Rubio named Highlands LL Queen

Representing the top three Highlands Little League fundraising teams were 2009 Queen Delila Rubio (center)

HIGHLANDS — The Highlands Little League opened their season Friday night with the 53rd Annual Little League Pageant.

The pageant recognizes the fundraising efforts of the teams. Grant Slusser, president of the Highlands Little League, said that they do not receive any outside funding, and that operating expenses are paid through candy sales, BBQ sales, Play Day and the various events hosted by each team.

This year the league raised $73,000, Slusser said.

The Major Cardinals raised $11,500 earning the Little League crown for their contestant Delila Rubio. Cassandra Weber, with the Major Indians, placed second with $9,700. The Minor II Yankees and contestant Cora Beth Maris came in third with $6,600.

During the pageant, some of the girls competed in the optional talent contest. (Click here for photos.)

Winners in the PeeWee Division were Anna Keyes, 1st; Emilee Ridenour, 2nd and Erin Radle, 3rd. Winners in the Jr., Division were Sadie Aiken, 1st; Schyler Stockwell, 2nd and Weber, 3rd. Winners in the Sr. Division were Makayla Hodes, 1st; Jaclyn Holloway, 2nd and Claire Collins, 3rd.

Earlier this year, the league held a Play Day and Home Run Derby. Mickey Masterson announced the winners at the pageant.

They were: T-Ball- Clayton Stockwell, 1st and Baryden Murphy and Mikie Binderup, 2nd; Pitching Machine- Brady Pogue, 1st; Adam Quentanilla, 2nd and Brandon Julian, 3rd; 9 & 10 year olds- Mason Pitts, 1st; Michael Sims, 2nd and Jonathan Viel, 3rd and 11& 12 year olds- Ethan Landsford, 1st; Tyler Masterson, 2nd and William Sims, 3rd.