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ROSEVILLE – The season of the District-11 champion Bear River 11-year-old All Star team came to a rough end Wednesday, but the end was greatly outweighed by the road traveled to get there.

Though Andy Brooding’s first-inning single was the only hit for Bear River, there were few frowns from the players following the 10-0 loss in four innings to Woodcreek.

The fact that Dave Beghetti’s players became the first Bear River team in their age group to earn the D-11 title was reason enough to keep a constant smile on all faces; but there was much deeper meaning to what they’ve accomplished.

Following the win that earned them D-11’s Area 2 championship, the players dedicated the season to three parents (Sandi Beghetti, Coy Fox and Ruby Huntley) who are all battling cancer.

So as Woodcreek walked off the field as Section 4 champions, it was the thought of the three parents resonating throughout the group of Bear River players and faithful.

“We had a team of 12 that all got along,” Dave Beghetti said. “There was no selfishness whatsoever on the team … they dedicated their efforts all toward the parents.”

In the kids, too, he found joy.

Beghetti said each day after practice he and his players bonded by taking their cuts in a laid-back game of home run derby.

“The highlight of the entire season,” he said, “was the companionship with the boys every day.”

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