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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Elijah Royce, the NWADG Division II Boys Newcomer of the Year last season, will lead Bergman this season.

CLASS 3A

BOYS

CEDARVILLE PIRATES

COACH Andrew Tencleve

2018-19 RECORD 10-20

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in district quarterfinals

WHO'S BACK? Senior Kolbye Beals (C, 6-1), juniors Austin Swaim (G, 5-0), Conner Templeton (5-10), Caleb Franklin (G, 6-0), Tom Metcalf (6-0).

THE SCOOP Last season's 10-win effort was the most for the Pirates since a 21-10 season in 2013. ... Newcomers include sophomores Darryl Kattich (6-0), Hayden Partain (6-0), and Joshua Roam.

CHARLESTON TIGERS

COACH B.J. Ross

2018-19 RECORD 19-8

PLAYOFF RESULT Won district tournament, finished third in regional tournament, lost in first round of Class 3A state tournament

WHO'S BACK? All-state senior Brayden Ross (G, 6-3), who averaged a double-double (18.7 points and 11.4 rebounds) last season, is the lone starter back. Seniors returning include Jordan Fenner (F/C, 6-4), Shane Turner (F, 6-2), Geoffrey Scott (G, 5-11), Chance Sneathern (G, 5-10).

THE SCOOP Brayden Ross scored 31 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in a state tournament game last season. ... The last time the Tigers had to replace 4 starters (2015-2016) they reached the Class 3A State Finals. ... Also returning is junior Trenton Goodson (G, 6-3), Dalton Curtis (G, 6-0) and Ransom Merechka (G, 5-10).

ELKINS ELKS

COACH Jared Porter

2018-19 RECORD 26-6

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished second in district tournament, finished fourth in regional tournament, lost in first round of Class 3A state tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors include All-State guard Paxton Barnett (6-4), Caden Vaught (G, 5-10), Kobe Andrews (F, 6-3), Dylan Holland (F, 6-3), Carson Perrenoud (G, 5-11) and junior Kain Johnson (G, 5-10).

THE SCOOP The Elks have a great shot at repeating as district champions. ... Barnett averaged 18 points a game last season in earning all-state honors.

GREENLAND PIRATES

COACH Jared Gobel

2018-19 RECORD 5-19

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Carter Gobel (G, 6-2), Luke Osburn (F, 6-2), Sage Austin (G, 6-0), Jack Quinn (C, 6-7), Kadden Partain (G, 5-11) and junior Gabe Wilson (G, 6-2). Newcomers include sophomores Jacob Gilbert, Kaden Watts, Ryan Bush and J.J. Hollingsworth.

THE SCOOP The Pirates have four players returning that either started or played significant minutes. Gobel and Osburn led the team in scoring and rebounding last season. ... "We are looking forward to the year we should be a physical basketball team with good size, with the ability to play good defense and score points," coach Jared Gobel said.

LINCOLN WOLVES

COACH Tim Rich

2018-19 RECORD 13-15

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in quarterfinals of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Chase Hutchens (6-0), Chance Blankenship (C, 6-5), Jasper Terry (5-8), Keagan Thorpe (F, 5-11), Cole Griscom (6-0).

THE SCOOP The Wolves have shown steady yearly improvement since a 6-win season in 2015. The win totals have increased from 6, 7, 9, 11,13. ...

MANSFIELD TIGERS

COACH Keith Dake

2018-19 RECORD 5-19

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Ethan Stovall (6-1), Layton Howard (5-11), Tyler Holmes (5-10), Jaicy Griffin (5-10), and Isaac Cothran (C, 6-0). Juniors include Codi Chick (G, 5-10), Jojo Bailey (F, 5-11), and Bri Sanderson (C, 6-3)

THE SCOOP Mansfield has four starters back and four other veterans returning after graduating just two seniors last season, the Tigers will have four starters from the last season returning, along with four other varsity players. The sophomore class finished second in the junior high district last season, Stovall led the Tigers in scoring, rebounding and assists.

WALDRON BULLDOGS

COACH Josh Brown

2018-19 RECORD 23-10

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished third in the district tournament, finished second in the regional tournament, lost in first round of state tournament.

WHO'S BACK? All-State point guard Payton Brown (6-3) returns for his senior season. Other seniors returning are Jacob Avila (5-10), Ruben Valdez (5-10) and Mason Ford (6-3). Juniors Gada Wagner (5-9), Issac Villarrreal (6-2), Jaden Hutchens (5-1) and Caden Fuller (5-9).

THE SCOOP Waldron saw a 12-game win improvement in 2019, culminating in a state tournament appearance. ... Brown averaged 32.1 points per game last season for the Bulldogs. He is verbally committed to Central Arkansas.

WEST FORK TIGERS

COACH Kelby Drennan

2018-19 RECORD 16-13

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished fourth in district tournament, lost in first round of regional tournament

WHO'S BACK? Senior Garren Wynn (6-0) and junior Wyett Kutz (6-0), Chris Mavis (6-3)

THE SCOOP Drennan said the Tigers will be very young and inexperienced after losing seven seniors. Kutz returns after running the PG for the Tigers last year and Wynn started as a sophomore before coming off the bench last year. The Tigers improved from 9 wins in 2018 to 16 in Drennan's first season leading the Tigers.

BERGMAN PANTHERS

COACH Bo Martin

2018-19 RECORD 28-8

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished third in district tournament, lost in first round of regional tournament

WHO'S BACK? Newcomer of the Year and All-State junior Elijah Royce (F, 6-4, Jr.) returns along with seniors Shelton Welsh (G, 5-11), Chance Carter (F, 5-11), A.J. Van Lear (G, 5-10), and junior sixth man Asher Fultz (G, 6-2).

THE SCOOP Last season was Martin's first winning season at Bergman as the Panthers doubled their win total (14 wins in 2018 and 6 wins in 2017). ... "We bring back a lot of experience from the last couple of seasons. They're a really tight knit group with great chemistry," Martin said.

GREEN FOREST TIGERS

COACH Shane Compton

2018-19 RECORD 3-19

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Key returnees are senior Coby Rincon (F, 6-0) and junior Reiley Gordon (G, 5-11) Also expected to contribute are senior Will Chaney (G, 5-9) and Micah Hutchison (G/F, 6-2), junior Daniel McDonald G/F, 6-3), and sophomore Jordon Mcloud (PF, 6-5).

THE SCOOP Green Forest graduated four starters from last season and have only two experienced returnees.

VALLEY SPRINGS TIGERS

COACH Blake Hanney

2018-19 RECORD 35-4

PLAYOFF RESULT Won district tournament, won regional championship, Lost in quarterfinals of Class 3A state tournament.

WHO'S BACK? All-state senior Isaac Ragland (F, 6-4) leads a veteran team. Other returnees include seniors point guard Tegan James, forward JP Loggins, post Brock Knapp, guard Braydon Carnahan, and guard Briley Saunier. Juniors include guard Brock Lippe, forward Trell Trammell (6-4) and center Jordan Cape (6-6).

THE SCOOP "We have good size and above average guard play. We have a deep bench this season and can shoot the ball pretty good," Hanney said. ... The Tigers are 109-34 in the last four seasons.

BOONEVILLE BEARCATS

COACH Ronnie Denton

2018-19 RECORD 29-4

PLAYOFF RESULT Won district tournament, finished third in regional, Lost in quarterfinals of Class 3A state tournament

WHO'S BACK? Juniors Blake Jones (5-7), Jacob Herrera (6-1), Andrew Mattson (6-3) all averaged about 1.5 ppg last season. The Bearcats will also depend on juniors Austin Hill (6-0) and Zac Costa (5-11), and senior Keaton Canada (5-9).

THE SCOOP Booneville lost all five starters and two key reserves from last season's team, three of which signed college basketball scholarships.

LAMAR WARRIORS

COACH Brett Sampley

2018-19 RECORD 10-18

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Returning all-district players include Jamarey Larkin (PG, 5-9) and Ethan Kendall (SG, 5-10), and second-team all-district Drake Bacchus (6-3). Also back are Jerron Massengale (6-4), Montrell Murray (5-11), Colby Cook (5-9) and Alonzo Gilbert (6-2).

THE SCOOP The Warriors return all 5 starters - one senior and four juniors. ... Sampley also has a good group of sophomores, led by Bradlee Kemp (6-0), moving up that he expects to contribute ... "We were young last season and took our lumps," Sampley said. "Hoping with the experience we got last year and being a year older, we can make a push for the playoffs."

PARIS EAGLES

COACH Mike Foster

2018-19 RECORD 13-16

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in quarterfinals of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Returnees include seniors Luke Trusty (C, 6-4) and Nick Bazyk (G, 6-1), and sophomores (G, 5-11), Dylan Krigbaum (G, 5-11) and Caleb Cunningham (F, 5-11).

THE SCOOP Paris is a young team with just two seniors on the roster. ... The Eagles improved from 10 wins in 2018 to 13 last season.

GIRLS

CEDARVILLE LADY PIRATES

COACH John Six

2018-19 RECORD 14-13

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in quarterfinals of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Kennedy Vinson, Annalina Tuempel, Juniors Chloe Morrow (G, 5-3), Anna Hightower (G, 5-7), Katie McBroom (F, 5-7), Katelynn Oden (F, 5-8), and sophomores Sierra Hurst (G, 5-3), Elizabeth Terry (F, 5-9), Carmen Fletcher (P, 5-9) and Taryn Turner (F, 5-8).

THE SCOOP This is Six's first season at the Lady Pirates coach.

CHARLESTON LADY TIGERS

COACH Jason Rucker

2018-19 RECORD 29-3

PLAYOFF RESULT Won district tournament, finished third in regional tournament, lost in Class 3A state semifinals.

WHO'S BACK? Senior returning starters include Baylee King (G, 5-4), Payton Rucker (G, 5-6), Alexis Grandison (F, 5-6), Reagan Stubblefield (F, 5-6) and Raegan Oldridge (F, 5-6) and juniors Brook Groen (G, 5-4) and Rylee Merechka (F, 5-9). Newcomers include Addison Newhart, Rylee Ross and Gracie Koch.

THE SCOOP Charleston still has plenty of veterans - including 8 seniors - to make another run at a district, regional and state title. ... Rucker earned Class 3A All-tournament honors last season. ... "Looking forward to the upcoming season and expect us to have a chance at a really good season with the amount of experience we have returning along with the new faces we have coming in," Rucker said.

ELKINS LADY ELKS

COACH Monica Wells

2018-19 RECORD 13-15

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished third in district tournament, lost in first round of regional tournament

WHO'S BACK? Junior Tiara Jackson is the Lady Elks' lone returning starter. Returning seniors include Emily Philip, Makenna Hughes, Ashley Brink, and Bryn Shirley.

THE SCOOP Wells said the rosters is loaded with underclassmen as 15 players are juniors and sophomores.

GREENLAND LADY PIRATES

COACH Alan Barton

2018-19 RECORD 15-11

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Just two starters return for Greenland, including senior guards Campbell Hill and Aubrey Campos.

THE SCOOP The Lady Pirates are in a rebuilding mode according to coach Barton. ... Greenland has just two seniors to go along with five juniors and a sophomore.

LINCOLN LADY WOLVES

COACH Emilianne Slamons

2018-19 RECORD 25-9

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished second in district tournament, finished fourth in regional tournament, lost in quarterfinals of Class 3A State tournament

WHO'S BACK? Three starters returning including seniors Robin Kirk (PF, 5-11), Tania Ortiz (PG, 5-3) and junior Kyli Jenkins (G, 5-8). Returning players include seniors Kinley Webb (G, 5-7), Ari Ortiz (G, 5-2), Abby Goldman (G, 5-8), and junior Kyli Jenkins (G, 5-8).

THE SCOOP Though losing all-stater Jessica Goldman, the Wolves return 3 starters as well as several veterans from a state tournament team last season. ... Five seniors provide Lincoln with veteran leadership.

MANSFIELD LADY TIGERS

COACH Joshua Bryan

2018-19 RECORD 4-20

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Returning starters Makayla Strutton (G, 5-6, Jr.) and Amber Elmore (P, 5-9, Jr.)

THE SCOOP The Lady Tigers do not have a senior on the roster, which is comprised of 6 juniors, 4 sophomores. ... Mansfield also has a 1 foreign exchange student on the roster this season.

WALDRON LADY BULLDOGS

COACH Josh Atchley

2018-19 RECORD 5-21

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? The lone returning starter is senior guard Chelsea Stidman. Key newcomers include junior guard Rheagan Sanford and sophomore center Hailey Stidman.

THE SCOOP Stidman led the Lady Bulldogs in rebounding last season. ... "We hope to improve from last season," Atchley said.

WEST FORK LADY TIGERS

COACH Rodney Selph

2018-19 RECORD 15-16

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished fourth in district tournament, lost in first round of regional tournament.

WHO'S BACK? Returners starters included Hannah Johnson (5-8, Sr.), Savanah White (5-8, Sr), Lilly Hauser (6-0, Jr), Emma Neyman (5-7, Jr). Key returnees are seniors Brandi Smith (5-9) and Brylee Kutz (5-10). Top newcomers are sophomore C.C. Neyman and junior Joyce Ferguson.

THE SCOOP Selph said the team is looking to improve after starting a lot of young players last season. ... There are currently 18 players on the Lady Tigers' roster.

BERGMAN LADY PANTHERS

COACH James Halitzka

2018-19 RECORD 16-21

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished third in district tournament, lost in first round of regional tournament

WHO'S BACK? Three seniors return for the Lady Panthers - Courtney Menke (G, 5-2), forward Elana Mendez (F, 5-11) and Kylie King (F, 6-0). Also returning in junior Mahkynlee Baker (G, 5-1).

THE SCOOP Bergman lost only three seniors to graduation. ... The team is young with just three seniors and a junior along with six sophomore and a freshman. ... Last year was the first losing season for Bergman in five seasons under Halitzka.

GREEN FOREST LADY TIGERS

COACH Kyle Farrar

2018-19 RECORD 6-21

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Kendall Demeyer (G, 5-9), Maddie Youngblood (G, 5-9), Kiara Taylor (G, 5-6), Skylar Howerton (C, 5-10) .

THE SCOOP Farrar expects newcomers Samantha Delavin (G, 5-6, Soph), Evelyn Lopez (G, 5-4, Jr.), and Bianca Rosales (G, 5-4, Jr.) to contribute right away. "We have a real scrappy bunch that will have to get after it on both ends of the floor to be successful, but the girls have a real camaraderie," Farrar said.

VALLEY SPRINGS LADY TIGERS

COACH Ryan Johnson

2018-19 RECORD 31-9

PLAYOFF RESULT Won district tournament, finished second in regional tournament, lost in first round of state tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Mattie Watkins (G, 5-6), Alea Mullinax (F, 5-6) and juniors Maura Moore (G, 5-6), Bethany Richardson (F, 5-9), Haylie Fry (F, 5-8), and Chloe Avery (F, 5-8).

THE SCOOP Richardson earned Class 3A All-Tournament honors last season. ... This is Johnson's first season, replacing Jerry Thomason. This is Valley Springs' third coach in as many years. ... The Lady Tigers have won 30-plus game three of the last four seasons.

BOONEVILLE LADY BEARCATS

COACH Tim Goers

2018-19 RECORD 6-19

PLAYOFF RESULT Lost in first round of district tournament

WHO'S BACK? Seniors Bailey Moses and Shelby Posey along with Junior Hannah Gregory.

THE SCOOP Moses earned all-district honors last season averaging 14.5 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. This is Goers' first season at the Lady Bearcat coach, replacing Jay Loyd, who retired. Goers has twice been the boys coach for the Bearcats.

LAMAR LADY WARRIORS

COACH Brandon Schluterman

2018-19 RECORD 26-7

PLAYOFF RESULT Won district championship, finished second in regional tournament, lost in first round of state tournament

WHO'S BACK? All-State senior Lakyn Sanders (G, 5-8, 15 ppg.), along with all-district seniors Aspen Williams (9 ppg) and Ginny Nordin (F, 5-8) and all-district junior Amber Brown (G, 5-6, 10 ppg).

THE SCOOP Lamar returns four starters and top 3 scorers from a 26-win team last season. "We have a lot of experience coming back from last years group," Schluterman said. "We have some players capable of stepping up and have more depth than we have had in the last couple of seasons."

PARIS LADY EAGLES

COACH Dustin Williams

2018-19 RECORD 19-11

PLAYOFF RESULT Finished fourth in district tournament. Lost in first round of regional tournament.

WHO'S BACK? Senior guard KenLeigh Robertson (5-2) along with juniors Jadyn Hart (G, 5-8) and Harlie Watts (G, 5-10)

THE SCOOP The Lady Eagles lost a strong senior class to graduation. Williams said this year's squad will be young and athletic team looking to be competitive.

Sports on 11/03/2019

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