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4A State Title: Star City 4, Arkadelphia 3

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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FAYETTEVILLE - Tye Brown's two-out single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave Star City its first baseball state championship in school history Friday.

The play beat Arkadelphia 4-3 and ended the Badgers' quest for a third straight state title.

Arkadelphia got on the board first, with an RBI double by Austin Bethell in the second, but the Bulldogs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

Austin Powell's RBI single tied the game, then William Wynn scored on a wild pitch to take the lead.

The lead lasted until the … Continue Reading ››

State Championship Matchups

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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Here is a list of all state title games and the time they'll be played.

All of the games will take place on the University of Arkansas campus. Baseball games will be at Baum Stadium, softball games at Bogle Park and soccer games at Razorback Field.

Baseball

7A - Conway vs. Bentonville (Fri., 3 p.m.)

6A - Benton vs. Sheridan (Sat., 3 p.m.)

5A - Harrison vs. White Hall (Sat., 12:30 p.m.)

4A - Arkadelphia vs. Star City (Fri., 10 a.m.)

3A - Mayflower vs. Fordyce (Sat., 10 a.m.)

2A - Magnet Cove vs. Ouachita (Fri., 5:30 p.m.)

1A - Armorel vs. Taylor (Fri., 12:30 p.m.)

Softball

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New reclassification numbers causes changes in schools

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
Henry Apple
The Arkansas Activities Association released the numbers for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle Thursday. Here are some of changes that will take place, beginning in the fall of 2016. Class 7A — The emergence of Bentonville West causes West Memphis to drop to Class 6A. Because of the Bentonville split, Springdale High will now be the state's largest school in attendance, with a three-year average of 2440.33 students in grades 9-11. Class 6A — The new schools are West Memphis and Jacksonville, which will consolidate with Class 5A North Pulaski. Alma and Little Rock Parkview will drop out. Class 5A — Alma is back in … Continue Reading ››

State, Regional Tournament Host Sites Announced

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
Henry Apple
The Arkansas Activities Association has chosen the following locations as host sites for state and regional tournaments Thursday afternoon at its office in North Little Rock. They are as follows: BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Pottsville South: Monticello East:  Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Rose Bud Region 3: Manila Region 4: Fordyce Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central South: Parkers Chapel East: Mount Ida West:  Johnson County Westside Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region 2: Hillcrest Region 3: Bradford Region 4: Emerson State, March 3-7 Class 7A: Springdale Har-Ber Class 6A: Siloam Springs Class 5A: Greene County Tech Class 4A: Ozark Class 3A: Cossatot River Class 2A: Pangburn Class 1A: Kirby at Nashville BASEBALL Region, May 8-11 Class 4A North: Dover East: Pocahontas South: Malvern Class 3A Region 1: Lavaca Region 2: Bald Knob Region … Continue Reading ››

School Bids For Regional, State Tourneys Announced

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
Henry Apple
The following is a list of schools who have made bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host regional and state tournaments in sports other than football. The AAA will announce the host sites at 4 p.m. Thursday at its office in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Lincoln, Ozark, Pottsville South: Mena, Monticello East: Heber Springs, Highland, Pocahontas, Riverview, Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Cedar Ridge, Perryville, Rose Bud Region 3: Bergman, Manila Region 4: Centerpoint, Cossatot River, Drew Central, Fordyce, Prescott Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central, Marmaduke, Pangburn, Sloan-Hendrix South: Gurdon, Parkers Chapel East: Augusta, Carlisle, Mount Ida West: Conway Christian, Westside Johnson County Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region … Continue Reading ››

A Look At How AAA Proposals Might Finish

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
Henry Apple
I have used the last four Sunday editions of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers to break down the proposals that school administrators will vote on during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body this year. That meeting takes place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Now on the eve of this meeting, here's what I see about to take shape in our capital city: Proposal No. 1 — Volleyball Events Defined I don't see any reason why this shouldn't pass, and by an overwhelming margin. It simply gives the director of any regular-season volleyball tournament the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

WATN: Springdale Baseball’s Improbable Title Run

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.
Chip Souza
AN-WATN-SDALE-98-TEAM
Courtesy Photo Springdale Bulldogs 1998 state championship team
BY RICK FIRES NWA MEDIA SPRINGDALE — There was a time when Springdale High’s baseball team was the best in the state. Although the program has seen hard times the past few years, and is currently without a coach, that wasn’t always the case. In 1992, Springdale reached the state finals before losing 6-3 to a Pine Bluff team that featured a junior center fielder who hit a home run in the game. His name is Torii Hunter, who is in his 16th year in … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 1: Brooks Robinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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Brooks Robinson Cover 1. Brooks Robinson

Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Little Rock College: None Professional Teams: Baltimore Orioles (1955-77) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; two-time World Series champion; American League MVP in 1964; 18-time All-Star selection; 16-time Gold Glove Award winner; MLB All-Century Team; jersey No. 5 retired by the Baltimore Orioles

Considered by many to be the best third baseman in baseball history, Robinson was selected as the best professional athlete from an Arkansas high school by a panel of reporters and spectators.

Playing his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 5: Bill Dickey

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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dickey 5. Bill Dickey

Sport: Baseball

Position: Catcher

High School: Searcy

College: Little Rock College

Professional Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)

Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954; 14-time World Series champion as a player or coach; 11-time All-Star; jersey No. 8 is retired by the New York Yankees

Dickey was the backbone of eight of the New York Yankees’ World Series, playing alongside baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

He made the All-Star game 11 times between 1928-1943 before leaving baseball to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 7: George Kell

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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travs 2 7. George Kell

Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Swifton College: Arkansas State Professional Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1943-46); Detroit Tigers (1946-52); Boston Red Sox (1952-54); Chicago White Sox (1954-56); Baltimore Orioles (1956-57) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; American League batting champion in 1949; 10-time All-Star

Kell had a very successful career in Major League Baseball after playing at Arkansas State.

He had a career batting average of .306 and has an AL batting title to his name. In 1949, his .3429 average barely edged Ted Williams’ .3427 average. A 2-for-3 performance at … Continue Reading ››