League hits homer with holiday float

MANASSAS — The top winners in the 2001 Greater Manassas Christmas Parade will be presented certificates Monday night at 5:30 p.m. in the City of Manassas Council chambers.

In all, 33 awards will be presented — the first-, second- and third-place finishers in 11 judged divisions that included floats, bands, animals, church and youth groups and majorettes.

The presentation will be aired live on Comcast.

A special award, Salute to America, will be presented to the Greater Manassas Baseball League, 11-year-old American League All Stars that were the 2001 Virginia State Champions and the 2001 Southeast Regional Runner-up for their float.

The theme of the 47-foot-long entry was Baseball an American Tradition.

It featured a game of snowmen baseball, complete with playing field, centerfield flags and falling snow.

A special sound mix, which featured patriotic music, great moments in baseball and Christmas tunes, was played throughout the parade.

The float paused at the judging stand to play The Star-Spangled Banner, which was accompanied by fireworks and confetti.

Parents, players and friends worked for more than two months from design to completion. Alan Heath and Eddie Ingraham were responsible for the sound and special effects. Skippy’s Trucking provided the truck and trailer.

The players involved were Evan Scott, Michael Vi, Matt Crouse, Andrew Johnson, Travis Lehman, Frankie Santella, Lalo Uribe, Ty Fletcher, Steven Lippman, Nelson Ward, D. J. Todd, Tyler Jewett, John Blanchard and Andrew Juba.

Coaches were John Johnson, Doug Scott, Greg Crouse and Bob Juba.

Linda Womack, with the parade committee, said the judges felt the float was beautiful and an outstanding replica of the traditional American baseball scene in keeping with the parade theme of A Red, White and Blue Christmas.

Terri Scott, a parent with the All-Star team, said Everyone involved with the float was thrilled to learn that we had won the award. The parade was a great experience for the boys as well as their parents and friends. Thanks to the parade committee for a great event.

Staff writer Bennie Scarton Jr. can be reached at (703) 368-3101, Ext. 125.

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