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Williams All Stars being selected for tournament play

The Williams 13-14-year old All Stars. Back row, from left, features coach Bill Pruet, players Brent James, Dallas Grantham, Andrew Castaneda, Alex Richardson, Kole Wiese, Brian Kelly, and manager Tiger Grantham. Bottom row features Alex Soria, Josh Pettit, Gabriel Soto, Chuckie Sandoval, and Raul Aguilar.

The Williams 13-14-year old All Stars. Back row, from left, features coach Bill Pruet, players Brent James, Dallas Grantham, Andrew Castaneda, Alex Richardson, Kole Wiese, Brian Kelly, and manager Tiger Grantham. Bottom row features Alex Soria, Josh Pettit, Gabriel Soto, Chuckie Sandoval, and Raul Aguilar.

Players from many different teams within the Williams Little League are being selected for All Star teams that will be playing against other leagues in upcoming tournaments.

The District 10 11-12-year-old All Stars, who will have their first tournament game today in Sedona at 5:30 p.m., includes players Sam Butler, Jonson Curry, Andy Myers, Michael Dennison, Williams "Bubba" Brown, Trent Mejia, Ivan Ruiz, Adrian Solano, Jimmy and Wesley Perkins, Colton Baxter, Julio Cohen, and Jake Harner. Edgar Brown, Jeff Brownlee and Kevin Perkins are coaching.

The District 10 13-14-year old All Stars have their first double-eliminations tournament game today as well in Prescott at 5 p.m. against the Camp Verde team.

Their roster features players Raul Aguilar, Andrew Castaneda, Dallas Grantham, Keaton Hageman, Brent James, Brian Kelly, Joshua Pettit, Alex Richardson, Chuckie Sandoval, Alex Soria, Gabriel Soto, and Kole Wiese with manager Tiger Grantham and coach Bill Pruet.

At the same time, the Williams Little League softball All Stars have been selected as well and include players Breanna Ryant, Kayla Hume, Tasha Bowdon, Alma Hernandez, Samanth Robbins, Natasha Quasula, Carley Solberg, Kyndra James, Chantel Pope, Michaela Knobb, Brandi Gomez, Madison Berry, and Kayley Watsworth.

The District 10 Williams Little League 9-10-year old All Stars have played their tourney games and since returned home.

That roster, made public earlier this month, included players Coty Baxter, Ethan Berry, Christian Compos, Cody Dick, Edgar and Rafael Duran, Colton Grantham, Andrew Hidges, Jorge Martinez, Kohl Nixon, Gerret Pettit, and Daniel Solberg.

Their first game was played on June 21 against Sedona, a contest coach/manager Herman Nixon says was a heartbreaker.

Though pitcher Kohl Nixon issued 10 strikeouts, the Williams team lost in a close1-0 battle. Sedona had reached base on an error and one of two hits in the fifth scored the game's only run.

Nixon said that kind of close heartbreaker can be tough on the players and is probably why Williams was knocked out the next day in a 15-4 loss to Prescott Valley.

That, however, doesn't discourage coaches. Nixon said he was delighted at how the kids performed.

"We're proud of all the kids ‹ the practiced hard, they played hard and we're looking forward to a great season next year with a lot of those kids returning," Nixon said.

The News extends the community's pride to all the Williams Little League players. Check out upcoming issues for more details as they become available.

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