Salem HS talent and the 2017 Powerade Invitational Trophy (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Seven Virginia schools are set for the Powerade Invitational
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Blazin’ 7-on-7, the promotional muscle behind the Powerade Invitational, hit the road this week and visited seven schools in the Commonwealth to show off this year’s Powerade 7-on-7 Championship Trophy and officially recognize the competitors.
South County, Dinwiddie, Highland Springs, Bishop Sullivan, Salem, Lake Taylor and Norview will travel to Charlotte in mid-July for the three-day event.
The Powerade Invitational will feature 48 teams from ten states, including Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. The weekend will culminate with a “Border War” series that will have the top teams from each state face off against each other. The semifinals and finals of that tournament will be televised regionally on Fox Sports South.
Locally, Blazin’ 7-on-7 will produce the Powerade Regional at Lake Taylor High School on June 24. That tournament will include over 24 high school teams from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Previously, that event held a bid to the Invitational for the winner. Last year, Salem topped Hermitage of Richmond championship game to win the bid to Charlotte. This year, Salem was automatically entered into the Invitational.
This year’s Charlotte event has grown since the 2016 inaugural. All games will be played at the Mecklenburg County Sports Complex, east of Charlotte. That same athletic complex hosted the Nike Opening Regional Charlotte last month.
Future plans for the Powerade Invitational includes adding teams from Florida, Texas and even California. That will make bids tougher to come by, so Virginia teams will need to step up this year in order to compete for a return trip in 2018.
In addition to the tournament, Blazin’ 7-on-7 has added a skills challenge for this year’s competition that will include a quarterback accuracy challenge and a receiver challenge.
Who has a shot at winning the whole thing? From a Virginia standpoint, you’d have to believe that Bishop Sullivan has the best shot. They were knocked off last year by Shelby (NC), but were among the last seven teams standing in the 32-team field.
UltimateRecruit will be on hand with full coverage of the event, and I’ll be live on Fox Sports South to tell the entire region about the talent that we have here in Virginia. It’s a great showcase opportunity for our high school programs and our players.
– Andy Hilton