Summer break has ended for area families and children.
But the summer of 2012 in Crystal Lake was filled with great baseball, new friendships and, hopefully, memories to last a lifetime for the more than 1,000 kids and teens who participated in the McHenry County Youth Sports Association's Summer International Championships.
This year's tournament, held from July 27 to Aug. 5, in Crystal Lake and the surrounding communities drew 103 teams. There were 15 international teams- some from Japan, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Dominican Republic, and Sri Lanka, said MCYSA board president Jack Sebesta.
Locally, several baseball teams from Crystal Lake, Cary, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, McHenry and Woodstock competed. Teams from Crystal Lake included the Crystal Lake Babe Ruth, Crystal Lake Cardinals, Crystal Lake Bombers, Crystal Lake Slam, Crystal Lake Cyclones, and Crystal Lake Baseball, Sebesta said.
MCYSA's official photographer and videographer, Robin F. Pendergrast, produced this video collection of the highlights from the SIC. Pendergrast said baseball players from throughout the world have been watching the footage on YouTube.
Pendergrast is the owner of