SC success shared; Little League at 75

A “thank you” note is always appreciated.

This one via Debi Isakson, the coordinator of the Sheridan College Foundation and community engagement, and Steve Smiley, the SC athletic director. Last month, SC held their annual fundraiser golf tournament at the Powder Horn — the fourth year for the tournament — and it was a huge success with a full field of 144 players.

Proceeds from that day benefit the college’s athletic teams — men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, and the SC rodeo team. The funds also provide a chance to mentor youngsters in the community. Recently, more than 115 Sheridan-area kids came to the college as part of a basketball mini-camp and were trained first-hand on fundamentals by coach Smiley and his players.

Coming soon, the college and the community will honor Bruce Hoffman’s 50 years of service to Sheridan College, Aug. 1-2, with a variety of events.

 

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Little League Baseball is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season.

It was founded in 1939 by Carl Stotz (1910-1992) in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Today, there are more than 4.5 million boys and girls playing Little League baseball in all 50 states and 80 countries. Williamsport continues to host the Little League World Series in late summer. It is nationally televised via ESPN.

 

Sheridan resident/developer/booster Paul DelRossi played in the 1955 Little League World Series. His team, Winchester, Massachusetts, was eliminated in the semi-finals. A year later, the Winchester team was beaten in the finals. One memory from DelRossi’s ’55 team is who threw out the first ceremonial pitch to open the Series: Cy Young. It was one of Young’s final public appearances. He died in November of that year. Young won 511 major league games and was a charter member of baseball’s Hall of Fame.

DelRossi keeps in touch with some of his LL teammates, all these years later. He went on to pitch for Harvard (1962-64), where he continues to hold most of the career pitching records — most wins, 30; winning percentage, .909; strikeouts; career ERA, 1.51. After graduation, DelRossi pitched professionally for two seasons in the New York Yankees farm system before returning to Harvard and earning an MBA.  He became CEO of General Cinema. He first spotted Sheridan in the ‘70s, and put down roots in the 1990s.

 

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Happy Birthday Greetings!, today for Mary Brannaman. Before she married Buck Brannaman, Mary was the rider for the Denver Broncos’ Thunder, riding the purebred Arabian horse around Mile High Stadium every time the Broncos scored and leading them out of the tunnel before kickoff. She’s also the proud daughter of Lt. Bill Bower, a Doolittle Raider, the pilot of Crew 12 on April 18, 1942.

 

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Quotable

 

Happiness is pretty simple — someone to love, something to do, something to look forward to.”

 

— Rita Mae Brown, American author, screenwriter.

 

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