BV makes runs in state tournaments

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Berryville had a successful athletic season, as two teams made it to the state tournament semifinals and Kris Grile won a gold medal at the state wrestling championship in February. The Berryville Lady Bobcats got a second-place finish at the state cross country championship in November.

In the fall, the Lady Bobcats made a run in the Class 4A state volleyball tournament. Berryville only lost one conference match and finished as runner-up in the district tournament before losing to Jonesboro Westside in the quarterfinals in the state tournament. Melody Smith was an all-state player. The Lady Bobcats got their first ever second-place finish at the state cross country championship in Hot Springs in November. Samantha Preston was an all-state runner. The boys finished fourth and Carlos Garduno was also an all-state runner.

The Berryville football team won its first conference football game since 2013. The Bobcats also beat Green Forest in the Carroll County Super Bowl. Jacob Graham led the Bobcats in rushing with 745 yards and quarterback Luke Britt passed for 648 yards. Charlie Archer had 97 tackles, while Justin Bredeson had 90 and Christian Lemus had 89.

The Berryville Lady Bobcat golf team finished in a tie for eighth at the state championship. McKayla Hussey shot a 96, while Anna Caroline Stone shot a 114 and Hayley Rivett shot a 128.

The Lady Bobcat basketball team didn't get off to a great start, (7-5 heading into Christmas break) but Berryville finished 10-1. The lone loss came to Pottsville in the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament. The 10-game winning streak included two wins over Huntsville, a win over Pottsville, Ozark and Central Arkansas Christian. With the likes of Baylea Smith, Aspen Smith, Hannah Morrell, Kelcee Hopper and Lexy Anderson returning, next season could be promising once again for the Lady Bobcats.

While the boys were unable to make it out of the district tournament, they still had a respectable 13-15 finish highlighted by an 85-82 triple overtime victory against Valley Springs. Brady Smith scored 22 points in the win, while Zac Webb had 19 and Cole Parton had 16. Another highlight came in the Holiday Hoops Tournament when the Bobcats were down by 15 points going into the fourth quarter. Berryville scored 35 points in the final quarter to defeat Monett, (Mo.) by seven. Ty Allen had 27 points in the game.

The Berryville wrestling team didn't have enough wrestlers to compete for a team title, so the Bobcats hoped to bring home plenty of individual titles. Grile was the only one to bring home a gold medal, but Lemus and Robert Allen each finished second.

The Lady Bobcat soccer team made it to the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament before losing to Robinson. The Lady Bobcats went undefeated in conference play and Amber Veach only allowed one goal during conference play. Berryville had nine all-conference players and two honorable mentions. The boys soccer team also made it to the state tournament, losing in the first round to Warren. After two difficult losses in the middle of their schedule, the Bobcats had to win four games to end the regular season just to make the state tournament. Sergio Escobar and Daniel Portillo were each all-state players.

While Berryville failed to get out of the district tournament once again, 2017 was a successful season for the Bobcats’ baseball team. The 14 win total is the most in quite some time for Berryville, Davis Stone had a .362 batting average and Robby Broseus was an all-state player. A 12-13 finish isn't what the Berryville softball team was looking for, but the Lady Bobcats got an impressive 19-0 win over Bergman along with a 19-8 win over cross county rival Green Forest. Maleah Bryant led the team with 41 hits, while Aspen Smith had 21 RBIs and Hayley Rivett scored 26 runs. Samantha Preston, Maryn Jones and Karley Adams all qualified for the state track meet.

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