All posts by Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1983-92)

By this time, the AAA archives are pretty bare of state tournament programs. The archives did have a few overall tournament programs during this period, but the rest were provided by Fort Smith sportswriter/historian Leland Barclay and myself. 1992 was the last year of the Overall Tournament. After that, the AAA went to a State Finals format where every championship game was played at one site. It has been at Barton Colesium in Little Rock, the Pine Bluff Convention Center, Verizon Arena in North Little Rock and the Hot Springs Convention Center. Unfortunately, there are some really good programs from this era … Continue Reading ››

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1976-79)

The only item from 1979 at the AAA archives was the 1979 Boys Overall Program. That was the year that Class B Parkdale shocked the state by winning the Overall, the first small school to do so. Also, by the late 1970s, the state tournaments began to move away from Barton Coliseum and move to various sites all over the state. Even the Boys Overall Finals would move to the Farris Center at Central Arkansas. There are a few missing programs I would like to have, besides all of the 1979 season. For example, the Class AAAA state tournament program would be … Continue Reading ››

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1973-75)

The mid-1970s included the most important high school basketball game in the state of Arkansas. The 1974 Overall Boys final between unbeaten Conway and unbeaten Fort Smith Northside. That program is included in this group of old basketball programs. 1973 Class AAAA-AAA Boys State Program 1973 Overall Boys State Program 1973 Girls Overall BKB Program 1974 AAAA-A BKB Tourney Program 1974 Class AAAA-AAA Boys BKB Program 1974 Class AAA Boys BKB Program 1974 Class AA Boys BKB Program 1974 Class A Girls BKB Program 1974 Class B Boys BKB Program Continue Reading ››

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1970-72)

Continuing last month's postings of old state tournament programs from the 1940s through the 1960s, presenting state tournament programs from the 1970s. Included in this group is the 1st Overall State Tournament program in 1972. 1970 AAAA-AAA-AA State BKB Program 1970 Class B Boys BKB Program 1970 B State BKB Program 1970 Class A Girls BKB Program 1970 Class B Girls BKB Program 1971 Class AAAA-AAA-AA Boys State Program 1971 Class A-B Boys State Program 1971 Class B Boys State Program 1972 Overall Boys State Program 1972 Class AAAA-AAA-AA Boys … Continue Reading ››

Another Big Shift in AAA Reclassification

Once again, the member schools of the Arkansas Activities Association voted to change how schools are classified for athletic purposes. On Monday, the AAA Governing Body, which makes up almost all of the high schools in the state of Arkansas, voted by a 2/3 majority to created a new system of classification. In short, football will stay the same with the current system of six classes - 7A through 2A. In most other sports (basketball, baseball, softball, golf, track), there will be six classes -- 6A though 1A. Other sports will have smaller classes, but all will start with Class 6A. Since the … Continue Reading ››