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July 12, 2013

Youth Sports: State tournament a great draw for PYAA, Palestine



Putting on tournaments isn’t the only thing the PYAA seems to be great at these days. They also can put strong products on the field.

Between the boys and girls programs, eight of the PYAA’s local youth teams will advance to state tournaments in their respective age groups, with four girls team sets to compete next weekend.

The 8-and-under team won the district tournament in Fairfield by a combined score of 32-7 to advance to its state tournament, set to begin July 19 in Sulphur Springs.

Also advancing were the 10-and-under and 12-and-under teams after winning their respective district tournaments, as well as the 15-and-under team, who were automatically advanced.

That quartet of teams follows a quartet of boys teams to advance to their own state tournaments.

One of those teams, the Palestine Outlaws, almost made a run at advancing even further, but saw that run end at the hands of Splendora in extra innings Wednesday. It ended the age-group’s first state tournament run since 2004.

Two girls’ t-ball teams — the Prima Donnas and the All-Stars — finished as co-runners up at their district tournament, just missing a state tournament spot.

“The Palestine Youth Athletic Association has been working hand and hand with the City of Palestine and the Parks and Recreation department on improvements to the Palestine Athletic Complex for all young people to have a nice place to play baseball and softball in Palestine,” PYAA girls secretary Christal Russell said. “The hard work is paying off with hard working new board members this year and the great communication and support we have developed with the City of Palestine.”


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