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JONESBORO — Six teams from high schools in The Sun circulation area, including three from Valley View, will compete in the upcoming spring sports state finals at Benton after winning semifinal games Saturday around the state.

LITTLE ROCK — Valley View’s Micah McMillan scored three goals on her birthday Friday as the Lady Blazers cruised past De Queen 5-2 in the second round of the Class 4A girls’ state soccer tournament.

NASHVILLE — Valley View kept the pressure on Arkadelphia from start to finish Friday in the Class 4A state baseball quarterfinals.

RUSSELLVILLE — Nettleton sophomore Donna Douglas and Jonesboro’s boys’ 4x100 relay team were among the event winners Wednesday evening in the Meet of Champions, which includes track and field athletes from all six classifications.

HOT SPRINGS — Jonesboro pounded out 10 hits, five for extra bases, and Rykar Acebo pitched a complete game Thursday as the Hurricane routed Lake Hamilton 8-1 in the first round of the Class 5A state baseball tournament.

JONESBORO — Jonesboro would love to have one more match with Searcy, the only team to defeat the Lady Hurricane this season.

BROOKLAND — Mark Hindsley was hired as Brookland High School’s head football coach during a school board meeting Tuesday night, according to athletic director Bobby Gross.

CARLISLE — Buffalo Island Central earned its third shutout victory of the Class 2A North Region baseball tournament Monday afternoon, defeating McCrory 7-0 in the championship game.

BROOKLAND — Stuttgart came up with the big hit that eluded Valley View in the Class 4A East Region softball tournament championship game Monday evening.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With a total of 154 (+10) after 36 holes, Arkansas State junior Olivia Schmidt is tied for 40th among 68 individuals at the NCAA Women’s Golf Regional at Seminole Legacy Golf Club.

BROOKLAND — Lonoke held off Valley View for a 12-7 victory Monday in the Class 4A East Region baseball tournament semifinals. The Blazers played Pulaski Robinson in the regional third-place game later Monday. Robinson lost 4-1 to Pulaski Academy in 10 innings in the second semifinal.

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JONESBORO — Jeff Purinton’s name was the first mentioned to Arkansas State University System President Chuck Welch when he made his first call in the search for a new vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Highlighted by a hole-in-one on No. 13, Arkansas State women’s golf junior Olivia Schmidt turned in an even-par 72 and is tied for seventh following the first round of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional hosted by Florida State at Seminole Legacy Golf Club.

JONESBORO — Wes Swift has coached seven state championship teams in 27 seasons of high school basketball, including five in 13 seasons at Jonesboro High School, where his teams have averaged more than 23 victories per season.

JONESBORO — Quion Williams spent the first 12 games of the season on the sideline, cheering for his Jonesboro High School basketball teammates while awaiting the January date when he would be eligible to join them on the court.

BAY — Bay coach Brad Brannen was planning to move his son Justin to the senior high team as a freshman in the 2020-21 basketball season before an injury changed those plans.

SEARCY — Jonesboro earned a share of the 5A-East conference baseball championship Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of Searcy.

HARRISON — Valley View’s Elise Knight won two events Tuesday to lead the Lady Blazers to the girls’ team championship in the Class 4A state track and field meet.

JONESBORO — Jonesboro High School’s spring athletic signing day Wednesday featured nine seniors who have made plans to attend seven different institutions in the fall.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University System President Dr. Chuck Welch announced Wednesday that Jeff Purinton, a veteran athletics administrator who spent the last seven years as part of the University of Alabama Athletics Department’s executive staff, has been named the Red Wolves’ Vice Cha…

JONESBORO — A rainy weather forecast has led to a one-day postponement for most area high school regional baseball and softball tournaments.

JONESBORO — Nettleton senior Jeremiah Turner signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play basketball next season at NAIA national power Talladega (Ala.) College.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State men’s basketball coach Mike Balado announced Tuesday that Henry Ford College guard Mak Manciel has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Red Wolves for the 2022-23 season.

JONESBORO — Valley View celebrated its soccer senior night Monday by completing its 4A-North conference schedule with a pair of victories over Southside.

BROOKLAND — Brookland senior soccer standout Ridge Lewis signed a letter of intent Monday to play for Williams Baptist University.

RECTOR — Jaycee Davis’ RBI single in the sixth inning Friday lifted East Poinsett County to a 2-1 victory over Rector in the 2A-3 district softball tournament championship game.

JONESBORO — Arkansas State University’s women’s golf records required considerable revision to reflect Olivia Schmidt’s superb 2021-22 season.

JONESBORO — Statistics aren’t enough to measure the impact McKenzie Williams made in her first full season of high school basketball, Nettleton coach Jason Smith said.

JONESBORO — Wynne was a long way from a conference championship or a state tournament berth when Tim Hawkins took over as the school’s girls’ basketball coach before the 2019-20 season.

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