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Updated: 07/10/2013 08:03:11AM

Team faces long road ahead

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Larry Jewett

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Hector Vargas and Jonathan Vastine try to collect money Monday on Main Street while Jennifer Rolling lets drivers know the 14 and under team is heading to he state tournament in Freeport, Fla. The team is trying to raise about $10,000.

By LARRY JEWETT

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As a youngster, my son Jordan always dreaded his summer road trip. He lived in Ohio, I lived in Massachusetts and we couldn’t afford plane tickets. The central point of his dread was the six hours it took to cross the state of Pennsylvania. I can hardly wait to tell him what the Bartow AAA All-Stars are facing. They have a seven-hour road trip and they aren’t leaving the state.

The destination is Freeport, a trip of 414 miles one way. It is the site of the 2013 Florida state tournament for this division. It is a long way from home and consequently a little on the expensive side. That financial fact has changed the whole dynamic in a lot of ways. If the players are asked to write an essay on “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” more than one is likely to talk about what they learned about fundraising.

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