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Highland hosts 4-A State Tournament

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Photo/Mitch Sparks The parking lot of A.L. Hutson Memorial Center was packed as Highland hosted the 4-A State tournament March 3-6.
If the number of vehicles and buses parked at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center March 3-6 for the 4-A State Basketball Tournament is any indicator of the impact the tournament had on the local economy, sales tax figures for the month should reflect well.

During the tournament, the school sold over 6,000 tickets to the three day event. 12 girls teams and 12 boys teams competed from as far away as Dumas, Star City and Dequeen in southern Arkansas made the journey to Highland for the tournament. This was the first of many major events that will be hosted at the center.

According to minutes from the Highland Rebel Athletics Booster Club's regular monthly meeting Feb. 23 in the high school cafeteria, Secretary Johnny Carter reported that Jim Bragg and 12 members were present, according to minutes from the meeting, members were encouraged to bring new members to the upcoming March 23 meeting at which the coaches will be present to recapture their season. Members also discussed serving as ushers during the state tournament.

One of the main topics of discussion was the Rebel Legends Camp. This will mark the first sports camp for students in third through sixth grade. The camp will be held March 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. Those planning on attending the inaugural camp may choose from either tennis, baseball, golf, basketball, softball or football in which to participate. Carter said the sign up forms are available at both the elementary and middle school offices.

During the camp, the Highland Rebel Athletics Booster Club will also be attempting to raise $6,000 for their club. Freedom Ford will be present at the A.L. Hutson Memorial Center Parking Lot hosting "Drive One for Your School." This program is a unique opportunity for the booster club to raise $20 per test drive taken in one for the Melbourne based Ford dealer's vehicles. The public is encouraged to come out and support the booster club in a no-obligation test drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 20. Although the dealership would love to sell some of the vehicles, no one is obligated to buy one.

During the Feb. 23 meeting, board member Kevin King presented preliminary drawings of the proposed field house. The drawings for the 6,000 square foot facility will house a weight room, locker rooms, restrooms and coaches offices were drawn by architect Larry Bronson. The club said volunteer labor is need for a reduction in construction cost. The minutes noted that Highland Superintendent Ronnie Brogdon will review the plans and discuss them with the school board and booster club board.

In other business, the club discussed the possibility of having a vendor booth at the Sharp County Regional Airport Authority's air show slated for September.

The group also voted to fund the annual Highland High School Sports banquet for up to $1,500.

The basketball programs were also recognized for their various season successes including both senior teams playing in the regional tournaments, the junior boys wining the district tournament and late season wins for the junior girls teams.

Other thanks went to Jeff McEntire and friends for their merchandising efforts during both the football and basketball seasons as well as appreciation to Brogdon for completing the new activity center and securing the state tournament. Bill Pierce also praised the HighlandRebels.com Web site.

Anyone interested in becoming a booster club member may attend a meeting or contact any of the members for details.

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