Newton Kansan

The 65th annual Newton Mexican-American Men's Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament opened Friday with the opening ceremonies and the old-timer's game, but no tournament game itself.

The opening game between Wichita Basic Brown and Newton Los Niños was postponed until 9 a.m. today at Centennial Park because Basic Brown had too many players with work conflicts.

The sponsoring Newton Mexican-American Athletic Club awarded its annual scholarships to Kayla Shirley, Matthew Heddin, Anthony Monares and Esperanza Llamas.

Inducted into the tournament's Hall of Fame were Luis Lopez, Greg Montano, Paul Solis and Gil Solis Jr.

Players and supporters who passed away during the past year were Arturo (Tury) Garcia Jr., Manuel Diaz, Gooch Unruh and Julian Garcia.

Jaime Garcia Jr. of the Kansas City Indios was recognized for being selected to pitch for the U.S. National Men's Fast-Pitch team.

Sponsors' awards went to Sonic Drive Ins of Newton, Taco Bell of Newton (Tricia Garcia), Pre-Stressted Concrete (Richard Martinez), Midland National Bank, Sports and Imports, Conklin Cars (Tony Jaso), Roofing Services Unlimited (Brent Coffman) and Newell's Truck Stop (Kerry Newell).

Play begins at 9 a.m. today at Kelsch Field, Washington Road Park and Centennial Park. The finals are set for 5 p.m. Sunday.