From left to right: Bryant's Catrell Wallace, Hazen's Blayne Toll and Conway's Robert Scott are shown during 2018 games.

20 in '20: Best high school football recruits in Arkansas

By Dudley E. Dawson

A look at the 20 best prospects in Arkansas in the high school class of 2020:

1. Robert Scott, OL, 6-7, 300 — Perhaps the state's hottest recruit in terms of offers, Scott has the frame, the quick feet and the ability to be the best college prospect of the 2020 group in Arkansas at a position that had not developed a lot of in-state talent lately. Scott, who has committed to Ole Miss, was also offered by Arkansas, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, TCU, Louisiana, Kansas, SMU, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech and Louisville, with many other showing interest.

2. Blayne Toll, DE, 6-5, 242, Hazen — Toll is a multifaceted talent who is being recruited as both a defensive end and tight end by colleges while starting at quarterback and lining up at several spots for Hazen. ESPN ranks Toll, who has bench pressed 410 pounds and run a 4.88 40-yard dash, as a four-star prospect, No. 23 athlete nationally and 268th-best player overall. Toll, who won't turn 17 until Dec. 11, has committed to Arkansas over Oklahoma, Memphis, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

3. Jacolby Criswell, QB, 6-1, 220, Morrilton — The younger brother of former Arkansas linebacker and San Francisco fifth-round draft pick Dre Greenlaw, Criswell is a three-star prospect regarded as the state's best quarterback in the 2020 class. He has committed to North Carolina over Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, Houston, SMU and others, and interest from Alabama, Penn State, Tennessee, Florida State and more. Criswell had a breakout sophomore season when he completed 126-of-211 passing for 1,986 yards and 20 touchdowns with four interceptions while rushing for 984 yards and 14 more scores. He suffered through an injury-plagued junior season while completing 76-of-123 passing for 1,109 yards, 11 touchdowns and three picks. He also rushed for 317 yards and three touchdowns.

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McCrory’s Tarzan Alumbaugh earns MaxPreps All-American honors

By Chris Hudgison

MCCRORY, Ark. (KAIT) - A McCrory multisport standout earns a national accolade in baseball. Jaguar IF/P Tarzan Alumbaugh is a MaxPreps Small Schools All-American. Tarzan was one of just 30 players on the First Team.

To learn more about Tarzan's accolade and outstanding junior season, continue reading at KAIT8 News.


Lady Pointers working on building off solid showing in 2018

By Buck Ringgold

One of the most important things Van Buren volleyball coach Brent Reeves believed his team achieved last season was to gain some early confidence.

Especially in the rugged 6A-West Conference, as the Lady Pointers finished the first half of conference play with a 5-2 record. Van Buren went on to an 8-6 finish in the 6A-West and picked up 18 total wins, including an opening-round 6A state tournament win.

"I tell you, I think one of the most important things that happened last year was I think they really started to step up and believe they could win some games. ... I think that's good, I think that's a big step for any team really, just to have that belief and that they absolutely can," Reeves said.

Now the Lady Pointers, who resumed off-season workouts Monday following the dead period, are wanting to build off that solid 2018.

To follow the rest of the Lady Pointers' story, visit Times Record.