Northwest NEWS

July 19, 1999

Sports

Northstars head for national tournament

Northshore Northstars

The Northshore Northstars are on their way to the national slow-pitch softball tournament in Alabama.

   The Northshore Northstars is a select 14-and-under girls' slow-pitch softball tournament team. The team is comprised of Northshore Girls Slow-Pitch Softball Association (NGSSA) stand-out players who were selected for the tournament team through a rigorous tryout process at the end of the NGSSA season.

   The girls will represent the state of Washington in the ASA (Amateur Softball Association) national slow-pitch girls' softball tournament in Montgomery, Alabama in the middle of August.

   Phil Pai, the head coach, and his team have a legacy of great successes over the course of the past four years, winning the Washington State championship every year with increasingly convincing wins.

   "Many of the girls on the 1999 team have played on my state championship teams together over the past three years, and almost a third of the team have participated in a prior national championship," said Phil.

   The preliminary budget for transportation, lodging, food, and other miscellaneous expenses associated with the trip to Alabama adds up to $14,000. Parents, coaches, team members, and others will also be working hard to raise tax-deductible contributions from local sponsors for their trip.

   The 1999 Northstars are practicing two to three times a week at Kokanee Elementary School, working to prepare for the national tournament in Alabama between Aug. 10 and 15.