Baton Rouge Soccer Club seeks volunteers

The Baton Rouge Soccer Club is seeking the assistance of 1,100 volunteers for the upcoming 2014 Southern Regional Championships.

Volunteers ages 13 and up are needed June 19-28 for help in a wide array of tasks including gift bag assembly, field set up, hydration, hospitality, parking, ball retrieval, field marshalling and more. Interested parties can visit brsoccer.org to view available volunteer opportunities.

Ex-Cajuns basketball player Church dies

LAFAYETTE — Dean Church, a standout men’s basketball player under Louisiana-Lafayette coach Beryl Shipley who became the school’s first All-American and one of five players in school history to have his jersey retired, died Wednesday at his home in Luling after a lengthy illness.

Church, the 12th-leading scorer in school history with 1,546 points, lettered for the Ragin’ Cajuns from 1960-65. The Ashland, Ky., native was named the Gulf States Conference Player of the Year and earned NAIA First-Team All-America honors in 1964 and 1965.

He was survived by his wife, Sally, sons Dean, Jr., and David, daughter, Anne, and five grandchildren. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. June 2 at Holy Family Catholic Church (155 Holy Family Lane) in Luling with a funeral mass at 11 a.m.

LSU Eunice’s Cole earns national honor

LSU Eunice softball freshman Raven Cole was named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II National Pitcher of the Year after helping the Bengals to their third national championship.

She becomes the first National Pitcher or National Player of the Year in the softball program’s nine-year history, and the fourth player named either a National Player or National Pitcher of the Year overall in the history of the LSU Eunice Athletics.

Last week, Cole was named as a first team NJCAA All-American.

VooDoo assigned quarterback Hall

The New Orleans VooDoo were assigned three-year Arena Football League veteran quarterback BJ Hall on Wednesday.

Hall (6-2, 225) most recently saw action with the Tampa Bay Storm in 2014, and played for the Orlando Predators in 2013. Before the Predators, Hall played for the Toronto Argonauts in 2011 and 2012. Hall made is AFL debut with the Dallas Vigilantes in 2010 when he went 41-70 for 6 Touchdowns.

Quarterback Kurt Rocco is out against Tampa Bay this Friday, and is still having his knee evaluated to see if he will return this season. Hall will back up quarterback Ryan Perrilloux going into the home game against Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The VooDoo were also assigned rookie offensive lineman Ernest Bell (6-0, 320, Alabama State) following the departures of offensive linemen Jesse Peterson and Quentin Saulsberry to the Canadian Football League.

Chrome win means $1M to California man

ARCADIA, Calif. — Eddie Espinoza will be cheering a little louder than anyone else for California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes.

If the colt becomes the first horse to sweep the Triple Crown in 36 years, Espinoza will win $1 million.

The 71-year-old racing fan from Whittier, California is in line for the big payout as part of a contest staged by Santa Anita. Espinoza was randomly selected on April 5 to participate. That day he placed a $5,000 win bet — funded by the track — on California Chrome, who won the Santa Anita Derby. Espinoza collected $8,000: the initial wager plus the payout.