Thursday, July 16, 2009

VYPE Select 7-on-7 Begins Friday

The 2nd Annual VYPE Select 7-on-7 begins Friday with 31 teams traveling to Northwest Arkansas for the two-day event. The VYPE tournament assembles most of the best 7-on-7 teams and skill position players from across the state.

This year's tournament field is loaded with just about all of the champions and runners-up from prior tournaments. Lake Hamilton is coming off of a tournament championship at Fountain Lake last weekend, and Lakeside finished as the runner-up. Shiloh Christian won their inaugural Southwest Select 7-on-7 last weekend defeating Fayetteville, the Shootout of the South champion, in the finals. Sonic Air Raid runner-up, Greenbrier, will also compete this weekend.

The only in-state champions from major tournaments not attending are Bryant from the Arkansas Sports Performance Center Summer Showdown and Pulaski Academy from the Sonic Air Raid. Pulaski Academy won last year's inaugural VYPE Select Tournament.

Other teams highlighting the field are last year's tournament runner-up, Sherman (TX), last year's 5A and 6A state runner-up, West Helena and El Dorado, and the always dangerous Pine Bluff with senior quarterback, Claude Johnson.

The favorite for this year's event would have to be Shiloh Christian. They have a very good junior class with an outstanding quarterback as well as the system to get it done.

After Shiloh would be Fayetteville, likely followed by Sherman, Springdale, Lake Hamilton, and Pine Bluff.

Here is the schedule for Friday's Pool Play:

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