The Seniors won the state championship for the seventh time
in nine years, and the Intermediates 50/70 team, despite only
existing for a couple of years now, won it for the second time
Regional in Albuquerque before their summer season came to
an end. But it may just be the break they were looking for as
the players in that age group are hungrier than ever now to get
last summer, there were two hurdles to get over as they had
come up short a couple of times at state, but last summer in
the Junior World Series in Taylor, Mich.
3. West University hosts Texas East state tournaments
Ever since the national Little League association decided in
and Texas West — the Texas East state tournament that the
West University Little League teams can qualify for has been
held in Tyler.
No more. The West University Little League won the bid over
Tyler and a couple of other cities in Southeast Texas to host
the 2017 and 2018 state tournament championships at South
The local volunteers, from West University and other
neighboring Little League programs, did get an example of
what the state competition and all its guests would be like a
week before the actual state tournament when they hosted the
Intermediates state tournament at South Campus. But there
were only four teams involved in that whereas the Texas East
tournament consists of all the ages that can qualify for state and
the upper divisions like the Majors 12, the Juniors and the 15-16
they expect things to be even better this coming July when all
the teams looking for a Texas East Little League state banner
return to West University.
4. First Ivy League quarterback
West University has produced some college football players
like Nick Pelich, who was at the University of Chicago, Brian
Bourgeois at Davidson College, and Garrison Meeks at Trinity
Holt appears to the
small city to play
quarterback at an
Ivy League School.
Holt, a big guy
with a strong arm
and an unending
calmness to his game, has spent this past season learning the
college ropes at Harvard University. He hasn’t played much,
but the former Lamar HS two-time All-District quarterback will
be back next year and should be in the hunt for more playing
time and the possible starting job. Best of all, at Harvard, he is
getting a world-class education.
5. Maxwell is a JUCO All-American
We don’t know how many recognized
All-American athletes live in West
University, but Carson Maxwell was a
Junior College All-American last year
at Galveston College, and now the
former Lamar HS All-District player
has promoted himself to the Division
I level of college baseball at McNeese
State. Last spring, Maxwell played in 58
games for the Whitecaps, hitting .317
with four home runs and 42 RBI and
was named as a Junior College All-American for his play.
Now at the Division I level with the school in Lake Charles, La.,
Maxwell will likely be a starter for the Cowboys this spring.
Here’s to even greater successes for West U teams and athletes
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