Rebels enjoy banner season in sports
Riverside Senior High celebrated another banner season of athletics May 20 at the annual Athletic Banquet in Lake City. The highlight of the year was the Rebel's second state doubles tennis championship in the last three years. The Riverside duo of Glen Graham and Casey Hook completed a perfect 17-0 season by capturing the Class AA State Doubles Title.
Hook and Graham's performance led the Rebels to an overall team runner-up finish in the Class 2A State Tournament. The Riverside netters weren't the only group of Rebels to advance to state tournament play, as the boys basketball, baseball and bowling teams as well as the girls basketball, tennis, golf and track squads qualified for their respective Class AA state tournaments.
In gaining a state runner-up team finish in tennis, the Rebels placed two players on the All-State team in Graham and Hook. In addition to capturing the state title, the Rebel duo also won the District Doubles Championship. Riverside's number two doubles team of Cody Richardson and Garrett Weaver finished as the 2A-3 District Doubles Runner-up, and made it to the quarterfinals of the state tournament. Riverside also took home the 2A-3 District Championship. Individual awards went to Weaver for Best Court Coverage, Richardson for Best Serving Percentage, Graham for Best Net Defense, and Hook for Least Unforced Errors.
Other team members included Nathan Eldridge, Travis Mays, Nick Bagley, Cam Casey, Daniel McCormick, Chase Nichols and Bryan Poe.
The Lady Rebel netters finished as the 2A-3 District Tournament runner-up and sent two doubles teams to the state tournament. The duo of Katey Campbell and Morgan Emery captured the 2A-3 Doubles Championship while the tandem of Holly Dudley and Taylor Boness finished third in district play. Both teams advanced to the state semi-finals. Individual awards went to Emery for Best Court Coverage and Best Net Defense while Dudley won Best Serving Percentage and Least Unforced Errors went to Campbell.
Other team members were Kailey Holt, Christy Ward, Kyley Campbell, Sarah Douglas, and Beth Anne Snyder.
Both tennis teams were coached by 2A-3 Coach of the Year, Terry Conner, who was assisted by Scott Dunkerson.
Buster Campbell's roundballers completed a 29-11 season with a group of seniors who will go down as the most decorated class in school history. The Rebels reached the finals of the Northeast Arkansas Invitational Tournament for the third straight year and came up just short in their bid for three consecutive titles. Riverside also finished as runner-up in the 2A Regional Tournament. The Rebels were conference runner-up, district runner-up, Williams Baptist Tournament runner-up, Gerald Jennings Tournament runner-up and qualified for the Class 2A State Tournament at Jessieville.
Senior guard Garrett Weaver made the All-State Tournament team as well as being named All-State. Weaver was also named All-Region, All-NEA, All-Conference and to the WBC tournament team. Weaver set a school record for most three point field goals in a season, and finished as Riverside's most prolific three point shooter. The senior sharpshooter also won individual awards for Best Free Throw Percentage and Most Steals.
Senior center Glen Graham captured All-Region, All-Conference, All-NEA and Best Under the Sun honors. Graham finished his career as the top shot blocker in Rebel history and set a school mark for Best Field Goal Percentage at 71 percent in taking home the individual honor. Graham also won the award for Most Rebounds.
All-Conference point guard Cody Richardson broke the Riverside career mark for Most Assists and took home the individual award for the year. Richardson was also named to the All-NEA and WBC tournament teams.
Senior Bradley Tucker was named to the All-NEA and WBC tournament teams while senior Casey Hook also garnered All-NEA honors. Other team members included Travis Mays, Nathan Eldridge, Cam Casey, Tyler Warhurst, Nick Bagley, Blake Hogan, Cody O'Guinn, Sam Elam, Daniel McCormick, Dewayne Schrader, and Bryan Poe.
Assisting Buster Campbell was Kevin Hall and Brian Stallings. Team managers were Jeffery Wisham, Cody Stallings and Garron Amos.
The Lady Rebels finished with a 25-13 mark and also qualified for the state tournament in Jessieville. Katey Campbell made the All-State Tournament team as well as being named All-Region, All-Conference and All-NEA. The junior took home individual awards for Most Rebounds and Most Steals.
Junior Brianna Driver was named All-Region, All-Conference and All-NEA while Morgan Emery was another All-Conference performer who took home individual honors for Best Free Throw Percentage and Most Assists. Senior Cassie Douglas won the award for Best Field Goal Percentage.
Other team members were Kelsey Turner, Kailey Holt, Christy Ward, Holly Dudley, Anne-Marie Johnson, Michelle Cobb, and Ashley Calvert.
The Lady Rebels were coached by Greg Rainwater who was assisted by Jeff Clem. Team managers were Kate Caldwell, Austin Zamora and Jeffery Wisham.
The Rebel baseball team posted runner-up finishes in both the North Division of the District 2A-3 and the 2A-3 District Tournament. The highlight of the season was qualifying for the Class 2A State Tournament in Pine Bluff.
Senior Garrett Weaver closed an outstanding career by making both the All-State and All-State Tournament teams. Weaver was also chosen to play in the prestigious Arkansas High School All-Star game to be played at Baum Stadium on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Weaver also garnered honors as an All-Conference and All-Region player. The shortstop-pitcher won individual awards for Most Homeruns, RBI, Stolen Bases, Pitching Strikeouts and Batting Average. Weaver hit an outstanding .494 at the plate.
Sophomore Blake Hogan picked up honors for Most Pitching Wins and Best Earned Run Average. Hogan also made All-Conference and All-Region.
Senior Cody Richardson was named All-Conference and was a nominee for the All-State Baseball team. Freshman Jake Love picked up All-Region and All-Conference honors while Cody O'Guinn was also named to the All-Conference squad.
Other team members were Tyler Warhust, Daniel McCormick, Nick Bagley, Cody Stallings, M.J. Brewer, Jake Emery and Garron Amos.
The Rebels were coached by Kevin Hall.
T.J. Eakins coached the Lady Rebel softball squad, who placed five players on the All-Conference team. The honorees included Kelsey Turner, Katey Campbell, Kailey Holt, Holly Dudley and Michelle Cobb. Individual awards went to Dudley for Best Batting Average at .543, Holt for Most Stolen Bases, and Cobb and Campbell who shared the honors for Most Runs Batted In. The award for most pitching wins went to Kaitlynn Staggs. This was the first team in Riverside history to finish the season with an above .300 batting average.
Other team members were Kassie Douglas, Brianna Driver, Morgan Emery, Ashley Calvert, Kyley Campbell, Beth Anne Snyder, Sarah Douglas and Kendra Staggs.
Katey Campbell qualified for the state tournament in golf while Kailey Holt took home the honors for Lowest Scoring Average for the year. Morgan Emery rounded out the Lady Rebel golf team. Riverside was coached by T.J. Eakins.
The men golfers, also coached by Eakins, were led by Dalton Watson, who won the award for Lowest Scoring Average. The rest of the team consisted of Nathan Eldridge, Aaron Richey and Travis Mays.
Terry Conner's bowlers took home a fourth place finish in the district tournament and finished fifth in the Class AA State Tournament. Eric Fox, who won the award for High Series, was named All-Region, as was teammate Tim Trinidad, who took home honors for High Average and High Game. Other bowlers were Travis Mays, Jack Sipes, Jackie Smith, Jacob Kelley, Darren Coatney and Michael Pigeon.
The lady bowlers, also coached by Conner, were led by Ashley Morley, who had High Series, High Game and shared the Best Average Award with teammate Tammie Boatman. The rest of the squad consisted of Jerra Bynum, Renee Pettit, Danica Weaver, Ashley Hall, and Devon Raines.
The Lady Rebel Tracksters claimed the District Championship held at Greene County Tech and sent seven athletes to the state track meet, led by Individual High Point winner Brianna Driver. Driver also claimed the 300 Meter Hurdles District Championship and took home second place in the district in the 3200 Meter Run.
Kailey Holt took home the High Jump and 1600 Meter Run District titles while Kayleigh Wilson was the 3200 Meter District Champion and finished runner-up in the 1600 Meter Run as well as the 3200 Meter Relay. Holly Dudley captured first place in the Triple Jump in district competition. Morgan Emery and Michelle Cobb were also members of the 3200 Meter District Runner-up Relay team, along with Wilson and Kyley Campbell.
In state competition, Kailey Holt placed sixth in the high jump while Kayleigh Wilson posted a sixth place finish in the two-mile run. Riverside's 3200 Meter Relay team of Holt, Emery, Wilson and Kyley Campbell took home an eighth place finish in the state meet.
Greg Rainwater headed up the Lady Tracksters. Other team members were Ashley Calvert, Christy Ward, Taylor Boness, Kelsey Boatman and Kendra Staggs.
The men's track team took home a third place finish at the District Meet also held at Greene County Tech. Earl Frazier placed second in the 200 Meter Dash. Other team members of Coach Rainwater's team were Josh Anderson, Cody O'Guinn, Nathaniel Atkinson, Brian Poe, Daniel McCormick, Luke Moyer, Sam Elam, Tyler Warhurst, Chris Hood, Nathan Eldridge, and Bradley Fletcher.
Riverside's cheerleaders claimed the Regional Championship and took home a third place finish in state competition. The Rebel cheer squad included Kristen Brewer, Kassie Douglas, Kourtnei Jackson, Kara Stevens, Kelsey Turner, Katey Campbell, Sarah Hass, Christy Ward, Haley Adcock, Hayley Sheilds, Terra Warhurst, Bradley Fletcher, Tiffany Alsup, Chantel Foley, and Kaitlynn Staggs.
Cheerleading sponsors were Kristen Emery and Brandi Wallace.
"As an athletic director, you couldn't have asked for a better year," said Buster Campbell. "When you send seven different teams to the state tournament, you have had a super year. It shows the kind of participation and support we have here at Riverside. This is something that just doesn't happen on its own. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work, and it happens on a pretty consistent basis here at Riverside, which makes us all proud. I think it's a community-wide effort. Kids grow up wanting to be a Rebel and to do well. We just have a lot of tradition and that helps."