The girls and boys of summer are back after two years and so are we. Little League All-Star rosters are forming in Arizona with District 5 covering the northern part of the Tucson area and District 12 the southern part. District 8 covers Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.
In the greater Tucson area we have Canyon View, Canyon Del Oro, Continental Ranch, Flowing Wells-Amphi, Frontier, Marana, Oro Valley, Sabino Canyon, Tanque Verde, Thornydale, Tucson Mountain, Western, Challenger, Cactus, Copper Hills, Empire, Los Niños, Randolph, Rincon, San Xavier, Southwestern Foothills and Sunnyside Little League. It’s a huge task but we usually catch a couple games from each league every summer.
We haven’t seen any rosters posted yet but the 10U All-Stars from Flowing Wells-Amphi starts practice on Wednesday and it will be a competitive team coached by former Canyon del Oro and University of Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey and his wife Missy Rambow Carey.
Missy was a standout softball player at Catalina Foothills before moving on to play for Delaware and Ka’Deem’s history is well-known. The couple, like dozens of other volunteer coaches, will be making new memories for the children of Tucson and it’s hard to put a value on that. Chances are, a few of these kids will make names for themselves and this will be part of their “history.”
The Carey’s are ending the spring season with the Diamondbacks team they are currently coaching and the team took on the Arizona Navy squad Tuesday night at Curtis Park, the home of Flowing Wells-Amphi Little League. The Navy team is coached by Brad Allis and Dave Laguna and members of both squads will be playing for the All-Star team but, for one more night, the players were in opposite dugouts.
It was a four-inning battle with the Navy team coming away with a 13-11 victory but the important part is both teams had the chance to play after a disappointing 2020 season felt around the world. As far as the “World” goes, the Little League World Series will only be comprised of teams from the United States this year due to the ongoing concerns of the global pandemic.
So, grab your sunflower seeds, remember when it’s your night for team snacks and please remember this is for the kids. No one will be handing out college scholarships on a Little League field. Some of the umpires are kids themselves. Leave all perceived errors on the field but hold all the hits and “home runs” forever in your heart. Because – aren’t they all home runs?
Yes, they are.
Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019 and he is a member of the Amphi COVID-19 Blue Ribbon Committee. Contact Andy Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org