ASE Pee Wee Baseball: Welcome

This is a site for players, parents and fans of the ASE Pee Wee Baseball Team of Goldtrap/Gardner Boys & Girls Club in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Our mission is to teach the kids solid baseball fundamentals that will enable them to improve their skills and enjoyment of the game. Although we will attempt to be competitive in all our games, our number one goal is for the kids to have fun, whether we win or lose. Our second goal is to develop an understanding of the importance of being a TEAM. We want them to know that we win as a team and we lose as a team. Hope you enjoy the site!



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ASE - Pee Wee City Champions!!!!

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Wow, what a season this group had. Going 14-0-1 and capping it off tonight with a City Tourney Title to go along with their League Title. What a fun year it has been with a great group of kids. I told them before the game tonight that we have had a great year and win or lose tonight they were already champions and to just go out and have fun in their last game together as a group. They did that in a big way against a good Perspectives team. Let's see how the City Championship was won tonight for ASE.

1st inning

In the top of the 1st inning, Perspectives came right out hitting the ball like I knew they would. They would reel off three runs and if not for a couple of good plays by Jimmy and Presley, it could have been more. Also, Parker did a really good job getting a ball in from left field that saved a run. After 1/2 inning, Perspectives would lead 3-0. Things didn't start off well for us early on in our lineup. Tristen would pop up to the Perspectives shortstop Jake Watson, who caught the ball for a quick out. Then Joben went down on strikes for his first strikeout of the season. Presley, Jimmy and Laiklen would all then hit inside the park home runs to tie the game at 3. Perspectives threw the ball all over the field and we kept the kids running. Alex would then single to keep the rally going. Parker would then single and once again Perspectives threw the ball around and Parker would hustle all the way around for our 4th inside the park home run of the inning. Just like that we had a 5-3 lead.

2nd inning

The top of the 2nd inning would see Perspectives come up empty on the scoreboard. Jimmy and Presley would team up on a play that would keep them from getting a rally started and we came to bat in the bottom half of the inning with thoughts of putting this game away. Cameron would groundout, but Taylor would reach on an infield single. Leah battled hard but went down on strikes and suddenly there were two outs. Tristen would then get the rally started with a triple to score Taylor and we didn't look back from there. Joben then hit a hard ball to right field, scoring Tristen for a 7-3 ASE lead. Presley would then triple to deep centerfield, scoring Joben and we were once again lighting up the scoreboard. Jimmy singled to score Presley and we now had a comfortable 9-3 lead with the time limit winding down.

3rd inning

Perspectives knew their backs were up against the wall with the time limit down to 12 minutes and we held a 6-run lead. Their first couple of batters of the inning singled but our defense did a great job of holding them to just singles. Great job to Laiklen and Tristen! Perspectives next two batters would pop out to Jimmy and we were feeling pretty good at this point. Their last batter of the inning would strikeout and this one was all but over. Alex would single to start off the bottom of the 3rd inning for us. Parker grounded out to the 1st baseman and the umpire called the game due to the time limit and we had pulled out the 9-3 win, clinching the Pee Wee City Championship! 

This group sure was fun to coach and be around all season long. They improved each time out and in the end, they are CHAMPIONS! Very proud of all our players and a giant thank you to our great group of parents we had this season.

This team kept the ASE tradition going. I was looking back after the game at the records and over the last 10 years, ASE has an amazing record of 143-10, with 6 city championships and 2 runner-up finishes since 2006. Quite a run and it has been a pleasure coaching some wonderful kids over that time span. Some of those kids on past teams are now playing in college. But what is neat is when I run into some of them, they always ask how ASE is doing. Thanks to this bunch of kids we had this year, I can say they are champs again! See you all at the party on July 7th.  

 

BTW - to see your kids final season stats, click the "ASE Player Stats" tab on the left side of the page. 

 

 



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ASE Week 7 - Players of the Week - Presley and Taylor

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Our players of the week for the final week of the season is Presley Chitwood and Taylor Faber. Presley was one of the leaders of our team all season long. He was our shortstop and one of our best hitters. He led the team with 8 home runs and 33 runs batted in this season, while posting a batting average of .875. Taylor had one of the toughest jobs on the field all season long as our catcher. He did a really good job back there for us and also hit the ball well in his first year of pitching machine. Taylor batted .320 on the season and knocked in 5 runs. Congrats to both of these great kids on a wonderful season. We are very proud of you both!

 

 

 



FINAL - 2016 FSBGC Pee Wee Baseball League Standings

                                   League          Overall       Tourney Seed

ASE                             7-0-1            11-0-1              #1

Perspectives                5-2-1            8-3-1               #2

Midwest                        5-3              8-4                 #3

McDonalds                    5-3              8-4                 #4

Shelter-Wagoner         4-4               6-6                #5

Forsgren                     3-3-2            4-6-2             #6

Sharum                        2-6               2-10               #7

Phillip Taylor                2-6               2-10              #8

Midland UMC               2-6                4-8               #9

 

 



ASE Week 6 - Players of the Week - ASE Outfield

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Our players of the week for week 6 of the season is our ASE outfield. This group has done a great job all season long for our team. They have gotten the ball back into our infield quickly each time the ball has been hit to one of them and in my opinion they are the best outfield group in our league. They are all wonderful kids and fun to be around and coach. Congrats to Leah Young, Parker Epperson, Cameron Bell and Alex Heseman for being named our ASE players of the week. I'm very proud of you all.

 

 

 



ASE wins in a slugfest over Midwest 9-7!

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Wow, was this one fun or what. Both teams hit the ball all over the park tonight and it just came down to our kids were able to muster a few more hits than Midwest on this night. Both teams played well offensively and had their bats going in this one. Neither team was all that sharp on defense, but we were able to make a few more plays than they did. That would be a big reason why we won the game tonight.

The top of the 1st inning would see our kids really come out hitting the ball. Tristen and Joben would smack back-to-back doubles and Presley would triple to give us a 2-0 lead. I got greedy on the play and got Presley tagged out at home plate on a very questionable call. Jimmy would get the rally going again with a double to left field. After Laiklen grounded out to the 1st baseman, Alex and Parker would both single and we had a 4-0 lead. Cameron would then single but Taylor battled hard at the plate before going down swinging for the final out of the inning. Midwest came right back at us like no one has done all season long. They smacked the ball all over the field and we just couldn't seem to make a play to slow down their rally. By the end of the inning, Midwest had a 5-4 lead.

The 2nd inning we would pick right back up were we left off. Leah went down on strikes, but Tristen picked her up wih a double up the middle. Joben would single to score Tristen and tie the game at 5. Presley and Jimmy would both double and Laiklen would reach on an infield single. Parker and Cameron then came through big time with singles to score our 4th and 5th runs of the inning. We now had a 9-5 lead with Midwest coming to bat. Our defense would step up in the bottom of the inning and that would prove to be the difference in the game. Laiklen and Jimmy would team up on a couple of plays but Midwest managed to score one run in the inning and after two full innings of play, we held a 9-6 lead.

All we had to do in the top of the 3rd was score 3 runs and this one would be over. Easier said than done! Taylor, Leah and Tristen all went down on strikes and suddenly this one got interesting. We knew the time limit was almost up and we could not let Midwest get their bats rolling again. Our defense once again stepped up and made a couple of plays to help us secure a 9-7 win. Jimmy and Laiklen had a nice put-out and Tristen would tag a runner out trying to score from 3rd to help us notch the victory. Great job once again ASE!  

 

 



ASE clinches league title with 10-5 win!

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With the 10-5 win tonight, our kids clinched the league championship and #1 seed in the up-coming city tourney. It has been a fun season with a great group of kids and it has been neat to watch them improve with each passing game. Tonight's game would be our 10th win of the season and move us to 7-0 in league standings.

We would be the visitors in this one and it didn't take long for us to put runs on the board. Tristen and Joben led off with singles and Presley hit a rocket to the outfield for an inside the park home run and a 3-0 ASE lead. Jimmy would then hit a deep ball to the outfield and used his speed to score for another home run and just like that it was 4-0. That would be all the runs we could manage in the 1st inning as we would leave Laiklen stranded on 3rd base. Phillip Taylor managed to score a run in the bottom of the inning with a couple of base hits, but our defense made a couple of plays to end their scoring threat.

The 2nd inning we would put this game out of reach already. Cameron led off with an infield single but Leah went down on strikes. Tristen would pick her up with a single and Joben would score Cameron with a single of his own. Presley would then triple to centerfield, scoring Tristen and Joben for a 7-1 ASE lead. Jimmy would once again clear the bases with his second home run of the game and he would extend our lead to 9-1. Phillip Taylor managed a few more runs but this one was never close and we coasted to the 10-5 win. Great job ASE!  

 

 



ASE Week 5- Player of the Week - Jimmy Minks

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Our player of the week for week 5 of the season is Jimmy Minks. Jimmy went 2 for 2 at the plate in our game versus Midwest, including an inside the park home run. He drove in 3 RBI's in the game and played really good defense. He made an incredible catch on a very hard hit line drive, ending Midwest's scoring threat in the top of the 3rd inning. Jimmy has been a team leader for us all season long with his play on the field. He is a great kid and fun to coach. Sure gonna miss him next year. Congrats Jimmy, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 



ASE buries Midwest in 10-1 rout!

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I was concerned how we would hit the ball tonight, considering we had not practiced in a couple of weeks. My concerns were put to rest pretty early in this one as our kids came to play tonight! Midwest is a good team and was the only team to beat us last season, so we had some payback to give them tonight! Our defense was also ready in this one. Midwest came out hitting the ball but our infield kept them from putting many runs up. Jimmy and Laiklen teamed up on a good play in the top of the 1st to stop their scoring threat. But Midwest did manage one run to take an early lead in this one. Our bats came out smoking in the bottom of the inning. Tristen and Joben led off with singles and Presley would knock both of them in with a double to left field. Jimmy would torch a ball up the middle to score Presley and the rally was on! Laiklen kept his "red hot" hitting going with a single up the middle scoring Jimmy, for a 4-1 ASE lead. Alex would then add our 5th and final run of the inning with a single to left field, scoring Laiklen and just like that it was 5-1.

The 2nd inning neither team was able to get anything going on offense. Laiklen and Jimmy both made a nice play to stop Midwest from cutting into our lead. The strikeout bug was in our dugout for the bottom half of the inning and the score remained 5-1 heading into the top of the 3rd. Midwest tried to get something going but they couldn't keep the ball away from Laiklen at 1st base. He made the plays and was a thorn in their side! The bottom of the 3rd we would put this game away big time! Tristen and Joben once again got the rally started with base hits. Presley would then triple to the outfield fence and both runs would score to give us a 7-1 lead. Jimmy then smoked a ball to the fence and hustled all the way around for an inside the park home run. Laiklen and Alex would keep the rally going with back-to-back singles and Parker put the finishing touches on this one with an infield single, scoring Alex for a 10-1 ASE win! It was a great game by our kids both at the plate and on defense. It's fun to see them improving each and every week. We are one win away from clinching the league championship! We will try and do that on Monday night versus Phillip Taylor at 5:30. See you all then!

 

  



ASE Week 4 - Player of the Week - Joben Wagner

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Our player of the week for week 4 of the season is Joben Wagner. Joben went 4 for 4 at the plate this week and drove in a couple of runs. He played well defensively also in both our games this week. He has become one of our leading hittiers on the team, batting .867 on the season. Joben is the only player on the team that has not struckout all season long. He is a really fun kid to be around and coach. He always has something funny to say. Great job Joben, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 



ASE moves to 8-0 with win over Sharum!

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With it being our first night game of the season, I wasn't sure how we would hit the ball in this one. But despite that, our kids adjusted to the lights and bad pitching machine, and was able to pound out 10 hits on our way to a 7-1 win over Sharum. We held Sharum scoreless in the top of the 1st inning, thanks to a good play by Tristen Evans and Laiklen Merritt. The bottom half of the inning our bats would go to work. Tristen and Joben led off with hits and Presley would single to score Tristen for an early 1-0 lead. Laiklen then smoked a ball up the middle and it rolled all the way to the fence. He hustled around the bases to score for a 3-run inside the park home run! Just like that we had a 4-0 lead. Alex and Parker then kept the rally going with back-to-back singles but then I got greedy and got Alex tagged out trying to advance to 3rd base. Taylor would then groundout to the 1st baseman and Cameron went down on strikes to end our half of the inning.

Our defense would make a couple of nice plays in the top of the 2nd. Sharum rattled off a couple of hits and our outfield done a great job getting the ball in, allowing Presley to tag out one of their runners trying to advance to 3rd base. Presle and Tristen would team up on a force play at 2nd base and we would keep Sharum off the board in the top half of the inning. Leah led off the bottom of the 2nd inning, going down on strikes and Tristen would do the same. But Joben got the rally going again with an infield single. Presley would single and Laiklen would drive in his 4th run of the game with another single. Alex Heseman then came through big a big hit up the middle, scoring Presley and Laiklen for a 7-0 ASE lead.

The last inning, Sharum was able to score a run on a couple of hits, but Joben and Laiklen made sure that was all they would score. They teamed up on a ball hit up the middle and we secure the 7-1 win as the time limit expired. The win moves us to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in league play. We are a full game ahead of Shelter-Wagoner in the league standings and two games in front of Midwest. We will practice on Wednesday at 6:00 and play on Thursday at 5:30 against a much improved Forsgren team. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!  

 

 



ASE drops the hammer on Perspectives 8-3!

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I knew going into this game it was going to be a tough one. Coach Scott always does a good job with his teams and they are always one of the teams to beat in the league. Our kids were up to the challenge despite not playing or practicing in almost a week. I was worried about the way we would hit the ball, but I was concerned for nothing. The kids really played well and we coasted for a 8-3 win.

Perspectives was held scoreless in the top of the 1st inning, as Jimmy and Laiklen teamed up on a good play to hold them scoreless. The bottom of the inning, Tristen Evans would get us going with a double to left field. Joben Wagner then kept his hot hitting going with an RBI single to give us a 1-0 lead. Perspectives then made a couple of good plays on defense to keep us from scoring anymore runs in the inning.

The top of the 2nd would see Jimmy and Laiklen team up again on a nice play. Perspectives would threaten but their last batter of the inning would go down on strikes. Our bottom of the prder then came thru in a big way! Parker Epperson and Taylor Faber would reach on infield singles and we were back in business. Cameron Bell would groundout to the 1st baseman and Leah Young would go down on strikes, but Tristen would pick them both up with a single to give us a 2-0 lead. Joben and Presley would then both single to suddenly it was a 4-0 ASE lead. Jimmy Minks then capped off our scoring with a 2-run scoring double to make it 6-0 heading into the top of the 3rd inning. The last inning would see both teams score a couple runs and we would coast in for a 8-3 win, moving us to 7-0 on the season and 4-0 in League play.

We return to action on Thursday night at 8:30 versus Sharum. We have team pictures at 7:30.  

 

 



ASE Week 3 - Player of the Week - Parker Epperson

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Our ASE player of the week for week 3 of the season is Parker Epperson. Parker went 2 for 3 in the game on Tuesday night, driving in 2 runs. He also hit an inside the park home run. Parker is one of our first year players and he is really doing well. He is eager to learn and a fun kid to coach and be around. He has a great attitude and always willing to do whatever is asked of him. Great job Parker, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 

 



ASE grabs sole possession of 1st place with 12-4 win!

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Going into the game on Tuesday night, we stood alone as the only undefeated team in the pee wee league. While Shelter-Wagoner gave us a tough test, our bats carried us thru this one and moved us to 6-0 on the season and all alone at the moment atop the league standings.

Our bats came out red hot in this one. We would score 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning and never looked back. We got hits in that inning from Tristen, Presley, Jimmy, Laiklen, Alex and a huge two out, two run scoring single from Taylor Faber. Shelter would come out hitting as well and if not for some good plays by our defense, this one could have gotten real interesting. Shelter would add a couple of runs in the bottom of the 1st inning but our offense would get those back in our next at bat. Hits by Cameron, Tristen and Joben, would score a couple of runs and extend our lead to 7-2. Presley then hit an inside the park home run and we would lead 8-2 heading into the bottom of the inning. Shelter was not able to score and we would look to put this game away in the top of the 3rd inning.

The only hit we could manage in the inning was a big one from Parker Epperson. He hit a base hit to centerfield and used a Shelter throwing error to come all the way around and score for an inside the park home run. That would put us up 9-2 and this one was all but over. We would add on a couple more runs in the top of the 4th to make the final in this one 12-4. It was a great game by our kids against a good Shelter hitting team. We will return to action next Tuesday at 5:30 versus Perspectives. Have a great weekend!

 

 

 



ASE Week 2 - Player of the Week - Laiklen Merritt

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Our player of the week for week 2 of the season is Laiklen Merritt. He had an incredible two games this week at the plate. Laiklen went 5 for 5 with 5 runs batted in this week. He also played some very good defense at 1st base. He is the only first year pitching machine player that I have ever had play 1st base for me and he is doing a great job. He is a great kid and really wants to learn the game. He's getting better with each and every game he plays. Great job Laiklen, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 

 



ASE wins close one over McDonalds 4-3!

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Some nights we score 11 runs and other nights we struggle to score 4. That's 7 and 8 year old baseball. While last night we scored as many runs as we wanted, tonight was not that way. A lot of credit goes to McDonalds defense, which made plays all over the field. For a while we could not keep the ball away from their pitcher and he threw several kids out at 1st base.

With the game tied at one in the top of the 2nd inning, Tristen hit an inside the park home run to give us a 2-1 lead. That lead would hold going into the 4th and final inning of play. In the top of the 4th, Alex led off with a single up the middle. Parker would then single and we were in business. Cameron then came thru with a single to score Alex for a 3-1 ASE lead. After Taylor and Leah went down on strikes, Tristen would single to score Parker and we were up 4-1. Presley would then hit into a forceout to end our half of the inning. In the bottom of the 4th, McDonalds would score a couple of runs and had the tying run on 2nd base with two outs. Their final batter of the game went down on strikes and we had squeaked out the 1-run win.

This one was fun tonight. The kids had to play with a little pressure on them and it was good to see them come thru with flying colors. Great job ASE! Proud of you all.  

 

 



ASE breaks out big bats in 11-0 win over Midland!

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I knew there would be nights were this team could score a lot of runs and tonight was one of those nights. We pounded out 14 hits and scored 11 runs on our way to an easy 11-0 win over Midland UMC. We used several Midland throwing errors to run the bases and keep the pressure on their defense. We had several kids go 3 for 3 on the night. Our top four batters in the line-up went 12 for 12 with 9 runs batted in. Tristen, Joben, Jimmy and Laiklen were red hot at the plate and really led us in this game.

Our defense made some good plays when Midland did hit the ball. Jimmy and Laiklen teamed up on a couple of nice plays and Presley made a really good play at shortstop to keep Midland from scoring. The win moves us to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in league play. Great job tonight ASE!

 

 

 



ASE Week 1 - Player of the Week - Tristen Evans

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Our player of the week for the opening week of the season is Tristen Evans. Tristen went 6 for 6 on the week, with 3 home runs and 3 runs batted in. It was his birthday last week and he celebrated it in a big way with a 2-HR game on Friday night.

Tristen is a wonderful kid and fun to be around and coach. Great job Tristen, we are very proud of you!

 

 

 



ASE finishes first week of the season at 3-0!

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Well, it wasn't easy at times but we finished the first week of the 2016 season with a record of 3-0. On Thursday night we blew past Phillip Taylor 8-0. Presley Chitwood had two home runs in the game and finished with 6 runs batted in to lead us to the win. Joben Wagner, Alex Heseman and Tristen Evans also finished with 2 hits each in the game. Jimmy Minks and Laiklen Merritt teamed up for a couple of put outs and we would cruise to the easy win.

Friday night would not be so easy. Our bats didn't really show up at all and we would have to hold on to beat a scrappy Forsgren team 3-2. It was Tristen Evan's birthday and man did he have a good night! He hit two inside the park home runs and really led us in this one. Joben once again kept his hot hitting going as he went 2 for 2 on the night. Forsgren would rally late in this one but we would hold on, thanks to a couple of good plays from our defense. Presley would tag out a runner advancing to 3rd base for the final out of the game and we would squeeze out a 3-2 win.

 

 

 



ASE cruises in first game of the 2016 season!

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I wasn't sure how the kids would do tonight, considering we had not practiced in almost a week. Boy did they come ready to play! We came out in the bottom of the 1st inning and really got our bats going and never looked back from there. Tristen, Presely and Jimmy would all single to gove us a 1-0 lead. After Laiklen went down swinging, Joben picked him up with a run scoring single. Parker would then triple in his first at bat of the season and just like that we held a 4-0 lead.

Sharum was not able to get much going at the plate. They would get a couple of singles and used a throwing error by us to score a run in the top of the 2nd inning. But Jimmy and Laiklen put a halt to their rally as they would team up for the third out of the inning. We would put the game away in the bottom of the 2nd. Taylor and Leah both went down on strikes, but then we started a huge 2-out rally. Alex and Tristen would both hit inside the park home runs and Presely would double to left field. Jimmy would single to score Presley and give us a 7-1 lead after two full innings of play.

The top of the 3rd, Sharum was not able to get anything going and we came to bat with the time limit close to being expired. Joben would get his second hit of the game to get the rally going again. Parker would go down on strikes and Cameron would groundout to the 1st baseman. Taylor would then come thru with a big 2-out hit, scoring Joben to make the final 8-1 in this one. It was a good first game for this young group. Very proud of them!

 

 

 



ASE Game Schedule - Click here!

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Click the link above to see our complete 2016 ASE Game schedule. Please try and have your child at the games 30 minutes early. We have a lot of 5:30pm games this year, so please just do the best you can. Thank you!

 

 



ASE eyes another City Championship in 2016!

Heading into the 2016 FSBGC pee wee baseball season, ASE has its eyes on a run at another City Championship. Back are 5 players from last season that went 12-0-1 and won the League Championship. Last year we did slip up in the city tournament and would see Midwest from Evans win it. But still, ASE has won the city championship 5 of the past 8 seasons, while compiling an incredible 127-9 record over those eight seasons. While the winning is fun, the thing that makes me the most proud is the fact our players always have a blast and become better baseball players. We really take pride in their time on our team being a great boys & girls club experience for them. I really look forward to the 2016 season with a great group of kids. See you all on the field!

                                                                           Coach Johnny   

 

 

 



Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Site - Click here

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Click the link above to visit the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club web-site. There you can find info about the clubs in town and all sorts of other information that pertain to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Smith.




Click here for ASE Team News Page!

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Click the link above to see the ASE team news page. Here you can see all our game recaps and previous players of the week for the current season.