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The Sideline: New AAA proposals and Whit Parker wins golf title

Posted: June 12, 2014 - 4:22pm

AAA proposes no blend in 7A and 6A

The Arkansas Activities Association board of directors is considering proposals to change conference alignments and playoff setups in several sports for 2016.

One proposal to be voted on at August’s annual Governing Body meet of school officials is to eliminate blended conferences of 7A and 6A teams for football. The proposal, which calls for two eight-team conferences in 7A and 6A, must get a 2/3 vote among all members of the AAA at the Governing Body meeting.

At the board of directors annual summer workshop Wednesday in North Little Rock, the board discussed 7A schools playing only 7A members in conference play in basketball, baseball and softball. Classes 6A and 5A would combine for conference play in those sports before splitting into two classifications for the playoffs. A similar setup is being proposed for 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A with the emphasis on less distance for travel for many schools.

The board also gave do-pass recommendation to proposals concerning player safety and schedule changes.

Parker wins in LR tourney

LITTLE ROCK — Whit Parker of Conway won the Overall title and the 15-year-old division of the Bruce Jenkins Memorial Junior Championship at Rebsamen Golf Course.

He had a two-round total of 69-70-139 to win his division by five strokes. Ryan Spurlock, in the 16-year-old division, and Miles Smith, in the 15 division, had the net best scores.

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