Athletes Receive State Honors

Jun 18, 2017 High School

Four Bald Knob athletes were recognized Saturday evening by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at the All Arkansas Preps Sports Banquet in Little Rock for their outstanding athletic achievements in the 2016-2017 school year. Recent graduate Dylan Western was named to the Boys Track and Field team after leading the Bulldogs to its fourth consecutive conference championship and a third-place finish in the 3A State Meet. Individually, Western defended his Meet of Champions title in the high jump at the prestigious competition in May. Rising seniors, Hanna and Janna Smith, along with junior-to-be teammate, Madi Pierce, were instrumental in the success of Lady Bulldogs on the diamond, earning the trio a place on the softball teams. The Smiths received 2nd-team honors while Pierce was tabbed as a sophomore/freshman standout. The team finished the season with a 30-5 record, the program's fifth consecutive conference and district tournament championships, its third consecutive regional tournament championship, and as 3A state runner-up.