Falls Junior Indians win third straight title

Eighth-grade team also won two tournaments

Aug. 13, 2012

Menomonee Falls - There are reasons why the Menomonee Falls High School baseball program remains competitive year-in and year-out and it can be seen with a casual glance at the yearly Wisconsin State Youth Baseball League standings, particularly eighth grade.

A Falls Junior Indians team (there are two entered in WSYBL competition) has won the league championship in each of the last three seasons, including this season's 18-1-1 Gray squad. Over those last three years, the top Falls team has posted a collective record of 57-3-1 in league play. This year's Burgundy was a competitive 9-9. The WSYBL sponsors league play for youth ages 9-14.

Also, those top Falls' teams have won seven tournaments in that time too. This year's efforts included two firsts and two seconds. Before joining the WSYBL, the 2009 Junior Indians' team won two tournaments. Overall the top Falls' team has gone a collective 67-11-1 in tournament play these last four summers.

It's a record of excellence forged by large and dedicated group of coaches, four of whom work with one squad and five on the other. There are currently 22 players involved in the eighth-grade program.

"A lot of these guys (coaches) have been involved for years," said Dave Weber, one of the program coaches, "and the kids have been playing (in the program) since fifth grade, and over the years they have been involved in a lot of tough games.

"This particular group has a lot of good pitching and plays very good defense. And they've seen good competition in tournaments all through Wisconsin and some in Illinois."

Two years ago, a Falls Junior Indians eighth-grade team made it to the Sweet 16 (out of 106) of the prestigious Field of Dreams Tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"It's very hard to get invited to that," said Weber.

This year, the Junior Indians' eighth-grade team won tournaments in La Crosse and Lake Zurich, Ill., and finished second in events in Appleton and Hortonville.

Weber said this year's group is made up largely of multiple sport athletes who can do many things.

"They're a group of kids who've worked hard," he said. "They're not the most talented but they put in the effort and practice hard."

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