Highland High School won't have to wait very long to show off its brand-new, 2,100-plus seat A.L. Hutson Memorial Center to the rest of the state.
Highland beat out Clinton, Heber Springs and Ozark for the right to host the Class 4A Basketball State Tournament, set for March 2-6.
The Arkansas Activities Association's board of directors named the sites for basketball and other spring sports Jan. 14.
The Class 3A State basketball Tournament will be held in Jessieville, while 2A schools will travel to Carlise.
The Hillcrest School District will hold the Class 1A State Basketball Tournament this year. Hillcrest was selected over Calico Rock, Lead Hill and West Side-Greers Ferry.
Regional basketball tournaments are scheduled for Feb. 24-27 at the following sites: Class 4A: North -- Farmington; East -- Heber Springs; South -- Fordyce. Class 3A: Region 1 -- Lincoln; Region 2 -- Riverview; Region 3 -- Manila; Region 4 -- Prescott. Class 2A: North -- Midland; West -- Hector; East -- White County Central; South -- Mineral Springs. Class 1A: Region 1 -- Lead Hill; Region 2 -- Calico Rock; Region 3 -- South Side Bee Branch; Region 4 -- West Side Greers Ferry
Viola High School will play host to the Class 1A State Softball Tournament May 14-17 at Viola City Park. Other state softball sites include: Class 4A -- Nashville; Class 3A -- Parkers Chapel; Class 2A -- Junction City
The Lady Longhorns will also host the Class 1A Region 2 Softball Tournament, slated for May 7-10. Other regional softball sites include: Class 4A: North -- Berryville; East -- Newport; South -- Star City. Class 3A: Region 1 -- Green Forest; Region 2 -- Bauxite; Region 3 -- Tuckerman; Region 4 -- Parkers Chapel; Class 2A: North -- Marked Tree; West -- No Bid; East -- McCrory; South ˜ Woodlawn.
The State Baseball Tournaments, set for May 14-17, will be held at the following sites: Class 4A: Rogers (Veterans Park); Class 3A: Bergman; Class 2A: Norphlet; Class 1A: White Hall (Pine Bluff Taylor Field).
Izard County High School will host the Class 1A Region 2 Baseball Tournament, scheduled for May 7-10.
Other regional baseball sites include: Class 4A: North -- Berryville (Harrison Parks & Recreation); East -- Valley View; South -- Nashville. Class 3A: Region 1 -- Greenland; Region 2 -- Bauxite; Region 3 -- Tuckerman; Region 4 -- Parkers Chapel. Class 2A: North -- Marked Tree; West -- Union Christian; East -- McCrory; South -- Woodlawn. Class 1A: Region 1 -- Alpena; Region 3 -- South Side Bee Branch; Region 4 - Poyen.