Kids’ tourneys infiltrating local gyms this weekend
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Gyms in Imperial will be extra-busy this weekend.
Two separate youth tournaments will infiltrate three gyms in the community, starting with Friday night’s Chase County Youth Wrestling Tournament for wrestlers in eighth grade and younger.
The action continues Saturday with the Imperial Youth Basketball Tournament for grades 4-6.
That could bring well over 300 youths to the tournaments throughout the weekend.
Hosted by the Chase County Wrestling Club, action on the mats Friday gets underway at 5:30 p.m. in the Longhorn gym.
Shawna Rusher of Imperial, club secretary, said the tournament was moved from Saturday to Friday night this year due to conflicts with other activities.
Preregistrations are to be in today (Thursday) but she said the club is expecting close to 200 wrestlers, including about 45 from the local club.
Wrestlers will be in divisions from preschool up through eighth grade. Gold medals will be awarded to first place finishers, silver to second and bronze medals to third and below. First place winners will also go home with a cinch bag, she said.
All concession proceeds Friday will go to the wrestling program. They hope to buy a new wrestling mat, she added, for use by the high school and junior high teams, as well as their club.
Action doesn’t let up on Saturday, as 20 youth basketball teams, including six from Imperial, will invade the Longhorn, Shorthorn and Wellington gyms.
Divisions for boys and girls teams in grades 4-6 will be bracketed. Earliest games start at 9 a.m.
Tournament coordinator Alex McNair said games should wrap up about 3:30 p.m. Medals will be awarded to the first and second place teams in each division, he said.
Tournament proceeds will go back into the Imperial youth basketball program for jerseys and youth camps, McNair said.