Vilonia’s girls gained a measure of revenge on Paragould on Monday at Jacksonville’s Dupree Park.

Last March, Paragould eliminated the Vilonia girls’ basketball team in the state semifinals for the second straight year.

Monday, the Lady Eagles softball team eliminated Paragould, 4-2, in the 5A state softball semifinals.

Vilonia (24-6) will play White Hall, a 4-3 winner over Watson Chapel, for the state title at 2 p.m. Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville.

In other state action Monday and over the weekend, Faulkner County teams fell just short in baseball and soccer.


In a defensive struggle Monday morning, Maumelle edged St. Joseph, 1-0, on penalty kicks in the 4A state semifinal at Burns Park.

Maumelle had a 4-2 advantage in penalty kicks over the Lady Bulldogs.


Host Jacksonville ended Vilonia’s season with a 6-2 victory in the quarterfinals.

Pulaski Academy defeated Jacksonville in Monday’s semifinal.


Junction City hammered out 10 hits and took advantage of two St. Joseph errors for an 8-4 victory in the quarterfinals Saturday.

St. Joseph, the defending state champion, ended its season at 18-5.

"Junction City is a good team and we gave them too much and didn’t take advantage of what they gave us," said St. Joseph coach Luke Davis. "I told the boys we didn’t have to repeat, but we had to compete. They did that very well — conference champs, district tournament champs, regional champs. I’m very proud to be their coach.

"I will miss my seniors (Nash Nichols, Cole Schafers, Taylor Schrekenhofer, Drake Cooper and Jose Prada."

Schafers and Nichols each had a hit and two RBIs against Junction City.

In a 7-1 victory over Carlisle in the quarterfinals, Nichols threw a four-hitter and struck out nine.

Jacob Lampe had three hits and scored three runs. Nichols had two hits and three RBIs. Taylor Schrekenhofer had two hits and Dylan Schrekenhofer had two RBIs.