West U Parades Winners
Sic transit Gloria mundi– all glory is fleeting.
Except when it comes to Little League baseball.
And especially not when glory comes to Little League baseball players from West University Place. The Senior Division All Stars, the first West U team to win the World Series, was honored Thursday evening at a local parade and welcome home ceremony.
“While these men will move on to bigger and better things, their accomplishment will be remembered forever,” said league presdent Greg Thompson.
It seemed like everybody in town – public officials, grown-ups, kids and puppy dogs – turned out Thursday evening for the parade down flag-lined University Blvd.
West U Mayor Bob Kelly rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, with the US and Texas flags flying behind him, in the procession. He was followed by members of the West U City Council, who squeezed into a VW Beetle convertible and waved gamely at their neighbors.
There was an honor guard from the ROTC program at Lamar High Schools, not to mention pretty cheerleaders and dancing girls from Lamar. And, the cheerleaders from Pershing Middle School made up special West U cheers for the event, as they marched in front of a truck carrying their Pershing Panda mascot.
In ceremonies at the Little League field, team members gave the mayor and other officials autographed baseballs – signed by them.
The team members are Davis Atkins, Stewart Cartwright, Luke Cone, Andrew Dunlap, Hugh Echols, Ryan Farney, Evan Fichter, Travis Gauntt, Harrison James, Joshua King, Matt Luna, Cole Lankford, Cameron Neal, Samuel Reid, Michael Resnick, Kevin Roy, and John Williamson.
Their coaches are Scotty Zornes and Will McDaniel, and manager Trey Cornelius.
The team also proudly displayed their championship from the World Series, which they won August 22 in Bangor, Maine. West U’s Wonder Kids defeated teams from California, Wisconsin, Italy, Aruba and the Asia-Pacific region to bring home the championship.
As the All Stars paraded down University Blvd., they were cheered and applauded by local residents as proud parents took photos and videos.
The conquerors then gathered for ceremonies at Wallin Field, where the mayor read a proclamation from the city and State Rep. Ellen Cohen read them a proclamation from the state.
The youths also got keys to the city – brass, old-looking keys that later will be engraved with their names. They don’t really unlock anything.
Kelly’s proclamation declared Thursday, August 27, 2009 as “West U Little League World Series Day” in the city.
Cohen’s proclamation recognized the team’s effort on behalf of the entire state of Texas.
The local state representative then urged the boys to thank their Moms, aunts, uncles and neighbors for all their efforts – including being great fans – at their games.
The team members represent five area high schools including Episcopal, Lamar, Westside, St. John’s and Strake Jesuit College Prep.