LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Crowds lined first street through downtown Lufkin Friday afternoon to send their well wishes to the Lufkin All-Stars.
The team is heading to Willamsport, PA after winning the Little League Southwest Regional Tournament in Waco on Wednesday. Many of the players were still in shock that the community organized a parade for them.
"I always wanted to be in a parade," Lance Modisette said. "I wanted to know what I had to do to be in it and now I found out."
The team has tried to stay cool through a hectic 24 hours where they have made multiple public appearances and still managed to practice. The team is trying to keep their cool.
"We've been playing Baseball," Zach Phipps said. "We are going to keep playing baseball. The only thing different is there is now press."
The team was also given a special ceremony where Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown read a special proclamation to the players declaring today as "Lufkin Little League All-Stars Day". Fans of all ages showed up to the rally to show support.
"I had the mommies and daddies 40 years ago in High School and now to see these kids and grand kids come along," former Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight said. "It is pretty special for our community. Lufkin always rallies around the students and young athletes."
The town has not just given emotional support. They have also given financially. It has helped several parents.
"For me being a single mom, it is hard," Kim Noble, mother of Lance Modisette said. "It was go to the game or pay the bills. You don't want to think that way. The support has meant so much to me. This is something we never imagined. It is unbelievable. It is unreal. I'm speechless."
The All-Stars will play the winner of the Great Lakes regional on Thursday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. The Great Lakes region winner will be decided on Saturday.