See you at the gym since we are still here

Thursday, December 20, 2012

If you got past the first word in this sentence the Mayans were wrong.

So, since the world is obviously still spinning on its wobbly axis, let's all gather in Eureka Springs to witness a true one-of-a-kind event tonight.

For the last time in history, unless something extraordinary happens, a high school basketball game will be played at the present Eureka Springs High School gymnasium. School officials are calling it "Turn out the Lights" night and expect a capacity crowd to fill the venue.

The Highlanders and Lady Highlanders take to the old floor against Mountainburg in the final affair. The school has something special in store for those in attendance, though it remains unclear the totality of the situation.

Regardless, it should be an event worthy of note, signifying the passing of time. Maybe the Mayans knew it was the end of an era for this building.

It is also the end of the first half of the season for the Highlanders. But it's not the end of the first half for all of Carroll County as Berryville's Holiday Hoops Tournament begins Thursday at Bobcat Arena. The Bobcats entertain a host of girl's and boy's teams, including Pea Ridge, Pocahontas, Mena, Elkins, Highland and Cassville and Blue Eye, MO in the girl's bracket and Yellville-Summit, Pocahontas, Omaha, Mena, Elkins, Highland and Monett, MO on the boy's side.

The event starts with an eight-game slate Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday will see the same number of games at the arena with the girl's championship game scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and the boy's title affair around 8 p.m. It should be a great event and a good final dose of high school hoops during the holiday break.

There is not much else happening in the world of sports until after the break as schools begin the important second half of the season the first week of January. Berryville and Green Forest tip things back off on Jan. 4 while Eureka Springs gets back in action on Jan. 8. That will be another game you don't want to miss as the program ushers in a new era with the first game in the new gymnasium.

And while Santa Claus is busy checking his list, we have been busy compiling one of our own. Beginning with the Christmas edition of the paper on Tuesday, we will be counting down the Top 10 sports stories of the year, starting at No. 10 and working down to No. 1. There will be three or four in each following edition, ending with the final three in the Jan. 1 publication.

What do you think is the top sports story of the year for Carroll County? E-mail us and let us know. Then stay tuned to see if you agree with our list.

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Chan Davis is the sports editor for the Carroll County News. Contact him at ccnsports@cox-internet.com or call 870-654-2742.

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