Richards Tournament set for June 13-15

Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 06:08 PM.

"It makes it easier because if you have rain or something like that. You aren't sitting there saying, 'This (out of state) team has to leave tomorrow so we have to try and get this done.' It gives you a little more flexibility (working around bad weather)."

Having more of a local flavor gives the team a chance to play against teams that will be in its district next spring, Gillis said.

The Bulldogs are losing seven key starters and several backups to graduation, so this year's tournament and summer program are especially crucial for the team.

"I think it's (the tournament) always important, but this year you've got some guys that are unproven in game situations," Gillis said. "I have been pleased with the way they have worked the last year or so. Even not getting into a game situation, they have been mentally prepared, and physically at practice, they have really worked hard.

“This is an opportunity for them to get better and that's what it is all about in the summer. Summer for me is a tool. It's a tool to get better and prepare us for what's down the line."

Gillis is looking for a good turnout from local residents

"Our community support has been tremendous," he said. "I don't know that there is a better community around for support.

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