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PRESS RELEASE:  West Limestone's American Legion Baseball Team, known as Post 49 West, "played for all the marbles" at Troy State University on Sunday afternoon and took them home. The 17 year old and under team, coached by Chris Sherrill, won four of their five games, which put them in a re-match game with Hartselle. After a hard fought game the result was Athens Post 49 West, 5, and Hartselle Post 52, 4. To play Hartselle for the second time Post 49 West defeated Tuscaloosa Steal, Tuscaloosa Post 34, and Dothan. Following the game the championship trophy was presented to the team by the State Commander of the American Legion, Ron Hagood.

Also participating in the state tournament was North Limestone Post 49 coached by Andy Hargrove.

Jerry Storey of Athens Post 49 expressed pride in the accomplishment of the West Limestone team. "They are a scrappy group of guys and coached by a really dedicated man, Chris Sherrill. Chris has coached American Legion ball for several years and several years ago he was an assistant coach for the West Limestone Wildcats baseball team." Storey is presently an American Legion Baseball Commissioner for the state. Storey help's to organize and coordinate teams throughout north Alabama and to administer the state's American Legion Baseball Program. Storey has twenty years experience with American Legion baseball and says it is growing throughout the state, and nationally. Storey and Nathan Brownlow, of Athens, coached the Post 49 Senior Level Team that won the state championship in 2006. Storey said that this year Post 49 sponsored a total of eight teams in Limestone and Lauderdale County, four of them in the 17 and under division, and four in the 15 and under division.

Carlisle B. Grisham Post 49 has a long history of involvement with American Legion Baseball. Indeed, our name sake, Carlisle Grisham was a well known player in our area who loved the game. Traditionally, Athens Post 49 supported both junior level (14 to 16 year olds) and senior level (16, 17 & 18 year olds) teams, but currently we support only the Junior Level. The year 2006 was our last year to support the senior level and our Post team won the state championship that year.  We presently sponsor four teams in the junior level.  If one of our teams wins the district and the state level competitions, well who knows, we may just produce a national champion.

The American Legion Baseball Program was begun in 1925 and the first national level tournament was held in 1926. Over the years many boys, locally and nationally, have benefitted from the program. The program promotes sportsmanship, the principles of team work, intellectual and physical development, and all of these leads to the development of good citizens, which is our primary objective. Additionally, many young men have benefitted by regional recognition and the opportunity to play in both the minor and major leagues. University scholarships have also been awarded to many of these young men.

Above are the 2011 Season Limestone County American Legion Junior Level Baseball coaches. There are two divisions of the Junior Level Baseball Program, 17 years old and under, and 15 years old and under. This photograph was taken at the organization and game scheduling event in May. A total of nine teams are expected to play in Limestone County in 2011. Pictured, sitting, left to right, are John Corneil, Mike Johnson, Bracy Marks, Terry Tidwell, and Kevin Weidenbacher. Standing, left to right, are Patrick Roberts, Ben Rhodes, Shannon Haataja, Keith Wagon, Kent Lewter, Jason Usery, and Chris Sherrill.


Below is a photograph of the Post 49 State Champions of 2006


Mr. Baseball, George Fetter, shows off the Post Trophy case with its centerpiece being the 2006 State Championship Trophy. George spent sixteen years raising funds and promoting American Legion Baseball with his crowning accomplishment being a significant contribution to the championship team. See ABOUT US for more information on  American Legion Baseball and our Post support for that activity.








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