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.

A rare find from Arkansas prep basketball’s past

Over the last several years, one of the great things about going to the Arkansas Activities Association offices in North Little Rock is when officials there allow reporters like myself, Leland Barclay, Mickey Doyle and others to search through their archives. As a history teacher, I believe in preserving our history. Sports has been as important to our heritage as Arkansans, especially high school. Nothing can invoke a community's pride and spirit like a local high school sports team. Don't believe me? Go to a high school football game on Friday night or a high school gymnasium when a school is … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas Prep Football Playoff Scenarios

This is by no means a comprehensive list of scenarios. Instead, it is a look at who has clinched berth and what are the likely scenarios going into this week’s final games. CLASS 7A WEST – Springdale Har-Ber is the 1 seed. Fayetteville and Bentonville will play for the 2-3 seeds. Northside and Southside meet for the 4-5 seeds. Springdale and Rogers plays a win-or-go home game for the sixth and final seed. EAST – Cabot is the top seed. North Little Rock is the 2 seed with and win over LR Central making West Memphis the 3 seed. However, should Central … Continue Reading ››

Class 7A and 6A Tournament parings almost set

 All that is left to decide is the 7A-West boys 2-3-4 seeds. An explanation of that scenario, as well as a few tiebreaks, in a bit.

7A/6A Standings, Scenarios (Feb. 22 edition)

After six weeks of good weather, Jack Frost decided to mess with Arkansas prep basketball last week and if Sunday's snow sticks, he can affect makeup games on Monday. Hopefully, we can get all games in this week to finish the regular season.

Most tournament spots have been secured, but what seeds the teams will be are still in some doubt. The picture should be a little clearer after Tuesday.

Standings and scores for all four 7A/6A conferences are here.

CLASS 7A BOYS

7A-Central – Van Buren has clinched the one seed. Bryant has clinched a berth. Conway can clinch a berth with … Continue Reading ››

Most tourney slots for 7A, 6A taken

Though there are still two weeks (and four games) left in the regular season, most of the spots for the 7A and 6A state tournaments have been secured.

In Class 7A, 9 boys teams and 8 girls teams know they will be playing in the postseason. In Class 6A, 8 teams in both the boys and girls division have postseason berths. That means only 3 or 4 slots per division are still available.

Here is a look at who is in and what a few teams have to do to wrap up a postseason berth. (Standings through Feb. 13 games are  Continue Reading ››

3A State Final – Live Blogging

9:54 p.m. -- Thanks for joining me and others on the live blog. Thanks to NWA Media Sports Editor Chip Souza for saying yes to this. It was a blast. Time to head back to Fort Smith and prepare for ACT test monitoring in the morning. Good night. 9:51 p.m. -- A little early but I think it will be safe to predict that Charleston's Ty Storey will be the game's MVP. A well earned choice by the way. Give this Smackover team credit. They would have made a worthy champion as well. But the difference in the game was Storey. He … Continue Reading ››

Father, Son each get wins at Van Buren tourney

Monday’s opening night of the 2014 Citizens Bank Classic at Van Buren High School was special for the Loyd family.

Randy Loyd, Van Buren’s longtime boys’ coach and athletic director, invited Pea Ridge this year to the tournament, coached by his son, Trent.

Both the Pointers and the Blackhawks opened the tournament Monday with victories before a large contingent of family and friends. Van Buren whipped Shiloh Christian 65-22 while Pea Ridge downed Greenwood 73-57.

“It was a cool experience. It was neat to look up into the stands and see so many family members cheering our team,” Trent Loyd, who played for … Continue Reading ››

Class 3A Playoff Bracket a mess

One of the great things about the growth of the internet over the last 20 years is that you can get information so much easier, and without even leaving the comforts of your computer desk and chair.

In the pre-internet days, you actually had to, you know, leave your house to go the local school, college, library or county court house to find a source or document. Or, if travel was a consideration, you would call and request someone at those locations to mail or fax a copy of the document to you.

In that no-so-distant past, sports reporters like me would … Continue Reading ››