Glen Sain Pre-Season Invitational Held

Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Rector 9/10 year old team took second in their age division at the Glen Sain Pre-Season Invitational Tournament this past weekend. The squad includes, from left: Front-Carter Hill, Drew Henderson, Haden Rabah, Koden Tucker and Hayden Vavak. Back-Cooper Rabjohn, Trey Green, Ashton Scott, Jay Guerrero and Danile Romero. Not pictured is Samuel Shipley, who left the field after being injured.(courtesy photo)

The annual Glen Sain Pre-Season Invitational Tournament was held this past weekend at the Rector Sports Complex, with games being played in several divisions. Teams from across Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missour took part in the bracket, with the champions decided early Sunday morning.

The action Saturday night was further delayed when Samuel Shipley, of the Rector 9/10 year old age division team, was struck in the mask by a foul tip. He was airlifted from the scene, and according to team sources suffered a mild concussion. He was forced to miss the remainder of the tourney, but should be back to action later this week.

In the 7/8 year old age division first place went to the Hog Wild BBQ team from Piggott, second was Rector-Shelton Sanitation and third was Rector-Hamilton Farms.

In the 9/10 year old age division the first place honors went to the Kennett 10s, second was the Rector 9/10 tournament team and third was Walnut Ridge.

And, in the 11/12 year old age division, first place went to the Stoddard County Chaos, second was the Piggott team and third went to the Brookland Bearcats.

Throughout the weekend the crowds were good, weather was favorable and the competition was tight. And, according to organizers the community support was outstanding throughout the event.

"We would like to thank Glen Sain Motor Sales for sponsoring the tournament, Black Gold Farms for donating all of the potatoes and Lisa West for picking them up and bringing them to Rector," noted April Lindsey, a member of the Rector Sports Complex board. "And, special thanks to all of our parents and volunteers."

She also echoed the sentiments of many, in being thankful the injuries to the Rector player weren't serious. "We are so thankful that Samuel Shipley is okay. He did suffer a mild concussion and is going to have to sit out this week but plan is for him to play ball again next week," she explained. "But, all-in-all we had great community of support!"

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