JONESBORO — Valley View recently added a couple of academic state championships to go with six athletic state championships from the 2020-21 school year.

Nettleton’s Koby Bradley protects the football from defenders on a running play at Raider Field during Monday morning’s first official practice of preseason, while Jonesboro’s Kavon Pointer makes a move after catching a pass during the Hurricane’s first practice at Cooksey-Johns Field. Both …

Jonesboro High School graduate Peyton Mullins (left) is the recipient of the 2021 Christy Rankin Memorial Tennis Scholarship. Mullins will attend Harding University this fall. Barbara Rankin (right), Christy’s mother, presented the $1,000 scholarship. Christy Rankin was a 1984 graduate of Jo…

JONESBORO — With the third season under head coach Santiago Restrepo less than a month away, Arkansas State unveiled its 2021 volleyball schedule on Thursday.

JONESBORO — Jabari White became an all-conference basketball player as a senior at Nettleton High School after playing only a few minutes per game as a junior.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State redshirt freshman punter Ryan Hanson was named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list on Wednesday.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State will enjoy the home court advantage often as Sun Belt Conference play begins in women’s basketball, but the Red Wolves will spend plenty of time on the road at the end of their league schedule.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State will open Sun Belt Conference play in men’s basketball against the last two teams the Red Wolves faced in the 2020-21 season.

NEW ORLEANS — Sun Belt Commissioner Keith Gill announced during his annual State of the Conference on Thursday that the conference has extended its media rights deal with ESPN.

JONESBORO — Valley View soccer coach Ron Teat can’t remember many Lady Blazers, maybe three or four, who have finished a season with statistics similar to those Micah McMillan produced as a sophomore.

JONESBORO — Yajaira Alvarado believes the Jonesboro Lady Hurricane surprised some observers with its success during the 2021 soccer season.

Participants in Arkansas State’s youth baseball camp enjoyed the opportunity to cool off while working on their sliding technique during Thursday’s last day of camp at Tomlinson Stadium.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State men’s basketball coach Mike Balado announced Thursday that Ian Young has been elevated to assistant coach. Young moves to assistant coach after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant on staff.

SANTIAGO, Chile — Arkansas State’s Norchad Omier produced another double-double in points and rebounds Tuesday night to help lead Nicaragua to a 76-73 victory over Paraguay in the FIBA World Cup Americas Pre-Qualfiers.

JONESBORO — Thirteen-time Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year Jim Patchell has agreed to a new three-year contract to lead the Arkansas State track and field and cross country programs, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Tom Bowen announced Tuesday.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State women’s soccer coach Brian Dooley announced Tuesday that Summit Dann (Western Carolina), Hailey Rogers (Southern Miss) and Holly Stalls (Louisville) have transferred to ASU and will compete with the Red Wolves in the 2021 season.

JONESBORO — With the 2021 campaign on the horizon, Arkansas State volleyball welcomed five newcomers to the fold Monday.

JONESBORO — Jonesboro needed a victory over Batesville to pull into a tie atop the 5A-East conference soccer standings and a healthy margin to claim a tiebreaker edge when the teams met on a blustery April evening at Cooksey-Johns Field.

JONESBORO — Liam Hicks is keeping expectations to a minimum as he awaits the Major League Baseball Draft.

JONESBORO — Ron Teat says Josh Nwokeji made a greater impact this season than any other freshman he’s had in 13 years as boys’ soccer coach at Valley View.

JONESBORO — Coach Ron Teat looks at the variables involved when he reflects on Valley View’s 2021 boys’ soccer season.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State women’s soccer standout Sarah Sodoma has been chosen as a first-team Academic All-America, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America and announced Monday.

JONESBORO — Tuckerman coach Matt Dillon points to MaKaylie Gist’s final at-bat of the Class 2A state softball final as an example of Gist’s calm demeanor on the field.

JONESBORO — Tuckerman won the Class 2A state softball championship with a dramatic finish in May, scoring three runs over the final two innings to defeat Mansfield 4-3 before a big crowd in Benton and a statewide audience on Arkansas PBS.

JONESBORO — A walk isn’t what Lexi Davis has in mind when she steps to the plate, although there are times when the opponent doesn’t give her a choice.

JONESBORO — Statistics from Norchad Omier’s first tournament with the Nicaraguan national team looked much like the numbers he put up in his first basketball season at Arkansas State.

JONESBORO — The reality of being a state champion is still sinking in for Valley View baseball coach Josh Allison.

JONESBORO — The Class 4A state championship game was scoreless in the fourth inning when Valley View’s Slade Caldwell worked Magnolia pitcher Seth Edwards for a one-out walk.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State head football coach Butch Jones announced Thursday that Curt Baldus has been named the Red Wolves’ special teams coordinator.

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JONESBORO — Mike Balado’s fourth summer basketball camp at Arkansas State is the largest yet, even with limited time for promotion.

JONESBORO — Nettleton’s Kyle Tolley celebrated his birthday Tuesday by signing a letter of intent to play baseball for South Arkansas Community College next spring.

JONESBORO — Trey Harding and Dale Schenk weren’t surprised to learn their schools will face different competition during the Arkansas Activities Association 2022-24 classification cycle.

HOXIE — Twenty-two teams representing 19 high school football programs will converge on Hoxie’s Crider Field today for the 11th annual Beast of the East 7-on-7 tournament.

JONESBORO — The Mountain Dew Grand Slam Classic youth softball tournament reaches another milestone with this year’s 40th annual event at Southside Softball Complex.

EUGENE, Ore. — A routine Oregon rain shower couldn’t stop Arkansas State’s Bennett Pascoe in Wednesday evening’s 3,000 steeplechase semifinal at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

JONESBORO — Emotions took hold of Nettleton’s Daylin Goodlow after a successful tryout with Central Baptist College’s basketball team.

JONESBORO — Head coach Mike Balado said Arkansas State has already seen some benefits from Desi Sills’ decision to play basketball for the Red Wolves.