WHS Freshman Sky Branam makes National Scene!

WHS Freshman Sky Branam is one of only 185 fourteen year olds in the United States invited to play this week in Cary, North Carolina, at USA Baseball’s 14U National Team Identification Series (NTIS). Sky and his father Roy Branam will be in North Carolina, with check-in on Wednesday, skills testing on Thursday, and pool play action on Friday. Saturday will be the Final Four and consolation games, and then on Sunday, 8/29, the Gold, Bronze and Consolation games.
Sky is a member of the 14U South Stars, here are the rosters for this weeks NTIS series:
First POOL PLAY action on Friday for the SOUTH STARS will be vs MW STARS @ 10:45AM. (MW STARS are players from the Illinois area of the country.
Streamed Games:
USA Baseball will stream all games of the Champions Cup at the National Training Complex on PlaySight (Coleman Field).
… or on its YouTube channel: @USABaseballTV (Fields 2-4). Please visit USABaseball.com for complete schedule and streaming information.
Congratulations SKY!! We are proud of you – we will be watching! GO SOUTH STARS!!

BACKGROUND (USABASEBALL.COM)
The 2021 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series (NTIS) is the most comprehensive player identification program offered by Team USA. Players from across the country will participate in selection events and tryouts on the regional level with the aim of ultimately being named to their All-Regional team. Those regional teams will then compete in their respective age groups against the five other regions from across the country at the culminating National Team Identification Series Champions Cup event at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.
The program includes six separate age groups – 11U, 12U 13U, 14U, 15U, and 16U. From the final NTIS event, USA Baseball will invite a minimum of 72 players to future National Team Trials and National Team Development Program (NTDP) opportunities with the ultimate goal of being selected to represent our country as a part of Team USA in 2022.

Author: Steve Sturgis

Steve graduated from Wellington High School in 1974 and then Wichita State University (with honors) in 1979 with a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice; his minor was in Sociology. Steve has held several positions ranging from Juvenile Court Service Officer, to District Manager in Circulation at the Wichita Eagle, Q.A. Planner at Boeing, Caregiver, Psychiatric Technician, Limo Driver, Ranch Hand, Photographer, Webmaster and Website Developer and a die hard Crusader Fan since the early 1960's. Contact the ole boy at shs74@wellington.cc or on Facebook or at any Crusader event year-round.