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Orange Rec Center Announces Co-ed 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

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The City of Orange Recreation Center, located at 1405 W. Orange Ave. in Orange is excited to announce the Co-Ed Youth 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

On Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 10 AM, the Rec Center will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for all 5th – 8th graders in the City of Orange! Winners of the tournament will be recognized at the Orangetober Festival, where each member of the winning team will be presented with the Grand Prize of a laptop. There is no entry fee for this tournament.

Tournament rules include:

  • Age group: 5th – 8th graders
  • 3 players per team; no substitutes
  • Co-Ed; no regulation on gender
  • Must be an Orange resident
  • Register by 9/22/23 at the Orange Recreation Center with a team name; full team must be present when registering

For more information, call the Orange Recreation Center at 409-883-1072.

GT Shockers 16U Softball Team Wins FASA World Series Championship

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The City of Orange is excited to celebrate the GT Shockers 16U softball team for winning the FASA World Series Championship.

The GT Shockers are a select team with players from Southeast Texas that competed against teams from all over the Southern United States in the Fastpitch American Softball Association (FASA) World Series. After battling back from behind through five straight bracket games, they went 8-2 on the week, beating the undefeated team twice in the final series to bring home the Championship title.

Mayor Larry Spears Jr. proclaimed July 25, 2023, as “GT Shockers 16U Softball Team 2023 FASA World Series Champs Day” in a special tribute to this exceptional team.

Team members include MaKenna Knight, Jensyn Yeaman, Keylie Washburn, Ella Stephenson, Eden Frenzel, Jillian Brown, Charlee Sanches, Asia Woodson, Kendall Jones, Tessa Erickson, Ava White, Hallee Becker, Brooke Mayer, and Calli Wiggins with Coaches Wayne Stephenson, Bill Stephenson, Madeline Stephenson, Jamey Knight, and Honorary Coach Aiden Brown (aka Coach Mike).

June 27 Proclaimed at OYBS 8U All Stars 2023 USA Softball of Texas State Champs Day

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The City of Orange is celebrating the OYBS 8U All-Stars softball team for winning the State Championship.

The Orange All Stars completed the season with an overall record of 21-1, outscored opponents 376 – 138, won 1st Place in three separate tournaments, became District 39 Champs, and went on to defeat Pearland Power 15 – 7 to win the State Championship title. Mayor Larry Spears Jr. proclaimed June 27, 2023,” OYBS 8U All Stars 2023 USA Softball of Texas State Champs Day” in a special tribute to this outstanding team.

Team members include Caydence Caples, Shyleigh Charlot, Harper Crowell, Aubree Edwards, Navariah Garrett, Arlee Reeves, Kylee Roy, Karson Stanley, Anslee Strandberg, Aspen Torbert, and Fynnlee Trahan.

Fire Breaks Out in Press Box at West Orange-Stark Construction Site

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On Thursday afternoon, June 29, 2023, a fire broke out outside the press box of the West Orange-Stark construction site.  WOCCISD is currently in the process of investigating the cause of the incident, and until the investigation is concluded, the exact origin of the fire remains unknown. They would like to express our gratitude to the first responders who promptly arrived at the scene and successfully contained the fire, minimizing potential damage.No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

The construction of the West Orange-Stark press box will continue as planned. WOCCISD remains committed to completing this project, which will enhance the overall experience for athletes, coaches, and spectators alike. The incident has not deterred them from their objective, and they are determined to move forward with the construction process.

The track will be closed until further notice due to the damages.

For more updates as they become available, visit their Facebook page.

Former WOS Baseball Player, Grant Anderson, Called to Play for Texas Rangers

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The City of Orange congratulates former West Orange-Stark baseball sensation Grant Anderson after getting called up to the major leagues with the Texas Rangers!

In his debut game on Tuesday, May 31, 2023, Anderson stepped on the mound in the 5th inning and struck out the first four consecutive batters he faced, making him only the 6th pitcher in MLB history to accomplish such a feat.  He went on to strike out three more, leading the Rangers to a 10-6 victory over Detroit. With such an impressive first appearance, Anderson was named Player of the Game.

Congratulations to Grant Anderson for getting called up to the Big Leagues and answering the call in a big way.

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