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Arkadelphia’s John Franklin Matros pitches in the 2013 Class 4A State Championship against the Stuttgart Ricebirds. The Badgers won that game and came back to the state title tilt in 2014 to win over Ashdown. Matros was among a group of seniors who led the Badgers on the diamond the last three-plus seasons. Other standouts were Jakahari Howell, the 2014 Class 4A State Tournament MVP; Austin White, Jacob Knight and Kris Oliver.