Thursday, May 18, 2017

10 Lycoming County High School Seniors Recognized as the 2017 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship Recipients

Courtesy of Little League® Baseball and Softball - Winners of the 2017 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball®  Scholarship.
(Back Row, L to R): Karen Stotz Myers (daughter of Little League Founder Carl E. Stotz), Sarah Freezer (Muncy), Emily Cholin (Loyalsock), Autumn Deitrick (Loyalsock), Courtney Scott (Hughesville), Alisha Chen (Williamsport), Stephen D. Keener (Little League President and CEO).
(Front Row, L to R): Caleb Smith (Muncy), Justin Kramer (Muncy), Hunter Crawley (South Williamsport), Noah Fagnano (Montoursville).
Not pictured: McGwire Molino (South Williamsport).

Little League® awards a total of $13,000 in scholarship funds to local high school students.
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Since 1994, Little League®International has honored the memory of its founder through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship. At its annual luncheon on Thursday, May 18, Little League recognized the achievement of 10 Lycoming County High School Seniors, awarding a total of $13,000 in scholarship funds. In 24 years, Little League has awarded $176,600 to 192 students, including this year’s honorees.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Flashback Interview 2008 - Chatting with Dr. Creighton J. Hale

Dr. Creighton J. Hale (Photo Courtesy of
Williamsport, PA – One of the benefits and joys of coming to the Little League World Series as a reporter and observer is the mingling with Little League fans and all sorts of Little League officials. Today was an exceptional day as Dr. Creighton J. Hale and his wife (Beverley) sat down next to me at seat 46 in Volunteer Stadium.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Flashback 2008 - Lance Van Auken Promoted to Vice President of Communications at Little League International

Lance Van Auken
(Courtesy of Little League Baseball)
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Lance Van Auken, formerly Little League International Senior Communications Executive, has been promoted to Vice President of Communications, it was announced today by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

“Time and again, Lance has demonstrated the ability to craft and convey Little League’s message, while continuing to accept broader responsibilities,” Mr. Keener said. “Lance’s experience and expertise coupled with his genuine respect for the Little League program make him a valuable asset to our organization. This promotion is in recognition of his fine work, and appreciation for his willingness to accept all tasks and challenges with equal enthusiasm.”

A sports writer for 11 years in Florida, five years with the Tampa Tribune and six with the Clearwater Sun, Mr. Van Auken became Little League’s Assistant Director at the Southern Region Headquarters in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1993. He moved to Pennsylvania in 1996 to become Director of Publications and Media Relations at Little League International.

After playing at Cross Bayou Little League in Largo, Fla., from age 7 to 18, Mr. Van Auken was a Little League volunteer for 25 years. He has served as a manager, coach, local league vice president, and umpire. He umpired in the 1992 Little League Baseball World Series.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Flashback 2008 - Little League® Baseball Wrap-up

Bill Byham, Sports announcer,
writer and famous for “That’s 30”
August 27, 2008 – 6:18 am
LITTLE LEAGUE WRAP – Tell you what I think. The 2008 Little League world series was one of the best I have covered in some years. It got to a point where we (WRAK guys) would be getting ready to broadcast a game. In the process of doing our line ups we would ask each other about which of the teams would win. We did not log an accurate account of who had the best record but the point here is that the teams playing showed so much equity it was difficult to pick winners on a consistent basis.No question the talent pool is getting better every year. Young base ballers and dedicated adults in just about every corner of this nation can find ways to play and practice the game for longer periods of time. Even in our Valley we now have the Dome where baseball enthusiasts can get time on the schedule, no matter the weather, to do some cage hitting. pitching or even take a few ground balls or fly balls .

I really am not aware of all of the baseball that is being practiced and played. There is Little League. There is Babe Ruth. There is Ripken Ball. There is Pony Ball. There is Fall Ball. There is Travel Ball . At this world series we heard about and talked about players from several teams that were here on Little League teams who had Travel team or Ripken ball experience.

Flashback 2009 - Travel baseball threatens original Little League® Baseball

Photo Courtesy of Little League® Baseball
April 13, 2009 – 6:33 am
The other night, I had a discussion with a former coaching colleague about whether the overwhelming popularity of travel baseball will someday replace Little League and other community sports leagues.Little League baseball, perhaps the oldest and most tradition-rich youth sports league in the world, recently changed its postseason rules to accompany travel baseball players, fearing that if it didn’t, even more would migrate permanently to the organization’s newest competitor.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Baseball - Little League® World Series is just three months away!

Photo Courtesy of Little League® Baseball
Little League Baseball® World Series (August 17-27, 2017)

• Eligible Age: 10-11-12 year olds
• Location: South Williamsport, Pa. (Volunteer Stadium & Howard J. Lamade Stadium)
• History: 59th Season in South Williamsport; 71st Season Overall
• 2016 Champion: Mid-Atlantic Region - Maine-Endwell Little League (Endwell, N.Y.)

Baseball - Celebrate Mother’s Day at the World of Little League® Museum

World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Treat your mother to a free visit at the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, located at 525 U.S. 15, on Sunday, May 14, and give her the opportunity to earn a free five-minute massage.

The first 35 women visiting between Noon and 3 p.m. will be eligible for a neck or back massage.

In addition to free admission all day for all mothers, the first 35 women who visit the Museum between Noon and 3 p.m. will be eligible for a neck or back massage as a thank you for their dedicated service and support. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Little League® Canada Regional Director, Joe Shea, Awarded Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Photo Courtesy of Little League® Baseball
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Joe Shea, Little League®Canada Regional Director, was recently presented the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, in recognition for his exceptional volunteer achievements to his community. Mr. Shea was one of only 46 individuals from across the country to receive the honor in a ceremony on April 24.

“It is an honor to see Joe Shea receive such a distinguished award for the hard work and dedication he has shown to Little League throughout his career,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO. “Joe’s commitment to Little League has helped grow the program into what it is today and we are equally grateful for his friendship, loyalty and belief in the Little League mission.”

With more than 50 years of experience volunteering with Little League Baseball and Softball, including time as president of Little League Canada and three decades of service on the Little League International Board of Directors, Mr. Shea has played a key role in the development of baseball and softball across Canada.

A Toronto-native, Mr. Shea attended college at Penn State University where he began his Little League career as a coach for a local team in State College, Pa., in 1955. After graduating with a degree in petroleum engineering in 1958, he moved to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1959 where he continued his commitment to Little League as a coach and local volunteer with the Hardisty Little League.