Superior Little League recognizes All Stars past and present

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

PHOTOS by Janeen Duarte, Desert Expression Photography

By Mila Besich-Lira

Superior Sun

The Superior Little League started the 2014 season with new energy and a fresh set of goals to accomplish. The season started with a new score board and several improvements to the concession stand.

The League also celebrated two major milestones. One was the 75th Anniversary of the International Little League Baseball Association the second was the 50th Anniversary of the Superior Senior League All Stars who represented the Superior, the state of Arizona and the western regional division at the Little League International Tournament in 1964.

These were all reasons to celebrate at the end of the season ceremonies in June. While everyone was there in anticipation of the announcement of the 2014 All Star Teams, all of the players each received a medal for their sportsmanship and participation in the League. This year the annual ceremony was not only about the present players and all stars, there was a time of recognition for the 1964 Superior Senior League All Star Team. The team is celebrating its 50th anniversary of their All Star victories.

The 1964 All Star Team from Superior was the first team in Arizona to play in the Senior League All Start International Tournament. To get to that point, the team first had to defeat San Manuel and Casa Grande in the district tournament. Then they headed to Phoenix to defeat Rose Lane, Arizona and Silver City, New Mexico. Those victories earned them a trip to Downy, California where they beat three other state championship teams.

Following their victories in Downey, they traveled to Roseville, California to defeat Hayward, California for the Western Region Championship. In that title, they represented nine states and British Columbia, Canada.

That summer, the Senior League of Superior, Arizona traveled to Kentucky to play in the Senior League All Star Tournament. It was a summer most of them would never forget, and it is a big part of Superior history to this day.

The 2014 Little League board invited the team back to the closing ceremonies and presented them with a commemorative baseball. Only a few members were able to return for the ceremony, but this important milestone was not forgotten.

Members of the 1964 Superior Senior League team were: Pat Alcala, John O’Donnell, Roy Lopez, Manuel Silvas, Joey Vindiola, Nolbert Casillas, Ray Ramirez Jr., George Redondo, Don Ketron, Joe Thomas, Frank Campos, Mike Santa Cruz, Billy Joe Walker and coaches, Chapo Campos, Joe Vindiola, and Manuel Sanchez.

The 2014 Superior All Stars teams are currently in tournament mode. The 11 and 12 year old girls softball team was eliminated from its tournament last week after three games. The 9 and 10 year old girls softball teams began tournament play this week, at press time there was no status on the team. The rest of the League All Stars teams will begin play after the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Follow Copper Area News on Facebook and Twitter for All Star Game updates as we have them available. Good luck to all the teams representing Superior from the staff at theSuperior SunandCopper Area News.

Mila Besich-Lira (76 Posts)

Mila Besich-Lira is a resident of Superior with two children. She volunteers for many local organizations. She is an experienced fundraiser and event planner for Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition. She covers some of the area town councils and schools.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Carl Hereford Jr.

    20 hours ago
    by

    Long time Oracle resident, Carl Hereford Jr., 85, passed away October 4, 2014 at Heritage Manor in Catalina. Carl was […]


    Arboretum November Exhibit: Luminary Artist John Aho

    October 30th, 2014
    by

    Tempe luminary artist John Aho celebrates light, both natural and unnatural. By day he excels at capturing subjects ranging from […]


    Gilbert Artists Teach Camera Basics & Fall Color Nov. 9

    October 30th, 2014
    by

    Editor’s Note: Gilbert pro photographer Michael Madsen shoots with a Nikon, while Patty Van Herpen prefers Canon. The artistic duo […]


    Freeport-McMoRan Awards $60,000 Grant to Experience Matters to Enhance Women’s Economic Empowerment, Reduce Domestic Violence

    October 30th, 2014
    by

    Phoenix- Experience Matters, an organization that is creating a stronger, more vibrant community by connecting the skill and passion of […]


  • Stories Just For You

    Fire Prevention Week at Superior Fire

    October 29th, 2014
    by

    The Superior Fire Department held their annual open house in conjunction with fire safety month.


    Rotary hosts Students of the Month

    October 29th, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The Superior Rotarians have been busy this month, donating to the JFK Elementary third grade students a dictionary to assist them with their school work, working on having


    Panthers light up scoreboard in playoff win

    October 29th, 2014
    by

    Superior Sun The ninth-ranked Panthers fell behind early in their first playoff game appearance since 2011, trailing eighth-ranked Glendale Prep by two touchdowns in the first quarter.


    Superior Optimists get ‘witchy’ in preparation for Miracle on Main St.

    October 29th, 2014
    by

    The Superior Optimist Club held its second annual Halloween Brunch at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin