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October 23, 2014

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Mayor, Tarkanian, fans honor Mountain Ridge Little League team

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Steve Marcus

Members of the Mountain Ridge Little League team listen to coach Bob Kryszczuk during a ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. After the ceremony, the team boarded an open-air Big Bus for a police-escorted parade down the Las Vegas Strip.

Mountain Ridge Little League at City Hall

Members of the Mountain Ridge Little League team head to a bus during a ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. After the ceremony, the team boarded an double-decker, open-air Big Bus for a police-escorted parade down the Las Vegas Strip. Launch slideshow »

Members of the Mountain Ridge Little League baseball team received a warm reception Saturday as hundreds of fans turned out to celebrate their historic run in the Little League World Series.

In a ceremony at Las Vegas City Hall, members of the team were given medals, keys to the city by Mayor Carolyn Goodman and an autographed basketball by former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. Afterward, players boarded an open-air Big Bus and were paraded down the Strip by police motorcycle escort en route to another celebration at Town Square.

The team returned Monday from the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., where they were the first team in state history to compete at the tournament. They breezed through the competition until the ​national championship game, where they lost to a team from Chicago that worked its way through the losers bracket after being beaten by Mountain Ridge in the beginning. Chicago later lost to South Korea in the final game.

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