HOT SPRINGS — Serving a batch of "David's Appetizers" from high school state championship weekend here:


On the way to the 7A boys championship, North Little Rock was 26-5.

Three of those five defeats were at the hands of the Conway Wampus Cats. Conway was 3-0 against the Charging Wildcats, once in a tournament and twice during the regular season.

Johnny Rice, the NLR coach, and Conway coach Salty Longing have been close friends for years.

Rice reportedly offered to let Rogers Heritage — which eliminated Conway in the first round — wear North Little Rock uniforms so the Wampus Cats might have a better chance of winning.

Brawn and brains

No Arkansas high school has won state championships in football, and boys and girls in the same school year until North Little Rock did it this weekend.

And …

If Earle, one of the favorites, had not forfeited in the state 2A playoffs, lightning may have struck twice.

After North Little Rock's double victories Thursday, Earle's girls and boys both won state titles.

So, something that has never happened may could have happened back to back in the same day.

There is another twist to the Charging Wildcats titles. North Little Rock also recent won the state chess championship.

NLR is title town both physically and mentally.


Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma flew via commercial aircraft Friday to view one of his prize recruits, Chystian Williams, help Central Arkansas Christian to a 4A state girls crown.

Williams has already signed. That's how much Auriemma values her.

Williams did not disappoint. She scored 42 points in the victory over Riverview.

Way to go

Trailing 66-49, and at comeback attempt impossible in the final seconds of the 7A girls game, the Conway girls fell back and allowed North Little Rock to dribble away the final 1:29.

That was refreshing.

So many games are extended needlessly with meaningless trips to the free-throw line when there are a flurry of fouls for no reason.

Conway played hard but knew when it was beat and didn't prolong the agony.

That's a credit to coach Ashley Nance and her team.

That NLR team

Lady Charging Wildcat coach Daryl Fimple nicely summed up his team, which finished on a tidal wave, "They played like coaches dream a team will play."


Mount Vernon-Enola coach Adam Carlton brought all of his players into the interview room Saturday after the loss to Wonderview in the 1A girls final.

The Lady Warhawks made the first state championship appearance in school history.

"I wanted all these players to see this," Carlton said. "This group made it fun to come to practice every day."

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