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Mason, Lei Named Courtney Miller Award Winners

By Mitch Lehman
San Marino Tribune
San Marino National Little League softball players Alexandra Mason and Kylie Lei were presented with the Courtney A. Miller Spirit Award on Saturday at the softball Majors championship game. Both were members of the Colorado Buffaloes.
Notre Dame won the title game by a final score of 9-4.
The award is presented in memory of Courtney Miller, a former SMNLL softball player, who died in 2006 at age 19 following a three-year battle with cancer.
The Courtney Miller Foundation and the Miller family present the award annually to the softball player or players who best exemplify Miller’s indomitable spirit. The recipients are selected based on the following criteria: team spirit, enthusiasm, sportsmanship and fair play, team contribution, dedication, inspiration and the ability to overcome challenges to participate in SMNLL softball.
The award was first presented in 2006. Miller’s father, Randy Miller, was on hand to present the awards.
Courtney Miller played in San Marino National Little League for five years, beginning in the Pitching Machine Division, and then moved on to Minors softball. She was selected to the Minors all-star team – which later became the first San Marino softball district champion to qualify and compete at the regional level, launching the SMNLL’s softball program to the level of success it has enjoyed ever since. Many of the girls on that winning team went on to play as Junior all-stars and, in 2001, competed on the first San Marino team to participate in the National Little League World Series.
Courtney Miller was a gifted athlete, a spirited and positive softball player, an enthusiastic competitor, hard worker, good friend and teammate, and embodied all of what it means to participate in SMNLL softball. She continued that spirit and competitiveness in later endeavors, in high school at Pasadena Poly and at the University of California, Berkeley. She inspired many in her brave fight against cancer.


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