HOUSTON - The Pearland All-Stars are back home tonight. After playing four games in the Little League World Series, members of Pearland's All Star Little League team arrived at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Saturday afternoon and were greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters.
"My favorite part was getting to play on those fields and how many people would come to our games, and how many people cheered us on," said Clayton Broeder.
Together, the boys reached a pinnacle few will ever experience.
"It's going to be a lifetime experience. They're going to understand what they accomplished. They don't know it yet," said assistant coach Kevin Roblyer.
Pearland's return to Texas comes just as summer comes to an end. On Monday, the boys will return to school, trading their sporting gear for books.
"I do not want to go back to school yet," Presley Smith said. "I'm not in the school mood. I wish I could have a break."
While the team won't get much of a break, Clayton Broeder will be getting a haircut. Like many team members, he didn't cut his hair during the All-Stars season.
"He has to get a haircut," his mother Dana Broeder said. "That hair is driving me crazy. Everybody said it was bad luck to cut it during All Stars so it's been growing."
Now that the team is back home, plans are underway for a few parties to celebrate the team's season. The possibility of a parade has also been discussed, but nothing has been finalized.