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Kevin Hieronymus

PYBSL makes a pitch for summer

There may be a solid blanket of snow on the ground, but the Princeton Youth Baseball and Softball League is making its pitch for the summer season.

PYBSL is teaming up with the Princeton Optimist Club to present a special showing of the great All-American classic, “The Sandlot,” at the Apollo Theatre.

Any player who signs up for PYBSL from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday or from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Prouty Building will receive free tickets for themselves and family members for the presentation of “The Sandlot” at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The presentation is open to the first 320 people. Players can bring their families.

While the movie combination is a way to encourage early registration, PYBSL board member Amy Thompson said the league wants to show its support for its youth and community.

“It shows that one of PYBSL’s main goals is to be supportive of families and youth of our community. The kids in our community are the most important thing to us as a league,” Thompson said. “People are sick and tired of winter. What a great way to show that summer is just around the corner.”

Thompson describes “The Sandlot” as a great classic movie about fun, friendship and the love of baseball. She says most everyone has a favorite line from the move, hers being, “You’re killin’ me Smalls.”

Along with the free admission, anyone donating a piece of new or used baseball equipment (excludes baseballs) in good condition will receive a free bucket of popcorn. It’s a good way to clear out your own equipment room, Thompson said, and help others.

Remaining sign-ups will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. March 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. March 15 and from 5 to 7 p.m. March 19 at the Prouty Building.

PYBSL is a member of the Western Bureau Valley League,which includes the communities from Annawan, Buda, Kewanee, LaMoille, Manlius, Tampico, Walnut and Wyanet.

• Moving on: Madison Lord, a senior at DeKalb High School, will sign Friday to play volleyball at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Barbies’ setter/right side hitter, was the DeKalb Chronicle’s Player of the Year. She is the daughter of Princeton High School graduate Michael Lord and the granddaughter of Bob and Alice Lord of Princeton.

• Moving up: Princeton native Blair Hubbard is moving up the Colorado football ranks from 2A Faith Christian to 3A Lutheran Parker High School on the other side of Denver. Hubbard, a 1987 graduate of PHS, led Faith Christian to three state championships and 14 playoff appearances in 15 years. The Eagles reached the 2A title game last fall.

“It was time for a new battle to fight and to take on a new challenge at a higher classification,” Hubbard said.

Chris McDonald has been named as the head football coach and athletic director at Maricopa (Arizona) High School. He had been assistant coach for eight years for Arizona powerhouse Hamilton, which had won five state titles in the stretch. McDonald is the son of Princeton natives Jerry and Patty (Ellberg) McDonald and the grandson of Terry Ellberg of Princeton and the late Carl Ellberg Jr.

Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at khieronymus@bcrnews.com.