On May 30,
some of the best high school athletes in Western Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma
will be recognized in downtown Fort Smith at a high caliber banquet. Among the
many, will be five Mansfield athletes.
the Mansfield Tiger football team will be Tyler Holmes and Ethan Stovall. From
the Lady Tiger volleyball team will be Rylea Weaver. Faith Rainwater will
attend under the MHS cross country team banner. Then, Caroline Nicodemus will
cover the bases for the Mansfield softball team.
an All-Conference receiver and defensive back for the Tiger gridiron squad.
Stovall was an All-State selection as one of the premiere quarterbacks from the
an All-District and All-State volleyball selection from the 3A West league.
Rainwater earned All-District, All-Region, and All-State status as a long
distance runner. Nicodemus was an award winning softball pitcher from the 3A-1W
Conference and 3A state tournament.
be the third annual Best of Preps All-Star awards ceremony. It was developed by
the Times Record in connection with several local business to celebrate the
athletic achievements of high school students in the region. The event honors
top performers from Sebastian, Logan, Crawford, and Scott Counties in Arkansas.
It also pulls from Le Flore and Sequoyah Counties in Oklahoma.
handed out for 15 different sports. All-Star rosters, constructed through the
observation of local sports writers, are announced at the banquet. Special
recognition is also given to Outstanding Players of each sport, a Male and
Female Athlete of the Year, and a Coach of the Year.
of River Valley Preps are invited to attend the festivities which will include
an appearance by three time Olympic Gold Medalist and two time World Champion
Gymnast Gabby Douglas. Following a catered meal, the invited all-stars along
with their family, friends, and the general paying public will have the honor
to listen to an on stage interview session with Douglas.
will take place at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Doors open at 5:45 PM with
meals being served at 6:30 PM and the awards show being at 7:00 PM.