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Lake Hamilton was officially announced as the host of four state competitions this year, while Lakeside won its bid to host the Class 5A state volleyball tournament in October.

The Arkansas Activities Association made the announcements Thursday, along with the other hosts for regional and state competitions for basketball, baseball, softball, track and field, cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, and volleyball.

Lake Hamilton won each bid it submitted. The district has been the annual host of the AAA's track and field Meet of Champions at Wolf Stadium and is in the second year of a three-year contract to host the state cross country meet at Oaklawn Park.

No other bids were announced by the AAA for the 5A state basketball tournament, which Lake Hamilton will host Feb. 26 through March 2. The state basketball finals will return to the Hot Springs Convention Center's Bank OZK Arena March 7-9.

Lake Hamilton scored its most uncertain win with a bid to host a joint state meet for 5A and Class 6A on May 3. Hot Springs and Russellville each bid to host the 5A meet on their own, while Rogers Heritage submitted a bid to host 6A alone.

The Meet of Champs will return to Pearcy on May 11. The state decathlon and heptathlon are scheduled for May 15-16.

The AAA did not announce the host of the decathlon and heptathlon on Thursday. Cabot and Fayetteville each submitted a bid.

Lake Hamilton senior and Georgia track and field commit Haze Farmer won the 2017 state decathlon at Cabot.

Class 5A in the AAA's realignment for 2018-20 includes all 16 schools that compete in 6A in football and the 16 largest schools in 5A. The 2016-18 cycle allowed 5A conferences to compete in district tournaments and play for spots in the state tournament.

The 2018-20 cycle does not include district tournaments for 5A. The top four teams in the standings for each conference will qualify for state at Lake Hamilton. The new 5A-South includes Hot Springs, Lake Hamilton and Lakeside.

Magnolia won its bid over Harrison to host the Class 4A state tournament. Arkadelphia and Malvern must advance through the 4A-South regional tournament to qualify for state. The AAA announced Thursday Mena will host the 4A-South regional on Feb. 20-23.

Osceola was the only district to bid for the Class 3A state basketball tournament. The AAA announced no host site for the 3A-2 regional tournament as it received no bids.

Fountain Lake moved down from 4A this season into the 3A-4 conference with Jessieville, Perryville, Atkins, Booneville, Lamar Paris and Two Rivers. The 3A-2 region includes the 3A-4 conference, as well as the 3A-5 with Baptist Prep, Central Arkansas Christian, Episcopal Collegiate, Glen Rose, Haskell Harmony Grove, Jacksonville Lighthouse, Lisa Academy and Mayflower.

Bismarck and Centerpoint are members of the 3A-7 conference, along with Ashdown, Fouke, Genoa Central, Prescott and Smackover. Prescott won its bid over Ashdown to host the 3A-4 regional, which also includes the 3A-8 conference with DeWitt, Drew Central, Dumas, Helena-West Helena, Lake Village, McGehee, Pine Bluff Dollarway and Rison.

Carlisle was announced Tuesday as the host for the Class 2A state basketball tournament. Junction City, Marmaduke and Quitman also submitted bids.

Junction City did win the 2A-South regional bid. Other bids were submitted by Cossatot River, Hampton, Lafayette County and Mount Ida. The five bids were the most submitted for any single event in 2019.

The 2A-South region includes the 2A-7 conference with Acorn, Cossatot River, Dierks, Foreman, Gurdon, Horatio, Mount Ida and Murfreesboro. The 2A-8 conference on the other side of the region features Bearden, Fordyce, Hampton, Camden Harmony Grove, Junction City, Lafayette County, Parkers Chapel, Spring Hill and Woodlawn.

Quitman also won its bid for the 2A-Central regional, which includes the 2A-5 North and 2A-5 South. Teams in the North are Conway Christian, Des Arc, Nemo Vista, Pangburn, Quitman, Southside-Bee Branch, St. Joseph and White Country Central. Teams in the South are Bigelow, Carlisle, Cutter Morning Star, England, Hazen, Magnet Cove, Maumelle Charter and Poyen.

The Class 1A state basketball tournament will be hosted by Izard County, which submitted the only bid. Bradley won the 1A-4 regional over Caddo Hills and Emerson.

The 1A-7 conferences makes up one side of the 1A-4 region with Blevins, Caddo Hills, Kirby, Mineral Springs, Mountain Pine, Oden, Ouachita, Trinity Christian and Umpire. The 1A-8 conference includes Bradley, Dermott, Emerson, Hermitage, Nevada County, Strong and Taylor.

The 5A state volleyball tournament was the only bid submitted by Lakeside. Greenwood also bid for the tournament, which will be held Oct. 29-31.

Both schools submitted bids with an 85 percent take for the state. Jonesboro hosted the first state tournament in October for the new combined 5A.

Morrilton was announced as the host of the 4A state volleyball tournament. Other bids were also submitted by Batesville, Lonoke and Valley View.

Paris was the only bid for the 3A state volleyball tournament. Yelleville-Summit won the 2A state tournament over Hackett.

The AAA is in the second year of a three-year contract to host the state volleyball finals at Bank OZK Arena. The finals are scheduled to return to Hot Springs on Nov. 2.

The 1A-4A division and 6A state swimming and diving meet will be held Feb. 22-23 in Bentonville. The AAA is in the fourth year of a five-year contract.

The AAA has a new single-year contract with Russellville to host the 5A swimming and diving meet on Feb. 22-23.

Benton submitted the only bid for the 5A state baseball and softball tournaments to be held May 9-11. Batesville Southside won the 4A bid over Harrison and Monticello.

Magnolia submitted the only bid for the 4A-South regional baseball and softball tournaments. Malvern hosted the regional a year ago.

Bergman will host the 3A state baseball and softball tournaments in Harrison. Ashdown also bid for both events, while Palestine-Wheatley bid for state softball.

No host or bid was announced for the 3A-2 regional baseball tournament. Paris was the only school to bid for the 3A-2 softball tournament.

Salem won the bid for the 2A tournaments over Carlisle and Parkers Chapel. Taylor received the 1A tournaments over Omaha and Ouachita.

Magnet Cove lost its bids to host the 2A-Central baseball and softball tournaments with an 85 percent take for the AAA. Carlisle's winning bid included a 95 percent take from the gate.

The state baseball finals will return to the Arkansas Razorbacks' Baum Stadium in Fayetteville on May 17-18. Fayetteville will also host the state softball finals.

Garland County teams face a shorter trip if they qualify for the state soccer tournament this year. Searcy won this year's bid to host on May 9-11.

The 2018 tournament was held in Harrison, while Valley View hosted the 2017 edition. A joint bid by Hot Springs and Lakeside won the 2016 state soccer tournament.

Batesville won its bid over Harrison in the new 4A. no bids were received for the new 3A.

The state soccer finals will return to Razorback Field in Fayetteville on May 17-18.

Sports on 01/11/2019

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