League Awards

Every year, Welles Park Parents Association ("WPPA") recognizes several league participants who embody the goals and ideals of the league: sportsmanship and respect for all participants, skill development, positive attitude, community involvement, and most importantly, having fun and helping others have fun, too.

Coach of the Year Awards

These coaches embody WPPA's goals and mission to bring top-quality baseball and softball to the youth of our local community.   They work hard to develop each player and deliver a fun, competitive experience throughout the season while simultaneously earning the respect of coaches, umpires, parents and the community at large.  For baseball, the Gene Sims Award is named for WPPA's inaugural President who launched our league in 1990.  Similarly, softball's Ray Owens Award is named for WPPA's inaugural Softball Commissioner who launched that division in 2014.

2023 Gene Sims Award:

Jake Siddall


2023 Ray Owens Award:

Rich O’Brien


BASH Jim Price Player of the Year Awards

These players are well-known throughout WPPA as great players -- not because they are the best players, or the fastest players, or the smartest players, or the best hitters, or the best pitchers, or demonstrate the greatest sportsmanship -- but because they excel across all of those categories.  WPPA's third president, Jim Price, donates a BASH Academy membership to each of these players as a prize for this award.

2023 Baseball Recipient:

Will Ports


2023 Softball Recipient:

Allie Reynolds


Umpire of the Year Awards

These umpires represent commitment to fair play and execution of sportsmanship at the highest level.   For baseball, the Andy Lowenthal Award recognizes the hard work of WPPA's fourth President from 2007 through 2010.  Softball's Paul Thompson Award recognizes his unmatched dedication to WPPA in many facets across several decades, including umpiring WPPA games.  Each umpire receives a $500 scholarship from WPPA.

2023 Andy Lowenthal Award

Thomas Stecz


2023 Paul Thompson Award

Doug Mulderink


Kristin Reynolds Volunteer of the Year Award

The volunteer of the year award is given to someone that goes above and beyond to make WPPA a special community and organization.  As a completely volunteer non-profit, it takes a lot of individuals and hours to make the league successful.  Each year, one volunteer rises above the rest and emobodies the same dedication and spirit of making WPPA all it can be just like Kristin Reynolds has done every year since joining the league.

2023 Recipient

Jeff Judge

Past Winners (Baseball)

Gene Sims Award (Coach of Year)

2022: Kish Khemani

2021: Ceannich Ryan

2020: Lucas Tryggestad

2019: Shawna Ryan

2018: Matt Ports

2017: Steven Holowka

BASH Award (Player of Year)

2022: Nicolas Linsares

2021: Charlie Pribyl

2020: Maggie Zieger

Andy Lowenthal Award (Umpire of Year)

2022: Aiden Moran

2021: Ilyas Adnane

2020: Will Czech


Past Winners (Softball)

Ray Owens Award (Coach of Year)

2022: Matt Hamister

2021: Renee Girardin

2020: Gerry Winters

2019: Joe Hallinan

2018: Paul Haynes



2015: Kristin & Bill Reynolds

2014: David Keenan

BASH Award (Player of Year)

2022: Maeve Oliver

2021: Caroline Hartmann

2020: Lauren Walton

Paul Thompson Award (Umpire of Year)

2022: Chris Hartman

2021: Chris Hartman

2020: Evie Calderon

Past Winners (Volunteer of the Year)

2022: Steve Reaven


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