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CARBONDALE — The 20th Annual Fralish Cup got off to a great start and was set to conclude Saturday with Carbondale playing two-time defending champion Waterloo and Marion taking on defending Missouri state champion Cape Notre Dame in the semifinals, but rain overnight forced the tournament to be cancelled without a winner after last year’s tournament never got started.

“It’s frustrating, but we can’t do anything about Mother Nature,” said Carbondale coach Ortez Davis. “After the rains overnight there was standing water on both fields. We tried everything we could to keep it going, including having one field that was good and the other wet and playing some games at Marion and some at Carbondale, but it wasn’t going to work. So we had to cancel because it got to a point where it was a safety issue.”

After the first round Carbondale, Marion, Waterloo and Cape Notre Dame were 1-0 with Anna-Jonesboro, Harrisburg, Massac County and Sikeston 0-1.

“With everyone 1-0 or 0-1 we couldn’t declare a champion or a consolation champion,” Davis said. “If we wanted to be technical we could have announced an All-Tournament team using the leading scorers, but that wouldn’t have been fair.”

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