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Schmidt Plays on Iowa Games Third Place PeeWee Team

The third place West Monona baseball team Photo by Shelby Schmidt. Thanks, Shelby!

    In a couple weeks, Bronx Schmidt (son of Shelby Schmidt of Danbury) will officially be a third grader. Over the summer he was still a second grader according to little league rules. Therefore, he played on the coach pitched team, the team designated for his grade.
    Well, Bronx, being an athletically talented young child and among the oldest players on coached pitched teams (coach pitched players include players through second grade), crushed the ball game after game.
    Among those who knew of Schmidt's talent was Nick Holverson, Nick was creating a team of the more talented ball players to be a West Monona team and to play at the Iowa Summer Games in Ames. Schmidt was asked to be on this team, and he of course agreed. After all, it was baseball.

Bronx Schmidt displays the two baseballs that he
turned into home run balls along with his third
place medal from the Iowa Games.
    Now, there are major difference between coach pitched and PeeWee baseball. While both teams hit off a pitcher, in coach pithed, the coach is the pitcher, just as the name insinuates. In PeeWee a player is the pitcher. Coach pitched teams work on the basics while the PeeWees begin working on more advanced skills such as pitching and stealing bases. Bronx was up for the challenge. As a matter of fact, to his mom's surprise, he even pitched in the Iowa Games.
    "I was keeping the books when they put Bronx in to pitch," said his mom. "I was like, 'What are you doing? He doesn't pitch.'"
    But pitch he did, striking out opponents and looking like he has pitched all summer. After striking out Altoona's best batter, their coach complimented Bronx and told him to keep up the good work. The coach, whose team took first place, would have never guessed that the youngster had not been throwing pitches on the mound before the Games. Bronx played short stop when not on the mound.
    "Pitching was my favorite part of the Games," said Bronx. "I watched Cade (Schmidt) and others pitch. I also practiced with the West Monona team."
    Bronx also turned heads whle holding the bat. Bronx batted clean up, a perfect spot for a consistent hitter. Cleaning up the bases he did, including knocking not one, but two balls over the fence for home runs.
    During pool play on Saturday, July 28th the West Monona team played both Altoona and Ames. They lost both games but won when it counted on Sunday. At teh end of the tournament Altoona placed first, Ames second, and West Monona captured third. Not bad competing against large towns.
    Not all of Bronx's highlights were on the field. He also thought it was cool to see the wide range of uniforms and how baseball is enjoyed by people of other nationalities. He embraced the experience and would consider playing again next year.
    After all, it's baseball.
    The Iowa Games began in August of 1987 as a weekend event, featuring 16 sports and 7,104 participants. For the first time, weekend athletes, youth and senior citizens could experience the thrill of great performances and satisfaction of doing their best in a statewide Olympic-style competition. Today, over 20,000 athletes take part in Iowa Games events throughout the year!

Upon Cord Memorial Library, a Little Raine Must Fall

    After a couple months of vacancy, Cord Memorial Library has a new librarian. Raine Christensen has taken reins as the librarian.
    "I've always been interested in being a librarian," said Raine who moved to Danbury five years ago. "I love reading and books. I am very excited to be able to meet others who also love reading."
    Along with helping people with their reading needs, Raine also plans to have different activities in the library. She would love to listen to ideas from others. If you have possible ideas for programs or activities, please stop in and talk to Raine.
    The current library hours are the following: Tuesdays 2:00 until 7:30, Thursdays 10:00 until noon and 2:00 until 5:00, and Saturdays 9:30 until 3:00. Please stop in and introduce yourself to Raine.

Shelter House Project Update

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    Want to give a donation? Donations of all


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Sun's Still Out Keep Those Lifesaving Arms Out!

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Weather Summary

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Letter to the Editor

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Happy Left Handers Day!

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