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By Diane Sieker

Little League season opens at High Country Recreation


Last updated 4/25/2018 at 1:22pm

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This ballplayer awaits her turn at drills at the High Country Recreation Little League Opening Ceremonies Saturday, April 14.

The day was perfect for sunshine, family fun and High Country Recreation's T-Ball opening ceremonies Saturday, April 14, at the HCR fields on Mitchell Road in Anza.

"The High Country Recreation Association has been pretty busy the last few months," President Jeff Walls said. "We are on a mission to rebuild and revitalize our community organization from the top to the bottom. No matter what happened in the past, the current board is committed to making HCR the best place the young athletes and their families in our community can rely on for organized sports."

Parents and kid athletes both experienced with T-Ball or not, enjoyed a couple of hours of assessment and practice play. There were enough registered children to form four teams. Coaches took their young charges and spent a great amount of one-on-one time with each child. Praise and applause erupted every few minutes as the children learned and caught on to the techniques being shown to them.

Since being elected HCR president in March, Walls and fellow board members Lorraine Elmore, Krysti Dinneys and Mike Fitzgerald launched the Little League Baseball program with the first day of practice held April 14. The first games were held Saturday, April 21.

"The best part of these programs are the volunteers who make them come to life," Walls said. "HCR's baseball/T-Ball program cannot run without coaches like Don Salazar, Matt Breithaupt, Chris Freel and Gilbert Villegas. They give a great amount of their free time to coach, maintain the fields, communicate with parents and much more. HCR could not be more proud to have these guys as part of our organization. The quality of character that these gentlemen bring to our organization and the youth of our community is unmatched."

The HCR Flag Football program had their first day of assessment Saturday, April 21, at the Hamilton Middle School football field. The group benefits from donations made by Hamilton K-8 Elementary School and their PTA, and Hamilton High School Football. 

In addition to working on bringing new sporting activities to the community, the HCR board is actively seeking the necessary funds and manpower to revitalize their playing fields. To start this endeavor, HCR was fortunate to have a great number of volunteers come out Sunday, April 15, and clear two baseball fields and the parking area. What would have taken HCR about two or three full days to complete was done in just a few hours. The next set of priorities is to replace the flagpole and install a new flag, rebuild all the fencing and backstops, refurbish the snack shack, put turf down on all of the fields and upgrade the sprinkler systems. HCR is currently making application for various grants for these items; however, it still takes time and manpower. Volunteers are key, Walls said.

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The teams include both boys and girls to play T-Ball at the High Country Recreation Little League Opening Ceremonies Saturday, April 14.

"I'm on a mission," Walls said. "HCR is a great vehicle in bringing not just baseball, but a vehicle that can bring so many more activities for the youth in Anza and the surrounding communities. HCR Flag Football is the latest addition to what HCR will be bringing to our community, and there will be more to come."

The HCR board said they were confident that good things are just around the corner and that they welcomed any help from the community as they move forward. Anyone interested in obtaining additional information about HCR and the sports programs or who wants to volunteer or donate, contact Jeff Walls at (951) 514-8588 or [email protected]

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Diane Sieker can be reached by email at [email protected]


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