News and Announcements
2008 River Bandit Awards
Players and coaches recently took an opportunity to get together one last time for the 2008 season at BW's in Defiance. We took this time to not only thank everyone for all of their efforts throughout the summer but to hand out some awards as well.
CO-MVP: MICHAEL SWARY and JUSTIN RILEY
MOST VALUABLE PITCHER: JOHN KESLER
PARKWOOD INN 100 METER DASH CHAMP: KYLE REESE
PARKWOOD INN WET BANDIT AWARDS: ADAM WAGNER and ROSS JOOST
2008 BANDIT EUCHRE CHAMPS: STEVE RIEDEL and JUSTIN RILEY
Congratulations and Thank You.....
Congrats to the 2008 Napoleon River Bandits on another successful season of American Legion Baseball.
This year's team finishes with a 41-13 record, and they were champions of three tournaments that they participated in:
Ft. Wayne (IN), Wassilla (AK), and Kenai (AK)
The Bandits finish 2008 as District 1 runners-up after losing to Toledo 7-6 on Saturday, July 26 at Findlay High School. We wish our friends from Toledo the best of luck in Athens next week!
A HUGE thank you to all the players, parents, fans, and media for all of your hard work and support over the past two months!! Thanks!!
Bandits in Alaska
The Bandits arrived in Anchorage Tuesday night at 10:00pm and were greeted by a beautiful sunny night. It was a difficult first night trying to get to sleep with the 21 hours of daylight, but we did it!
We are off to a great start! We are 4-0 so far. Our trip has already seen its share of ups and downs though. We were brought out of a sound sleep on night number two by the sounds of the hotel's fire alarm. Needless to say, not only was it our fault, we have nicknamed a couple of players "The Wet Bandits."
Despite an interesting evening......to say the least......we have been able to move on and put our "mistake" behind us. Be sure to look here later for plenty of photos and highlights of the "incident."
Please check here daily for updates and photos. All new photos are located in the albums section.
As stated in an earlier update the Wet Bandits struck in Anchorage, Alaska in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 3. I'm sure most of you have heard the story by now, but have you seen the pictures?
Take a look at the before and after pictures..............
Billingsley's Jersey Retired
A special presentation was made to Jim Billingsley, father of Chad, as part of our first annual River Bandit Alumni Day. Chad is currently playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and is a former River Bandit and Defiance High School alumni. It is our honor to retire Chad's jersey (#35) as part of our festivities this past weekend.
Chad's accomplishments are many and there will be many more milestones, goals, and accomplishments that he will achieve throughout his career. His time in Northwest Ohio and as a River Bandit will not be forgotten.
It is our pleasure to forever retire River Bandit #35
Thanks for the memories Chad!