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ASA/USA Softball honors members in Dallas at Wilson Sporting Goods Luncheon
11/12/2012

DALLAS, Texas — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, and USA Softball recognized members and tournament hosts during the Wilson Sporting Goods sponsored luncheon at the 81st Annual Governing Council Meeting on Monday in Dallas, Texas. Awards were given in three categories: years of service to ASA, registration increases and excellence in conducting ASA National Championships in 2012.

A complete list of award winners is included at the end of this release. Photos from the luncheon are available on the official Facebook page of ASA and USA Softball: www.facebook.com/asausasoftball/.

The first awards given out Monday were the James Farrell Certificates and Awards of Excellence for excellence in conducting ASA National Championships. To attain the James Farrell Award of Excellence, named in honor of former St. Louis ASA commissioner and national office staff member James Farrell, cities must do an outstanding job of hosting ASA National Championship Tournaments. The host city must receive an overall rating 95 percent from the ASA Representative, Umpire-In-Chief and National Office. An additional seven cities were given a James Farrell Certificate of Excellence for obtaining a 90-94 percent rating.

2012 AWARD RECIPENTS

TEN OF THE HIGHEST RATED TOURNAMENTS

Burlington, North Carolina

FIVE OF THE HIGHEST RATED TOURNAMENTS

Ridgeland, Mississippi

FOUR OF THE HIGHEST RATED TOURNAMENTS

Tupelo, Mississippi

THREE OF THE HIGHEST RATED TOURNAMENTS

Bowling Green, Kentucky • Salem, Virginia • Sterling, Virginia

TWO OF THE HIGHEST RATED TOURNAMENTS

Montgomery, Alabama • Phoenix, Arizona • Prescott, Arizona • Rolla, Missouri • Roseville, California • Stratford, California • Turlock, California

ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATED TOURNAMENTS

Ashland, Ohio • Auburn, Alabama • Bloomington, Indiana • Clovis, California • Columbus, Georgia • Dallas, Texas • Ft. Worth, Texas • Hastings, Nebraska • Hayward, California • Hillsboro/Beaverton, Oregon • Johnson City, Tennessee • Kaysville, Utah • Mandan, North Dakota • Moline, Illinois • Novi, Michigan • Overland Park, Kansas • Port Huron, Michigan • Portland, Oregon • Rochester, Minnesota • Salem, Oregon • Sioux Falls, South Dakota • South Bend, Indiana • Springfield, Missouri • Tallahassee, Florida • York, Pennsylvania • Yuma, Arizona

JAMES FARRELL CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Bakersfield, California • LaPlata, Maryland • Lawton, Oklahoma • Reno/Sparks, Nevada • Sioux Falls, South Dakota • Spartanburg, South Carolina • Spokane, Washington • Tallahhassee, Florida • Rolla, Missouri • Sterling, Virginia

Another 21 were given benchmark awards for increases in the registering of adult and youth teams and umpires. The local associations receiving awards had to have an increase of at least 10 percent and/or an increase of more than 100 teams or umpires over five years of registrations to get an award.

ALASKA ASA (Rod Hill)
CHICAGO ASA (Tom O’Neill)
CINCINNATI ASA (Dave Maury)
CONNECTICUT ASA (Hank Koritkoski)
DAYTON ASA (Clyde Brewer)
FLORIDA ASA (Carlton Benton)
IDAHO ASA (Steve Anthony)
KENTUCKY ASA (Bill Bollinger)
MICHIGAN ASA (Jerry Hanson)
MINNESOTA ASA (Dan Pfeffer)
MISSOURI ASA (Joey Rich)
MONTANA ASA (Bob Rowling)
NEW JERSEY ASA (Lee Spirito)
OHIO ASA (Warren Jones)
OKLAHOMA ASA (JoAnn McGuire)
PORTLAND ASA (Ron Boley)
SAN ANTONIO ASA (Herman Garza)
SOUTH CAROLINA ASA (Gerald McDonald)
ST. LOUIS ASA (Mel Pinkley)
UTAH ASA (Steve Rollins)
WEST VIRGINIA ASA (Andy Dooley)

TRIPLE PLAY - INCREASES IN ADULT TEAMS, YOUTH TEAMS AND UMPIRES
HAWAII ASA (Don Meinel)
HOUSTON ASA (Stoney Burke)

MOST TOTAL REGISTRATIONS
10,599
Texas ASA (Rodney Cobb)

MOST YOUTH TEAM REGISTRATIONS
6,396
So. California ASA (Phil Gutierrez)

MOST UMPIRE REGISTRATIONS
1,792
Pennsylvania ASA (Andy Loechner Jr.)

The final awards of the afternoon were the service awards. In the service award category, 40 members were given the awards for their five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40 and 50 years of service to the organization.

FIVE YEARS

JOE ALFONSE, Massachusetts ASA
RICHARD ANNEN, Ohio ASA
MICHAEL BYERLEY, Houston ASA
PAUL DRAKE III, Ohio ASA
JIM GIBILISCO, Southern California ASA
BOB GILL, Oklahoma ASA
JEFF HARBISON, Washington ASA
AAU, Allied Member
STEVE RISWOLD, South Dakota ASA
DEE WEBSTER, Northern California ASA
TOM WILLIAMS, Ohio ASA

10 YEARSTOMMY GROCE, Georgia ASA
MIKE MUSGROVE, Piedmont Virginia ASA
MIKE SHUCK, Southern California ASA
PATRICIA SPIRITO, New Jersey ASA
PAUL TOMAZZOLI, Illinois ASA
MORIS UHLER, Florida ASA

15 YEARSU.S. ARMY, Allied Member
U.S. AIRFORCE, Allied Member
RODNEY COBB, Texas ASA
AL DATTOLO, Georgia ASA
U.S. MARINE CORPS, Allied Member
BOB MAUGER, New Jersey ASAD. STEPHEN MONSON, Southern California ASAJOE PATTERSON, Nebraska ASA
NATIONAL STATE GAMES, Allied Member

20 YEARSBILL BOLLINGER, Kentucky ASA
BILL DOXSEY, New York ASA
TENNESSEE PARKS & REC, Allied Member
DENNIS TROSHAK, Detroit ASA
HANK KORITKOSKI, Connecticut ASA

25 YEARSBILL CARY, Maine ASA
JEFF DUBCHANSKY, Sacramento ASA
DON MEINEL, Hawaii ASA
BOB SAVOIE, Maryland - DC ASA
GARLAND THOMPSON, Kentucky ASA

30 YEARSSODA, Allied Member
ALICE COX, New Mexico ASA

40 YEARS

ANDY LOECHNER, JR., Pennsylvania ASA

50 YEARS

BEN GIBSON, Alabama ASA

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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