The final state tournaments of the year are beginning Thursday with baseball, softball and soccer teams vying for the state championship.
Conway is the host for the 6A state soccer tournament with boys games being played at Conway High School, while Hendrix will host all girls soccer games Thursday and Friday only.
The Conway boys team finished with an 8-6 record in the 6A Central and enters as the Central’s No. 4 seed and will face off with the West’s No. 5 seed Har-Ber.
This will be the first time these two teams square off and the game will start at 2 p.m. Thursday at Conway High School.
The winner of that game will move on to Friday to face the West’s No. 1 seed Springdale at 2 p.m. at Conway High.
The Conway girls soccer team showed its dominance all season long, finishing the regular season with a 17-1-1 overall record and steamrolled over the rest of the conference with a perfect 14-0 record.
Because they went undefeated in conference play, the team will enter the tournament as the Central’s No. 1 seed and have earned a first-round bye.
Conway will play the winner of Rogers Heritage and North Little Rock at 10 a.m. Friday at Hendrix.
As for 5A soccer, neither Vilonia team qualified for the state tournament as the boys team failed to win a game all season, and the girls team could only muster four wins, falling outside of the 5A West’s top four qualifiers.
Both Greenbrier teams did qualify as the No. 4 seeds as the girls finished with a 9-5 conference record, while the boys finished with an 8-6 record.
Because both teams enter as the No. 4 seeds from the 5A West, they will have to face off against the No. 1 seeds from the 5A Central.
The boys game starts at noon on field three at Searcy’s Devore Complex, while the girls play at 10 a.m. on field two at Searcy’s Devore Complex.
As for 3A, both St. Joseph’s soccer teams qualified, while Conway Christian’s boys soccer team also makes the tournament.
The St. Joseph girls team finished the season with a 3-1 3A North record and qualified as the No. 2 seed from the North.
The St. Joseph boys team finished with a 5-2 record, which was also good enough for second place in the North.
Both St. Joseph teams will face the West’s No. 3 seed Eureka Springs with the girls game starting at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harrison’s 1 Fed Ex field, while the boys will play at 5 p.m. Thursday at Harrison’s 2 Heritage Trust Field.
Conway Christian’s boys team finished with a 5-3 record and will face off against the West’s No. 2 seed Decatur at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harrison’s 1 Fed Ex field.
After finishing as the 6A Central’s No. 4 seed with an 8-6 conference record, Conway will play an opening round game against Har-Ber at noon Thursday at Rogers’ field three.
Both Greenbrier and Vilonia teams got into the tournament as Greenbrier finished with the 5A West’s second best record at 11-3, while Vilonia earned the No. 3 seed with a 9-5 record.
Greenbrier will play the 5A Central’s No. 3 seed at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Joe T. Robinson High School, while Vilonia plays the Central’s No. 2 seed Watson Chapel at 5:30 p.m. also Joe T. Robinson.
St. Joseph also earned a top spot in the central region and will face Horatio at 3 p.m. Thursday at Cooper Park in Mountain Home.
Conway Christian placed third in the central regional tournament and will play the South’s No. 2 seed Parkers Chapel at 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Home High School.
After finishing conference play with a 10-4 record the Conway softball team enters the 6A tournament as the Central’s No. 3 seed and will face the West’s No. 6 seed Fayetteville at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Bentonville High School.
Both Greenbrier and Vilonia softball teams also qualified for the 5A tournament with Greenbrier finishing second with a 12-2 record, while Vilonia finished fourth with an 8-6 record.
Greenbrier, who is the reigning 5A state champion, will play the Central’s No. 3 seed Maumelle at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Riverside Park in Benton, while Vilonia plays the Central’s No. 1 seed White Hall at 10 a.m. Thursday at Benton Athletic Complex.