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BLACKFOOT â€” A group of baseball lovers gathered at Mountain View Middle School on Monday night. They tested chili and helped the Blackfoot American Legion team raise money for the 2012 season.
"We hope to raise $4,000," said coach Jeff Katseanes. "That would pay for our uniforms and the umpires for the season."
The American Legion baseball season will begin the end of May and continue through the end of July. Katseanes said he hopes to put together a schedule of about 80 games.
Friends and neighbors gathered to support the young men who will play this season, either competing for the title of "best chili," etc., or testing it.
J.R. Sellers sat at one of the tables, a dozen or so cups of chili in front of him.
"You have to do this systematically," he said of his chili-testing.
"I did sports when I was younger," Sellers said. "The more support they get, the better."
Vickie Stuart sat quietly at another table, testing one flavor of chili, then moving on to another.
"I came out to support my nephew, Brady Trappett," she said. Trappett, who is a sophomore, started his American Legion experience last summer.
Among those who provided the tastes were Heartland Real Estate, Alliance Title, Diamond L Ranch, Tommy Vaughn's, Rupe's Burgers, the Blackfoot Senior Center, Parkway Surgery Center, Wendy's, Basic American, the Bingham County Sheriff's Office, and, of course, American Legion Stewart Hoover Post 23.
Katseanes said the team will conduct another fundraiser, its annual pancake supper, toward the end of June.