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KCAC tournment kicks off with community night
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The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference softball and baseball tournament in at the Great Bend Sports Complex opens Wednesday and the public is invited to attend the opening night for free. - photo by Tribune file photo

 Great Bend will host the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference softball and baseball tournament for the third year from Wednesday through Saturday. 

“The City of Great Bend and the Great Bend Recreation Commission have worked hard to help host this Championship Baseball and Softball Tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex,” said Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. 

To showcase the sports complex and the tournament itself, all Great Bend Citizens have the opportunity to get a free ticket to experience any of the Wednesday kickoff games for free. Tickets are required for the free entry and can be picked up at the Great Bend City Office at 1209 Williams, the Front Door at 1615 10th or at The Great Bend Recreation Commission office at 1214 Stone. 

“Great Bend is so honored to be capable of hosting a tournament of this magnitude thanks to the new Sports Complex which was completed in the spring of 2012,” Hayes said. “The City and Rec would both like to thank the community ambassadors willing to volunteer their time to support the incoming teams and roll out the red carpet for our city.” 

The Sports Complex offers five different ball fields with scoreboards, lighting, fencing and seating for spectators along with batting cages, restrooms, concessions, meeting rooms, and an umpire room.

The KCAC schools include: Bethany College, Bethel College, Friends University, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College, University of Saint Mary and York College. Tournament brackets will be released with the championship games for softball being held at 3 p.m. Friday and for baseball at 1 p.m. Friday. 

The KCAC is an intercollegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NAIA. The KCAC ranks among the oldest conferences in the United States, tracing its history to 1890. The KCAC was formed to attempt to organize Kansas colleges for the purposes of promoting and regulating amateur intercollegiate athletics, in addition to the private universities and colleges. Currently the KCAC sponsors athletic competition in men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball. For any extra information on the KCAC or their schedules one can visit its website