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Wickford Little League Awards Night – High Fives, Trophies, and Memories Galore

Wickford Little League held its Annual Awards Banquet on Monday, September 12th.  The banquet was held at Quonset’s “O” Club, just passed the North Kingstown Golf Course.  Player, coaches, volunteers, sponsors, and family members gathered to honor the many, many great things that make Wickford Little League a Rhode Island tradition for over 50 years.  President Arnie Sarazen presided over the event as emcee.  Raffles from sponsors as well as other prizes were available during the night, with some great prizes being handed out.  Dinner was delicious, the mood was festive, and the Wickford Little League community was in great spirits.

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Awards and special recognition prizes were handed out during the 2 hour ceremony.  The Ed Cooney Award is awarded every year and is given to one player from each major division and AAA team. It is awarded to the player that displays great sportsmanship and fair play throughout the year.  WLL puts tremendous emphasis on this award as the league tries to promote fair play, fun and sportsmanship over wins and losses.  The Paul J. Dignan Memorial Leadership Award is given to one player from the major division: “In recognition of young leaders who show a zest for life and lift the spirits of all whom they touch.”  Every year, the home run champion is recognized.  Also honored are the 10, 11, 12 year old District All Star teams, Urwin Friendship All Star team. (9 – 10 year olds), St Greg’s Friendship team (7 – 8 year olds), Major champs, and the AAA champs.

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Here is the breakdown of the awards given out for the 2016 Wickford Little League season:

Ed Cooney Award winners:

Majors
Baileys – Bobby Corkery
Allies – Sam Easter
Dave’s – Shamus Culhane
AAA
Dodgers – Brandon Richard
D-Backs – Brady Hanks
Nationals – Kate Maloney
Orioles – Colton Lindley
Padres – Kaleb DeAngelis
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The Home Run Champion of 2016 was Luke Porter
The Majors Division Champions was Bailey’s.
The AAA Division Champions was the Launch Trampoline D-Backs.
The Paul J. Dignan award was presented by Wickford Little League Vice President, valued sponsor King’s Crossing Golf Club, and proud father Rob McNeil.  Rob presented his son, Danny, with the award by delivering a beautiful speech about what this player meant to the league, meant to his teammates, and most of all, meant to his father and coach.  Danny jogged up to the podium to greet his father, who met him with a handshake, a hug, and tears in his eyes.  It was a special moment that the McNeil family will not soon forget, nor will the close to 100 guests attending the banquet soon forget. Great moment and I was so happy to be a part of this night.
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Great job to the Executive Board, Kristy Mureddu, Trish McGee, and others for getting the banquet set up and ready for the event.  Wickford Little League, we create memories on and off the field that last a lifetime.

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