Earlier this month, I posted a four-part series on looking ahead to the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how the conferences throughout the state will look during that time.
Since then, the Arkansas Activities Association has released their conference alignments. Earlier this week, I had a column in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which I blasted that organization and its board of directors for the way the Class 3A football alignments was done.
Here's the reasoning why I did it. Take a look at the nine longest trips I found in the AAA's alignment for 3A football:
• Fouke to McGehee — 184 miles
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Four recent Springdale High graduates signed with in-state colleges Wednesday.
Softball standout Maegan Kelley inked with North Arkansas College, while the baseball trio of Trevor Beadle, Austin Solberg and Zach Stith signed with Ecclesia College.
“I think all three kids got significantly better in a short amount of time,” Springdale baseball coach Shohn Doty said. “I saw a ton of growth in a year. I really believe (Ecclesia) coach (Derrion) Hardie did a great job of recognizing these guys aren't what they're going to be even another year from now.”
Beadle was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, catching every inning of his … Continue Reading ››
NOTE: The following is the fourth part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A basketball, baseball and softball, as well as the mixed districts inside those two classes.
There is a lot of mystery that could surround the thought of mixing the state's Class 4A and 3A schools placing them into districts, the result of Proposal No. 4 being passed during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body.
Bentonville standout Malik Monk is among 24 high school and college players to earn invitations to the US Basketball U19 World Championship Team men's training camp.
Monk, a 6-foot-4 rising senior guard, will head to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the camp, which runs from June 12-26 and is used to determine the 12-man roster for the United States' U19 team. There will be two days with two practices each day once training camp begins before the team roster will be announced.
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Arkansas will send its largest group of high school track and field athletes west this week to compete in the 40th annual Great Southwest Track and Field Classic.
A total of 15 will … Continue Reading ››
NOTE: The following is the third part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A football.
If there was ever a group that needed an entire overhaul as far as its conference structure goes, it's those schools who play Class 3A football.
Simply put, there are too many schools having to make lengthy trips that could be avoided with a different alignment.
Cedarville coach Kevin Lea said his team left on a charter bus at 11:30 a.m. and reached Mountain View at 5 p.m., with a … Continue Reading ››
NOTE: The following is the second part in a series concerning the next reclassification cycle and how it could affect schools. This one focuses on those in Class 5A and 6A schools.
Will it be East/West or North/South?
It's probably the biggest question for those involved with the 16 Class 6A football teams in the 2016-18 reclassification cycle. As mentioned in the first part of this series, the Class 6A teams will not be in mixed conferences with the Class 7A for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Now comes time to figure out how they will be split into their respective … Continue Reading ››