World Champions get jackets


By Mark Richard - mrichard@aimmediamidwest.com



The Wheelersburg World Champion Softball team with coaches and members of Tim Short Automotive from left: Riley Lang, Shelby Hammond, Emma Smith, Haley Meyers, Katie Boggs, Jaelin Thomas, Maddi Kotcamp, Sydney Skiver, Ashley Spence, Alexis Gilliland, AndiJo Howard, Mia Mowery, Dean Wooten, Mike Sparks, Andy Howard, Jason Smith, Dusty Salyers, Eric House and Terry Wolfe.

The Wheelersburg World Champion Softball team with coaches and members of Tim Short Automotive from left: Riley Lang, Shelby Hammond, Emma Smith, Haley Meyers, Katie Boggs, Jaelin Thomas, Maddi Kotcamp, Sydney Skiver, Ashley Spence, Alexis Gilliland, AndiJo Howard, Mia Mowery, Dean Wooten, Mike Sparks, Andy Howard, Jason Smith, Dusty Salyers, Eric House and Terry Wolfe.


The Wheelersburg 11-12 year old World Series Champion girl’s softball team received a special recognition Thursday evening.

The girls and coaching staff gathered and were each presented a commemorative hoodie jacket from Tim Short Automotive in Portsmouth.

Tim Short General Manager Dean Wooten addressed the girls, saying “It may be a long time before something this big ever happens again. We wanted to give you these to say thank you.”

Wooten brought several staff members along with him, including Mike Sparks, who set the who ceremony up with the team. Sparks said the girls were really appreciative and very polite.

The girls were already planning to wear the jackets to the Wheelersburg/Waverly football contest Friday evening. The event was planned as a “whiteout” at Tiger Stadium.

Wooten has already obligated to sponsor the team next year when the girls seek to defend their title.

He said the girls don’t realize just how big of an accomplishment winning the Little League World Series really is. “These girls don’t understand what they have done,” he said. “It’s beyond comprehension.”

When speaking to the girls Thursday evening, Wooten said, “It shows to me, I’m 50 years old and never been around a team of world champions,” he said. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing.”

Wooten said the community and the world needs to look at what the Wheelersburg girls accomplished, saying “if the world would come together as a team, and play as a team, and do the right thing, what kind of world would it be? They’re an example for all ages. You can do anything you set your mind to.”

The Wheelersburg World Champion Softball team with coaches and members of Tim Short Automotive from left: Riley Lang, Shelby Hammond, Emma Smith, Haley Meyers, Katie Boggs, Jaelin Thomas, Maddi Kotcamp, Sydney Skiver, Ashley Spence, Alexis Gilliland, AndiJo Howard, Mia Mowery, Dean Wooten, Mike Sparks, Andy Howard, Jason Smith, Dusty Salyers, Eric House and Terry Wolfe.
https://www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2018/10/web1_IMG_2869-2.jpgThe Wheelersburg World Champion Softball team with coaches and members of Tim Short Automotive from left: Riley Lang, Shelby Hammond, Emma Smith, Haley Meyers, Katie Boggs, Jaelin Thomas, Maddi Kotcamp, Sydney Skiver, Ashley Spence, Alexis Gilliland, AndiJo Howard, Mia Mowery, Dean Wooten, Mike Sparks, Andy Howard, Jason Smith, Dusty Salyers, Eric House and Terry Wolfe.

By Mark Richard

mrichard@aimmediamidwest.com