16th Memorial Volleyball tourney set for July 4

Memorial Day has come and gone, graduation is over and all the 2014-15 school year seniors are now Big Walnut alumni, Relay For Life was last weekend. That means no matter what the calendar or weatherman says, summer is here and the Fourth of July is just around the corner.

And for volleyball aficionados, what better way to spend Independence Day than participating in the 16th Annual Corey Lehman Memorial Volleyball Tournament, held in memory of Corey Lehman and Steve Morgenstern and in honor of Erin Smith that will be held Saturday, July 4, at Big Walnut High School.

The popular fundraising tournament will be played outdoors on grass courts; and players can enter one of three tournament divisions: Co-ed 6’s Power, Co-ed BB or Co-ed 6’s Recreational, with prizes awarded to first place teams in all three divisions.

Co-ed 6’s Power is for players with medium to high experience. Teams are to consist of a minimum of two female players and a maximum of four males.

Co-ed BB is for players with medium experience. Teams are to consist of a minimum of two females and a maximum of four males.

Co-ed 6’s Recreational is for those interested in playing at a lower level of competition. Teams are to consist of a minimum of two females and a maximum of four males.

The cost to play is $25 per player, which includes a tournament T-shirt and a smoked pork loin lunch.

The tournament location is outdoors on the grass between Big Walnut High School and Big Walnut Intermediate School.

All three divisions will start play at 9 a.m. with registration at 8:15 a.m. Organizers ask that everyone register and have team members there by 8:30 a.m. Teams may register early by emailing Janet Lehman at < mlehman884@aol.com >.

In case of inclement weather, the tournament may be canceled and entry fees will be refunded.

Make sure to bring canopies, lawn chairs, sunscreen, food and drink, but please, “No Alcohol”.

Anyone interested in becoming an individual or corporate Memorial Volleyball Tournament sponsor may contact Janet Lehman. All tournament proceeds go to the Corey Lehman Memorial Scholarship Fund, a tax-exempt organization.

Four $1,500 Corey Lehman Memorial Scholarship awards were given out this year to Christian Johnson, Krista Schmidt, Jennifer Wenger and Samantha Godby.

Event organizers thank everyone that participates in the volleyball tournament to make this award possible for Big Walnut senior athletes.

Please call or email Janet Lehman for tournament information and to let her know if you have a team playing in the tournament. (H) 740-965-1292; (C) 740-815-9465; Email < mlehman884@aol.com >.