My Summer Ending With A Bang

As of Tuesday, the “lazy days” of summer are officially over.
Beginning today our local sports calendar begins to resemble a jigsaw puzzle — a lot of pieces that all have to fall into place.
It begins today with Yankton Post 12 hosting its Region 2A American Legion baseball tournament. Yankton’s Junior Legion baseball team heads to state in Aberdeen, beginning on Wednesday. Area Class B amateur baseball districts begin on Wednesday and Thursday.
And then the real fun begins.
American Legion baseball will take center stage in Tabor, host of the Class B tournament, beginning on Friday. Also on Friday, the Thrivent Financial Pro-Am golf tournament begins a run of the Dakotas Tour taking over Yankton courses for eight of 10 days.
As the state champion is crowned in Tabor, the local archery range will be heating up with the first of 10 straight days of major tournaments. The National Field Archery Association’s outdoor championships begin July 30 in Yankton, followed immediately by the International Field Archery Association’s World Championships. (Yes, I said “World Championships.”)
One day later, the crown jewel of the Dakotas Tour, the Hillcrest Invitational Pro-Am, takes to Hillcrest Golf and Country Club. The annual event has typically had the biggest championship payout on the independent tour.
As the calendar flips to August, baseball again takes the stage in Yankton, as the South Dakota State VFW Teener Class AA 13-14 Majors Tournament is at Riverside Field, the final major event at the park before work begins on the new artificial turf infield.
By the time all of this excitement ends on Aug. 8, a lot of people will have come through Yankton, even more than this summer vacation location is accustomed to. There will be a lot of great competition and a lot of fun to be had as this summer draws to a close.
Time to sit back and enjoy the ride … or in my case, get ready to be really busy. Either way, it’s going to be a fun couple of weeks.

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