Hometown Supporters Cheer on the Lubbock Western All-Stars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/10/07

Hometown Supporters Cheer on the Lubbock Western All-Stars

After the big win, the celebration is expected to last well into the weekend. Friends, family and fans held a watch party in South Lubbock Friday night to watch the Lubbock Western All-Stars take on Roswell, New Mexico in the Southwest Tournament.

The game ended about 9 p.m., but friends and former coaches of Western players celebrated into the night.  However, these are not are not your typical fans. Many have been cheering the Western boys on for years.

At the watch party in South Lubbock the air was filled with anticipation.

"This is better than the Super Bowl, because they're ours," Heath Acrey, long time supporter said.

"A Lubbock team hasn't done this, it's pretty cool," adds Western player Sage Champagne.

 A cool reality started years ago for this group of 12-year-olds.

Travis Walden coached many of the Western players. He says they have worked together as a group. They have done Saturday practices and weight training together. They have done everything they can do to be playing in this game right now.

 In fact they are so good, this Little League team has fans of all ages cheering.

Stacy Acrey, has been watching the All-Stars for years. She says, "It doesn't matter if you're a T-ball player or a 12-year-old, everybody comes together and watches each other play and supports each other."

"It shows that we can actually do this," Champagne adds.

 Walden says, "They've paved the way and I think it can be done on a regular basis." 

Moreover, for some of these Lubbock boys of summer Friday night may just be the beginning of their days in the national spotlight.

"There are 4 or 5 that are going to play on ESPN every night, it's just a matter of time," Heath Acrey said.

To celebrate this big win RE/MAX of Lubbock is sponsoring a pep rally and fundraiser cook out for the Western All Stars. It's Sunday at 5pm at the Western Little League Baseball Complex, just off the Brownfield Highway, and everyone is invited.

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