The State AA softball tournament in Great Falls chopped off a day from its traditional three-day format and wrapped up on Friday in an experimental schedule change for 2014.
The MHSA shortened the length of the eight-team tournament to see if 15 games of softball could squeeze into two days without any trouble, said Mark Beckman, executive director of the Montana High Schools Association. ASA tournaments do it all the time, he pointed out.
But should Montana’s state tournaments?
With the conclusion of Saturday’s championships in the Southwestern and Central A’s and Western B-C divisional softball tournaments, the state tournament brackets for Montana’s three high school sports classifications for spring 2014 are set.
Here are the first-round pairings for each, with tournament play beginning next Thursday in Great Falls and Polson:
The Montana state track meets are only three weeks away, so let’s refresh our memories on how those top athletes find their ways to the entrants table.
Along with qualifying through divisional meets pre-state, athletes from Class AA and A can book their trip by hitting certain qualifying standards at a regular season meet or even at their respective divisional.
Here’s a look at the qualifying standards per MHSA.com: