The El Monte Fillies All-Star softball team will represent the community this weekend at the State softball championship tournament in Palmdale. The tournament will take place July 18-20 at Marie Kerr Park (39700 30th St, Palmdale, CA 93551). “These young women have worked hard as a team to be able to compete at this level,” said El Monte City Councilwoman Victoria Martinez, a long-time coach with the Fillies. “We are all proud of their great showing at the District tournament and are rooting them on this weekend!” The team of 14 local girls, ages 12-14, recently took second place at the Northern League District championship in La Habra, allowing them to advance to the State Championships. Nine teams competed in the District Tournament that took place June 27-29. The team members were selected after the regular season’s recreation play. All were deemed top players by the coaches. Three of the team members have been playing together for the past five years. “We have a great group of girls who are really dedicated to their sport,” said Assistant Coach Alejandra Peralta, whose daughter Maddie is a pitcher on the team. “We are already so proud that they accomplished making it to State and we know that together as a team they will go far in the next round of play.” The All-Star team has been practicing four days a week since mid-May.