Crossett won its fourth consecutive Conference 8-4A baseball game last week when it edged rival Hamburg 3-1.
The contest was a tight affair that was not decided until the final inning.
The Lions had two runners on base in the seventh inning before Crossett pitcher Garrett Harrington ended the game with two strikeouts.
Harrington held the Lions to two hits and recorded 11 strikeouts.
Crossett scored all of its runs in the first inning. After Ron Burchell reached base with a hit and scored to give Crossett a 1-0 lead, Harrington hit a two-run homer over the right-center field fence as the Eagles pulled in front 3-0.
Local tracksters are chasing state titles and records
Crossett and Hamburg high schools are already qualifying competitors for the upcoming Class 4A track and field championships with Crossett among the best in the state in the early round of qualifying.
In Arkansas, individuals can qualify in one of two ways for the Class 4A state championships set for May 6 in Heber Springs. The Arkansas Activities Association changed the date and location because of recent storm damage to Nashville High’s facility.
The primary method for qualifying is to finish among the top two at a conference championship meet. The other method is to surpass a state-qualifying standard in each event.
Already, Crossett High has 15 event qualifiers and Hamburg High has qualified competitors in six events based on state-qualifying standards.
Additionally, a school can have more than one entrant in an event so, both Hamburg and Crossett are likely to fill up the preliminary heats in several events.
Three Eagles have already earned tickets to Heber Springs based on their recent performances, Antwoine Gulley (400-meter race, triple jump), Treyvon Caldwell (400-meters, triple jump) and Khamron Hymes (high jump).
Lady Eagle qualifiers include Kelsey Herman (100-meters, 200-meters, 100-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump), Kyelah Hodges (100-meters, 200-meters, 400-meters, long jump), Shaquanna Keith (shot put, discus), Iesha Couser (100-meters), Courtney Williams (high jump) and Krizia Legrande (high jump).
Lady Lions closing in on state tournament berth
The Hamburg Lady Lions are looking to reach the Class 4A state tournament for a third consecutive season as they have not lost a conference game since 2011.
In the most recent Max Preps computer ranking of Arkansas high school softball teams, Hamburg was fourth in the state.
The state’s top team in the ranking is Foreman, the only team to defeat Hamburg (13-1) this season.
On April 10, Hamburg completed a season sweep of Crossett with a 10-0 win.
Crossett had chances early in the game to score runs but a baserunner was thrown out trying to steal second base and another was stranded at third when Destiny Bolen struck out three consecutive Lady Eagle batters.
A six-run fifth inning was the decisive moment in the contest.
HHS soccer Lions score third shootout victory
The Hamburg boys’ soccer squad is 7-1 and a perfect 3-0 in games decided by overtime shootouts.
The Lions are down to the final stretch of the season as they prepare for a second consecutive trip to the Class 4A state playoffs at Burns Park in North Little Rock in May.
The Lions and 3-6 Lakeside played in Chicot County April 11 and the two squads each had chances to score, but neither team could get the ball past the goal line and that forced the third overtime for Hamburg this season.
The Lions outscored Lakeside in the shootout 2-1 after each team took five shots from the penalty kick line.
Hamburg goalkeeper Kolby Wallace made saves to allow his teammates to kick the Lions to victory.