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June 12 Hoop Game To Benefit OC Challengers

BARTON -- The Orleans County Challengers are hosting international professional basketball players, including West Barnet's own Taylor Coppenrath, for an evening of basketball at Lake Region Union High School tomorrow, June 12 from 4-9 p.m. to benefit their trip to the National 7th Grade AAU Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee.

The evening will include an All Star game featuring Coppenrath and other local and regional basketball players and events for players of all ages and skill level.

With the help of professional basketball trainer Anthony Bathalon of One Dream Elite Skills Training, the team will be hosting Charles Bronson, a 6'10" center who has played professionally in Europe for nine years, most recently in Austria, and guard Courtney Belger, who plays professionally in Germany. These players and others will participate in an All Star Game and Slam Dunk Contest at the event.

The evening will also include a game featuring the Orleans County Challengers 7th-grade team that is headed to nationals, and skills challenges for kids, youth and adults. There will be food and a raffle. All proceeds will benefit the team's trip to Tennessee.

The Orleans County Challengers team is made up 5th to 7th graders from Albany, Glover, Irasburg, and Orleans and is coached by Albert and Priscilla Stebenne of Irasburg. The Challengers placed first in the 7th grade division 2 state tournament May 11-12 in Burlington, securing them a spot in the national AAU tournament which is held in Memphis, Tennessee June 30-July 6.


Former Pitcher Bob Welch Dies at 57

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob Welch, the 1990 AL Cy Young Award winner of the Oakland Athletics and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, has died. He was 57.

He died Monday night in Seal Beach, California, of unknown causes, the team said Tuesday.

Welch was a prominent member of the Oakland teams that won three straight AL championships from 1988-90, including the 1989 club that swept the San Francisco Giants in the earthquake-interrupted World Series. He won the Cy Young Award after going 27-6 with a 2.95 ERA.

Welch finished 211-146 with 3.47 ERA in 17 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1978-87) and Athletics (1988-94). He also was the pitching coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won the 2001 World Series and has served as a special instructor for the A's in recent years.

"This is a sad day for the entire A's organization," general manager Billy Beane said. "Those of us who knew Bob as a teammate and a friend will miss him greatly."

A's left-hander Sean Doolittle wrote on Twitter: "Devastated to learn of Bob Welch's passing. The A's organization lost not only one of its best pitchers, but one of its best people."

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