Congratulations to the 2013 District Champion Twins and Cubs!

6th Annual Steak Out!

Plan now to attend our major fundraising event to support the LC Twins and Cubs! The 6th Annual Steak Out will be held Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Nez Perce County Fair Building. Enjoy a fabulous barbecued steak or chicken dinner with green salad, baked potato, roll and butter. There will be a live and silent auction as well as live music by Western Overdrive for your listening and dancing pleasure! Tickets are $20 each and are available at Joe Hall Ford, Bryden Canyon Golf Course, any Lewiston or Clarkston P1FCU branch, or from any player or board member. For table reservations, please call 208-791-9545. See you all there!

5:00 - No-host Social Hour
6:00-8:00 - Dinner
8:30-12:30 - Music and Dancing
*Live Auction will begin prior to Music.

Jeremiah Robbins, staff, take charge of American Legion Program

Jeremiah Robbins, staff, take charge of American Legion Program
Jeremiah Robbins, LCSC Head Baseball Coach, and staff will assume duties managing L-C American Legion Baseball Teams
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
By MATT BANEY OF THE TRIBUNE

One year after taking over one venerable valley baseball institution, Jeremiah Robbins has been put in charge of another.Coming off his first year as Lewis-Clark State College's head coach, Robbins will oversee the Lewis-Clark American Legion program, board President Patti Meshishnek announced Thursday evening.Some of Robbins' LCSC assistant coaches - Allen Balmer, Kyle Blackwell and Colby Hawk - will be handling the in-game coaching for the Legion program's two squads. Balmer, a Lewiston native, will be the head coach of the Twins, with Blackwell assisting him, and Justin Miller will stay on with the Cubs and be joined by Hawk."I'll be more behind the scenes," Robbins said Thursday. "I'll definitely be coaching - it'll be more leading up to the game, in the practice setting. The game-time stuff will be for the head coaches and the assistants."This transition was set in motion when Kent Knigge, who coached the Twins the last three summers, turned in his resignation in late August.Robbins said he was approached by the Legion board about taking over and, after a few weeks of discussion, this arrangement was ironed out."It was definitely something I was interested in being involved with," Robbins said. "The youth in the community is something that's very important to me here in Lewiston, and to have that direct involvement, I thought that was a no-brainer for us."Robbins served as a Legion skipper when he was getting his coaching career started in the late 1990s in Oregon. Running the L-C Legion program will be good experience for him and his Warrior assistants, he said."I've always enjoyed summer baseball," Robbins said. "... If you're a coach, the way you get better as a coach is to coach more. It's something we're definitely honored to be a part of."In Robbins' first season as the Warriors' coach, he led L-C to a 45-15 record and a runner-up finish in the NAIA World Series. He and his assistants will apply the same approach they use with the Warriors to the Legion program."We all have our rock-solid philosophies we like here at L-C State, and I know my assistants carries those same philosophies," Robbins said. "It's definitely going to mirror a lot of what we do here at L-C State, for sure."Knigge, who went 74-77 in three seasons as the Twins coach, said the main reason he resigned was to more closely follow the baseball careers of his sons. Tyler Knigge is a pitcher for the Double-A Reading (Pa.) Fightin' Phils, and twin sons Kyle and Kasey Knigge will be seniors with the Warriors this coming season."I'm just grateful to the American Legion board for entrusting me to lead the tradition-rich program the last three years," Knigge said."I was aware that the program had an opportunity to make this transition," Knigge added, "and if I was a 16-year-old kid again, I would be so excited to have the opportunity to connect with the L-C coaching staff."One challenge for Robbins and his assistants will be bolstering the Legion program's numbers. In recent years, the program has lost players to traveling teams outside the valley."Getting your program out in your community more, I think that'll help with the enrollment numbers," Robbins said. "... I think if some of these kids (who join traveling teams) knew a little bit more about the program, they might want to stay with their community a little bit more."---

2013 Twins

2013 Twins
Front Row L-R: Steven VanHorn, Nathan Scheibe, Kade Woods, Brett Martin, Connor Eggleston, Kyle Briney. Back Row L-R: Coach Nick Masters, Justin Shandrick, Bailey Sinner, Jake Ralstin, Chris Cronican, John Fuller, Chase Urquhart, DePaul Blunt, Coach Kent Knigge

Twins Opening Night

Twins Opening Night

Twins Service Project at Northwest Children's Home

Twins Service Project at Northwest Children's Home

2013 Little League Clinic

2013 Little League Clinic

2013 Steak Out

The 5th Annual Steak Out was held January 5, 2013, and by all accounts it was a huge success. Nearly 360 people were served a delicious barbecued steak dinner with all of the trimmings, browsed through a silent auction boasting over 160 items, and danced to the outstanding live music of the LC Valley's own Coltrain. In addition, items including a Walla Walla wine tour, New Meadows cabin, Gonzaga basketball tickets, a snowmobile trip and more were auctioned live prior to the entertainment. The Steak Out is L-C American Legion's largest fundraiser, and it raises nearly 25% of the amount needed to fund the Twins and Cubs for a season. We would like to thank all who attended or supported this event through donations, purchases, or helped in any way. There are too many to mention in this space, but we greatly appreciate the efforts of so many in our community to make this event successful.

Our BBQ chefs!

Enjoying the 2013 Steak Out

Steak Out 2013

Steak Out 2013

Tyler Knigge Pitching Camp

Our own Tyler Knigge will be holding a pitching camp November 23. As many of you know, Tyler was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies and has been doing an amazing job in the minor leagues! Access the flyer with information about this great opporunity in the links section below.

We Are Not Just About Baseball!

Community Service is very important to L-C American Legion Baseball, and on June 18, Twins players put this philosophy into action by volunteering at Wild Animal Rehabilitation of Idaho, Inc. This facility helps care for injured, orphaned and abandoned wildlife. Most animals are restored to the wild after they are able, while others live on site if they are unable to survive in the wild on their own. 45 acres of natural habitat and enclosures require much work to maintain. Players helped to clear debris and logs as well as put gravel onto pathways. Thank you Tim Cochnauer for this opportunity to give back to our community!

Connor, Brett and Aaron add gravel to a pathway

Sawyer clears logs and debris

Jake, Ryan, and Randy make a new friend

Jake, Brett, Connor, Tim Cochnauer, Sawyer, Aaron, Randy, Kyle and Ryan after a morning's work

2012 Twins and Cubs Announced!

We are pleased to announce the following players for the 2012 Twins and Cubs and are looking forward to a great season! Congratulations!

TWINS

Kyler Brooks
Layton Bush
Connor Eggleston
John Fuller
Randy Fuller
Avery Hurst
Austen Jones
Garrett Jones
Aaron Kracke
Brett Martin
Sawyer Meacham
Jake Ralstin
Ryan Roth
Mickey Smith
Allen Willey

CUBS

Vinny Agueda
Kyle Briney
Shay Burke
Casey Callahan
Dalton Ewing
James Feucht
Trever Gruell
Daniel Hasenoehrl
Erik Loseth
Darren Romero
Justin Shandrick
Steven Vanhorn
Bryce Wakefield
Saxton Wallace
Kade Woods





Thanks for a Great Steak Out!

Our largest fundraiser of the season was held Saturday, January 7 at the Nez Perce County Fair Pavillion. Nearly 400 people enjoyed delicious grilled steak, salad, baked potato, roll and refreshments. We also featured a silent auction of a large variety of items donated by generous community members, board members and players' families. In addition, we auctioned 10 items in a live auction - a Walla Walla Wine Tour, Coeur d'Alene and New Meadows Lake Cabins, National Rodeo Finals tickets, Trailblazer, Gonzaga Basketball and Mariners VIP packages - just to name a few. Topping off the evening were the fabulous Kingpins providing live entertainment. They are an amazing band! Patrons danced until well after midnight! We would like to thank everyone involved in this exciting event for all of their hard work in making it a huge success!

Twins and Cubs players scrubbing potatoes

Before the doors open

Patrons enjoy dinner and silent auction

Veterans Day, 11/11/11

Veterans Day, 11/11/11
Thank you to all the men and women - and their families - who have served and continue to serve our country!

Lewis-Clark American Legion Post 13 Announces 2011 Baseball Award Winners

Lewis-Clark American Legion Post 13 Announces 2011 Baseball Award Winners
L-R: Brett Martin (Cubs - offense), Kyler Brooks (Cubs - pitcher), Kyle Knigge (Twins - offense), and Tyler Presby (Twins - defense). Not pictured: Devin Jones (Cubs - defense), Isha St. Martin (Cubs - most inspirational), Layton Bush (Twins - pitcher), and Ryan Roth (Twins - most improved)
On October 22, 2011 Post 13 held a "Youth Recognition Dessert" at the Legion Hall to honor select youth awards recipients of the two Legion Baseball teams as well as its Girls' and Boys' State delegates. At the request of the post, 2011 Twins' coach Kent Knigge and Cubs' coach Justin Miller selected an offensive and defensive player and pitcher of the year, as well as a most improved player for the Twins and a most inspirational player for the Cubs. This year, Kyle Knigge (offense), Tyler Presby (defense), Layton Bush (pitcher), and Ryan Roth (most improved) of the Twins; and Brett Martin (offense), Devin Jones (defense), Kyler Brooks (pitcher), and Isha St. Martin (most inspirational) were honored for their achievements. Congratulations!

2011 Merit Award Winners

Kyle Knigge - Twins
Kyler Brooks - Cubs

Merit awards were selected by members of each team who voted for the player they felt best exhibited exceptional leadership both on and off the field. These players will have their names displayed during the upcoming season on the left field wall at Harris Field. Congratulations Kyle and Kyler!

2011 Cubs Merit Award Winner Kyler Brooks, Head Coach Justin Miller and Post 13 Commander Orlan Ranstrom

2011 Twins Merit Award Winner Kyle Knigge, Head Coach Kent Knigge, and Post 13 Commander Orlan Ranstrom

3rd Annual Josh "Burto" Burton Memorial Alumni Game

3rd Annual Josh "Burto" Burton Memorial Alumni Game
The 3rd annual memorial alumni game was played in memory of former Twins players Josh Burton, Jack Maurer, and Randy Beck - the latter two who passed away since the last alumni game. Pictured are members of the Burton, Maurer and Beck families: Bruce and Connie Burton, Brian, Katie, Grayson and Allie J Burton; Terrie Evett, Dennis and Kevin Maurer; Sue and Jamie Beck, and Betsy and Grady Sutton.

Current Twins players greet former Twins and Cubs alumni players and members of the Burton, Beck and Maurer families at the 3rd Annual Josh "Burto" Burton Memorial Alumni Game. Orange was worn in tribute to Jack Maurer's favorite color.

Brian Burton congratulates Beau Kerns on recieving the Josh Burton Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,530 at the 3rd annual Josh "Burto" Burton Memorial Alumni Game. This scholarship is awarded to a Twin who plans to further their baseball career in college. Beau will be attending Wenatchee Valley Community College in the fall. Congratulations, Beau!

Grayson Burton throws out the first pitch while Grady Sutton waits his turn!

Fun at 2nd Annual Youth Baseball Night!

On June 8, the rain stayed away long enough for about 60 Little League and Babe Ruth baseball players to spend the afternoon with the Twins and Cubs coaches and players during our second annual Youth Baseball Clinic. Following two hours of instruction, kids were treated to free hot dogs and sodas. Everyone all had a great time. With their new t-shirts, the kids will be able to watch any Cubs or Twins regular season game free of charge all summer! Thanks to Patti Meshishnek and Sharon Conley for organizing this event!

Getting two hands on a grounder!

Getting bunts down at the bunting station

Beau demonstrating follow-through at the pitching station

Working on a lefty curveball!

Parent/Player Picnic not quite a Rainout!

Even though a rain and hailstorm blew through our parent/player picnic May 26, everyone was able to socialize, eat, and finalize paperwork and concessions shifts - at least until the food and paper got soaked! It's been a rainy spring so far, but we look for sunnier days ahead! The Twins open with a road game Monday, May 30 at Walla Walla, and the Cubs open June 8 at Asotin. Good Luck Teams!

Randy Fuller (CHS-Twins) and Tyler Charlo (LHS-Cubs) seek shelter from the storm!

Debbie Willey, Kevin Kracke, and others sign up for the best concessions shifts!

Players socialize before the rain delay!

Check out our new Van!

Check out our new Van!
The Twins and Cubs will be travelling in style this summer in our new (well, new to us!) van! With reclining seats and rear storage, there should be plenty of room to spread out during road trips. Special thanks to Mark Evett, who drove the van from Las Vegas to Lewiston; to Joe Hall who negotiated the purchase and provided for the graphics along with donating passenger vans from his dealership the past two seasons; and to the board members who have diligently raised and saved funds. It is so rewarding to see the fruits of our labor!

L-CALB Implements new DAT policy

The Board of Directors of both L-C American Legion Baseball and Post 13 have a approved a new Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy which is in effect immediately beginning with the start of the 2011 playing season. The new policy allows for random testing of players and coaches for drugs and alcohol and outlines the penalties for testing positive. Upon selection to either the Cubs or Twins, parents and players will be asked to sign a consent form in front of a notary public. This will take place at the parent/player picnic on May 26. Picture ID (driver's license or student ID) will be required when signing. For a closer look at the policy, please refer to the link under the "links" section on this site. There's also a link to a corresponding article featured in the Lewiston Morning Tribune May 17, 2011.

Letters of Gratitude

Letters of Gratitude
Kyler, Tyler, Reece, Beau, Zach, Matt, and Kyle deliver letters of gratitude to area veterans during Veteran's Day activities on November 10. Players delivered more than 100 letters thanking veterans for their service to our country.
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