Belgrade ready for all-star prep softball tournament


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."

North Team Head Coach Justin Taylor Belgrade Devon Gallagher Libby JR Quinn Hartman CMR (injured) JR Paige Henderson Havre JR Tessa Hultgren Huntley Project SO Sami Kinzie Plains JR Tylee Oxendahl Huntley Project JR Kaydee Parsons CMR SR Morgan Ray Frenchtown JR Caitlin Soltesz CMR JR Savanna Voyles CMR FR Dani Wagner Havre JR Dani Walker Deer Lodge SR South Team Head Coach: Mick Morris Conrad Alli Alstrom Belgrade SR Kindall Bethke Belgrade SO Kayla Braden Columbus JR Megan Byrne Florence JR Brie Clifford Hamilton SR Taylor Goligoski Hamilton JR Alaina Madsen Ronan SR Skylar Neubauer Belgrade SR Nikki Schurg Florence SR Sydney Stites Bozeman JR Kristina West Belgrade SR Lauren Wolfe-Petroff Miles City SR Mercedes Bourgeau Great Falls SR East Team Head Coach: Rob Ralls Florence Maddie Comes Lewistown SR Jalen Creech Billings West SR Addyson Daubert Billings Central JR Molly Day Billings Central JR Alyssa Doty St. Ignatius SR Hailee Gregerson Columbus JR Hannah Hedtke Columbus SR Tylar Holland Helena High JR Meadow Ingram Livingston JR Tyra Johnson Glasgow FR Cassi Miller Lewistown SR Sadie Sukut Glasgow JR West Team Head Coach: Ed Kriskovich Billings West Hannah Atlee Glacier SR Kady Bartsch Helena Capital SR Michaela DeBoo Conrad JR Hannah England Libby JR Anna Jenks Glacier SR McKenzie Johnston Helena Capital JR Sydney Ladas Helena Capital JR Hope McCracken Missoula Big Sky SR Destry McNellis Helena Capital SR McKayl Rothie Hamilton JR Keegan Wickman Frenchtown SR Ali Williams Glacier SO