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Abilene Hosting New Sports Events

By Floyd Miller



ABILENE, TX – NCAA Baseball, USA Volleyball, and the Power Lifting state champion- ships are all sports events that will be held in Abilene over the course of 2008. These new tournaments will generate an estimated $500,000 into the local economy, bringing 2,000 visitors and using over 600 hotel rooms.February 23-24, 2008McMurry University, Cooper High School {{more}} and Wylie Junior High will host USA Volleyball-North Texas Region’s, Friendly Frontier Fest. More than 16 teams from Oklahoma City, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Abilene are scheduled to compete in this tournament. Divisions for 13, 14, 16, and 18 year-olds will be filled with select volleyball teams. Fans won’t want to miss this level of play. More information can be found at March 29, 2008Texas High School Power Lifting Association State Championships will be hosted in the Taylor County Expo Center. Last year the state finals were held in Houston. Abilene was fortunate enough to entice the state championships to move to the Friendly Frontier. With 800 lifters, plus coaches and fans Abilene will be filled with muscle bound young men and women. The community is invited to attend the championships for a small fee.May 14-17, 2008Abilene plans to host the prestigious NCAA Division III West Regional Baseball Tournament. The tournament will be played at McMurry University, Driggers Field. Six to eight baseball teams from as far away as Washington State will enjoy Abilene’s hospitality. The Abilene Sports Alliance will use volunteers to make them feel right at home from greeting them at the airport to cheering them on during games. Mark your calendar for another high quality baseball tournament.

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