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Gooden takes over as Halfway manager

July 29, 2010

SALISBURY, Md. -- The Halfway Little League 11-12 All-Stars went through a change of leadership on Wednesday.

Mike Gooden -- who managed Halfway's 10-11 All-Stars to the state tournament earlier this month -- took over for Les Martin as manager of the 11-12 All-Stars.

"I'm going to (manage the team) as far as we can go," Gooden said after Halfway's 13-9 victory over Berlin in the losers' bracket final Wednesday.

Martin could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

When asked why he was managing the team instead of Martin, Gooden said, "I just know there were some family things Les had to take care of, and I'll just leave it at that."

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Halfway will play Brunswick in the championship round tonight at 5:30 at West Salisbury Little League. Halfway must beat Brunswick tonight and Friday to win the state title and qualify for the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Bristol, Conn.

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