The 2012-13 school year is upon us and with that so begins the athletic schedule for Arkadelphia Public Schools. While the AHS Lady Badger and Badger golf teams have already participated in matches, including two at their home course of Turtle Pointe Golf Club, this Tuesday, August 21, marks the first opportunities for Badger and Lady Badger fans to see the football and volleyball teams in action.
Arkadelphia High School will be a busy place Tuesday evening as AHS volleyball hosts Hot Springs at 4:30 and Arkadelphia’s junior and senior high football teams will host Prescott in a scrimmage game beginning at 5:30.
The Lady Badger volleyball program actually opens their 2012 season on the road at El Dorado Monday afternoon, but the Lady Badgers will play their home opener Tuesday when they face former 5A-Southwest conference foe Hot Springs at Badger Gymnasium.
The Lady Badgers and Lady Trojans will face off in three matches on Tuesday. The 9th grade Lady Badgers will start things off at 4:30 followed by the junior varsity teams and then the nightcap when Kim Williams’ Lady Badgers will look to start the home portion of their season off with a win against the Lady Trojans of HSHS. The matches will also mark the first home matches for junior high head coach Jenny Coon, who joined the Arkadelphia staff in the summer. Coon replaces Lawrence Jefferson who left the district for a job with the Bryant Public School District in May.
Tickets for volleyball matches are $4 for adults and $3 for children and all students, including college students.
The volleyball action begins at 4:30 and an hour later the Arkadelphia football program will put its pre-season practice to work with a junior high and senior high scrimmage against Prescott at Arkadelphia’s Badger Stadium. The junior high teams will begin at 5:30 while the Badgers and Curleywolves are set to begin the high school scrimmage around 7:30.
The game is a benefit game for the Arkansas Activities Association Catastrophic Insurance Fund and all tickets (for students and adults) are priced at $4. The only passes that will be able to be honored are Arkansas Activities Association passes. All other attendees will be required to pay the $4 fee.
“Since this is an AAA Benefit game, we can’t honor any passes other than AAA passes,” said Arkadelphia Athletic Director Chris Babb. “This includes season tickets, which will be on sale at the game, or any other local passes. We hope that our fans understand that most of the money from these benefit games goes right back to the AAA and we don’t set the prices or the policies regarding tickets for that night.”
The Arkadelphia football staff also will have some new faces in new places for the 2012 season. Assistant coach Eric Allen was tabbed as the head junior high football coach by Badger head coach J. R. Eldridge in the spring and the AHS staff welcomed Eli Cranor to the district for the 2012 season. Cranor joins Eldridge in the AHS English Department and will serve as Offensive Coordinator for the Badgers on Friday nights.
“We’re excited about our coaching staff for the 2012-13 school year and we’ll be introducing our newest coaches to our fans more as we go,” said Babb. “These men and women spend a lot of hours investing their time and effort into the students of our district and I appreciate all they do.
“Tuesday night will be the first of many opportunities for our fans to see the Badgers and Lady Badgers in action this year, so we look forward to our community coming out to support our boys and girls this year.”
The APSD Athletic Department will also be hosting the annual “Meet the Badgers” event this Friday, August 24th, at Badger Stadium at 7:30 p.m. preceded by the 2nd Annual BadgerFest sponsored by the Arkadelphia Badger Booster Club. The booster club and athletic department will be sharing more information about those events as the week progresses.