A total of 17 Faulkner County high school basketball players received all-state honors for their respective classifications, as announced by the Arkansas Activities Association on Thursday.

Conway had the most players from any county school. Preston Purifoy, Kenyon McNeaill and Micah Delph were all chosen from the Class 7A state champion Wampus Cats. For the Lady Cats, Taylor Gault and Tamara Heard were all-state selections.

Other Faulkner County players who received all-state honors are:

Greenbrier — Neal Burcham

Vilonia — Jacob Moore, Catherine Puckett and Bailey Sisson

Mayflower — Lujza Burianna

Conway Christian — Kelly Hays

St. Joseph — Marcus Kordsmeier, Kelsey Davidson and Jessie Moix

Guy-Perkins — Denell Henderson and Lainie Lagassee

Mount Vernon-Enola — Chris Hamilton


Bolding named top AD
in Class 7A


Outgoing Conway Athletic Director Buzz Bolding received the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrator’s Association Athletic Director of the year for Class 7A, as decided at this week’s athletic directors’ meeting in Cabot.

Bolding, who announced his resignation in February, will step down July 1. Steve Daniel, a former coach and current assistant principal, will take over when Bolding leaves.

Some of Bolding’s accomplishments include working with the community to increase and improve Conway High’s athletic facilities, highlighted by the football fieldhouse and the effort to help get turf at John McConnell Stadium.

He is a former president, vice president, treasurer and program chairman of the AHSAAA.

During Bolding’s tenure, Conway has hosted state competitions for basketball, track, soccer and dance events.


Purifoy named Gatorade Player of the Year


The accolades keep coming for Conway’s Preston Purifoy.

After helping the Wampus Cats win the Class 7A state championship, Purifoy was named the 2009-10 Gatorade Arkansas Boys Basketball Player of the Year. Purifoy, who has signed to play at Alabama-Birmingham next season, is now a finalist for the national award to be announced later this month.

Purifoy earned his third straight all-state honor this season after averaging 15.8 points and five rebounds per game. He scored 25 points and grabbed seven boards in the Cats’ win over Fayetteville in the state finals.

Purifoy has maintained a 3.4 grade point average in the classroom, as well as being an active member of his church and volunteered on behalf of environmental initatives.