NOTICE JULY 12th:Afternoon
I visited Ho yesterday. He seemed to remember things about this years Buckeye Classic. I asked him about the Carolina team that won the 75+ division and he remembered it was Carolina Blue Sky. He remembered that Bill Allen had visited him. He didn't remember writing an article about Bill for the Barberton Herold.
I think he would enjoy some visitors. He is in room 738 at Akron City Hospital. I would recommend short visits. He fell asleep after about a half an hour when I was there.
NOTICE JULY 10th:AfternoonICE JULY 10th:Afternoon
Ho's wife called today. I didn't visit. She said they had arranged for him to talk with his breating tube still in. He carried on a very good conversation. Yesterday he was asked what year it is and he said it is 1957. He didn't remember how long he has been married. Today he wasn't asked to answer any of these questions but he carried conversation in todays terms. The last time I visited it was difficult because Ho just wanted to go home. He couldn't understand why we couldn't understand what he was telling us. His wife said she actually enjoyed todays visit. I plan on visiting him tomorrow. I will let everyone know the results then.
NOTICE JULY 7
Today's visit wasn't pleasant. Ho was glad to see us, but he only wanted us to take him home. He still can't talk but he tries to have us lip read. I am not good at that. He then tried to write to us, but he can't write legibly for us to understand. He then gets quite frustrated and I can understand that. The more we stayed the more he got frustrated. We only stayed about 20 minutes. They came to move him to a regular room and that was a good time for us to leave. He will be in room 738A in City Hospital. I feel sorry for 738B. I remember my mother after having a stroke, had similar problems communicating. It took time but it all came back. I hope the same for Ho.
NOTICE JULY 5th:Afternoon
I visited Ho today and he was well aware of my being there. He has a traq in so he can not speak. He did mouth words though. We couldn't stay long, the nurse said he needed rest. He acknowledged that he had received flowers from Bill Zavarello. He asked where his wife was and I told him she would be in later. She had told me her plans to visit later in the day. He seemed disgusted that he had to stay in the hospital, but that is Ho. It was good to see the improvement.
NOTICE JULY 4th:AM
I usually report at days end but Ho came to this morning and was trying to mouth words. He seemed to be aware of what is going on around him. His wife received this word and was going to see him this morning. I will let you know as soon as anything new is available.
NOTICE JULY 3rd:PM
Ho s taken off of the breathing machine for a couple of hours today. He breathed on his own OK. They look to move him to a nursing home some time in the next few days. When his wife spoke to him today, he opened his eyes. We don't know if he understood what was going on or not.
NOTICE JULY 2nd:PM
Visited Ho today. I took Ho's wife to visit him today. Ho had a breathing tube and a feeding tube put in this morning. If you speak to Ho, he sometimes opens his eyes but I don't think he knows you are there. He seems more comfortable today since the tubes no longer go through his throat. There has been no improvement but our hopes are still up. It is wait and see for a while.
NOTICE JULY 1st:PM
Heard from Ho's wife. In her words."Still hope but not good news. Brain scan is abnormal but not certain. Still in limbo but unusual and not good it is taking this long. Transition to trac tomorrow."
That is all of the information I have up to 5PM
NOTICE JUNE 30th:PM
Not much progress today. Ho did open his eyes momentarily, but no recognition of anyone present. Sue, his wife is to meet with doctors Wednesday AM. We might have a better idea of just where we stand after that.
NOTICE JUNE 30th:AM
Ho is in City Hospital in the critical care unit. He is on life support and
we don't know what to expect as an outcome. He started making a gurgling sound
at home and his wife thought he was choking. She called 911 and they had to
shock him two times to get him breathing again. It is thought there might be
some brain damage. A CAT scan showed the brain is somewhat swollen. He does not
respond to voices or commands yet. Keep him in your prayers. I will post any new
information I get on our Buckeye Classic web site.
Thee Buckeye Classic is the highest attended non-world championship senior tournament east of Las Vegas. In 2011 Seventy-two AA and AAA teams attended; in 2012 seventy-five teams attended, 2013 the total was eighty-three and 2014 the total was seventy-seven.
In 2015 we are expecting between 76 to 86 teams. we are limited to 96 maximum due to field availability. Hope you can find time in your 2015 summer tournament schedule to join us. Dates are listed at top of the page.
BREAKING NEWS FROM SPA!!!
THIS YEAR SPA WILL HAVE A TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE 50-70 AA, AAA CHAMPIONS FROM THE FOLLOWING 2015 SPA TOURNAMENTS.
MID-WEST NATIONALS THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC; WESTERN NATIONALS AURORA.CO; EASTERN NATIONALS MECHANICSVILLE, VA; SOUTHERN NATIONALS CULLMAN, ALA.
IT WILL BE CONDUCTED SIMILAR TO THE NCAA COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAY-OFF WITH THE SEMI'S AND FINALS BEING PLAYED AT THE SPA MEN'S NATIONALS IN DALTON, GA.
MORE INFO AS IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, BUT IN ANY EVENT THE WINNERS FROM THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC THIS YEAR WILL RECEIVE AN EXTRA BONUS, A PASS TO THE 2015 SPA TRIPLE CROWN FOUR-TEAM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS
THE EIGHTY-FIVE TEAMS ENTERED IN THEE SPA 2015 BUCKEYE CLASSIC
NEW PLAYING RULE FOR 65'S AA/AAA TEAMS
FOR 2015 PLAYING YEAR,SPA WILL BE USING THE EXTRA-FIELDER IN ALL 65 AA AND AAA GAMES.
THE 65'S AA/ AAA WILL PLAY WITH ELEVEN DEFENSIVE PLAYERS IN 2015 IN ALL SPA TOURNAMENTS .
ENTIRE SPA 2015 RULE BOOK AVAILABLE TO VIEW AT: http://www.softballspa.com
2015 SPA RULES FOR ROSTER AGES AND BIRTHDAY DATE
SPA WILL BE USING THE 2014 RULES
YOUR AGE WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE CALANDER YEAR, JANUARY 1 OF THE CURRENT YEAR FOR YOUR BIRTH DATE (EX: IF YOU TURN 65 ON NOV 5, 2015, YOU ARE CONSIDERED 65 AS OF JANUARY 1, 2015).
80 ROSTERS - MAY USE SEVEN (7) PLAYERS UNDER THE AGE OF 80 WHO ARE 78 AND/OR 79. YOU CAN USE NO MORE THAN THREE (3) 78'S. 80'S AAA TEAMS MAY DRAW FROM ANYWHERE EAST OR WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI BASED ON THE REGION YOU LIVE.
75 ROSTERS - MAY USE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE (5) PLAYERS WHO ARE 74.
70'S - MAY USE A MAXIMUM OF THREE (3) 69'S BUT NO 69 IMPACT PLAYERS.
THE FINAL RESULTS, SCORES AND TEAMS ENTERED IN THE 2014 BUCKEYE CLASSIC CAN BE
FOUND IN THE SIDEBAR MENU ON THE LEFT "TOURNAMENT HISTORY" AND "2014 TOURNAMENT
SCORES AND STANDINGS". tHE "TOURNAMENT HISTORY" SECTION LISTS ALL THE TEAMS FOR
FOR EACH YEAR AND THE ORDER OF FINISH IN EACH AGE GROUP AND RATING DIVISION SINCE
THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC AFFILIATED WITH SPA.
OTHER SPA 2015 TOURNAMENTS (SEE SPA TOURNAMENTS ON LEFT
WHAT: INDIANA HOOSIER CLASSIC (FORMERLY DWAIN LAIRD'S)
WHERE: BLUE RIVER PARK; SHELBYVILLE, INDIANA
WHEN: JULY 15-19
WHO: ALL AGES AA AND AAA
CONTACT: AMY WISKER (317) 392-5128 firstname.lastname@example.org
COST: $400/$390 (that is correct, wow!!better jump on that)
WHAT: SPA GREAT LAKES SENIOR SOFTBALL NIT
WHERE: PACESETTER PARK, SYLVANIA, OHIO
WHO: ALL AGES AND DIVISIONS INCLUDING MAJOR AND MAJOR PLUS
CONTACT: JERRY KEEFE, SPA DIRECTOR (567) 686-6840
JAKE HENSEL, PACESETTER PARK PROGRAM DIRECTOR (414) 882-1500
FORTY-ONE TEAMS IN 2014, THREE YEARS IN A ROW OF ATTENDANCE GROWTH
PROJECTING 50 PLUS TEAMS IN 2015
ONE OF THE FINEST SOFTBALL COMPLEXS IN THE MID WEST
JULY 30, 31 AND AUGUST 1 & 2, 20151
80+, 75+ 70+ 7 65+ July 30, 31 & August 1
60+ July 31, August 1 & 2
50+ & 55+ - August 1 & 2
All Major and Major-Plus - August 1 & 2
WHAT: SPA 75 AAA, MAJOR AND 80AAA WORLDS
WHERE: BERLINER FIELDS, COLUMBUS, OHIO
WHEN: AUGUST 10-12 (THREE DAYS)
CONTACT: SPA OFFICE
WHAT: SPA 50, 55, 65'S WORLDS
WHERE: HERITAGE PARK, DALTON, GEORGIA
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 10-13
CONTACT: SPA OFFICE
WHAT: SPA 60'S, 70'S WORLDS
WHERE: HERITAGE PARK, DALTON, GEORGIA
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 17-20
CONTACT: SPA OFFICE
VISIT THE SPA WEBSITE
WHAT OTHER TOURNAMENTS AROUND SAME TIME AS BUCKEYE CLASSIC ARE DRAWING
So many tournaments being conducted at the same time, SSUSA, ISSA and SPA. Some are double elimination and some are round robin. Some have majors and some don't. Some have lots of teams and some not too many.
Below are the attendance figures for area tournaments (THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC , DRIFTON, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN, CRABTOWN CLASSIC AND CONNECTICUT SENIOR GAMES)..KEEP THE TOTALS IN MIND FOR NEXT YEAR.
50's - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (7); 1. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (7), 1. DRIFTON (7), 4. CRABTOWN (6), 5. CONNECTICUT (4).
50 MAJORS - 1. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (14), 2. CRABTOWN (3)..3. BUCKEYE CLASSIC, DRIFTON, CONNECTICUT (0).
55'S - 1. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (9), 2. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (8), 3.CRABTOWN (5), 4. CONNECTICUT (3), 5. DRIFTON (0),
55 MAJORS - 1. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN 6, 2. CRABTOWN (5), 3. DRIFTON (0), THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (0), CONNECTICUT 0..
60 AA - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (4), 1. DRIFTON (4), 3. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (3), 4. CONNECTICUT (1), 5. CRABTOWN (0)..
60 AAA - 1.THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (12), 2. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN 10, 3. CONNECTICUT (7), 4. CRABTOWN (6), 5. DRIFTON (2).
60 MAJOR -1. CONNECTICUT (2), 1. DRIFTON (2), 3. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC, CRABTOWN, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (0).
65 AA - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (8); 2. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (6); 3. CRABCAKE (4); DRIFTON (1), 5. CONNECTICUT (0).
65 AAA - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (8), 2. DRIFTON (4), 3. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (3), 4. CRABTOWN (1), 4. CONNECTICUT (1).
65 MAJOR - 1. CONNECTICUT (1), 2. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC, CRABTOWN, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (0) , DRIFTON (0),
70 AA - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (6), 2. DRIFTON (3), 3. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (1), 4. CRABTOWN AND CONNECTICUT (0).
70 AAA - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (12); 2. CONNECTICUT (4), 3. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (3), 4. CRABTOWN (2) AND 5. DRIFTON (0).
70 MAJOR - 1. CRABTOWN (1), 2. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC, DRIFTON, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN, CONNECTICUT (0).
75 AAA - 1.THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 15; 2. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (2), 3. CRABTOWN, DRIFTON, CONNECTICUT (0).
75 MAJOR - 1. CRABTOWN (1), 2. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC, SMOKEY MOUNTAIN, DRIFTON, CONNECTICUT (0).
80 AAA - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC 5. 2. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN, DRIFTON, CRABTOWN, CONNECTICUT (0)
TOTAL ATTENDANCE (WITH MAJORS) - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (83), 2. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (64), 3. CRABTOWN (35), 4. DRIFTON (23), 4. CONNECTICUT (23).
TOTAL ATTENDANCE (AA/AAA ONLY) - 1. THEE BUCKEYE CLASSIC (83), 2. SMOKEY MOUNTAIN (44), 3. DRIFTON (26), 3. CRABTOWN (26), 5. CONNECTICUT (20).