Monday, July 31, 2006

Congrats Smyrna Travelers - State Champs and 3rd in World

While in karate last week, Mr. Shelton, a black belt in class, told me about his daughter's softball team taking 3rd in World and I thought this would be great to promote. What an accomplishment. So I wrote to the Smyrna Travelers for more information. Mike Salyers, the coach who was assisted by Mike Jones and Ernie Felts, sent me the full story:
We had 13 players on our team.

Rachel Salyers
Emily Jones
Stacie Culver
Caitlin Brady
Antoinette Jenkins
Taylor Felts
Jessica Shelton
Ladaisha Sanders
Shelby King
Abby Bolyard
Bella Handley
Courtney Steadman
Breann Gipson

We had a very successful season.

We won the NIT (National Invitational Tournament).
Due to this being a National Tournament this was a big win.

We won the Tennessee State Championship this year.
This victory speaks for itself.

We placed 3rd in the World Tournament which was held in Kissimmee FL.

We placed no worse than 2nd in any tournament we participated in other than the World Tournament.

Our final National Raking was 2nd in the country.

Please give these girls all the recognition you can because they deserve it. They are a great group of girls and played really well this year. I have been involved with the Smyrna Travelers for the past 3 years and this is the most successful season I have seen the Travelers have.

Without their hard work and dedication, none of this would have been accomplished. They made memories that will last a lifetime this year and will have stories they can share with their children and grandchildren.

Another group of people that contributed to our success are the parents of these players. It takes a lot of time and dedication to be a Traveler. We practiced 2 days per week and sometimes 3. With the exception of one Saturday, we played each weekend beginning May 20 and did not finish until July 22nd.

The weekend we did not play we had a fund raiser.

So as you can see, we spent a lot of time together and we all gained an extended family for the summer.
Great job girls and thank you, Mike!

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