Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Arkansas Sports Performance Center Summer Showdown

Pulaski Robinson will host the 3rd Annual Summer Showdown on Thursday, June 11. This is an 8-team tournament featuring teams from Central Arkansas and is sponsored by the Arkansas Sports Performance Center. When trying to find dates to host a tournament, Coach Todd Eskola realized three years ago that open weekends were at a premium and were difficult to avoid conflicts with other football tournaments as well as summer baseball and AAU basketball, so he started the tradition of hosting his tournament on the second Thursday in June.

This year's field is divided into two pools of four teams. Beginning at 2 p.m., teams will play each member of their pool for seeding in the tournament. The 8-team single elimination tournament will start at 5:30 with the finals beginning at 7:20.

Pool A appears to be the stronger of the two pools with this past weekend's Sonic Air Raid Champion, Pulaski Academy, the 2007 Showdown champion, Bryant, as well as a couple of traditionally athletic teams in 6A Jacksonville and 3A England.

Pool B includes three 5A schools in Sylvan Hills, Robinson, and last year's Showdown champion, Hot Springs Lakeside, as well as 6A JA Fair.

Click the image below for a complete pool play schedule and tournament bracket.

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