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Senior teams embark on regional, national tourney season


By Steve Simmons



The senior softball regional and national tournament season for Minnesota teams kicked off in July. Minnesota teams participated in the SSUSA Midwest Regional Championships on July 17-22 in Shawnee, Kan., and the SPA Major & Major Plus National Championships on July 19-22 in Dalton, Ga.

Minnesota teams at the SSUSA Midwest Championships included Ancell 55’s, MN Prize 55’s, MN Lumberjacks 60’s, MN Prize 65’s, MN Masters 65’s and MN Masters 70’s. The MN Masters 60’s-White were the lone Minnesota representative at the SPA Major & Major Plus nationals.

The MN Prize 65’s went 4-1 and won the SSUSA Midwest Championship’s 65 Major title. Their scores included a 25-24 win over  Scrap Iron-Phiten (CO), a 23-16 win over Car City (IA), a 30-12 loss to Midwest Express (NE), and 26-13 and 17-13 wins over KC Fire (MO). Named to the all-tournament team were Bob Goldstrand, Bob Hagen, Keith Irlbeck, Mark Lilledahl and Ken Young.

Ancell 55’s were the other Minnesota team to advance to the finals in their respective division. They ended up in second place after losing to MWC 55 (KS) in the SSUSA Midwest Championship’s 55 Major Division. Their scores included a 23-6 loss to Ole Skool STL (MO), a 25-19 loss to MWC 55, a 25-17 win over the KC Barons (MO), a 31-17 win over the KC Barons, a 19-17 loss to MWC 55, a 27-17 win over the KC Barons and a 29-24 loss to MWC 55.   

Several Minnesota senior tournament teams will compete in several regional and national tournaments. Minnesota teams planning on playing in the remaining regional and national championships in 2012 and early 2013 and the tournaments in which they plan to compete are listed as follows:



     MN Merchants

     Kevitt X

     Jimmy’s/Ancell 50’s

     MN Lumberjacks 50’s

     Gutty’s Buddies


     MN Grayhounds/Miken/Tasty Pizza/Ancell

     Ancell 55’s

     MN Prize 55’s


     MN Masters 60’s-White

     MN Masters 60’s-Red


     MN Lumberjacks 60’s


     MN Prize 65’s

     MN Lumberjacks 65’s

     MN Masters 65’s


     MN Masters 70’s


     Jimmy’s MN Gold 



• July 31-August 5: SSUSA Western Nationals, Aurora, CO

• August 10-12: ISSA World Championships, Manassas, VA

• August 23-26: SSUSA Northern Championships, Lansing, MI

• August 31-Sept. 3: ASA Eastern Senior National Championships, Burlington, NC

• Sept. 6-9: SPA World Championships

• Sept. 7-9: ASA Western Senior National Championships, Ft Collins, CO

• Sept. 13-16: SPA World Championships

• Sept. 28-Oct. 7: SSUSA/LVSSA World Master Championships, Las Vegas, NV

• Oct. 8-12: Huntsman World Senior Games

• Oct. 15-20: Huntsman World Senior Games

• Nov. 6-11: SSUSA Winter National Championships, Ft. Myers, FL

• Nov. 13-18: SSUSA Winter World Championships, Phoenix, AZ

• Jan. 27-29: ISSA Tournament of Champions, Tampa, FL

• Feb. 6-10: SSUSA Tournament of Champions, Polk County, FL