The Gering Platte Valley Companies senior legion baseball team and the Alliance Spartan junior legion baseball team won the Panhandle Conference titles after the regular season was completed.
The Gering seniors finished the season at 28-8 and were 9-1 in conference play while Alliance seniors took second at 6-2 and 36-11 overall.
The Alliance juniors went 6-2 in conference play and 32-15-1 overall to win the conference. Chadron topped Alliance in the Area 7 tournament a couple weeks ago. The Chadron juniors went 4-6 in conference play and 15-10-1 overall.
The rest of the senior order saw Chadron finish third at 5-4 and 8-11 overall, Sheridan County and Sidney both finished at 3-7 in conference play. Sheridan County was 6-11 while Sidney was 9-21-1. Bridgeport finished conference play at 2-10 and 4-14 overall.
For the seniors, they will open Area Class B and C tournaments this weekend. The Class B Area 7 tournament will be held in Alliance beginning Friday, while the Class C Area 7 tournament will be held in Bridgeport.
The Class B bracket has Gering as the No. 1 seed and a first round bye. Gering won’t play until Saturday. The first-round on Friday will pit No. 3 Ogallala against No. 4 Chadron at 4:30 p.m. and No. 2 Alliance against No. 5 Sidney at 7 p.m. Saturday’s contest will pit the winners of Alliance/Sidney and Ogallala/Chadron facing each other at 7 p.m. The early game Saturday pits Gering against the loser of the Ogallala/Chadron contest.
The double elimination tournament continues through Tuesday with the winner advancing to the state tournament.
The Class C, Area 7 tournament in Bridgeport has Imperial as the top seed and they will face No. 6 Bridgeport at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The early first-round games on Friday has No. 2 Valentine playing No. 5 Carl Health at 2:30 p.m. and No. 3 Sheridan County taking on No. 4 Hershland at 5 p.m. The championship is slated for Tuesday.
The tournament is double elimination with the winner advancing to next week’s state tournament.
Team Conf. Overall
Gering 9-1 28-8
Alliance 6-2 36-11
Chadron 5-4 8-11
Sheridan County 3-7 6-11
Sidney 3-7 9-21-1
Bridgeport 2-10 4-14
Alliance 6-2 32-15-1
Sheridan County 6-4 13-9-2
Gering 6-4 15-15-1
Sidney 5-5 6-17
Chadron 4-6 15-10-1