Wednesday, April 21, 2010

CROOKED TREE SCHOOL WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE BELIZE DISTRICT PRIMARY SCHOOL SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Crooked Tree Village School girls - 2010 Belize District Softball Champion
Front Row L-R: Zhanae Jex, Daniella Lightburn, Zipporah Taylor, Jessica Gillett and Sherelee  Adolphus
Back Row: Lennisha Gillett, Starlee Gillett, Tromeisha Tillett, Jasmine Lauriano, Roshanie Tillett, Elma Wade, Alma Crawford, Tara Tillett. Coach Alden Wade and Coach AnnMarie Gillett

Captain Jasmine Lauriano receiving the trophy from Charles Slusher, Belize's best score keeper

Crooked Tree Village School Girls successfully defended its Belize District Championship on Monday April 19, 2010 in Belize City at the Rogers Stadium to once again capture the Belize District crown. Coach Alden Wade said they are very upbeat and confident because he is a big believer in the skills of the team and repetition drills. “We put the team together, during practice we work on certain things, and then split the team into groups. We do specific drills on the essentials; we practiced them over and over until the girls get them just right.”

The first game was against Holy Redeemer Primary School (HRPS) with Crooked Tree School leading the score in the top of the first inning, as Zhanae Jex, the first in the line-up, wasted no time in scoring the first run for Crooked Tree. Meanwhile, Elma Wade, the winning pitcher, started retiring each batter in the line-up for Holy Redeemer. Once on base, Captain Jasmine Lauriano quickly became a threat to HRPS, generating base-hits.  Beneath her warm smiles and friendly demeanor, the girls from HRPS thought Zipporah Taylor would cut them some slack, but little did they know that beneath those smiles lurks their fiercest competitor. Taylor led off the bottom of the fourth with a bang, scoring three runs for Crooked Tree by the end of the game.  Crooked Tree Warriors had no problem knocking Holy Redeemer into the losers’ bracket, wrapping up the game with a 21 to 2 victory.



In the second game, Warriors’ pitcher, Elma Wade was as cool as a cucumber when she stepped up to the plate to face Burrell Boom Primary School. The degree to which the Warriors put their hearts into this game was reflected in their level of performance on the field. The fans were on their feet as Crooked Tree upset Burrell Boom with a 9 to 3 victory.


The coaches said that they were really pleased that Elma Wade was able to shut the batters from Burrell Boom down. “We knew what our girls are capable of, and we were trying to be very careful of every pitch and every bat. This win today was not won only on the field, but as results of our practice and drill. We are proud of our girls, they did a great job, and this is a wonderful day for Crooked Tree Village!!”

On Friday, April 23, 2010, the team will again travel to Belize City to represent the Belize District in the National Primary School Championship games at the Rogers Stadium. Go Warriors!!!

The principal of Crooked Tree Village School, Verla Jex, teachers Winnie Gillett and George Tillett would like to thank the parents and villagers of Crooked Tree Village and all those who donated funds to make the team’s trip to Belize City possible. 

If anyone would like to help the teams with their uniforms and supplies for next season, please send your e-mail to Verla Jex at verlajex@yahoo.com. Or you can mail her at: 
Verla Jex, Principal Crooked Tree Village School, 
Crooked Tree Village, Belize-Central America

Whatever you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

5 comments:

Eva Jex said...

I really think these girls are doing GREAT!!! I also believe that the parents and coaches of these girls should be applauded for all their support, help and time.

Alicia Codd- Contreras said...

CONGRATULATION TO ALL OUR LITTLE GIRLS IN CROOKED TREE VILLAGE FOR THEIR BIG SUCCESS.THIS BRINGS BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES,KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KIDS AND TO ALDEN AND ANNA WE ARE ALL PROUD OF YOU GUYS. AGAIN CONGRATS!!

Yesenia Rhaburn said...

Love it..... loving it....big it up!!!

June Sutherland said...

Really nice...my daughter is half Crooked Treean so I better big them up!!!

Connie Reyes said...

These girls are our future medalists. The National team just won bronze medal in the Central American games, these young ladies will form the base for future gold medals in Central America and the Caribbean. Strive for the stars......Olympic gold!!!!!!