See KTVE-Channel 10 feature segment on Weston baseball team “dream” trip

Talk about having a dream come true. There is not a baseball player who has ever laced up his “spikes” that hasn’t dreamed of playing on a major leaguer field. This coming spring, the coaching staff and players of the Weston baseball team will get to live that dream.

Better yet, they will get to play on the iconic “Field of Dreams” made famous by the 1989 blockbuster movie of the same name starring Kevin Costner and where the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox played this past August. Future games are scheduled as well, including next season when the Chicago Cubs will play the Cincinnati Reds, all part of major league baseball’s “Go the Distance” program designed to increase the opportunities and interest of young players.

In an interview with KTVE – Channel 10, sports director Chris Demardjian, first year Weston head coach Joey Kemp and several players spoke about the “once in a lifetime” opportunity.

“I got a call from Grace Christian (Alexandria) head coach Josh Brown asking me if we would be interested in playing them there,” said Kemp. “Naturally I jumped at the opportunity. To be able to go play in an iconic place like that is huge for our team, school and community.”

To say that the players from the Weston team are excited about the trip is an understatement.

“I didn’t believe it at first when I first heard about it,” said Caleb Waters. “I thought, this is crazy, but once it was explained to us, I got really excited.”

“This is insane that this could happen,” said Tolar. “It’s unreal!”

“I was excited as I ever could be,” said Landon Roberts. “It’s a dream come true!”

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Wolves seeking donations to curb expenses of trip

The “once-in-a-lifetime” trip is a just reward to the group who has endured what could be considered a “lifetime” of adversity over the last year and a half. To help defray the expenses of traveling to Dyersburg, IA, the coaching staff and team members have started working on fundraisers but donations from individuals and businesses would be welcome.

“Naturally there are many expenses that accompany a trip of this caliber,” said Kemp. “This team has gone through and overcame such incredible adversity and tragedy. I feel this is a just reward for their hard work and dedication and I hope that local businesses and individuals will help them through making donations.”

Cade Shirley echoed those sentiments. “We have gone through a lot and I feel that this is a great reward for all of us.”

To make contributions contact Coach Joey Kemp at: joey.kemp@jpsbschools.us or by calling: Weston High School at (318) 318-7313.

 


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