The 41st annual Smoky Mountain Classic softball tournament opens next weekend at Sandy Springs and area parks. Top-ranked Resmondo/Specialty Tank of Winter Haven, Fla., enters one of the favorites. Should the defending champions repeat, sponsor Travis Resmondo will become the first owner to claim five Classic titles, breaking a tie with late Bell Corp sponsor Woody Bell.
Smoky Mountain Classic past champions:
2008 Resmondo/Specialty Tank/Worth from Winter Haven, Fla.
2007 Bell Corp/Belcher/TAI/Easton
2006 Resmondo/KME Softball - Winter Haven, Fla.
2005 Bell Corp/Backman/Taylor/Easton - Tampa, Fla.
2003 Hague/Resmondo/Taylor Brothers
2002 Dan Smith/Backman/Menosse / Easton
2001 Long Haul/Taylor Bros./Shen Corp./ TPS
2000 Team TPS/Louisville, Ky.
1999 Team TPS, Louisville, Ky.
1998 Sierra/TPS, Reno, Nev.
1997 Ritch’s/Superior/Tri Gems/Beloli/TPS, Windsor Locks, Conn.
1996 Sunbelt/Easton, Centerville, Ga.
1995 Ritch’s/Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Conn.
1994 Ritch’s/Superior/TPS, Windsor Locks, Conn.
1993 Ritch’s/Superior, Windsor Locks, Conn.
1992 Bell Corp, Tampa, Fla.
1991 Bell Corp, Tampa, Fla.
1990 Steeles Silver Bullets, Grafton, Ohio
1989 Superior-Apollo, Windsor Locks, Conn.
1988 Starpath Systems, Monticello, Ky.
1987 Steeles Sports, Grafton, Ohio
1986 Steeles Sports, Grafton, Ohio
1985 Elite Coatings, Gordon, Ga.
1984 Elite Coatings, Gordon, Ga.
1983 Elite Coatings, Gordon, Ga.
1982 York/Ken Sanders, York, Pa.
1981 Howards Western Steer, Denver, N.C.
1980 Jerry’s Caterers, Miami, Fla.
1979 Campbell’s Carpet, Concord, Calf.
1978 Dave Carroll Sports, Sherrills-Ford, N.C.
1977 Howards Furniture, Denver, N.C.
1976 Howards Furniture, Denver, N.C.
1975 Nelson Painting, Oklahoma City
1974 Howards Furniture, Denver, N.C.
1973 Rudder Construction, Knoxville
1972 Card’s Carpet, Chattanooga
1971 Scott County Merchants, Stamping Ground, Ky.
1970 Trailways, Knoxville
1969 Eastern State, Knoxville