Red Devils Celebrate Historic Signing Day

Three Mountain Pine students will continue their athletic careers on the collegiate level--and they won't have to go far to do it. On Friday, in the largest signing day in school history, Mountain Pine seniors Tyler Zander, Dafavioun Haywood and Tanay Tash inked their future, signing to play college basketball at National Park College and Champion Christian College, respectively. Tyler Zander signed with National Park College in Hot Springs and joins a Nighthawks squad that eagerly eyes its second year after the program's successful first season. "It meant a lot to me," Zander said of signing day. "Growing up, I always dreamed about sitting at that table with my family around me and signing

Future Stars of Tomorrow: Damonte Manion

If you want to find one of the brightest basketball stars in Arkansas, look no further than Fort Smith, where eight-year-old Damonte "Bubba Spiro" Manion is tearing up the basketball court and drawing attention beyond the Natural State. “Damonte is, hands down, the best in the area and will soon be among some of the ranked in the country,” 42 Sports owner Allen Russell said. “He has played against some of the top second-grade teams in the country and did his thing.” As a member of the Diamond State Hoyas, Manion has excelled against some of the toughest competition in the country. Against top-ranked Let It Fly 2028 (Alabama), the second-grader scored 18 points and added a 16-point performanc

More Than Just A Game: Fountain Lake, Hot Springs Renews Rivalry in Style

For the first time since 2007, Hot Springs and Fountain Lake will face off on the football field... but it's more than just a game. On Tuesday, in a press conference at the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce, representatives from both schools announced an action-packed event dubbed the First Security Bank Kickoff Classic, which will include competitive activities for more than 700 students between the two districts leading up to Garland County's first high school football game of the season on Thursday, Aug. 30. "It's more than a game," Fountain Lake Athletic Director Marc Davis said. "The big emphasis we have is on inclusion--including as many school organizations and clubs as possible. The wh

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