WULL Seniors Take District Title
It has been a record year for West U. Little League All Star teams with the 10s, Juniors, and Seniors all taking the District 16 title for their divisions. The Seniors secured the championship win over Missouri City Little League 14 to 3 on July 13. Bob McLamb served as the Junior/Senior Director and former WULL All Stars Trey Cornelius and Will McDaniel served as volunteer coaches.
The players dedicated the win to Andrew Goldberg, who lost his battle with cancer 11 months ago. Better known as Coach Goldy, he coached some of the players from their start in Little League and assisted or managed every All Star team from the time they were nine through last summer.
As nine year olds, many of these boys were on the All Star team that won the first-ever nine year old District 16 title for WULL. They then battled through District as the WU American All Stars and WU National All Stars, often taking second or third place, until they reunited as Juniors (14s) and took the District, Sectional, and State Runner-Up titles in 2007. The Junior (13s) also took the District title in 2007 and some of these players are now on this 2009 Senior team, as well. In 2005, many from this group also took the Cooperstown Hall of Fame Tournament Runner-Up title representing West U. as the Heat.
The Senior All Star team represents five area high schools including Episcopal High School, Lamar High School, St. John’s School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory School and Westside High School. Team members include Davis Atkins, Stewart Cartwright, Luke Cone, Hugh Echols, Ryan Farney, Evan Fichter, Travis Gauntt, Harrison James, Joshua King, Matt Luna, Cole Lankford, Cameron Neal, Sam Reid, Michael Resnick, Andrew Waters, Kevin Roy and John Williamson.
In May, the 16s were awarded their traditional wooden bats by WULL in honor of their commitment to the league. Over a decade has passed since they threw their first pitch, hit their first home run, and made their first play in the field, all the while representing WULL.
Flanked by Coaches Trey Cornelius and Will Will McDaniel, team members include Back Row: Cole Lankford, John Williamson, Matt Luna, Travis Gauntt, Michael Resnick, Harrison James, Evan Fichter, Hugh Echols and Front Row: Stewat Cartwright, Ryan Farney, Luke Cone, Sam Reid, Davis Atkins, Joshua King (not pictured: Cameron Neal and Andrew Waters)