Dr. Skip MacDonald presented Crossett with the inaugural Dr. James D. Rankin trophy, an award created to recognize the long standing rivalry between the Crossett Eagles and the Hamburg Lions, at last week’s Crossett sports banquet.

The Eagle and Lion rivalry has always been hot, but this year  McDonald had his own idea to spice up the competition.

Every time the Eagles and the Lions played each other in a varsity sports event, a point was awarded to the winning school.

MacDonald said he came up with the idea because he found the Ashley Bowl so interesting and he wanted to find a way the schools could compete in all sports.

“There is more to sports than just football,” MacDonald said.

“I wanted to find a way that every athlete, no matter the sport, could contribute to the points. I want every team to feel like they are apart of earning the award.”

This year, the Lions won seven points by winning two girls basketball games, a boys basketball game, an archery match, both girls and boys soccer and the Ashley Bowl during football season.

The Eagles won a total of nine points by winning tennis, golf, a boys’ basketball game, two softball games, two baseball games, and both girls and boys track.

Coach Sonny Nason, Crossett’s athletic director and football coach, accepted the award on behalf of all of the Crossett Eagles.

--For the complete story, see the print edition.

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