Angels All Stars trading bats and balls for buckets and suds

Nine- and 10-year-olds raising money for trip to state softball championships in Dayton

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

June 27, 2008 - The 9- and 10-year-olds of the Hopkins County Girls Softball Angels All Stars team were excited to be recognized for their hard work by being selected to the All Star team, but a little help from the community Saturday could help them hit a real home run at the state championship.

Last weekend, after losing only one game during the three-day double elimination tournament in Detroit, the Hopkins CountyGirls Softball Angels were named regional champs, which advances them to the state contest.

The team leaves July 11 for Dayton, located near Houston, to begin competing against the state's best 9- and 10-year-old Angels softball players. The tournament is expected to last five days for teams who make the cut into the upper bracket in girls softball play.

However, in order for the Angels All Stars to attend the state contest, the girls need a little help.

The Hopkins County Girls Softball Angels Division All Stars team members scheduled two fund-raisers today and Saturday to help pay for the cost of overnight stays, food and other necessities while they are on the road.

On Friday, the girls were stationed outside City National Bank selling baked goods such as cakes and cookies prepared by their families to generate donations. On Saturday, the Angels All Stars will be stationed outside Brookshire's Food Store beginning at 10 a.m. with soap and pails in hand, offering car washes for donations to help them with expenses associated with the state All Star playoffs.

Besides donations of money, items such as bottled water and Gatorade to help keep the girls hydrated at the tourney are also welcome. To make a donation, contact group secretary Michelle Wallace at 903-348-6337, or simply stop by during Saturday's fund-raiser.

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