Updated 12:00 a.m., Sun June 28, 2015

Vilonia’s Buggy Lyons, show here batting during a 2014 game, is the 2015 River Valley & Ozark Edition Softball Player of the Year after leading the Lady Eagles to the Class 5A State Championship.

A year to remember

Lyons’ stellar season propels Lady Eagles to 5A state title

Donna Lampkin Stephens/Contributing Writer

Ashley “Buggy” Lyons’ senior softball season couldn’t have been any better. A year after a tornado-interrupted spring and her junior year that saw Vilonia’s softball team fall to White Hall in the Class 5A state final, Lyons and the Lady Eagles soared in 2015. They finished 28-4, winners of their final 23 games, including a 5-2 win over Paragould in the state championship game at the University of Arkansas’ Bogle Park that reversed the ... READ MORE


Unexpected career turn leads coach to success

Vilonia’s Kevin Sullivan said that when he started his career, he “never in a million years” saw himself as a girls softball coach; now he’s twice been honored as Coach of the Year in the sport.


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