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Dixie Boys tourneys on tap

— The Sebring area has long been known as a hotbed of Dixie youth baseball and that will be evident this weekend as the 40th annual Senior Boys (age 14) State Tournament opens Saturday at Max Long Complex.

The 11-team, double-elimination tournament features; DeSoto, East Lakeland, Hardee County, Hernando County, Lake Placid, Mulberry, Okeechobee, Spring Hill, West Seminole, West Volusia and host Sebring. The defending state champion is Spring Hill.

Also on Saturday, the 19th annual Junior Boys (age 13) State Championship begins with three teams in a double-elimination format featuring: Bushnell, Spring Hill and West Volusia.

The defending state champion is West Volusia.

State champions from both divisions will advance to their respective 12-team World Series Aug. 2-6 at Bossier City, La.

Lake Placid takes on Hardee County in its opening game in the Seniors tournament today, while Sebring plays West Seminole.

The Sebring All-Stars won the recent Machine Pitch State Tournament in Marianna and the All-Stars, now called Team Florida, began play Friday in the Dixie Youth AA World Series in Texarkana, Ark.

Team Florida played Alabama to open play in the double-elimination tournament. Results from the game were not available at press time.

For the complete story and photos from Friday’s game, be sure to read Sunday’s Highlands Today sports section.

The Junior and Senior Dixie Boys tournaments, which are a boon to the local economy, are scheduled to run for five days, weather permitting.

For complete coverage and photos, be sure to read the Highlands Today sports section.