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.

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 ››