Volume 76, Number 1 | May 24 - 30, 2006

Bears win one for the speaker, take L.E.S. Wiffle championship

Villager photos by Jefferson Siegel

After a spirited game last Saturday, the Sheldon Silver Bears, top, emerged victorious over the Betances Hurricanes, bottom, by a score of 12-9 in the Sol Lain Wiffle Ball League Championship.

After the game there was a trophy ceremony. Members of the Bears received championship trophies, with some of the players shorter than the trophy they brought home. All players on the league’s teams, including the Rosie Mendez Eagles, Local 74 and the Hurricanes, also received trophies.

League coordinator Ed Garcia told the players, “Winning and losing here is nothing compared to the challenges you’re going to face in life.”

He had a special message for the girls in the league: “You have to work on making the right choices,” he told them.

After all the trophies were awarded, two 6-foot hero sandwiches and other treats awaited the players. The Parks Department Skatemobile arrived for anyone who wanted to lace up some free skates and glide on the playground.

The Lower East Side league is 14 years old, and currently has 36 players. In June Garcia is arranging trips to a Staten Island Yankees game and Coney Island. In August the league will hold football tryouts.

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