Little League hosting pageant

September 11, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - It's a far cry from sliding into home plate or fielding a fly ball.

But kids don't have to get dirty - or be the least bit athletic - to participate in South Berkeley Little League's newest activity, the Mister-Miss South Berkeley County Pageant

League officials are hoping the Oct. 3 event will attract a lot of the same kids who play on the league's T-ball, softball and baseball teams.

"We wanted a way of staying involved with our kids after our season," said Glenn Macher, president of the South Berkeley Little League's board of directors.


The pageant, like the league, is for both sexes, Macher said.

Contestants will compete in eight divisions, divided by sex and age, he said.

The "tiny" division is for the youngest children, ages 4 to 6, he said. The "senior" division is for young men and women ages 16 to 18, he said.

Between 625 and 650 kids ages 5 to 18 play in the league, which has three seasons - Little League, a fall ball league and an all-star season, Macher said.

The regular season ends in June, and all-star tournaments end in mid-July, Macher said.

At the end of the season, there's no way of recognizing the all-star players within the community, he said.

By sponsoring a pageant, the league can showcase its all-star players in local parades with the pageant winners, Macher said.

The pageant also will serve a constant need for the league - raising funds to offset costs, he said.

Projects in the works include lighting the softball field, lighting the junior-senior league baseball field and bringing water into the facility, Macher said. The league fields are on U.S. 11 near Musselman High School, he said.

This year's pageant will be in the Martinsburg High School auditorium because the new Musselman High auditorium won't be ready by then, Macher said.

The plan is to make the pageant an annual event, Macher said.

Registration forms will be distributed through the Berkeley County school system, Macher said.

Contestants don't have to take part in the league, live in South Berkeley County, or even live in West Virginia, he said.

The deadline to register is Saturday, Sept. 26.

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