School on horizon, Leaguers learn ‘life lessons’ at games

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/ Sun-Gazette Conner Lamb, left, and Luke Boulais, center, both 10, and Luke’s father Danny Boulais, of Hampton, Va., made their third trip to Williamsport this year to see the Southeast Regional Champions. Boulais said his son and Conner won’t start school until Sept. 3 and the vacation is their last hurrah of the summer.

Most Little Leaguers at the World Series are not yet thinking about going back to school, but for some students there will be plenty of catching up to do.

The Southeast Regional Champions of Peachtree City American Little League already are behind on their schooling as Georgia schools begin the fall semester in early August, but the champions’ families said the school districts have been more than understanding.

“Our kids go to different schools, but the principals, administrations and teachers have been nothing but supportive,” said Matt Manetti, father of Cole Manetti.

The parents agreed their kids would be able to make up the three weeks of school they’ve lost between regional championships and the Series and that everything the players have been able to do at Williamsport was worth it.

“School is super important for these kids, but this is a chance of a lifetime,” Manetti said. “They will figure it out with school, they are smart kids.”

For the parents watching their children on the

world stage, school was a concern, but the lessons the players learned on the field and with their fellow players was priceless.

“Geography, culture and life lessons. That’s what they are learning here … life lessons,” said Jonathan Fralick, father of Jason Fralick of the Southeast team.

Most of the other teams have yet to worry about missing school, including Elliot Nedarhood, Great Lakes Regional Champion. His sister, however, took a flight back to Michigan with her father, Rob Nedarhood, to make the first day of classes.

“She is starting high school and we felt it’s important that she make it to the first day to meet her teachers and make sure she got settled in,” said Maria Nedarhood, her mother.

After staying in Michigan for two days, Rob Nedarhoods’s daughter told him she felt like she could miss a few days and they took another plane back into Pennsylvania and made it in time to see Great Lakes play against Southeast on Wednesday.

Other parents at the Series were more than fine with not thinking about school yet.

“He’s not worried yet and neither am I,” said Calvin Myers, father of Colten Myers, Canada Regional Champion.

Myers added that Colten wasn’t going to school until Sept. 3 and that he was ready to go when they got back home.

Saparior Service, mother of Oliver Service, of Southwest, agreed that her son completely forgot about school but added that he still needed to do some last minute shopping.

“He’s enjoying this,” she said. “I don’t think schools much of a thought.”