N.O. to bid for Olympic gymnastics trials
The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation is bidding for the 2016 Olympic Trials in gymnastics.
The official proposal will be submitted to USA Gymnastics next week with an announcement expected in early 2015, according to Sam Joffray, the Sports Foundation’s senior vice president.
The event, which would be held in the Smoothie King Center in July 2016, could be the first in which the men’s and women’s championships are held in separate locations. If so, New Orleans’ bid would be for the women’s qualifying.
In either case, competition for the trials will be strong. San Jose, California, hosted the 2012 trials. Before that, Philadelphia was the site of 2004 and 2008 trials while Boston was the 1996 and 2000 site. Pittsburgh, which is hosting the U.S. Championships next week, also is expected to be in the running.
The last Olympic trials held in New Orleans was women’s weightlifting in 2000.
Pelikids auditions set Saturday
Pelikids auditions will be held Saturday at the New Orleans Pelicans practice facility at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie.
Auditions are open to boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 who have dance experience. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and auditions start at 10 a.m.
LSU softball adds Hoover from Stanford
LSU softball coach Beth Torina announced the addition of pitcher Carley Hoover for the 2015 season.
Hoover, the 2013 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year, appeared in five games for Stanford last season and enrolled at LSU over the summer.
At D.W. Daniel High School in South Carolina, Hoover played softball, volleyball and basketball and was a MaxPreps All-American in volleyball and an all-region selection and state runner-up in basketball.
In softball, Hoover earned two national player of the year awards, two All-American nods by MaxPreps, was twice named the Class 3A state player of the year and made it to the state finals twice, with a championship in her final year.
She finished her career with 1,345 strikeouts, averaging two strikeouts per inning in every season while holding opponents to a .079 batting average or lower in every season. She had an earned run average of 0.51 for her first three years and a 0.15 ERA as a senior, when she went 16-4 with 338 strikeouts and three earned runs allowed on the season.
SLU adds Barclay to basketball roster
HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana men’s basketball coach Jay Ladner announced the addition of Indiana prep forward Bret Barclay to the roster for the 2014-15 season.
Named one of Hoosier Basketball Magazine’s Top 60 Seniors for 2014, Barclay averaged 14.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game at Crown Point High School in Northwest Indiana. He was named a Top 100 Senior by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) and Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).