The Jones All Sports Association (JASA) hosted the Annual Blue & Gold Tournament this weekend. After Saturday games were rained out, JASA did an outstanding job salvaging as much of the tournament as possible. Much of the credit goes to Van Long and Cody Miller for the countless hours they spent making sure the fields were playable. Rumor has it, they were at the fields until 2:30 am Friday night and back at it again at 6:00 am Saturday morning pumping off water and dragging the fields. Because of their hard work, games were able to be played on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Originally, the event was slated to have 18 teams for 6U, 8U, and 10U divisions. However, the rain interruption caused the cancellation of the 10U games, and the remaining games were played for the 6U and 8U games. Twelve (12) teams came from Choctaw, Noble, Edmond, and Jones to play in the tournament.
Having baseball back in Jones is so important to all these young players. For most of these kids if they don’t have a local sports league, they will never be introduced to this great game. Recreational organized sports is becoming extinct due to competitive leagues targeting younger and younger players. So having recreational ball back at the Kiwanis ball field is something I couldn’t be more excited about.Chris Branch
Little League baseball has a long tradition in Jones, with the Kiwanis Fields being built in 1975. Many generations of little Longhorns have learned valuable life lessons on those fields. Next weekend, the heritage will continue as the Blue & Gold Tournament picks up 8U Softball and 12U Baseball.