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85th Spring Koshien: Practices schedules set and posted

by on Mar.06, 2013 @ 6:11 pm, under High School, Spring Koshien

Additional details for the 85th Spring Koshien were discussed during a steering committee meeting today.

Among issues that were decided:

Brackets will be set so teams from the same region will not face each other until the quarterfinals; and from the same city/prefecture -- like Hokkaido, Tokyo, Osaka, and Kochi -- until the finals.

The Opening Ceremony player speech will made by one of the thirty-six team captains.

Opening/Closing Ceremony: Chihiro Inutsuka (Nagasaki Isahaya High School)
OpeningCeremony: Ayaka Saito (Sendai Nika High School)
National Anthem: Misato Suzuki (Hokusei Gakuen Girl's High School)

Junior high school students from Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima will throw out ceremonial first pitches before games on Day 2.

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013

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Spring Koshien practice schedules were released today.  Each team will have thirty minutes.

March 17 - first blockbegins at 10:00am

Ryukoku Daigaku Fuzoku Heian (Kyoto), Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima), Hotoku Gakuen (Hyogo), Shoshikan (Kagoshima), Yasuda Gakuen (Tokyo), Osaka Toin (Osaka), Kyoto Shoei (Kyoto), Urawa Gakuin (Saitama), Yamato Koryo (Nara), Saibi (Ehime)

March 18 - first block begins at 9:00am

Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama), Soseikan (Nagasaki), Riseisha (Osaka), Kanzei (Okayama), Tsuruga Kehi (Fukui), Utsunomiya Shogyo (Tochigi), Joso Gakuin (Ibaraki), Okinawa Shogaku (Okinawa), Iwaki Kaisei (Fukushima), Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo (Gifu), Waseda Jitsugyo (Tokyo), Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa (Shizuoka), Yamagata Chuo (Yamagata)

March 19 - first block begins at 9:00am

Koryo (Hiroshima), Sendai Ikuei (Miyagi), Engaru (Hokkaido), Morioka Daigaku Fuzoku (Iwate), Kochi (Kochi), Harue Kogyo (Fukui), Komono (Mie), Seiseiko (Kumamoto), Tosa (Kochi), Masuda Shoyo (Shimane), Hokusho (Hokkaido), Iwakuni Shogyo (Yamaguchi), Naruto (Tokushima)

Source: Sanspo 3/6/2013

UPDATE 3/18 @ 9:52pm - Five schools could not practice outdoors at Koshien Stadium today because of the weather.  Their outdoor workouts have been rescheduled as follows:

March 19 - begins at 4:00pm

Iwaki Kaisei (Fukushima)

March 20 - first block begins at 8:30am

Yamagata Chuo (Yamagata), Kenritsu Gifu Shogyo (Gifu), Waseda Jitsugyo (Tokyo), Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa (Shizuoka)

Source: Sponichi 3/18/2013