Family: Piggott athlete who collapsed during football practice has died

A Piggott High School junior who suffered extreme heat stroke during football practice earlier this week has died.



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  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Osceola

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The Raiders went 6-4 in 2019 but missed the 5A State Playoffs.

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Jonesboro

The Golden Hurricane have plenty of experience on both sides of the ball.

  2020 FFN Preseason Tour: Valley View

Six All-State standouts graduated, but the Blazers are aiming for another 5A East title.

  Gov. Hutchinson allows AAA to proceed with fall sports calendar, NEA HS coaches react

High school football teams can begin helmeted practice on Monday, August 3rd.

  District suspends athletics after student tests positive for COVID-19

  Texarkana’s 102-year-old, bi-state high school football rivalry canceled for 2020

Region 8 HS athletes sign to play college sports (2019-2020)

Cheering with masks as Mo. high school sports season begins

  Brian Reardon takes over as Southside football coach

CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

Arkansas Activities Association preparing to resume sports this fall

Arkansas high schools started summer workouts on June 1st. They’re in Phase 1 of the ADH Directive for Community and School Sponsored Team Sports.

  Nettleton girls basketball holds state championship ring ceremony

The Lady Raiders were able to raise over $8,000 through gofundme and a few other donations.

  Osceola hires Jamie Carter as new head football coach

He served as Marion’s defensive coordinator the last 2 seasons. Carter has experience coaching in high school & college football.

  Blytheville basketball feeling at home at new Chickasaw Arena

The first game will be December 3rd in the Southern Bancorp Chickasaw Classic.

  Randy Phillips era begins for Trumann football

Most recently served as the offensive coordinator at DeWitt

  Several NEA standouts win accolades at 2020 All Arkansas Preps banquet

Nettleton girls basketball standout Elauna Eaton was named the Female Athlete of the Year.

  Rick Luna takes over as Viola boy’s basketball coach

Helped lead Dora to a Class 1 state championship last season

  Osceola boys basketball holds state championship ring ceremony

The school district raised over $10,000 towards new hardware for the players, coaches, cheerleaders, & administration.

  Debate over Highland School’s ‘Rebel’ mascot leads to petitions

Two petitions have been created over the past two weeks regarding the Highland High 'Rebels' mascot: a petition to change the mascot, and a petition to keep it.

  Cabot WR Marlon Crockett commits to Arkansas State football

He had 1080 receiving yards & 14 touchdowns for Searcy in the 2019 season. One of his TDs came in the 6A State Championship Game

  West Memphis hires Robert Hooks as their new head football coach

Hooks led Osceola to the 3A State Finals in 2018 & 2019. He was 36-7 in three seasons with the Seminoles, winning a pair of 3A-3 championships.

  Cross County football teammates set to play for America’s team

Teammates Triston Daniels, Walter Bowles and Andrew Harris are joining various branches of the military upon graduation

  Football workouts to continue one day after student tests positive for COVID-19

In the afternoon hours of Monday, Jonesboro High School Athletic Director Trey Harding told Region 8 News that the team would resume workouts Tuesday.

  Searcy names Kenny Simpson as their head football coach

Simpson finished a historic 9 season run at Southside. He led the Southerners to their first state playoff appearance in 2016 and their first 4A-2 conference title in 2017.

  Jonesboro football in 2nd week of summer conditioning

Head coach Randy Coleman likes how the team is adjusting to COVID-19 guidelines.

Report: Hot Springs to host state basketball finals through 2026

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the AAA agreed to a deal with the Spa City.

Former Marmaduke baseball coach Larry Willis passes away

He led the Greyhounds to the 3A State Championship Game in 2008, their first Fayetteville appearance in program history.

  ADH releases updated COVID-19 guidelines, more NEA sports in action

Monday marked the

  2020 Arkansas PGA Jr. Tour teed off Wednesday in Paragould

Some of the top boys & girls in the area will compete over the next 5 weeks.

  Valley View’s CJ Delancy commits to D1 Long Island University

He averaged 16.1 PPG and 7.5 RPG in his junior season

  Paragould’s Olivia Hancock qualifies for Virtual Nationals in discus

The reigning 5A State Champion achieved a mark of 133 feet, 8 inches last week. That throw is 12 feet farther than her 2019 state championship mark.

  Kavion Alston makes transition from Wynne football to Arkansas State cheer

The Wynne standout signed with the Red Wolves on May 8th.

  Mammoth Spring guard Alex Mero commits to Crowley’s Ridge College

Mero was 1A All-State averaging 16.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during the 2019-20 season

  Marmaduke’s Reesa Hampton commits to Williams Baptist University

She averaged 15 points and 6 assists per game in her senior season

  Batesville All-State guard Isabella Higginbottom commits to Missouri

Izzy earned 4A All-State & 4A All-State Tournament accolades in 2019 & 2020. She earned Finals MVP honors in 2019 as the Lady Pioneers won the 4A State Championship.

  Searcy All-State guard Freddy Hicks signs with Tarleton State

Hicks earned All-State honors in 2019 and 2020.

Arkansas Activities Association reveals 2020 All-Star Basketball rosters

The boys and girls games were scheduled for June 27th in Conway. But All-Star Weekend was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

  Josh Bateman named new Salem girls basketball coach

He led Tuckerman for the past 7 seasons, the Bulldogs reached the 2017 3A State Finals.

  Rector making the move to 8-Man Football

Dave Hendrix’s crew hosted their first home playoff game in program history in 2018 and reached the 2019 postseason.

  Midland making the move to 8-Man Football

Mustangs AD/head coach T.J. Pugh says that they're committed for the 2020 & 2021 seasons.

  Josh Watson named new Salem head football coach

He earns the promotion after serving as an assistant coach under Clay Wiggins.

  GCT All-State guard Zane Butler commits to Link Year Prep

The Branson, Missouri squad competes all over the country & helps develop future D1 basketball players. 2020 SEC Co-Player of the Year Mason Jones played at Link Prep before suiting up at Arkansas.

Little Rock Central OL Makilan Thomas commits to Arkansas State

Thomas is 6’3” and 295 pounds. He earned All-Conference honors in 2019.

Former Hog QB Ryan Mallett joins Mountain Home coaching staff

Mallett was an All-SEC QB for Arkansas in 2009 & 2010, throwing for over 3,600 yards & 30 TDs in each campaign.

  Paragould baseball coach Dakota Weatherley garnering support while battling cancer

Family and friends in the coaching profession paid him a visit at his mother’s home in Bald Knob on Saturday. The fellowship and love were all in hopes of lifting his spirits. He even received a message from St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Jim Edmonds.

  Brookland hires Eric Munoz as new head football coach

He spent the 2019 season as Valley View running backs coach along with assisting in special teams. The Blazers had their first perfect regular season in program history and won the 5A East title.

  Arkansas Activities Association cancels remainder of spring sports calendar

The decision also includes State Finals Weekend & AHSCA All-Star Weekend.

NEA well represented on 2020 All-State Tournament Basketball Team

The AAA chose two MVPs in 3A, 4A, 5A, & 6A since their respective state finals were canceled.

Arkansas Activities Association extends dead period through May 30th

We’ll have to wait a little bit longer for the return of high school sports in the Natural State.

  Arkansas Activities Association cancels remainder of state basketball finals

Several NEA teams will be recognized as state champions for reaching the finals.

Wynne alum DeAngelo Williams selected to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame

Williams, who still holds 10 UofM records, rushed for 6,026 career yards and 55 touchdowns in four seasons. In 2005, he was a Heisman Trophy candidate. His 263 rushing yards in 2004 against USF remain a single-game school record.

Jonesboro LB Marco Avant commits to Arkansas

He transferred to Jonesboro after playing at Forrest City. Avant recorded 83 tackles and 12 tackles for a loss in 2019.

NEA well represented on 2020 All-State Basketball Team

65 NEA standouts were selected in boys and girls across 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, & 1A. Arkansas State signee Caleb London earned All-State honors for the 3rd straight season. London led Conway to the 6A State Finals.

10 NEA standouts honored by ADG, Eaton named Girls Player of the Year

Elauna averaged 23 pts per game as Nettleton reached the state finals.

  Several NEA standouts on MaxPreps Arkansas All-State Basketball Teams

West Memphis forward Chris Moore earned Suddenlink Player of the Year honors

GCT baseball player dies after 1-vehicle crash in Jonesboro

The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday on County Road 751.

Arkansas Activities Association extends dead period through April 17th

During this dead period, teams aren’t allowed to practice, lift weights together, play games, or travel to competition. Athletic facilities are also closed.

Melbourne girls surge in 2nd, win back to back 2A State Championships

The Lady Bearkatz beat Quitman 47-28 to complete a 35-2 season.

  Arkansas Activities Association postpones state finals, suspends spring sports

The Thursday evening session will be played as scheduled.

  Izard County boys & Viola girls fall in 1A State Basketball Finals

The Cougars and Lady Longhorns were in action Thursday in Hot Springs.

  Izard County, Melbourne, & Viola hold state finals sendoffs Wednesday

State basketball championships will be on the line Thursday-Saturday in Hot Springs.

  Earle boys looking for 4th state championship in last 5 years

The bulldogs face England Thursday at 7:45 p.m.

  Osceola-Rivercrest to add to rivalry in 3A state basketball championship

Seminoles and Colts meet up on Friday at 1:45 at Bank OZK Arena in Hot Springs

  Izard County boys & Viola girls advance to 1A State Finals

The Cougars and Lady Longhorns won Saturday to punch tickets to Hot Springs.

  Nettleton girls, West Memphis boys advance to 5A State Finals

The 5A East will be well represented in Hot Springs.

Earle boys, Melbourne girls advance to 2A State Finals

The Bulldogs and Lady Bearkatz are no stranger to Hot Springs.

  Mississippi County rivals Rivercrest & Osceola advance to 3A State Championship Game

The Colts and Seminoles won Saturday to secure a matchup in Hot Springs.

  Fast Break Friday Night (3/6/2020)

It's a State Quarterfinal edition of Fast Break. Watch at 10:15pm on KAIT, kait8.com, & on the Region 8 News app.