Sports

May 9, 2014

Sports Shorts – May 9, 2014

Isaiah Dorantes, 9, son of Tech. Sgt. Francisco Dorantes, 56th Medical Support Squadron biomedical equipment NCO in charge, hits a ball off a tee April 30 during the MLB pitch, hit and run event at Luke Air Force Base.

Youth compete in MLB pitch, hit, run

Story and photos by Airman First Class CORY GOSSETT, 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Children participated in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition April 30 at Mark Grace Thunderbolt Ball Field at Luke Air Force Base.

“This event gives children the opportunity to excel and possibly go on to compete at other levels,” said Brenda Holmes, 56th Force Support Squadron Youth Center director.

The event included boys and girls ages 7 to 14. There were four levels of competition, each consisting of the three main components of baseball – pitching, hitting and running. MLB has had more than 4,000 PHR competitions across the U.S. this year. This is Luke’s eighth year holding the event.

“The event was open to any youth who had base access,” Holmes said. “They did not need to be a youth programs member.”

Each section measured contestants differently. The pitching portion tested contestants on throwing a ball into what’s called the strike zone. Boys threw at 45 feet and girls at 35 feet. Throwing the ball into any portion of the strike zone was deemed a strike. The hitting segment required contestants to hit a ball from a stationary batting tee at home plate toward centerfield. Hits were measured on distance and accuracy. The running segment measured participant’s speed in a sprint from second to third base and finally home plate. Boys ran 160 feet while girls ran 120 feet.

Contestants have many different reasons for coming to the event.

“We’ve had a lot of youth who play on leagues or for their school,” Holmes said. “Others just come out for the fun of it.”

Tech. Sgt. Andrew Yonkers, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintainer, brought his 7-year-old son to the event. For Yonkers’ son, it was the first time participating in an MLB PHR event.

“It was a lot of fun for him,” Yonkers said. “It was great to get a little competition in and learn something new.”

Participants in each age and gender group that placed first in any of the categories were awarded certificates and advance to the next level, Holmes said.

Winners in each section will also go on to compete at the national level competition and a chance to make it into the MLB All-Star competition held in Minneapolis.

“The first step is at local level,” Holmes said. “Winners go on to compete at sectionals, which are held in Glendale. There they compete against winners from other local competitions. If they place first in sectionals in their age group, they advance to the team championship. If they place first in there, they advance to the national finals.”

National finalists receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the MLB all-star game in Minneapolis. Finalists will compete on field prior to the home run derby and get to attend the all-atar game.

“Last year one of our youth went all the way to the national level in New York and was runner up in the girls’ softball division,” Holmes said. “That was very exciting.”

May Fitness Month

May is fitness month. The 56th Force Support Squadron Bryant Fitness Center is featuring the following events:

  • May 10: 8:30 a.m. Four-hour aerobathon, $5 per person at the Combat PT Center
  • May 16: Powerlifting competition, 9:30 a.m. sign-in at the Combat PT Center
  • May 17: 5k Family Fun Run, 6:30 a.m. at the 944th Fighter Wing HQ
  • May 30: Closing ceremony, 11 a.m. at the Bryant Fitness Center

For more information, call 623-856-6241.

Police Week golf tourney

The 56th Security Forces Squadron is featuring a National Police Week Golf Tournament May 16 at Falcon Dunes Golf Course. For more information, call 623-856-7069.

Summer fun camp

Age-appropriate activities for children entering first grade through those who have completed the 6th grade include arts and crafts, experiments, games, swimming, field trips, cooking and more. Camp is open to children of active-duty military and Defense Department civilians. The cost is based on total family income. Register by May 16. For more information, call 623-856-7471.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

EOD called out for expertise

Courtesy photo The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team recovers military ordnance July 4 from the rubble of a burnt down building at an auto repair facility in Phoenix. The Luke EOD team recovered nume...
 
 

Strong followers challenge authority

It’s not surprising that when I tell subordinates to challenge authority, I often get a look of confusion. Admittedly, this is a step used to provoke thought. Obviously, we don’t need subordinates undermining their leader’s authority. My intent is not to create insubordination — it is to underscore the importance of strong followership. Great leaders...
 
 

Travel access, opportunities not to be ignored

Possibly one of the greatest and overlooked gifts we have in the military is our ability to travel. More often than not, we are stationed at bases around the world where we have the access and opportunity to travel and see the local sites. However, it happens way too often that we ignore those opportunities....
 

 
Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann

Thunderbolt joins elite Thunderbirds

Staff Sgt. Darlene Seltmann 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, took this photo March 15 during Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Air Show. She had no idea at the time that just a few months later she would b...
 
 

News Briefs July 25, 2014

Wanted: Airmen selfie videos The Air Force wants to hear from Airmen with unique stories about what led them to the Air Force, who are proud of their job and how it impacts the Air Force mission, or work in an exceptional unit. The 2014 American Airman Video Contest is open to all Airmen who...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Airman 1st Class Anna Valdez 56th Contracting Squadron Contracting specialist Hometown: Moscow Years in service: One Family: Husband, Phil; mother, Natalia; and father, Oleg Education: Russian State University of Trade and Economics bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics Inspirations: My parents demonstrated excellence and success in a loving environment, taught me to never give up...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin