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'Challenger League' Basketball Kicks Off in Shinnston

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The Harrison County Parks and Recreation Commission has teamed up with the city of Shinnston for the benefit of some very dedicated athletes.

Shinnston is known as the "Most Playful City," and for good reason. On Saturday afternoon, plenty of athletes came out to show their skills on the court.

It was game on at the Lighthouse gymnasium, as the Challenger League officially kicked off for the season.

For Savannah Eve of the blue team, it's all about getting that ball in the hoop.

"I like to shoot in the net," said Eve.

She had a lot of kind words to say about her teammates and her biggest fans: her parents.

"I am proud of my team. And my mom, she taught me. She's good," said Eve.

"They go watch their brothers and sisters play, and this gives them the opportunity for their brothers and sisters to root for them," said Mayor Sammy DeMarco of Shinnston.

Georgia Ponton's son, Brennan, is 10 years old. He has PDDNOS, a form of autism.

"This is a great way for him to socialize and be with his peers, so it's wonderful," said Ponton.

Nicholas Anderson is a Lewis County Minuteman and proud of it.

"I'm trying out for the Minutemen baseball team this year, and I love baseball so much. Football's okay, but I like baseball more," said Anderson.

But no matter what sport they're playing, these athletes know how to dream big.

"I want to play in the major leagues one day. I want to play like Buster. He's my favorite player," said Anderson.

For more information on how your child can join the Challengers League, contact 304.624.0481 or email crogers@harrisoncountywv.com.