Frenship Middle School is now the academic home to five; yes count them five, of the Western All-Stars.
Jay Pendergrass, Bryndan Arredondo, Bo Ricks, and Stephen Smith all hit the books on Tuesday. But for their teammate Garrett Williams, Wednesday was the first day of classes as he began public school for the first time in his life.
"It's pretty cool getting to know a lot of new friends and the teachers. I know some of the teachers already and the principal and some of the coaches for the football team and I think it's going to be really fun," said Garrett.
But for this baseball All-Sar, sports, virtually every sport comes naturally.
"I play three sports," said Garrett.
"OK what are they?" I asked.
"Baseball, football and basketball," Garrett replied.
On Garrett's first day back home, just days after taking the mound in Williamsport, he'll be donning football pads and a helmet as a Frenship Tiger.
"So your entire life revolves around sports really?" I asked.
"Yes sir," Garrett replied.
And despite all of the fame and attention, remember the Westerner All-Stars are still kids.
"We're ready to get back to normal people and just live a normal life. And I think we can do this at Frenship, so I think it's going to be pretty fun," said Garrett.
Looking to the future, the All-Stars aren't quite done being our local sports heroes.
"Junior/Senior... they have a world series. So if we play that we'll work hard and try hard and practice a lot again to see if we can make it there," said Garrett.
"So your team is going to be working all through the next year to go back again?" I asked.
"Yes sir. Well not to the Little League World Series but to the Junior/Senior World Series," said Garrett.
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