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MAY 2018     |   Vol. 23   |    Issue 5    |     Mail Run: 8,466    |     Total Print Run: 11,500

        Your Good News Community Newspaper, Serving Northern Frederick County, Maryland, Since 1995

                Let’ s

                 Play              Thurmont Little League Opening Day

               BALL!                  Grace Eyler

               Warm weather and clear skies                                                              Photo by Ross Smith  and took second place. The All-
            welcomed players, parents, and                                                                                   Stars consisted of Braden Manning,
            families to Thurmont Little League’s                                                                             Peyton Castellow, EJ Lowry, Logan
            Opening Day on Saturday, April 14,                                                                               Simanski, Josh Skowronski, Braden
            2018. With some games beginning                                                                                  Bell, DJ Shipton, Donovan Baker,
            as early as 8:30 a.m., everyone was                                                                              Joey McMannis, Griff Puvel,
            eager to enjoy the first day on the                                                                              Connor Crum, and Will Gisriel,
            field for the season. At 10:00 a.m.,                                                                             with Head Coach Tim Castellow
            a few hundred people gathered                                                                                    and Assistant Coaches, Ed Lowry
            around the main field waiting for                                                                                and Chris Skowronski.
            the Opening Ceremony to begin.                                                                                      Last year, Thurmont 9-11
               “I’ll be honest, it’s my honor to                                                                             All-Stars also followed their
            support you all and support the                                                                                  older counter parts to District 2
            kids...” said new president, Jeremy                                                                              Championships and played in the
            Johnson, as he graciously thanked                                                                                state Tournament, held in Easton,
            all in attendance. He commended                                                                                  Maryland. Players included Mason
            his volunteers, board of directors,                                                                              Ferrell, Dallas Baker, Jordan Moore,
            team managers, coaches, team                                                                                     Peyton Cramer, Ben Krauss, Gavin
            moms, umpires, concessions,                                                                                      Watkins, Garrett Worth, Zane
            and everything in between, for                                                                                   Shugars, Caden Diggs, RJ High,
            making Thurmont Little League so                                                                                 Rylan Manning, and RJ Etzler,
            successful.                                                                                                      with Head Coach Ryan Ferrell and
               Catoctin Dental was recognized        Presley Brantner runs home while Uncle (coach) Johnny West cheers her on to home plate.  Assistant Coaches Wayne Watkins
            for being Thurmont’s Grand Slam                                                                                  and Jake Baker.
            Sponsor. This year, a new scoreboard   Landscaping sponsoring the             The T-Ball Division had a total of    As DJ Brian Mo led the Player
            was donated and will soon be placed   Astros; Center of Life Chiropractic   eight teams for the season. Sponsors   and Parent Volunteer Pledge, the
            on the minor league field, sponsored   sponsoring the Blue Jays; Monocacy   include: Amber Hill Physical         crowd recited in sync, leading up
            by J&J Trash Service.                 Lawn Care sponsoring Cubs;           Therapy, sponsoring the Cardinals;    to the first pitch, which makes
               Every year, the league relies      G&S Electric sponsoring the          Med.One Pharmacy sponsoring the       every season officially baseball
            heavily on community support from     Diamondbacks; Affordable Glass       Cubs; Davis Systems sponsoring        season in Thurmont. This year, the
            not only its volunteers, but the local   sponsoring the Dodgers; Mearl     the Dodgers; American Legion Post     Clingerman family, who has been on
            businesses as well. This year’s team   R. Eyler Painting and D/Law         168 sponsoring the Indians; Sticky’s   the fields many times to play ball,
            sponsors for the Majors division      sponsoring the Orioles.              Designs sponsoring the Marlins;       lost their beloved brother, son, and
            include: Ace Hardware, sponsoring       Instructional Division sponsors    Tobacco Free Frederick sponsoring     uncle, Colton Clingerman. In his
            the Brewers; Unanet, sponsoring       include: Woodsboro Bank              the Orioles; Shamrock sponsoring      honor, Reed Clingerman thanked
            the Cubs; Rocky’s Pizza, sponsoring   sponsoring the Cubs; Roy Rogers      the Pirates; Dave Siess Construction   the Thurmont Little League for all
            the Diamondbacks; Thurmont            sponsoring the Nationals; Ashby      sponsoring the Yankees.               of their support. “Thurmont Little
            AMVETS, sponsoring the Nationals;     Transportation Consults sponsoring      This year’s Intermediate Division   League is the glue of the community.
            Catoctin Dental, sponsoring the       the Orioles; PJ’s Roofing, Inc. also   will consist of two teams (11-13    We all come together, we are
            Orioles; PJ’s Roofing sponsored by    sponsoring the Phillies; J&J Trash   year-old), with great talent and      all here.” Little brother, Asher
            PJ’s Roofing, Inc.                    Service Inc. sponsoring the Pirates;   skills. Thurmont Lightning will be   Clingerman came forth to throw the
               As for the Minors, the             Black’s Funeral Home sponsoring      led by Joe Wehage and Thurmont        first pitch.
            sponsors include: Highland Yards      the Royals.                          Thunder will be led by Brent             Closing the ceremony, Aubrie
                                                                                       Reynolds.                             Gadra volunteered her talents to
                                                                                          During the ceremony, DJ Brian      sing the “National Anthem.” After
                                                                                       Moe invited Thurmont’s famed          a touching performance, families
                                                                                       2017 All-Star team on the field,      were dismissed to enjoy the rest of
                                                                Residential Customer
                                                                                       recognizing their hand work and       the beautiful day on the fields and to
                        E D D M
                                                                                       dedication that brought them so far   play ball.
                       P A I D
                                                                                       last year, achieving District 2 and   — View Baseball Opening Day
                                                                                       State Champions. They competed        photos sent in by our readers
                                                                                   Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727
                                                                                   515B East Main Street
                                                                                       in the Mid-Atlantic region finals     on page 30.
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