John and Ashley Hutchcraft achieved their dream Saturda
The father and daughter will coach teams in state championship games this week at Hot Springs. John is retiring as Guy-Perkins coach after 42 years. His daughter, Ashley, is the girls coach at Conway High.
"Ashley and I always dreamed of reaching state championship games in the same year and it has finally come true my last year," said Hutchcraft, coach of the Guy-Perkins boys.
The Conway girls reached the 7A title game with a 54-43 victory over Fort Smith Northside. They'll play North Little Rock for the championship.
The Thunderbirds rallied from an 18-point deficit in the first half for a 65-58 victory over Western Grove. They'll play Izard County Consolidated, which defeated Mount Vernon-Enola in the other semifinal, for the title.
"I have seven seniors on this team and I told them at halftime that we were going to be in the lead in this game," Hutchcraft said. "When we got the lead (fourth quarter), I felt we were going to win."
Mount Vernon-Enola's girls will play for the Class A girls championship. The 14 state title games will be Thursday through Saturday at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs.
Times will be announced Sunday.