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.

State Finals at one site great for baseball fans

Since 1999, thanks to the Arkansas Activities Association and its member schools, high school baseball fans will be in Nirvana this weekend. For the 18th straight season, baseball championships in all classifications will be played at one site. All but one (2011 at UCA’s Bear Stadium) of those years have been at Baum Stadium on the University of Arkansas campus. Soccer and softball will play their finals here as well. Just like football and basketball, playing the finals at one site gives fans across the state to see the best teams in each classification battle for a state championship. HereContinue Reading ››

7A/6A Scenarios

First here are the standings with scores after Tuesday's games. 2016-02-24 7A-6A BKB standings With the weather not a serious issue (unlike this time last year), only 3 makeup games (all in the South) will be made up today and Friday. The Central, East and West all will finish the regular season as scheduled on Friday. Below are the key scenarios for the final games of the regular season. BOYS CLASS 7A 7A-Central - Seeds are set. Van Buren is 1, Bryant 2 and Conway 3. 7A-East - Cabot is the 1 seed and West Memphis is the 2 seed. North Little Rock and LR Central … Continue Reading ››

7A/6A Standings and Scenarios

First, here are the standings. 2016-02-20 7A-6A BKB standings Now the postseason seeding scenarios going into this week's games. BOYS CLASS 7A 7A-Central - Seeds are set. Van Buren is 1, Bryant 2 and Conway 3. 7A-East - Cabot is the 1 seed and West Memphis is in. North Little Rock has games with West Memphis Tuesday and LR Central to finish the schedule. A West Memphis win clinches the 2 seed for the Blue Devils. North Little Rock becomes the 2 seed if it wins both games this week. LR Central clinches a berth and eliminates North Little Rock by beating the Charging … Continue Reading ››

Class 7A/6A Basketball Standings (through Feb. 12 games)

Here are the standings with just two weeks left in the regular season. 2016-02-13 7A-6A BKB standings Several post-season berths have been clinched and there are even some seeds that are set as well. The 7A-West boys second division is a total logjam as there is a 5-way tie for third place (Northside, Southside, Springdale, Har-Ber and Heritage) at 4-6, with last-place Rogers just two games back. It will be an exciting, if not interesting, stretch run.  

7A/6A Conference Standings Through January 30

There will be a few make up games in the 7A/6A-Central and the 7A/6A-East on Tuesday. Those two conferences will be then back on schedule. The West has not lost a game due to weather so there are no games on Tuesday, which is designated as a make-up date in the West, East and Central. The 6A-South has a regular slate of games schedule for Tuesday. The South's makeup date is Friday Feb. 26. 2016-01-31 7A-6A BKB standings

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 ››