Local sports a plenty this summer

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A plethora of sports activities will take place in the area this summer.

In about three weeks time, regular season recreational baseball and softball action will end as district tournaments start up shortly afterward.

On June 7, the Andalusia Isshinryu karate class will host its annual South Alabama Karate Open, where numerous schools from around the Southeast converge to win a trophy in their respective events.

In the second week of June, the Alabama High School Rodeo Association will start its state finals at Covington Center Arena. The finals last until June 15.

Baseball district tournaments start June 12 with the 8U boys in Andalusia, and the 12U boys in East Brewton. The 10U boys district will be held in Opp starting June 19, and the 13-15 boys district will be held starting June 26.

The softball sub-state tournament is going to be held June 26-28 in Andalusia.

At the same time, the 8U boys state tournament is June 27 in Lincoln, and the 11-12 state is in Demopolis.

The ARPA state softball tournament is July 11-13.

The baseball state tournament for boys 13-15 begins July 11.

Andalusia Swim League’s Stingrays swim team will start its season on Friday in a meet at Troy.

The Stingrays will then swim in their district meet on Sat., July 12 in Dothan. The state swim meet is July 25-26 in Birmingham.

One of the big highlights of the summer is Andalusia playing host to the 2-14 Southeast Regional 16-18 Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament starting July 23.

There will be baseball teams from all over the Southeast competing for a shot at playing in the Babe Ruth World Series, which will take place in Ephrata, Wash.