The Annual Texas Senior Volleyball Association Tournament, known better among TSVA veterans as Wilson’s Road Kill Tourney, was held on January 21 at the Pleasanton High School and Middle School campuses. This organization is comprised of male and female volleyball advocates who are at least 40-years-of-age.
In the past, the women played at the Jourdanton High School campus and the men played at the Poteet High School campus. This year’s move to Pleasanton allowed for the players to all be in one place. There were 15 women’s teams and 16 mens. Local players included Duncan and Sarah McAda, Ray Ridge, Wilson and Beverly Blalock, and Tammy Blalock. Denise Dornak Cook (formerly of Jourdanton) also made the trip in from Seguin to participate in the tournament. One player traveled all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas and the oldest player was 70-years-old. Each participant received a TSVA/Road Kill t-shirt.
For years, the players have been looking forward to the breakfast and lunchtime meals because Wilson has told them they’re eating things like squirrels, porcupines, and skunks. The truth is that most of the meat is harvested on Blalock’s ranch, south of Jourdanton. Weeks prior to the event, wild hogs and deer are trapped and hunted in preparation of making pork cuts and homemade ring and pan sausage. Tommy Henry supervised the cooking staff for the day and kept all the helpers in line. Wilson’s Road Kill cooking staff, comprised of about 15 volunteers, served up 260 plates.
Long-time volunteer and TSVA President, Carl Thompson, officially announced his resignation from the organization and was presented with a cedar rocking chair. Both Thompson and Blalock acknowledged that this annual event would not be possible without all the help from the cooks and the help from the local schools and their campuses. Next year, Pleasanton Coach Mike Wood promised to field a team.
If you meet the age requirements, make plans to play in next year’s Road Kill tournament. Each player receives a t-shirt and you are fed breakfast and lunch.