A "Little" group of stellar athletes became one of the biggest stories in the community this summer.
The Tallmadge Little League softball team, made up of girls age 12 and younger, just returned home after its terrific showing at the World Series in Portland, Ore. While there, the girls wowed us with their skills and their impressive plays. We watched them on national TV. The mayor made the trip to Oregon and presented the team with a pin. They'll be recognized by the state of Ohio soon.
What an accomplishment! They've made Tallmadge proud.
But more than that, these young women have gotten to experience, through their perseverance and talent, the excitement and magic that comes through working together and striving to do your best. The rest is just icing on the cake.
The week began with a 10-1 win over Oregon, the tournament host team, on Aug. 7. The girls advanced to the series semifinals with their impressive victory over Puerto Rico Aug. 11. The semifinal game April 12 was broadcast on ESPN2.
That the team was defeated on the 13th by Columbus, Ga., in its attempt to capture the bronze medal, is hardly worth mentioning. What's important is the camaraderie and teamwork of the players, and the hard work these dedicated kids put in to make it as far as they did. The entire organization, led by head coach Nick Dadich, deserves a big round of applause.
Appropriately, there's a parade on Tallmadge Circle to recognize the team. It was scheduled for Saturday night at 8:30, so if you're getting this Sunday paper a little early, make sure you don't miss it.
"We made the people of Tallmadge proud regardless of the outcome and we're one of the best teams in the world," Dadich told us after the team's final match. "But those things don't matter to me. I'm just happy that these girls can take home some great memories."
They may have won fourth place but they are certainly No. 1 around here. Congratulations to team members Alexis Paulo-Roberts, Autumn Malicoat, Delanie Dadich, Elizabeth Bickar, Emily Pratt, Giavanna Spitali, Hallie Mullett, Jordyn Severns, Katelyn Hussing, Kenna Loveless, Lauren Tecca, Melina Cioffi and Paige Leitner.