WELCH - Defending champ Verdigris heads up the field for the Welch tournament, which begins here Wednesday.

The Lady Cardinals topped Oklahoma Union for the championship. Welch wound up third.

Rounding out the field are Afton, South Coffeyville, Ketchum, Claremore Christian and Commerce, which joins the field this year.

Four pool games will be played Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the final four games starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Wednesday's schedule includes Welch vs. South Coffeyville at 2:30 p.m.; South Coffeyville vs. Afton at 4 p.m.; Afton vs. Welch at 5:30 p.m. and Commerce vs. Ketchum at 7 p.m.

The schedule on Thursday includes Oklahoma Union vs. Ketchum at 2:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Union vs. Commerce at 4 p.m.; Ketchum vs. Claremore Christian at 5:30 p.m., and Commerce vs. Claremore Christian at 7 p.m.

Friday's slate includes Welch vs. Verdigris at 2:30 p.m., Oklahoma Union vs. Claremore Christian at 4 p.m.; Verdigris vs. South Coffeyville at 5:30 p.m., and Verdigris vs. Afton at 7 p.m.

The seventh-place game will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, followed by the consolation finals at 10:30 a.m. The third-place game is slated for noon, and the finals will be at 1:30 p.m