Thursday, July 11, 2013

Four Tournaments on Tap this Weekend

James King Memorial 7-on-7 Tournament

Malvern hosted an 8-team 7-on-7 tournament on Wednesday.  Rain shortened the event and Catholic was declared the winner as the only undefeated team.  Other teams included Arkadelphia, Glen Rose, Hot Springs, Malvern, Poyen, Sheridan, and Sylvan Hills.

Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase

The state's largest 7-on-7 tournament begins on Friday with 32 teams from 10 different states.  The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase starts at 9 am with teams from Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas as well as 11 teams from Arkansas.  A schedule for the event can be found here.  The teams will play 7 pool play games on Friday with a double-elimination tournament to begin on Saturday.

This event has quickly grown from 12 teams in 2009 to its current 32 team format.  Arkansas teams have won 3 out of the 4 years.  Each of the defending champions will be in the field:

2009 Shiloh Christian (Springdale, AR)
2010 Olive Branch (MS)
2011 Bentonville (AR)
2012 Fayetteville (AR)

We generally make pool predictions in these tournaments, but with our unfamiliarity with these out-of-state teams, we would be doing so out of ignorance.  There are several quality teams with a chance to win the tournament and expect some Arkansas teams to be included in that group.

Oil Town 7-on-7 Tournament

Smackover High School will host a 12-team 7-on-7 tournament on Friday.  Below are the pools and predictions followed by the schedule.

Pool A
1. Smackover
2. McGehee
3. Strong
4. Parkers Chapel
5. Gurdon
6. Hermitage

Pool B
1. Magnolia
2. Hamburg
3. Junction City
4. Lafayette County
5. Harmony Grove (Camden)
6. Glenbrook (LA)

9:00 Smackover v Parkers Chapel     Magnolia v Harmony Grove
9:25 Hermitage v Strong                    Lafayette County v Junction City
9:50 McGehee v Gurdon                   Hamburg v Glenbrook
10:15 Smackover v Hermitage           Magnolia v Lafayette County
10:40 Parkers Chapel v McGehee     Harmony Grove v Hamburg
11:05 Strong v Gurdon                      Junction City v Glenbrook
11:30 Smackover v McGehee           Magnolia v Hamburg
11:55 Parkers Chapel v Strong          Harmony Grove v Junction City
12:20 Hermitage v Gurdon                Lafayette County v Glenbrook
12:45 Smackover v Strong                Magnolia v Junction City
1:10 Parkers Chapel v Gurdon          Harmony Grove v Gurdon
1:35 Hermitage v McGehee               Lafayette County v Hamburg
2:00 Smackover v Gurdon                Magnolia v Glenbrook
2:25 Parkers Chapel v Hermitage      Harmony Grove v Lafayette County
2:50 Strong v McGehee                    Junction City v Hamburg

Garrett Uekman 7-on-7 Tournament

The second annual Garrett Uekman 7-on-7 Tournament will be held Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The tournament consists of 14 teams and will begin at 8 am.  Each team will play 5 pool play games with a single-elimination tournament to follow.  Little Rock Central, who has already won 2 tournaments this summer, is a likely favorite along with Pulaski Academy, Jonesboro, Lakeside, and the Garrett Uekman inaugural champion, Dumas.

Schedule for the event can be found here

1. Pulaski Academy
2. Central
3. Malvern
4. Fountain Lake
5. Russellville
6. Clinton
7. Highland

1. Jonesboro
2. Lakeside
3. Dumas
4. Catholic
5. Mountain Home
6. Carlisle
7. Earle

Academy Sports and Outdoors 4-State 7-on-7 Championship

Gravette High School will host the 4-State Sports Tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 am.  The schedule and teams for this event will be released on Thursday.  We will add that schedule to this article.

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