DUBOIS – On Monday night, Councilman Randy Schmidt thanked DuBois City Council and the local community for their support of the Pennsylvania Senior League State Championship Tournament.
According to him, six teams competed in the state tournament and traveled from as far away as Philadelphia to play ball in DuBois. The games, he said, were played at Showers Field.
“If you like it now, wait until you see it next year,” said Schmidt.
Community members and players were both polite, he said. It was noted that a hotel had staff members put baseball-shaped cookies on all of the players’ pillows.
Schmidt also recalled the Great Valley team noticed an elderly couple while debating on what to order at a local business. The players, he said, allowed the couple to order ahead of them.
The couple, according to Schmidt, wrote a thank you letter and gave $100 to the coach in appreciation of the team’s politeness. The letter, he said, was only signed John and Delores.
“Thank you, DuBois. It was a success. May we get [the play-offs] back next year and the next,” said Schmidt.
Councilwoman Diane Bernardo asked Schmidt how the state tournament impacted the community. He said every hotel was filled to capacity and people also viewed the elk and visited Parker Dam and other area attractions.
The only negative, Schmidt said, was the lack of use of the DuFast Transit. He said routes were altered and maps distributed to all of the hotels to reduce traffic to Showers Field.
However, Schmidt said the routes were reverted after the first day of the state tournament. He noted there may be another attempt next year with better advertising.
Council also advised the community that the city’s 100th anniversary will be celebrated Thursday at the DuBois Memorial Park at 7 p.m. The band Elements will play during the hot dog gathering. Council members will begin arriving around 6 p.m.