Sluggers strike a pose for funds

Published 6:48 am Wednesday, April 6, 2005

By By Tim Cottrell
If you happen to walk into Escambia Academy Saturday night, don't think you are walking into rehearsals for the sequel to "Tootsie".
The Escambia Academy baseball team will hold its annual "Womanless Beauty Pageant" Saturday night at the gym on campus to raise funds for the team.
Mike Harrell, head coach at EA, said the pageant would be a good time.
"It's just a little fundraiser to help out the team," Harrell said. "It's a way to have a little fun and entertainment and help us pay for some of the things we're doing."
Cougar players Buckie Dawson and Norris Brooks were excited about the pageant.
"It's just a chance to go out there and act a fool," Brooks said. "You don't get chances like that here much.
"We're going to go out there in evening wear," he continued. "Then we do a song-and-dance routine, and then we do the formal wear. They introduce us and tell who is sponsoring us."
"I think it's crazy," Dawson said. "I'm going to wear overalls and cowboy boots."
When Brooks informed Dawson that wouldn't be allowed, he changed his answer.
"I'm going to wear a hot pink dress and boots," Dawson said, laughing.
Brooks continued the witty banter.
"I'm going to have fun with it," he said. "I'll try to make it funny. I'll wear a tank-top and a short skirt. I'm going to look sexy."
Harrell said that all the players on the team would be participating.
Brooks wanted everyone to know how to sponsor a player.
"There's a $25 sponsor fee," he said. "Anyone can sponsor; a business or just a person. You can go to one of us, Jean Montel, or Coach Harrell to sponsor."
Dawson wanted the people of Atmore to know that anyone can attend.
"Everyone is invited to come," Dawson said.
Advance tickets for the pageant cost $2 for EA students and $4 for adults. Tickets at the door will cost $3 for students and $5 for adults.

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