Standing from left: Coach Steve Heiss, Jack Heiss, Ty Hilderbrand, Cole Wright, ManagerCoach Randy Barker, Dylan Roeder, Treyce Barker, Coach Ty Barker. Kneeling: Cole Tilford, Joe Stone, Derrick Kuhlmann, Carsen Johnsen, Kayden Stubbs, Conner Hasenauer, Turner Nicholson. Not pictured Coach Anthony Kuhlmann.
The Nebraska State Cal Ripken Little League 10-year-old all-star tournament will be held July 11-12 at Centennial Park in North Platte.
The 12-man roster for the North Platte squad was chosen from a pool of 8 league teams consisting of more than 100 players, ages 9-10.
North Platte drew a tough opening game against the Grand Island All-Stars at 1 p.m. Friday on field 3 at Centennial Park.
Scottsbluff, Chadron and Alliance are also playing in the double elimination tournament.
The winner of the state tournament will represent Nebraska in a regional tournament July 24-26 in Chadron.
The "Mid-Plains" Regional consists of teams from Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota and Canada.
This North Platte squad went undefeated at state a year ago as 9-year-olds before they were knocked out in the regionals by a team from Denver.