Meet the Phenix City All-Stars, five years after they won the U.S. Championship

August 16, 2009 

The Ledger-Enquirer caught up with the Phenix City All-Stars five years after they won the U.S. Championship. Here's what they were up to in August 2004:

ALEX ACUFF Age: 17 School: Glenwood Greatest moment in Little League World Series: The home run against Central Future plans: Attend college What did the experience mean to you? It gave me confidence in myself and my team World Series position: Right field Current position: Right field

BEN CARTER Age: 16 School: Brookstone Greatest moment in World Series: Kyle Tidwell's grand slam to help us beat Indiana and avoid elimination Future plans: Go to college What did the experience mean to you? It was an overall good experience and a lot of fun. World Series position: Outfield Current positions: shortstop/2B/pitcher

WILLIAM GASTON Age: 17 School: Glenwood (graduated) Greatest moment in World Series: Beating Toms River Future plans: Attend CVCC for two years, then see what happens What did the experience mean to you? It was fun traveling around and getting to meet a lot of people World Series position: Right field Current position: Catcher

ZACK MARTIN Age: 17 School: Columbus Greatest moment in Little League World Series: Beating Toms River and pitching against Japan Future plans: Play professional baseball What did the experience mean to you? Getting noticed by playing on ESPN World Series position: 1B/3B/pitcher Current position: Third base

BRANDON MONK Age: 17 School: LaGrange Greatest moment in Little League World Series: Winning the U.S. Championship Future plans: Attend Auburn or play professional baseball What did the experience mean to you? I had fun playing in front of a lot of people World Series position: Shortstop Current positions: Shortstop/Pitcher

HEATH OWENS Age: 17 School: Glenwood Greatest moment in World Series: Scoring the tying run against Toms River in the U.S. Championship game Future plans: Attend CVCC for two years, then law school What did the experience mean to you? Spending a lot of time with friends, meeting new people World Series position: Center field Current position: Center field/left field

COLBY RASMUS Age: 17 School: Russell Cty. Greatest moment in World Series: Kyle Tidwell's grand slam. I was on second base, and I knew it was out when he hit it Future plans: Play college baseball at Auburn What did the experience mean to you? That all the hard work we put into the team paid off World Series position: Pitcher/1B Current position: Pitcher/outfielder

CORY RASMUS Age: 16 School: Russell Cty. Greatest moment in World Series: Beating Toms River for the U.S. Championship Future plans: To attend a Division I college or possibly get drafted What did the experience mean to you? That all the hard work we put into the team paid off World Series position: Catcher Current position: Shortstop/ pitcher

ERIC SKINNER Age: 17 School: Glenwood Greatest moment in Little League World Series: Winning the U.S. Championship Future plans: Play college baseball What did the experience mean to you? It gave me more confidence in playing World Series position: Second base Current position: Shortstop

JEFF SMITH Age: 17 School: Glenwood Greatest moment in Little League World Series: Meeting Kenny Rogers Future plans: Play college football What did the experience mean to you? I got to spend a lot of time with close friends and meet a lot of great people World Series position: Left field Current position: none

KYLE TIDWELL Age: 17 School: Glenwood Greatest moment in Little League World Series: The grand slam against Central Future plans: Go to college What did the experience mean to you? It was the greatest time of my life World Series position: Left field Current position: Catcher

BRYAN WOODALL Age: 17 School: Central-Phenix City Greatest moment in Little League World Series: Winning the U.S. Championship Future plans: Play professional baseball What did the experience mean to you? It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience World Series position: Pitcher/3B Current position: Pitcher/OF

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