A discussion got started recently here in the Malvern Daily Record office about the success of past football teams like the 2011 Malvern Leopards and the 2012 Glen Rose Beavers.
Both teams ran roughshod over most of their opponents during the regular season and earned a spot in War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock for the state championship game in their respective classifications.
The two teams also had something else in common, and that is they both failed to win the state championship. The big difference is how the two teams lost.
The Magnet Cove Junior High and High School track teams have been a force to be reckoned with all year long.
They proved that at the district track meet this week with the Lady Panthers and Junior Lady Panthers taking home first place and the Panthers and Junior Panthers garnering runners-up status.
The Magnet Cove Junior High Lady Panthers track team won their district championship with a total of 228 points, well ahead of second-place Englandâ€™s 89 points.
The 4X800-meter relay team of Katie Dorsey, Lyndsey Hamby, Paiton Scrivner and Abby Holland finished first with a time of 11:33.42.
Two local teams played their first games of the district tournament season yesterday, with both moving on to the next round.
In baseball, the Poyen Indians dug themselves out of a 2-0 first-inning hole to earn an 11-2 win over Mount Ida, while the Glen Rose softball team made short work of E-Stem 11-1 yesterday.
Those two wins set up a big day of baseball and softball today as the district tournaments roll on.
There are few things on the planet that I enjoy more than bringing all of you the latest local sports scores and stories.
But this time of year it can be especially hard to make sure that everyone gets their information into the newspaper.
With spring sports alone, I am covering 15 different leagues (high school baseball/softball/soccer, several Little Leagues, youth softball and T-ball) that include roughly 103 teams.
That means Iâ€™m out every night taking pictures of games throughout the county. But for the most part, I canâ€™t get to everyone.
On Monday, Malvernâ€™s baseball and softball teams made a trip to Little Rock to take on Central Arkansas Christian in a conference matchup.
The Lady Leopards came from behind to win their game 9-8, but the Leopards couldnâ€™t mount a big enough rally and fell by the score of 3-2.
In the softball game, Malvern scored the first run in the top of the first inning when Macy Holyfield reached on a base hit and was driven home by a Koree Walsh double.
Tayonna Bailey was on the mound for Malvern and held CAC scoreless in the first inning.
At the end of the work day today my vacation will start and by this evening I will be in New York City enjoying all the city has to offer.
Being a sports guy, my list of things to do in the Big Apple include a trip to Madison Square Garden to see the Knicks play, as well as Yankee Stadium for a Yankees game.
If time permits, I may even try to take a train down to Boston to visit Fenway Park and see the Green Monster in person.
For the full column, see Friday's Malvern Daily Record.