FAIRBURY – The 32nd annual Fairbury Girls Softball Memorial Weekend tournament was successful, hosting 27 teams in four age brackets.
“The Memorial Weekend Tournament is a long-standing tradition in our community,” said Lana Likens, Fairbury Girls Softball president and this year’s tournament director. “It is an opportunity for teams to work on their skills, whether they have been playing for months or are just starting their summer season. It is a boost to Fairbury’s economy, as it brings many players, coaches and spectators to town. The tournament is also a fund-raiser for Fairbury Girls Softball and allows us to provide equipment, umpire fees and tournament entries for our teams.”
Teams receives plaques and medals for first and second places, and medals for third.
Results this year by division:
16/18 and under: First place, Seward Jazz; second place, Fairbury Husker Rehab; third place, Fairbury Elite 18 and under. Beatrice Pumas placed fourth. Also participating were Rising City, Blue Springs Lightning and Southern Storm.
14 and under: First place, Tractorhouse; second place, Seward Illusion; third place, Wilber Extreme. Fairbury Storm placed fourth. Also participating were Elite Diamonds and Chaos.
12 and under: First place, Chaos; second place, Beatrice Velocity; third place, Seward Illusion. Fourth place was Blue Springs Lightning. Also participating was Fairbury Fusion.
10 and under: First place, Beatrice Magic; second place, Tractorhouse; third place, Adams Ice. Seward Jazz placed fourth. Also participating were Fairbury Twisters, Fairbury Stars, Chaos and Beatrice Pumas.
Likens said that some teams travel each day from home, some teams stay in motels in Fairbury or the surrounding area, and some teams camp in area camp grounds. She said most teams have some down time to check out local stores and restaurants, and many fill up with gas while they are in town.
Funds raised by the tournament help Fairbury Girls Softball to continue to support local girls softball. In addition to supporting the girls softball program, Fairbury Girls Softball has been able to assist the Fairbury Area Softball Association (which maintains the complex) with many complex improvements over the years. Girls Softball has assisted in the improvement of fields, the purchase of a new ice machine, and the purchase of a speaker system, among other things over the past few years, Likens said.
“We are proud of our local program and of our complex, and want to continue to see both improve,” Likens said.
Likens said the support of the Fairbury Girls Softball families and the Fairbury Area Softball Association board are important in the success of the tournament. The tournament also receives volunteer assistance from some Fairbury High School students who are required to have volunteer community service hours as a part of the school curriculum. In addition, this year two Fairbury players sang the National Anthem to begin the day’s activities, Isabella Ausk on Saturday and Reagan Kapke on Sunday.
Tournament results were:
16/18 and under: Champion – Tecumseh 18s; runner up – Falls City 16s; third place – Fairbury Elite 16s. Also participating: Blue Springs Lightning 18s and Blue Springs Lightning 16s.
14 and under: Champion – Fairbury Twisters; runner up – Seward Jazz; third place – Diller-Odell Sliders. Also participating: Hebron Drillers and Val Sting.
12 and under: Champion – Husker Rehab; runner up – Blue Springs Lightning; third place – Wilber Extreme. Also participating: Legit, York Fusion Gold and Malcolm.
10 and under: Champion – Lincoln Lightning; runner up – Diller-Odell Griffins; third place – Fairbury Storm. Also participating: Fairbury Stars.
Next year’s tournament is planned for May 23-24. Monday is reserved as a rain date if needed.
Photo courtesy of Trimm Photo