Monthly Archives: June 2008

Sara Thompson Named Softball Manager for Little League International

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Sara Thompson has been named Softball Manager for Little League International, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

“Nearly 35 years ago, the Little League Softball program was created to give females an opportunity to play,” Mr. Keener said. “Since then, Little League Softball has expanded to service a broad range of children, and now has all four of its World Series Championship games televised by ESPN.

“We think the program is heading in a positive direction and with Sara on board softball players, coaches and managers can be assured that her experience and passion for the sport will provide an informed voice and steady influence,” Mr. Keener said. “We are pleased to welcome Sara to the Little League family.”

Ms. Thompson, a native of Vancouver, Wash., is responsible for activities within the Little League Softball program, which involves working with local leagues to resolve issues, developing and implementing training programs, and operation of the annual “Little League Softball Days.”

A 1998 graduate of Columbia River High School, Ms. Thompson played three seasons of varsity softball and was a member of consecutive Washington state softball championship teams (1996 and 1997). In 1996, Ms. Thompson was selected as a softball All-American by Fastpitch World magazine; and in 1998, Student Sports magazine recognized her as a “Best of the West” scholar athlete. During her senior year, she was captain of the softball and volleyball teams.

To her academic credit, Ms. Thompson attained bachelor’s degrees in marketing and management from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. (2003).

While attending Coastal Carolina, she played softball for three seasons, earning all-conference honors in 2000 and 2001; and was a member of two Big South Conference championship teams (2000 and 2001). Following her freshman and junior seasons, she was invited to attend the U.S. Softball team tryouts.

Worldwide, there are more than 366,000 players, ages 7-18, on nearly 25,000 Little League Softball teams.

Lycoming College Head Coach Frank Girardi

Record: 257-97-5 (72% in 36 Seasons)

In 36 years of coaching Lycoming College football, head coach Frank Girardi firmly established himself as a legend in his field. He built one of the most respected and consistently successful NCAA Division III football programs in the nation.
Girardi’s career record at Lycoming is 257-97-5 and he ranks 15th on the NCAA all-time winningest coaches list, tied with legendary Brigham Young coach LaVell Edwards. In 2005, Girardi became only the 17th coach at any NCAA level to reach the 250-win plateau.
Warrior teams coached by Girardi have won 13 NCAA Division III playoff games, 13 Middle Atlantic Conference championships and made 11 appearances in the NCAA playoffs, including trips to the Stagg Bowl- the Division III national championship game- in 1990 and 1997. Lycoming has tallied a winning record in 29 of Girardi’s 36 seasons as head coach.
His accomplishments and consistency have not gone unnoticed by others. Girardi is a member of three halls of fame, including the West Branch Valley Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania State Sports Hall of Fame, and West Chester University’s W. Glenn Killinger Football Hall of Fame. The Middle Atlantic Conference has honored Girardi as their Coach of the Year on 12 occasions, and in 1999 he became the Robert W. Maxwell Football Club’s first recipient of their Tri-State Coach of the Year Award. The award is presented to an outstanding college or high school coach from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Delaware.
Girardi began his love affair with football in high school when he carried the ball as a running back for the Williamsport Millionaires. He continued to play at the collegiate level at West Chester University.
Girardi entered the coaching ranks in 1961 when he became an assistant at Jersey Shore High School. He became head coach of the team in 1963 and remained in that position for six years.
In 1969, Girardi became an assistant at Lycoming under Budd Whitehill. Three years later, he took the reigns as head coach of a Warrior program that had gone 14-34 since their last winning season in 1965. Lycoming’s woes continued during Girardi’s first three seasons with marks of 2-6, 2-6 and 3-6. But in his fourth season, the Warriors recorded a mark of 6-2 and ran off 29 consecutive winning campaigns.
In 1984, Girardi accepted an expanded role in the College’s athletic department as the Director of Athletics. He continues to serve in that capacity today, overseeing Lycoming’s 17 intercollegiate athletic programs.
Girardi resides in Williamsport with his wife Lynne. Their four children – Cathi, Jerry, Frank Jr. and Justine – have all graduated from Lycoming College.

Players Chosen for Tee Ball on the South Lawn All-Star Game

Each state will send a representative to the White House
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa – Fifty-one Tee Ball players from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have been selected to play at the White House in the first Tee Ball on the South Lawn All-Star Game, set for July 16.

For the past seven years, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have invited Little League Tee Ball teams to the White House for games on the South Lawn. President Bush, the first U.S. President to have played Little League, uses the games as a way to highlight the fun and camaraderie that children and their families can have by participating in the sports of baseball and softball.

Since the event was announced in April, a selection panel at Little League International has reviewed hundreds of entries from around the country. Each entry was accompanied by an essay from the player’s coach, league president, teacher or school principal, giving the person’s reasons for making the recommendation. Little League’s Tee Ball division is for players who are ages 4-7, with about 800,000 participants in the U.S.

In keeping with the tradition of Tee Ball on the South Lawn games, no score will be kept as the 51 players are divided into four teams that will play two games of one inning each. Every player on the four teams will play on defense and bat once, followed by a picnic on the South Lawn for players and their families. A baseball autographed by President George W. Bush will be presented – by the President himself – to each player. Game time is to be announced.

The game will be the 19th to be played on the South Lawn of the White House since May 6, 2001, when President Bush began the initiative as a way to boost interest in youth sports among children and parents. It will be the first game involving players from all the states.

Here is a list of the players that will be participating:

Alabama ……… Eli Abston – Huntsville Eastern Little League
Alaska ………… Jackson Moore – Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League (Anchorage)
Arizona ………. Aidan Twitty – Gilbert American Little League
Arkansas …….. Riley Riggins – Pine Bluff Western Little League
California …….. John Cloer – Sierra Madre Little League
Colorado …….. Matthew Harstead – South Boulder Little League
Connecticut …. Connor Hogan – Lyme-Old Lyme Little League
Delaware …….. Jamar Wright – Stanton Newport Little League (Wilmington)
Dist. of Col. …. Maxwell Cowan – Northwest Washington Little League
Florida ……….. Blake Money – North Port Area Little League
Georgia ………. Parker Byrd – Warner Robins American Little League
Hawaii ………… Joshua Miyazawa – Manoa Youth Baseball (Honolulu)
Idaho …………. Allison Mauck – Mountain View Little League (Boise)
Illinois …………. Kelsey Brauer – Palatine North Little League (Rolling Meadows)
Indiana ……….. Daniel Stefan Hall – Fall Creek Little League (Indianapolis)
Iowa ………….. Noah Wubben – Ankeny National Little League
Kansas ……….. Anna Thompson – Cherokee Little League
Kentucky ……. Emilee Baldridge – Russell-Flatwoods Little League
Louisiana …….. Kade Theunissen – Lafayette Little League
Maine …………. Hannah Milne – Buxton Little League
Maryland …….. Abby Farr – Easton Little League
Massachusetts ..Jason Cote – Boylston Little League
Michigan …….. B. Cortland “Cort” Oliver – Jackson West County Little League
Minnesota …… Tucker Tekautz – Brooklyn Center American Little League (Brooklyn Park)
Mississippi …… Will Scoggins – Madison-Ridgeland Youth Club
Missouri ……… Jill Zulovich – Daniel Boone Little League (Columbia)
Montana ……… Elicio Talamantes – Riverside Little League (Billings)
Nebraska ……. Brody Fetters – Blair Little League
Nevada ………. Kathryn “Katie” Clewett – Washoe Little League (Reno)
New Hampshire ..Matara Tamzarian – Manchester North Little League
New Jersey …. Alex Thaler – Stafford Little League (Manahawkin)
New Mexico .. Jayden Ferran – Paradise Hills Little League (Albuquerque)
New York …… Shay Rubenstein – Half Hollow Hills Little League (Dix Hills)
North Carolina ..Avery Shane Hodge – Rutherfordton Little League
North Dakota . Keegan Henjum – Burlington Recreation Commission (Minot)
Ohio …………… Katherine Aliyeve Graf – Anderson Township Little League (Cincinnati)
Oklahoma …… Elizabeth Collison – Edmond YMCA
Oregon ……….. Kaleb Karpstein – Bend North Little League
Pennsylvania … Shannon Friday – Whitemarsh Little League (Plymouth Meeting)
Rhode Island .. Christopher Carpenter – North Providence East Little League
South Carolina ..Sam Bryant – Irmo Little League
South Dakota . Jackson McGough – Harney Little League (Rapid City)
Tennessee …… Meredith A. Bailey – Greeneville National Little League
Texas …………. Michael Juden – West University Little League (Houston)
Utah …………… Reggie Graff – Dixie Little League (St. George)
Vermont ……… Sam Motch – Clyde Whittemore Little League (Waterbury Center)
Virginia ……….. Abigail Purcell – Middlesex County Little League (Hardyville)
Washington …. Grant Luce – North Central Little League (Seattle)
West Virginia .. Broden “Brody” Kehrer – Bridgeport Little League
Wisconsin ……. Paul DuPré – East Madison Little League
Wyoming …….. Ryan Flack – Rawlins Little League

The first Tee Ball on the South Lawn game of 2008 will be on June 30, between the José M. Rodriguez Little League Angels of Manati, Puerto Rico, and the Cramer Hill Little League Red Sox of Camden, N.J. The third and final Tee Ball game of the year will be held later in the summer on a date to be announced, featuring children from each branch of the military, giving the President an opportunity to honor families in the armed services.

President Bush played Little League Baseball at Central Little League in Midland, Texas, in the mid-1950s. He was on the Cubs, and was a catcher. In 2001, President Bush was enshrined in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence when he visited the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

The Tee Ball on the South Lawn games are made possible through the generosity of these sponsors: Wilson Sporting Goods, New Era Caps, Russell Athletic, Musco Sports Lighting, Dick’s Sporting Goods, AIG Insurance, and Subway.

A highlight video from some of the Tee Ball on the South Lawn games of the past seven years can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/DugoutTheMascot

Girardi Honored For Lifetime Achievement

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Former Lycoming College head football coach Frank Girardi was honored on Sunday night with a lifetime achievement award, presented by ESPN Radio 1050 at the inaugural Night of Champions. After receiving the award, it was announced that in years to come, the honor will be titled the Frank Girardi Lifetime Achievement Award.

Girardi, who was scheduled to be a guest speaker at the inaugural event hosted at the Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom, was surprised when an audio clip featuring former players from as far back as the 1970’s began playing. Players spoke about how Girardi helped to shape their lives, both on and off the field.

Next, Girardi’s four children made their way to the stage to honor him with the ESPN 1050 Lifetime Achievement Award, a fitting tribute on Fathers Day.

“I wondered why they were all here,” joked Girardi when he took the microphone. “I have been to countless events and games and it seemed odd that they would all come to this one.”
Following the presentation of the award, ESPN 1050 Sports Director Todd Bartley took the microphone for a special announcement.

“We felt that simply honoring him with this award was not enough,” said Bartley. “Therefore, in years to come, this award will be known as the Frank Girardi Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Girardi took the microphone and delivered one of the inspirational speeches he has become known for over his outstanding tenure at Lycoming. He spoke to the room, filled with the top high school talent in the county, about making good decisions throughout life and about staying on track for success.

The ESPN Radio Night of Champions event was held for the first time on Sunday evening. The night included a catered meal, messages from NFL and WNBA players, inspirational messages from Girardi and Bucknell head football coach Tim Landis and the presentation of numerous awards. Money was raised through a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle and a generous donation from M&T Bank, for the ESPN 1050 Scholarship fund, which will be granted to a graduating high school senior athlete from the area.

Bartley hopes that with the support of the community, the event will become an annual gathering to honor the accomplishments of the athletes in Lycoming County.

President Bush Invites Little League Tee Ball Teams from Puerto Rico, New Jersey to White House

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO (June 12, 2008) – Tee Ball teams from Puerto Rico and New Jersey will play in the first “Tee Ball on the South Lawn” game of 2008, it was announced today by Little League International at a news conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In keeping with the tradition of Tee Ball on the South Lawn games, no score will be kept between the José M. Rodriguez Little League Angels and the Cramer Hill Little League Red Sox of Camden, N.J. Every player on both teams will play on defense and bat once in the one-inning game on June 30, to be followed by a picnic on the South Lawn for players and families. A baseball autographed by President George W. Bush will be presented – by the President himself – to each player, manager, and coach. Game time is to be announced.

The game is the 18th on the South Lawn of the White House since May 6, 2001, when President Bush began the initiative as a way to boost interest in youth sports among children and parents. It will celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the sport of baseball.

The second game will be on July 16th, and will bring together players from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for an all-star tee ball game. The third and final tee ball game of the year will be held later in the summer on a date to be announced, featuring children from each branch of the military, giving the President an opportunity to honor families in the armed services.

President Bush, the first former Little Leaguer to be elected to the nation’s highest office, played Little League Baseball at Central Little League in Midland, Texas, in the mid-1950s. He was on the Cubs, and was a catcher. In 2001, President Bush was enshrined in the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence when he visited the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

The Tee Ball on the South Lawn games are made possible through the generosity of these sponsors: Wilson Sporting Goods, New Era caps, Russell Athletic, Musco Sports Lighting, Dick’s Sporting Goods, AIG Insurance and Subway.A highlight video from some of the Tee Ball on the South Lawn games of the past seven years can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/DugoutTheMascot