|Sulphur Springs awarded with Dixie Angels World Series for 2006|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Aug. 13, 2005 - Instead of traveling to Alabama, like they did this month, the Sulphur Springs Angels All-Stars will have next year's World Series in their own backyard.
Sulphur Springs was awarded the site for the 2006 Dixie Angels World Series, and will host the 12-team tournament from July 28-Aug. 2 next year at Coleman Park.
Outgoing Hopkins County Girls Softball Association president Heath Anderson made the announcement this week after returning from Dothan, Ala., where he had traveled to bid on the event.
As part of the host privelages, a local team is automatically entered into the tournament.
"Truthfully, Hopkins County has a great reputation in the Dixie organization for being hard-working and supporting its teams," Anderson said. "That had something to do with us winning the bid. They really like Hopkins County, and I think they were almost as excited as we were that they'll be coming here next year."
The double-elimination tournament brings 11 teams from each of the southern states that participates in Dixie softball, plus a host team. For a week, visitors from Alabama Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia will be staying, eating and visiting Sulphur Springs.
"I've talked to the city and the Chamber of Commerce, and the people there are very excited, and they have pledged their support," Anderson said. "We'll have large groups coming from other states and staying for up to a week, so it'll be good for our economy as well as being good for our softball program."
Sulphur Springs last hosted a World Series in 1998. Jerry Maynard is the incoming Dixie president, and will be overseeing the event with treasurer Susan Kelty also playing a big role. Anderson said support and participation from the community and local businesses will be vital.
"Local businesses interested in helping sponsor the tournament will certainly be appreciated," Anderson said. "It's a big undertaking. We want all the teams that come here to leave here with a good feeling, and we want the people of Hopkins County to enjoy hosting the tournament.
"We're excited about the opportunity to be a part of the World Series, and we hope the town will get excited, also."