That curse goes like this: a small school, such as Berryville, for example, will happen to have a few years when their basketball, football, golf program -- take your pick -- can't be beat. There's strength at every position, and it's an enjoyable season for players, coaches and parents alike.
But the curse is that usually there's a weakness as one or more positions are limited in size or strength because of the smaller numbers of players available. And that's how it is with Berryville's senior high volleyball team this year. "My senior high team [this year] is small," said volleyball coach Kristin Whetham. "But blocking concerns me," she says about the lack of height on her squad. "We're just going to have to find a way to work around it."
"I don't want to jinx it, but I think we have a good chance [in the conference] this season," Whetham said.
Besides Berryville the conference includes Gravette, Pea Ridge, Lincoln, Gentry, Prairie Grove and Farmington.