The Travels of Northwest Little League

If you have read any of my blogs, you’ll know that I coach my son’s Little League team. It is one of four teams from Maryville in the 14-team Northwest Missouri Little League area. The baseball season runs from May to the end of June. Then 13 lucky players are picked to play in the Little League postseason. Most people know about the Little League World Series that is broadcast on ESPN in August. Those Little Leaguers are 12- and 13-year-olds. My son, Sam, is 10-years-old. Their division plays only up to the state championship level. Sam was lucky enough to be picked as one of the 13 All-Stars. Four came from Maryville, including Zach Patton, Keyton Pettlon, and Harrison Kerchner. The other nine came from Stanberry (one), Worth County (three), Tri-County (one), Ravenwood (two), and Albany (two). They were all great kids and the parents had a fantastic three weeks watching their sons bond and compete together. As usual, though, some memorable events took place that I am forced to blog about. I’ll try to keep the personal stuff to a minimum. Continue reading

The magic of perfection

About two years ago, my assistant coach, Lori Hopkins, and I came out of a meeting with our Sports Information Director.  Lori, my devoted and loyal assistant, was mocking me.  Our Sports Information Director had informed us that his office would no longer print media guides.  He wanted to spend more time blogging.  Lori said, “I read Sherri Coale’s blogs all the time.  Why don’t’ you blog Stein?”  Sherri is the women’s coach at Oklahoma.

The funny thing is I really like to write.  I have no idea how other people view my scribbling.  I figured I could tell a story, hope it was semi-interesting, put it on the website where it would die from the being ignored by readers of women’s basketball website.  I’m not sure, but I think a few of you actually sit down and read the blogs.  For that I thank you and present to you Blog #100. Continue reading