June 27, 2007 Edition

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The Randolph County All-Stars, made up of players from Hoxie and Pocahontas, have qualified for the USSSA World Series, claiming both regional and state titles. Team members include (front, from left): Brad Moore, Trevor Poe, bat boy Jared Baltz, Matthew Baltz, Kurt Light, Bradley Junkersfeld; (back) coach Paul Baltz, Manly Lincoln, Jake Hitt, Jonathon Quesada, Thomas Kingsland, Colton Clark, coach Bill Poe, Dylan Ford and coach Jim Hitt.

All Stars qualify for World Series

The Randolph County All-Stars, a 14-year-old baseball team, have qualified to compete in the USSSA World Series.

The team is made up of players from Hoxie and Pocahontas, who have nicknamed themselves "The Poxie Redstangs."

Team members from Hoxie include: Thomas Kingsland, Jake Hitt and Jonathon Quesada. Colton Bennett of Hoxie also played with the team earlier in the season.

With both regional and state titles under their belt, they are preparing for a trip to Lousiana July 8-15 to compete in the World Series.

The team won its regional tournament June 9-10 at West Memphis, going undefeated in the tournament. At the state tournament, which was June 23-24, the team was also undefeated on its way to the title.

Hitt and Kingsland, along with Trevor Poe of Pocahontas were named to the all-tournament team at state. Hitt was also selected as the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. Kurt Light and Dylan Ford, both of Pocahontas, were honorable mentions selections.

The team also competed in a tournament in Paragould where they suffered their only loss of the season in the finals of the tournament to earn runners-up honors. The team has an overall record of 10-1.

Anyone who would like to help the team with expenses to travel to the World Series is asked to contact a team member or coach. Coaches are Billy Poe, Paul Baltz and Jim Hitt. An account, under the name of RCBA 14s fund-raising efforts, has also been established at First National Bank, and contributions can be made at any branch in Hoxie, Walnut Ridge or Pocahontas.

Coaches estimate the cost at $1,000 per player for the weeklong trip.

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