The Wilshire-Riverside Little League Intermediate 50/70 All-Star team won the 2015 Oregon state championship in mid-July and qualified for the Intermediate West Regional Tournament in Nogales, Arizona. They could use a little help in covering their travel expenses.
This is the first time that a Wilshire-Riverside team has won the state tournament – and qualified to compete for a national championship. The tournament will be held from from July 20 to 30. Each player (and coach) needs to raise approximately $1,700 in airfare, accommodations and tournament expenses.
The team is manged by Gus Farah with coaches Dave Rush and Wade Siegel. The twelve players on the team, ages 11-13, are Jack Bennison, Peter Carroll, Andrew Dailey, Luke Farah, Aiden Gabriel, Carter Johnson, Will Koenig, Spencer McKelligon, Caden Patterson, Boone Rush, Spencer Siegel and Zak Yudishthu.
The players, coaches and families are justifiably proud of the young men’s achievement and have launched a GoFundMe page at gofund.me/z3h7fbk to help these kids chase their baseball dreams and experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Every dollar will go directly to support the boys as they strive for excellence and represent the state of Oregon, Wilshire-Riverside Little League and all their friends, family and neighbors.
“I am proud to coach these great young men. They are one of the greatest group of kids I have coached,” said Farah. “They have created a life experience that is once in a lifetime. This opportunity cannot be planned and our families could use your generosity. Thanks, in advance, for your support and I promise Portland and Oregon will be well represented by these fine young men.”
Also, congratulations are in order for Wilshire-Riverside’s 11-12 team, who won the District One Tournament and move on to state bracket in Klamath Falls.