Little league teams place in tournaments

The 2015 Junior League Virginia District 3 Champions pose for a photo. From left: Coach Alvin Ritz, Manager Mark Councill, Chloee Burton, Olivia Wightman, Tessa Souder, Katelyn Silvious, Madison Councill, Izzy Blank, Kiana Richman, Constace Polk, Ainsley Demaris, Samantha Foshey, Kerigan Moomaw, Coach Brian Silvious. Not show: Maria Marston. Courtesy photo

WOODSTOCK — Two Woodstock-Little League softball teams recently placed in the Virginia State League tournament.

Bill Rice, league resident, said this is the first time since the league was formed in 1959 that a team had moved on compete in a state tournament.

“This is a huge mile stone for our league as well as the league in Mount Jackson,”  Rice noted in a news release.

The 10-11 softball team won third place in the state tournament at Honaker, while the junior team of 11 and 12 year olds  group, which was a combined team with members from Mount Jackson and New Market, brought home fourth from the state tournament in Richlands.

Team member Aliyah Kibler, 11, who has been active in sports since she was 5, said she enjoyed  “being able to play with my friend and to challenge yourself” in the league.

The 2015 10-11 year olds Virginia District 3 champions are, front row from left, Manager Amanda Kibler, Emily Neff, Jillian Brunton, Bailey Spiggle, Aliyah Kibler, Hailey Clark, Alexis Clark, Brooke Green. Second row, from left, Coach Richard Brown, Tatum Silvious, Michaela Black, Alicia Ball, Keanna Sager, Heather Raley, Kamerin McCabe, Coach Jason Silvious. Courtesy photo

Her mother, Amanda Kibler, is the team coach. “She is passionate about softball.  All my girls operate as a family unit; that’s very important.”

Aliyah, who attends Peter Muhlenberg Middle School,  babysits to earn money, and she used that money to travel to the state tournament.

Junior team member Chloee Burton, 13, also a Peter Muhlenberg Middle School student, participates in gymnastics and track.    Her coach, “color: black; font-family: arial; font-size: small;”>Mark Councill,  called her a “phenomenal athelente.”

“She is my lead batter and plays second base. She runs like a deer,” he said.

Rice said he wanted to thank the community for support during the games and for contributing financially to the trips to the tournaments and the new lighting for the field in Woodstock. He added that he is looking forward to the next season. Registration for the teams starts in November.