MISSOULA, Mont. - A new all-star prep sports tournament starts up in the Treasure State this week as the first annual Nicholas Bloem softball tournament will take place at the Belgrade Softball Complex on Aug. 9.
The idea for the tournament was born during a winter conference last year for the Veterans of Foreign Affairs. The schedule will see a total of four games, with two semifinals (East vs West at 10:00 AM & North vs South at 12:00 PM) being held in the morning. That will make way for a consolation final at 4:00 and a championship game at 6:00.
The teams will consist of players who earned All-State honors from the 2014 spring season from any class. The players are not necessarily split up into their corresponding geographical regions (as seen on the rosters below) but organizers hope that the talent will split up fair enough to make for great competition.
"I think everyone that is a part of it is really excited to go play with the best players in the state," said two-time defending Gatorade Player of the Year Morgan Ray from Frenchtown. "We're going to get a lot of exposure with each other; I never get to play AA teams unless they're around here. I have some great players on my team and I looked at the other teams, and they are just are so deep with great players, they're the best in Montana."
|Head Coach||Justin Taylor||Belgrade|
|Quinn Hartman||CMR (injured)||JR|
|Tessa Hultgren||Huntley Project||SO|
|Tylee Oxendahl||Huntley Project||JR|
|Dani Walker||Deer Lodge||SR|
|Head Coach:||Mick Morris||Conrad|
|Lauren Wolfe-Petroff||Miles City||SR|
|Mercedes Bourgeau||Great Falls||SR|
|Head Coach:||Rob Ralls||Florence|
|Jalen Creech||Billings West||SR|
|Addyson Daubert||Billings Central||JR|
|Molly Day||Billings Central||JR|
|Alyssa Doty||St. Ignatius||SR|
|Tylar Holland||Helena High||JR|
|Head Coach:||Ed Kriskovich||Billings West|
|Kady Bartsch||Helena Capital||SR|
|McKenzie Johnston||Helena Capital||JR|
|Sydney Ladas||Helena Capital||JR|
|Hope McCracken||Missoula Big Sky||SR|
|Destry McNellis||Helena Capital||SR|