The Atkins Red Devils just got done with an amazing season. With the final tally being one win out of twenty games, it was made clear that he Atkins boys didn’t hold back the heat. Atkins’ biggest win was against Two Rivers with the final score being 42-36. However, not all games were as easy as that one. A loss that shocked the whole 3A nation was against Lamar. After a nail biting game, the total score ended up being 55-104, Atkins losing. The loss was close to that of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks had scored 122 points and the Los Angeles Lakers Followed closely behind at 73 points. When interviewing an Atkins Junior, Parker Sweet, about the past season, he stated, “It was a rough season, but I still love my team.”
Reece Rooke, a trombonist in the Atkins High School Marching Band, participated in an annual band competition called All Region. This competition is set up by the ASBOA (Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association), and it allows students from the surrounding area to compete for spots in one of the highly sought after all region bands.
The Atkins softball team was on fire against the Dardanelle Sand Lizards last Thursday. Stephanie Aldrete, Mary Kate Brown, and Kaleigh Berkemeyer hit four balls out of the park! The final score was Lady Devils 12 and Dardanelle 6. The team was raging with joy after the game. One of the softball moms said that she could hear them cheering from her car, which was all the way on the other side of the parking lot. The team definitely left the field with smiles on their faces.
The Lady Red Devils held on to win another great game against their conference foe, the Lamar Warriors. This conference game began as a highly contested match up. Both teams started out the first inning by splitting the score 2-2. It was during the following consecutive innings that allowed the Lady Devils to build their head of steam and pull ahead of the Warriors. By the third inning, the Devils were leading by a margin of 4-2. The Lady Devils then began to pour it on the Warriors in the fourth inning by increasing the lead again to a 7-4 lead. After this very exciting inning full of scoring, the two teams took a two inning slump where neither were able to advance the score anymore. This two inning slump was then replaced by a final surge by the Warriors in the seventh inning. After being shut out, the Lady Devils had to play defense to retain their lead. The Warriors were able to score two more runs but received two outs in the process. This put the pressure on Atkins’s starting pitcher, Sydney Webb. With two outs and runners in scoring position, it all came down to the third batter at bat. After battling the batter to a 3-2 count, Sydney was able to secure the out with the support of her defense and clutched the win for the lady devils having a resulting score of 7-6.
With all of the sports going on right now, Atkins is a very busy area. Football has been over for a while and now basketball is coming to an end quickly. That means baseball season is just around the corner. The baseball teams have been practicing for about four weeks now. This is said to be the year that the Atkins Red Devil Baseball Team has a chance to win a state championship. Last season they actually beat the team that played for a state championship. The Red Devils are working hard, and every day they know that the state championship game will be there before they know it. Please come out and support them as they fight their way to the top.
The Atkins High School Baseball program struggles for money. They don’t have their own field, and they have to use the city’s field, but luckily, they are allowed to make the most out of it. The baseball team started by hiring a new coach, Coach Ben Miller. He has really turned the program around.
The Atkins High School Choir is going to start doing tryouts next year.
This will ensure that only serious students will become part of the group. Choir is more than just a credit. It is hard work, and there is a lot of practice that goes in it.
While there is an extra step to joining choir, the effort is well worth their time. Mr. Reed is a great choir director, and he is understanding to all of his students. The choir attends trips to competitions. They have concerts at the school for the parents and perform at graduation.
The tryout will consist of individual students singing prompted notes.
After the loss to the Pottsville Apaches, the Atkins Lady Devils are ready for a win. They will be playing on Tuesday, January 24th against the Lamar Warriors. The game will be held at the Atkins High School gym at 6 P.M. “Lamar has always been one of our biggest rivals. We are excited for this next game, and for everybody to come out and support us,” states senior, Sydney Webb of the Lady Devils. Students and faculty will have free admission to all the games.
The Atkins Lady Devils are super excited for the upcoming basketball season to arrive. After returning from her elbow injury, Shelby Davis a senior claims “I’m very excited for this upcoming season. I’m thankful to be back playing the game I love most, and I hope for this season to be successful and the best one yet.” With a new coach, and several players getting hurt or injured in preseason, it’s been a tough road, but that hasn’t stopped them yet.
The starters for this season remain a mystery. With six seniors, five sophomores and a ton of talent, its fair game. Coach Coon, the Lady Devils coach states “I’m just ready to start playing and I’m excited to see this group perform. I think they will go far” The Lady Devils will start off their season on Monday 21, at 5 PM at the Hector gym.
The Atkins High School softball girls played against Clarksville on February 27th as a continuation of their season. Atkins beat Clarksville with an 11-1 win.
Reece Rooke, a trombonist in the Atkins High School Marching Band, participated in an annual band competition called “All Region”. This competition is set up by the ASBOA, (Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association) and allows students from the surrounding area to compete for spots in one of the highly sought after All Region Bands. The tryouts for these bands was held on January 4, 2017, and the concerts for the students who placed in the bands was held on January 15, 2017 at the Russellville Performing Arts Center. Reece was one of the fortunate few who was able to participate in this very special event.
Reece seemed very enthusiastic about his experiences at the All Region Clinic. “Music is a language that is very hard to communicate through. I’m always going to be learning new ways to communicate. I’ll remember this because of All Region,” he stated.
The Atkins High School band has its ways of entertaining the community from the football field to the auditorium. They may seem like just an average group of people, but the band has a lot of events and plans for future entertainment.
Atkins High School may have a small color guard this year, but that doesn’t mean their efforts will be less than any other guard you’ll see this season. Taking a look inside of the team, one sees what takes place on and off the field during half time.
The Atkins High School Sr. High coaches, Coach Tanner and Coach Burk, have been preparing the boys for their first game. The coaches have been pushing them to work hard every practice and strive to do their best.
They have practice for 45 minutes during eighth period, and an hour and 15 minutes after school. Coach Burk was asked who his the strongest players are and he stated “all of them have their own abilities and talents that they bring to the team.”
Their first game was supposed to be November 7, but due to football starting playoffs November 9 some of the basketball players are in football and they wouldn’t have a full team to compete. Hoping the boys will have a good season as they play the Waldron Bulldogs on November 14.
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