One of the top pre-national tournaments in the midwest kicks off this weekend in Lawrence, KS. The annual tournament co-hosted by KC Power and Topeka Impact features a tremendous line-up. If our memory serves us right, it’s hard-pressed to call…
One of the top pre-national tournaments in the midwest kicks off this weekend in Lawrence, KS. The annual tournament co-hosted by KC Power and Topeka Impact features a tremendous line-up. If our memory serves us right, it’s hard-pressed to call it a tournament. In the past, teams would be matched up in a pool and then be re-pooled the next day to ensure all the teams played some quality competition. The first day features many teams playing in their age group with the next a mixture of age groups and teams in other age brackets. There are some interesting match-ups we see in the schedule for the first day.
Dynasty 17 Black, KC Power 17-1, Premier Nebraska 17 Gold, Ozark Juniors 17 Elite, HPSTL 17 Royal
This is a very solid opening pool with great competition ahead. 3 Open qualified teams (Dynasty, KC Power, Premier) and 1 National team (HPSTL) make for an exciting day. All three open teams earned their bids via tournament play and not an at-large. All of these teams have Division 1 prospects and should be a fun day. Ashley Mullen Ashley Mullen 5'10" | S Liberty | 2023 State #9 Nation MO will spread the ball around the court for Dynasty.
NE Elite 17 Vici, Topeka Impact 17-1, NORCO 17 Black, HPSTL 16 Royal, Mavs KC 17-2
HPSTL 16 Royal is the lone “young” team in this pool. They have a national bid in the 16s division. NORCO makes the trip from Colorado. Topeka Impact and Kentucky commit Brooklyn DeLeye Brooklyn DeLeye 6'2" | OH Washburn Rural | 2023 State #30 Nation KS will get read for the national division this weekend.
Colorado Jrs. 17 Kevin, PVA 17 Elite, Premier Nebraska 17 Black, VC Nebraska 17 Elite, Mavs 816 17-1
This pool features three teams heading to the national division at the USAV national championships. One of the local teams, Mavs 816 will play in the USA division.
Dynasty 16 Black, Colorado Jrs 16 Sherri, KC Power 16-1, NORCO 16 Black, Premier Nebraska 16 Gold
We are looking at teams who all have the potential to stand on the podium in a few weeks and they are battling it out in June in Kansas. This court will be surrounded by coaches throughout the day. Carlie Cisneros Carlie Cisneros 6'0" | OH Liberty North | 2024 State #6 Nation MO , Skyler Pierce Skyler Pierce 6'2" | OH Olathe Northwest | 2024 State #3 Nation KS , Ryan McAleer Ryan McAleer 5'5" | DS/L Blue Valley | 2024 State #28 Nation KS , and company will be must-see for Dynasty.
Nebraska One 15 Synergy, HPSTL 15 Royal, NE Elite 15 Matrix, Colorado Jrs. 15 Shannon, Rockwood Thunder 15 Elite
The first three teams listed all have open bids, the next two were just short and ended up with national bids. With two St. Louis area teams and two Nebraska, these teams have seen each other on occasion this year and should play at a high-level Saturday.