This story was submitted by Carla Posthauer, a member of the Menlo-Atherton Little League Sportsmanship Committee.
Every year in the M-A Little League, one player is chosen from each team (in each division except T-Ball) to receive the Sportsmanship Award.
The award is presented, at the end of the season, to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of Little League: "To Play Fair, Strive to Win, Do One's Best."
In an era where winning at all costs is rampant, the league hopes this award will help children recognize the importance of maintaining a positive attitude toward yourself, your teammates, and yourcompetitors.
Winners of the award were recognized at a ceremony held between the Majors and AAA Championship games on Player Appreciation Day at Burgess Field on June 6.
■ "A" Division: Peter Vitale, Grant Porter, Will Moldow, Walt Smithers, Nolan Birkelan, Ethan Mimeles, Zachary Meyer.
■ "AA" Division: Hunter Thompson, Joe Posthauer, Liam Smith-Leitch, Emilio Obando, Rob Wild, Gran Komin, Cooper Ketsdever.
■ "AAA" Division: Brad Yaffe, Jackson Benning, Ian Rosenfeld, Andrew Wyatt, Jack Fitzsimons, James Burke, Suraj Dhawan.
■ "Majors" Division: Riley Haught, Andrew Simpson, Stephen Kaufman, John Robert Hardy, Austin Wilson, Ben Simon.
■ "Challenger" Division: Robbie Batista.