Future Stars of Tomorrow: “Don Don” Coleman

At just eight years old, Donald “Don Don” Coleman Jr. is playing on the biggest stage of his young baseball career—the USSSA 7U World Series in Bixby, Oklahoma—a big dream achieved for a small-town Arkansas kid. “Don Don has been playing baseball ever since he was six years old,” said father Donald Coleman Sr. “He would watch other athletes from the area playing around in the park or in the woods hitting the ball, running around and having fun. He liked it so much that we started league ball and took it from there.” And the rest was history. Quickly, the Lepanto native adapted to the sport, learning how to play multiple positions and finding success with a strong team in the Arkansas Nemesis

'Underdog' Vols claim National Championship

When the Arkansas Vols qualified for the USSSA 7th grade boys Division II National Championship in Florida, head coach Josh Brooks was simply hoping to get his players extra experience in the game they loved. Little did he know when they left, however, he and his team would return to the Natural State as national champions. “When we qualified for the national tournament, the main thing that I wanted to focus on was getting my guys exposed to top talent outside of Arkansas,” Brooks said. “On top of that, I wanted to see all the hard work that we’ve been putting in pay off.” Fresh off the bus in the Sunshine State, the Vols stumbled early in the first game of the tournament, losing 39-30 to Sh

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