The Chewton All-Stars was a girl’s softball team based in Chewton, representing the Chewton playground, that played for many years from the 1930s up into the 1970s. They practiced and played at the ballfield in the middle of the small village (on Reserve Square) and competed against club, playground, and church teams from such places as Wampum, Newport, Ellwood City, Enon Valley, Edinburg, Willow Grove, West Pittsburg, Mahoningtown, and New Castle. The heyday of girl’s softball in Lawrence County was the late 1930’s when Chewton competed against such opponents as the Progressive Chapter of Youth Girls, the Mooney Girls, the West End Stars, the Liberty Star Girls, the Factor Varieties, the East Brook Four Point Girls, the Pearson All-Stars, the Croton M.E. Girls, the Checker Girls, the Cherry Street Girls, the West Pittsburg Girls, the DeCaprios, the Shadyside Girls, the African-American girls from Crescentdale, and the Friendship Street Girls. Over the years the Chewton girls played in various leagues and also in a host of weekend tournaments. The playground-based leagues and tournaments began to fade out in the 1970s due to a lack of participation, the general decline of American playgrounds, and the growth of junior and senior high school sports for girls. Several of my family members played for the All-Stars at one time, including my grandmother Irene LaPatka, my mom MaryAnn DeMarc, and my aunts Carol DeMarc, Kay LaPatka, Josie LaPatka, and Mary Sbarra.
To read several short articles from August-September 1938 about the Chewton girls’ team click on: CHEWTON ALL-STARS ARTICLES.