Troup participated in the tournament last year, but it isn’t making the trip this summer.
Callaway and LaGrange are among the 18 teams taking part in the one-day tournament.
“It’s a great tournament,” said Callaway head coach Pete Wiggins, whose team fell to Carrollton in the championship game last year. “We feel like our kids get better every year that we go. (Carrollton head coach Rayvan) Teague does a great job of running it.”
LaGrange coach Donnie Branch said the tournament serves as a nice transition to preseason practice.
“That’ll be a good end-of-summer event to have a day where we play a bunch of games, and it’ll be good for conditioning and the whole works,” Branch said.
Each team will play five games during pool play before beginning the single-elimination portion of the tournament in the afternoon.
Teague told the newspaper in Carrollton there are “some really good teams from some elite schools. There will probably be 400 to 500 athletes and some great competition. We’ll do pool play in the morning, seed them at lunch time and do a single-elimination tournament after lunch.”
Troup is bypassing the tournament, but it’s still been a busy summer for the Tigers.
“It’s been a real active summer,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said. “We’ve had a lot of guys that have done a lot of good things, and we’ve done some things that are challenging. We’ve gotten better.”
Teams can begin preseason practice this week, but they can’t hold full-contact drills until Aug. 1.
The season kicks off on Aug. 25 when Callaway hosts Heard County.
A week later, LaGrange visits Newnan on Aug. 31, and Troup will visit Redan on the same day.