Hooper Classic begins Thursday

By Steve Sell
June 21, 2016

Sixteen teams make up the American Legion Post 24 Hooper Showcase, which gets under way on Thursday at Grant Complex.

The tournament is named in honor of the late Bob Hooper, who was closely associated with the Post 24 baseball program for decades.

There are four pools of four, with play commencing on Thursday and running through Sunday.

McPherson’s Senior American Legion Post 24 is off to a resounding 11-1 start and has a tough pool that includes Paola, the BC Cubs and Bonner Springs. McPherson’s first action is 6 p.m. Thursday against the BC Cubs.

Here are the other pools:

• Pool B — Wabaunsee, Arkansas City, Hays and Emporia

• Pool C — Salina, Buhler, Larned and the Mo-Kan Giants

• Pool D — Marion, Junction City, Great Bend and Newton

Here are the game times for pool play games Thursday through Saturday, with bracket play on Sunday. Games are at Grant Complex unless listed otherwise:

• Thursday •

4:00 — Marion vs. Great Bend; Junction City vs. Newton

6:00 — Salina vs. Buhler; McPherson vs. BC Cubs

• Friday •

2:00 — Arkansas City vs. Emporia; Buhler vs. Larned

4:00 — McPherson vs. Bonner Springs; Wabaunsee vs. Hays

6:00 — BC Cubs vs. Paola; Mo-Kan Giants vs. Paola

• Saturday •

10:00 — Emporia vs. Hays; Bonner Springs vs. Paola; Newton vs. Marion (Light Cap)

Noon — Wabaunsee vs. Arkansas City (Light Cap); Mo-Kan Giants vs. Buhler; Larned vs. Salina

2:00 — BC Cubs vs. Bonner Springs; Great Bend vs. Newton; Junction City vs. Marion (Light Cap)

4:00 — Paola vs. McPherson; Hays vs. Arkansas City; Mo-Kan Giants vs. Salina

6:00 — Junction City vs. Great Bend; Wabaunsee vs. Emporia

• Note — Sunday’s bracket play starts at 10 a.m. at Grant Complex and Light Cap.