Zach Bradford, Justin Dardenne and V.J. Dickson carried big bats for Watson Chapel this season in baseball. So did Landon Reed and Tyler Zuber for White Hall.

Zach Bradford, Justin Dardenne and V.J. Dickson carried big bats for Watson Chapel this season in baseball. So did Landon Reed and Tyler Zuber for White Hall.

All five players, along with Monticello’s Kameron Smith, have been named to the Class 5A All-State team. It’s one of many spring All-State teams in different classifications released by the Arkansas Activities Association on Tuesday.

Along with solid bats, Bradford and Zuber had strong pitching arms as well. Bradford, who last Thursday was named an Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star, went 10-0 on the season and, through the regular season, had a 0.98 ERA with 77 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings. Bradford and Dardenne led the Wildcats at the plate with .494 and .414 batting averages, and Dickson followed with a .368 mark in the regular season.

“They deserve it,” Watson Chapel coach Chad Cope said. “They played well all year. They were key cogs in what we had done all year. Their play speaks for themselves, and the coaches around the state recognized that. “

The three Wildcats each had 20 or more RBIs.

Watson Chapel swept White Hall en route to the 5A-Southeast Conference championship, but White Hall avenged the sweep with a 4-2, 10-inning victory in the 5A state championship game May 18. Reed, with a .387 average, and Zuber, a .333 hitter, were big reasons for the Bulldogs’ title run.

Zuber had a 1.88 ERA and struck out 72 batters in 59 2/3 innings.

Class 6A runner-up Sheridan landed two on the All-State team: Josh Miller and Jake Smith. Miller went 15 for 15 in stolen-base opportunities and led the Yellowjackets with a .446 batting average, homering twice and knocking in 29 runs. Smith hit .400, second-best on the team, and batted in 21 runs.

“I don’t know that he didn’t have a hit (in a game),” Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. “He was as steady and consistent as a player as I’ve had. He was a fixture of consistency all year long. He wasn’t streaky.

“Miller carried us the last two-thirds of the season. He started out slow and he was a threat every time he walked to the plate.”

The Class 4A All-State list included Dumas’ Matthew Miller, Star City’s Austin White and Warren’s Logan Adams. Miller went .495 at the plate with a home run in leading Dumas to the 8-4A Conference co-championship and 4A South Regional title, and White went .476 with 32 RBis and 12 doubles.

State champion Woodlawn has a pair of 2A All-Staters in Trey Hankins and Dillon Miller. Miller hit four home runs and batted in 34 runs in a .459 hitting campaign. Hankins, also an All-Star, scored a team-high 45 runs and batted .382.

Nick Hefley of Rison was named to the 3A All-State team.


Sheridan is one of three schools with three 6A All-State players: Sydney Bonner, Allison Stipes and Morgan White.

Bonner went 16-4 in the circle with an 11-1 strikeout-walk ratio. She hit .354 with 14 RBIs and accounted for 18 runs.

Stipes, Bonner’s battery mate, hit .369 with 23 RBIs and two home runs. She struck out once in 81 at-bats. White, a leadoff hitter, went .413 with a homer.

The 4A group included Dumas’ A’Diamond Johnson and Star City’s Laurin Pooree.

Fordyce’s Sade Jenkins and Rison’s Madeleine Rhodes made the 3A team.

The 5A All-Staters were named a week ago: from state champion White Hall, Haley Baugh, Rachel Box, Sydnee Clark and Abby Weaver; from Watson Chapel, Harley Easter and Natalie Johnson; and from Monticello, Madelyn Gates.


Lorenzo Williams of Pine Bluff and All-Star Phong Lee of Sheridan are among Class 6A All-State boys soccer players.

White Hall, the 5A-Southeast champion, landed Kinzie Kight, Jordan Lawson and Ben Malone on the list. Shane Bostian and Jeremy Russell represent Monticello on the team as well, and Joel Garay and Seth St. John from Warren made the 4A squad.

In girls soccer, Laura Clinton and Wynn Welch drew All-State honors in 6A. Corea Lowery and Sarah Smith of White Hall are 5A honorees.