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Conquistadors win benefit tourney
Besides honor Joe Watkins, who died in a car wreck five years ago, the members of Kalamzoo Conquistadors (the name of Watkins' fantasy football team) wore "Ethan" on their jerseys this year in honor of former team member Ethan Pringle, who died in a traffic accident earlier this year - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

The Kalamazoo Conquistadors won the sixth annual Joe Watkins Memorial Flag Football Tournament Dec. 17 at James Brown Park.

The annual tournament raises money for scholarships to graduates of high schools in Liberty County, who played baseball or softball during their high school careers. An estimated $1,100 was raised this year. Since it was formed the organization has presented nine $1,000 scholarships.

The tournament is named for Watkins, an LCHS graduate who was attending Georgia Southern University on a baseball scholarship in 2011 when he died in a car wreck.

Several of his friends, nearly all who play for the winning team, thought up the tournament as a tribute.

This year, the Conquistadors also honored Ethan Pringle, brother of Aaron Pringle, a member of the team, by sewing his name to the backs of their jerseys. Ethan Pringle died earlier this year after being hit by a car in South Carolina.

He and Watkins both played on the Panther baseball team.

The second place team was Charlie’s Angels.

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