The Arkansas Activities Association is set to announce this year's tournament hosts today, with Lake Hamilton among schools to submit uncontested bids.
The AAA has released the bids it received from schools to host regional and state competitions for basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball. The state organization is scheduled to announce the 2019 hosts today.
Lake Hamilton is listed as the only school to bid for the Class 5A state basketball tournament. Wolf Arena hosted the Class 6A state tournament in 2017.
Bentonville West submitted the only bid for this year's 6A event. West Memphis hosted the 2018 tournament and Maumelle was the 5A host a year ago.
No other area school submitted a bid to host a state basketball tournament. The only area bid for a regional basketball tournament was submitted by Mount Ida, which is up against Cossatot River, Hampton, Junction City and Lafayette County in the 2A-South. The five bids is the most submitted for any single event in 2019.
The AAA announced no bids for the 3A-2 regional tournament, which includes the 3A-4 and 3A-5 conferences. Fountain Lake moved from Class 4A down into the 3A-4 conference in the 2018-20 cycle with Jessieville, Perryville, Atkins, Booneville, Lamar, Paris and Two Rivers.
No bids were received for the 3A-2 regional baseball tournament. Paris submitted a bid to host the 3A-2 softball tournament.
No area schools submitted bids for state baseball or softball tournaments. Malvern hosted the 4A-South regional tournaments in 2018, but Magnolia is uncontested for this year's events.
Magnet Cove bid for the 2A-Central baseball and softball tournaments with an 85 percent take for the AAA from the gate. Carlisle also bid to host the 2A-Central tournaments with a 95 percent take for the state.
Searcy is uncontested for the 5A state soccer tournament. Hot Springs and Lakeside held the tournament with a joint bid in 2016.
Lake Hamilton is set to host the state track and field Meet of Champions once again on May 11. The state is currently in the second year of a three-year bid from Lake Hamilton to host the state cross country meet at Oaklawn Park.
Hot Springs bid against Lake Hamilton for the 5A state track and field meet in the first week of May. Lake Hamilton submitted a bid to host a combined meet for both 5A and 6A, while Russellville also bid to host 5A alone and Rogers Heritage submitted a solo bid for the 6A meet.
The Lake Hamilton School District upgraded the track at Wolf Stadium for $174,078.17 in 2016. The upgrades were made by the Italy-based company, Mondo, which installed the original track in 2008 for $708,602.94.
Hot Springs debuted a new surface and track in August at Tommy J. Holt Field at Joe C. Reese Stadium. The school district spent $414,000 for new turf and $297,187 for a new gold track.
Russellville hosted the 6A meet in 2018 in the previous alignment. The Wolves and Lady Wolves each won the 2018 6A state championships at Cyclone Stadium.
Lakeside submitted a bid to host the 5A state volleyball tournament in the final week of October. Greenwood also bid to host 5A. Jonesboro hosted the first 5A tournament in the new AAA alignment in October.
The state is in the second year of a three-year contract with the Hot Springs Convention Center to host the volleyball state finals, which will return to Bank OZK Arena on Nov. 2.
Sports on 01/10/2019
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