Shell has seen lot of growth in East Brewton sports

Published 4:04 pm Monday, April 3, 2006

By By BRUCE HIXON – Sports Editor
Joey Shell has seen a lot of young men grow up during his eight years as East Brewton Little League president and recreation director.
Shell has also seen a lot of growth within the community programs.
Shell said the new facility has helped in numerous ways.
Shell said East Brewton Little League functions strictly by volunteers and donations.
One of the most controversial parts of Little League can be who is selected to represent the league in all-star competition. Shell feels his league has developed a good situation to deal with that potential problem.
Shell works closely with Brewton Little League president Tony Smith because of the interaction between the leagues in interleague competition and the City Series Tournament.
Shell has also seen East Brewton Babe Ruth players be absorbed into Brewton's program during his tenure.
A more convenient location is not the only reason why Shell thinks the merger with Brewton Babe Ruth has been beneficial.
Shell said there have been some disappointments.
Shell's work is not limited to just baseball. He also serves as the president of the Greater Brewton Area Church Softball League.
Shell admits he would be unable to do what he does without the help of his wife, Gwynne.
as much as I do and there are times she'll watch baseball on television when I won't,” Shell said. &#8220Gwynne does a lot of things like making out the schedules, sending out uniform orders and working in the concession stands. I'm lucky to have her.”