The Creston softball team will play host to 10 other teams here Friday and Saturday at the John Stephens Softball Classic.
The John Stephens Softball Classic features six games on Friday and 10 more games on Saturday, split between two fields.
Action begins at 10 a.m. Friday morning at Panther Field with Atlantic taking on Griswold, with games running all day until the 6:45 p.m. matchup between Creston and Ankeny.
Games start again at 9 a.m. Saturday, with Sioux City Bishop Heelan facing Atlantic at Panther Field and Nodaway Valley taking on Griswold at Southwestern Community College.
Among the teams competing in the John Stephens Softball Classic is Class 3A No. 2-ranked and defending state champion Bondurant-Farrar. The Bluejays have a 6-3 record for the season.
Class 4A power Dallas Center-Grimes, currently ranked first in 4A, has traditionally competed in the tournament, but because of its new conference affiliation this year, the Mustangs were not able fit the tournament into their schedule.
Creston will play four games in the tournament. The Panthers will play Griswold at 11:45 a.m. Friday and Ankeny at 6:45 p.m. Friday. Creston then takes on Bondurant-Farrar at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Panther Field and plays Treynor at 4 p.m.
Area teams Nodaway Valley and Mount Ayr will also compete in the tournament, with both teams playing at Southwestern on Saturday.
Games at the John Stephens Softball Classic will last seven innings, or the last complete inning within the 1 hour, 30 minute time limit.
Admission to the John Stephens Softball Classic is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
10 a.m. — Atlantic vs. Griswold
11:45 a.m. — Creston vs. Griswold
1:30 p.m. — Bondurant-Farrar vs. Atlantic
3:15 p.m. — Sioux City Bishop Heelan vs. Bondurant-Farrar
5 p.m. — Ankeny vs. Sioux City Bishop Heelan
6:45 p.m. — Creston vs. Ankeny
9 a.m. — Sioux City Bishop Heelan vs. Atlantic
10:45 a.m. — Bondurant-Farrar vs. Clarinda
12:30 p.m. — Creston vs. Bondurant-Farrar
2:15 p.m. — Treynor vs. Sioux City Bishop Heelan
4 p.m. — Creston vs. Treynor
9 a.m. — Nodaway Valley vs. Griswold
10:45 a.m. — Red Oak vs. Nodaway Valley
12:30 p.m. — Clarinda vs. Sioux City Bishop Heelan
2:15 p.m. — Atlantic vs. Mount Ayr
4 p.m. — Mount Ayr vs. Red Oak