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Scott Loftis

From the Editor

Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

Opinion

Spring sports are back!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Itís a hectic time of year to be a sports editor, and Iím more thankful for that than I could have ever imagined a little more than a year ago.

The biggest local sports news right now is the two state championships brought home over the weekend by the Berryville High School wrestling team. This yearís Bobcats squad was a little short-handed compared with past seasons, but there was still plenty of talent on the Berryville roster. Caleb Record and Dylan Sperduto each won individual state championships over the weekend in Little Rock and Record was voted the Class 4A Wrestler of the Year. They deserve huge congratulations for their success.

Hats off, too, to the Berryville boys basketball team that is headed to the state tournament in Morrilton. The Bobcats punched their ticket with a dominating victory over Ozark on the Hillbilliesí home floor in last weekís Class 4A North regional tournament. Ozark had beaten Berryville by 15 points there in December, and the first half of last Thursdayís game was a fight. But Berryville played as close to perfect as youíll ever see a high school team play in the first five minutes of the third quarter and went on to a 21-point win. These Bobcats are a lot of fun to watch.

Both the Berryville girls and the Green Forest boys saw their seasons end with first-round regional tournament losses, but those teams have plenty to be proud of, too. COVID-19 protocols forced games to be canceled, players to be sidelined and coaches to adjust on the fly. The Lady Bobcats and the Tigers still found a way to advance in postseason play, and thatís an achievement to be celebrated. I should note here, too, that the Eureka Springs Highlanders likely would have advanced to regional tournament play as well if they had been given a fair chance to make up some missed games. But the Highlanders will likely use that for motivation next season, and they are going to be hard to handle.

While all that is going on, spring sports are starting. Both the Green Forest boys and girls soccer teams are already off to outstanding starts, and Berryville has won its first two baseball games. The Lady Bobcats softball team looks to have a good season, and Berryville soccer is always good. Thereís also baseball and softball at Green Forest and boys and girls soccer at Eureka Springs. And letís not forget track and field.

A year ago the high school sports world came to a screeching halt. There were no spring sports so there was nothing for a sports editor to cover. Thatís not the case this spring and Iím glad to have a lot of work on my hands.

It IS a lot to keep up with and sometimes parents and fans donít think their teams are getting enough coverage. Coaches, you can help by letting me know whatís going on with your teams, and any parents or fans whoíd like to share photos to use in the newspaper are welcome to send them to me. My email address is printed below.

Spring is in the air and Iím ready for things to get at least a little closer to normal. So, letís play ball!