Busy Week for Badger Athletics


First picture from Dustin Grimmett- Wrestling coaches Dustin Grimmett (Left) and Andrew Steely(Right) pose with their state title trophy. Second Picture from Badger Athletics- The Arkadelphia wrestling team after winning the state title.

Last week Arkadelphia saw many of their student athletes in action. From postseason basketball, to state wrestling competitions. Postseason basketball is normally decided with a district, regional, and state championship. Arkadelphia High School had the privilege of hosting the 4A-7 District Tournament.
The Lady Badgers were given the six seed in the tournament and would need at least two wins to have a guaranteed spot in the regional tournament. The men were awarded the two seed in the tournament after losing to only Fountain Lake in the conference season and would only play in the semis and the championship or consolation game.
The girls would kick things off in round one as they took on the Hope Lady Bobcats. After the first half Arkadelphia looked in control, leading 23-11. The lead grew bigger as Hope stood no chance against a hot shooting Lady Badger team. Arkadelphia took round one by a final score of 56-34. Unfortunately, that would be the last win of the season for the Lady Badgers. In round two they faced Mena who had swept them in the conference play. The Lady Bearcats again took down Arkadelphia for the third and final time, beating the Lady Badgers 54-40.
Later on in the semis of the boys bracket, Arkadelphia would be challenged by the DeQueen Leopards. This game however, was not close. Arkadelphia lit up the scoreboard and cruised to a 70-43 victory over the Leopards, setting up a title shot with Fountain Lake. The Badgers and Cobras battled back and forth throughout the championship game. With the final minutes winding down, Fountain Lake was able to pull away just enough to take home a 49-44 district title victory over Arkadelphia. With that loss, the Badgers became a two seed at the 4A South regional at Nashville.
Arkadelphia Wrestling has been known now for having a great wrestling program. The Badgers have won conference and dual state champions. The City of Arkadelphia watched its high school’s wrestling program win its first ever outright state championship. Head Coach Dustin Grimmett was awarded the 1A-4A Coach of the Year. Also must point out, this team was made up of a lot of the same football players that won multiple postseason awards.
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