Wildfire 14U team heads out

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Acting Mayor Richard Hunter presented a Key to the City of Aledo to the Wildfire 14U coaches and team on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010.

The Wildfire 14U girls’ fastpitch ball team and their families have been enjoying the peace of Aledo between ball games taking place in the Quad Cities for the National tournament.

The team was given some very special treatment by a number of residents of Aledo, including Tom and Jim Sharp, who made sure the Northside ball diamonds were in pristine shape for the girls to practice, to Vern Fuller, who made some special clocks for the team, to The Aledo Chamber of Commerce, who passed along some Aledo-opoly games for the girls to enjoy. Carman Ruh, another resident, came by and brought some trays of sliced watermelon and muskmelon.

"We tried to patronize as many local businesses as we could," said Coach George Paulson.

Mayor Richard Hunter presented a Key to the City to the team and coaches on Saturday morning, as well as some Aledo T-shirts.

"We've stayed at the Double Tree, the Hilton, the Marriot, you name it. Then Dean found out about the Slammer," said Coach Paulson.

Coach Paulson said Dean Dickson, a parent who is in charge of finding reservations for their traveling games, came to him with The Slammer as a unique place to stay.

"The town has been everything we expected, and then some," he said.