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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Post 24 ready for Hooper Classic

  • Injuries will necessitate a classification change for the McPherson Post 24 17U team as they head into the second Bob Hooper Classic this weekend.
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  • Injuries will necessitate a classification change for the McPherson Post 24 17U team as they head into the second Bob Hooper Classic this weekend.
    Post 24 will most likely be without the services of Marcus McDaniel this weekend, as he is suffering from a concussion that has left his status unknown heading into the weekend.
    Also banged up is Cody Starkel (arm) and Kolby Reed (back), which has left American Legion coach Tony Schmidt possibly short-handed.
    Also looking at a shortened roster was McPherson 15U coach Rob Reitsma, so the two coaches have decided to join forces for the tournament.
    “We’re going to pick up some of their kids,” Schmidt said, “so we’re going to drop down to the 16-year-old [division].”
    The combined rosters will open up play Friday at 3:30 p.m. against BTL Academy-Gray at Grant Sports Complex. The tournament will play out in Round Robin fashion at both Grant and Light Capital Diamonds. McPherson will play each of it’s games out at Grant Sports Complex.
    Teams included in the tournament are the Buhler Nationals-Red and -Blue, Wichita Sluggers, El Dorado Post 81, BTL Academy-White, Salina Sliders, Wichita Nationals and Kansas Cannons 16s and 18s.
    “I think it’s going to be a really good tournament,” Schmidt said. “Even at the 16-year-old division. This weekend will probably be really good for us, as we drop back down with the injuries that we’ve got. It’s going to be competitive. We play five games and if we win three of them I’ll be really happy.”
    The tournament is being held in honor of long-time American Legion Post 24 member Bob Hooper, who passed away in June 2011. Hooper was a passionate fan of McPherson baseball.
    Schedule
    Grant Sports Complex
    Field C
    Friday
    Wichita Sluggers vs. Buhler Nationals-Blue, 1 p.m.; BTL Academy-Gray vs. McPherson Post 24, 3:30 p.m.; El Dorado Post 81 vs. Salina Sliders, 6 p.m.
    Saturday
    BTL Academy-White vs. Wichita Sluggers, 10 a.m.; BTL Academy-Gray vs. Wichita Sluggers, 12:30 p.m.; McPherson Post 24 vs. El Dorado Post 81, 3 p.m.; Kansas Cannons 18 vs. Buhler Nationals-Blue, 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday
    Wichita Nationals vs. Wichita Sluggers, 10 a.m.; Salina Sliders vs. Wichita Nationals, 12:30 p.m.; BTL Academy-White vs. McPherson Post 24, 3 p.m.
    Grant Sports Complex
    Field D
    Friday
    BTL Academy-Gray vs. Salina Sliders, 1 p.m.; Wichita Sluggers vs. Kansas
    Cannons 16, 3:30 p.m.; Air Capital Legends vs. Kansas Cannons 18, 6 p.m.
    Saturday
    El Dorado Post 81 vs. Wichita Nationals, 10 a.m.; McPherson Post 24 vs. Kansas Cannons 16, 12:30 p.m.; BTL Academy-Gray vs. BTL Academy-White, 3 p.m.
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    Kansas Cannons 18 vs. El Dorado Post 81, 10 a.m.; Wichita Sluggers vs. McPherson Post 24, 12:30 p.m.; Kansas Cannons 16 vs. BTL Academy-Gray, 3 p.m.
    Light Capital Diamond
    Friday
    Kansas Cannons 16 vs. BTL Academy-White, 1 p.m.; Wichita Nationals vs. Kansas Cannons 18, 3:30 p.m.; Buhler Nationals-Blue vs. BTL Academy-White, 6 p.m.
    Saturday
    Air Captial Legends vs. Kansas Cannons 16, 10 a.m.; Kansas Cannons 18 vs. Salina Sliders, 12:30 p.m.; Wichita Nationals vs. Air Capital Legends, 3 p.m.
    Sunday
    Buhler Nationals-Blue vs. Air Capital Legends, 10 a.m.; Buhler Nationals-Blue vs. El Dorado Post 81, 12:30 p.m.; Air Capital Legends vs. Salina Sliders, 3 p.m.
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