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County Council offers tip of the cap to Lions

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By Brian Garner

All the members of Chester County Council in attendance at the special called meeting sported Lewisville Lion state baseball hats – even dyed-in-the-wool Red Devil Archie Lucas, to honor the baseball teams Class A state championship.

The meeting was held at the Lewisville High School media center to announce a proclamation honoring the team for their May 16 victory as the Class A State Baseball Champions.

Chester County Supervisor Shane Stuart said the county wanted to recognize what the team and the coaches have done for Lewisville High.

“This was such an important thing for us to do, because we’ve never held a county council meeting at a school library before.”

Stuart added, “On behalf of Chester County, I want to say thank you for everything you’re doing – it’s not just a baseball game, it’s more than that. We are proud of you and everything you have done. It’s a great achievement to win a state championship,” Stuart said.

To Coach Billy Keels and his assistant coaches, Stuart continued, “We thank you for what you’re doing, not just for instilling the athleticism in them, but also giving them the moral character and everything best we love about our community. I’ve seen what you do from the sidelines, and we’re very appreciative of the things you and your staff do for these young people,” he said.

Stuart also announced a banner proclaiming Chester County as the “Home of the Lewisville Lions 2017 State Baseball Champions” has been placed on the Chester County Welcome signs at four locations:

  • U.S. Highway 21 near the York County/Chester County line
  • S.C. Highway 9, Fort Lawn, near the Catawba Bridge (Lancaster/Chester County line)
  • S.C. Highway 72 (Rock Hill Road)
  • U.S. Highway 321 South towards Blackstock

Councilmember Brad Jordan, who represents the Richburg area, read the text of the proclamation. His son, John, was Lewisville’s starting second baseman this year:

“On May 16, 2017, the Lewisville High School baseball team hit a home run. They became the Class A State Champions following a 25-5 season with a 15-0 record against Class A opponents.

“This highly competitive and talented group of student athletes has continued its record of success thanks in large part to the continued training and support of Head Coach Billy Keels and his superlative staff.”

“Now, therefore Chester County does hereby recognize the Lewisville High School Championship Baseball team for their commitment and dedication to their sport, their school and to Chester County.”

Each of the players and coaches received a copy of the proclamation.