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Utah to host Legion regional

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OGDEN — Utah's American Legion contingency has to like its chances of getting a team into the national championship tournament this season. Not only is the Beehive State playing host to the Southwestern Regional tournament — Thursday through Monday at Lindquist Field — but Utah also gets an extra team in the eight-team field.

Taylorsville will enter the tourney as the state champion after having won its fifth state crown in eight years. The powerhouse will get things going for Utah with a 5 p.m. game against Arizona on Thursday. Copper Hills, which surprised everyone before falling to Taylorsville in Saturday's finals, has been invited as the "host team" and will take on New Mexico in the nightcap game Thursday.

Taylorsville plays Hawaii on Friday (about 8 p.m.) and concludes the Olympic-style pool play with a 5 p.m. contest against Nevada Saturday. Copper Hills takes on California at 5 p.m. Friday and has the late game Saturday against Colorado.

Also playing in the regional are state champs from Colorado, California, Nevada and Hawaii. The tournament is a pool-play format, with four teams in American and National divisions. After each team plays three games, the winners and runners-up will meet in cross-over games, with the winners of those games meeting in Monday's championship.

This is the first time in 25 years that Utah has hosted the regional tournament, and it will be here again next year. The American Legion World Series will take place in Alton, Ill.

Only one Utah team has ever made it past the regionals. In 1996, the Alta club advanced after winning in Las Vegas. Alta played in the national championships in Roseburg, Ore.