Instead of fighting through some travel issues involving the 7A state championship soccer match Saturday, seniors on Conway High's girls team are flying over them.
The seven Conway seniors, who are set to graduate at ceremonies at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Little Rock's Verizon Arena will be flown, along with a junior player who is an usher at the graduation, on a private aircraft to Fayetteville to assure they will be able to make the soccer championship game by the 6 p.m. scheduled start.
The logistics to fly the players to Fayetteville were arranged by Conway banking executive Johnny Allison, who is the father of Conway High girls coach Whitney Allison.
Immediately after graduation, the eight CHS players will travel to Central Flying Service at the Little Rock National Airport, board the private aircraft and make the short flight to Fayetteville's Drake Field, which is just a few minutes from Lady Back Yard on the University of Arkansas campus.
"In looking at things, if our players got out of graduation by 3 p.m. and you factor in three hours to Fayetteville, they could possibly miss half the game; it would be cutting it close in any case," said Steve Daniels, CHS athletic director. "Johnny Allison stepped up and offered a private plane. A lot of people came together to make this happen and they got it done."