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Historical AAA classifications
« on: November 11, 2017, 11:29:46 pm »
I’m fascinated by what level schools used to play in the past and how they’ve changed. For instance, Pottsville was a Class B school in the 1980s and now they’re a 4A. Marianna was in the top classification at one point and is now 2A, which is stunning.

How much has your school changed over the years?

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2017, 07:11:53 am »
Here are some that will shock u


Old 3-A East in the 1990's

Wynne now a 5-A school
Newport now a 3-A school
Osceola now a 3-A school
Marianna or lee county high school now 3-A school fixing to be a 2-A school
Marion now 6-A school
Batesville now 5-A school
Green county tech now  5-A school
Ridgcrest now Paragould now 5-A school

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2017, 07:11:25 pm »
Here are some that will shock u


Old 3-A East in the 1990's

Wynne now a 5-A school
Newport now a 3-A school
Osceola now a 3-A school
Marianna or lee county high school now 3-A school fixing to be a 2-A school
Marion now 6-A school
Batesville now 5-A school
Green county tech now  5-A school
Ridgcrest now Paragould now 5-A school
Osceola.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2017, 09:06:26 pm »
I’m fascinated by what level schools used to play in the past and how they’ve changed. For instance, Pottsville was a Class B school in the 1980s and now they’re a 4A. Marianna was in the top classification at one point and is now 2A, which is stunning.

How much has your school changed over the years?

That one is just crazy!

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2017, 09:34:20 pm »
A few months ago, I was having a FB conversation with a friend who is a Stuttgart alum. Part of it was a 1972 newspaper clipping showing the AP Top 10 with Stuttgart as #1. (That's overall.)

What caught my eye was the Class AA rankings and others that received votes. (Keep in mind that at that time the classes were AAAA, AAA, AA, A, B.)

The seven schools in what was then Class AA that received votes, with their current classifications:

Stuttgart (4A)
Rogers (7A)
Morrilton (5A)
Cabot (7A)
Conway (7A)
HS Lakeside (5A)
McGehee (3A)

To think McGehee was once in the same classification as Rogers, Conway, and Cabot back then boggles the mind.  Yet there they were!

How many different directions these schools have gone.
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2017, 11:41:46 pm »
Try a few of these results from Week 3 in 1933:

Carlisle 27, Little Rock Catholic 0
Russellville 13, Prescott 0
Glenwood 12, Arkadelphia 0
Nashville 58, Waldo 0
Springdale 19, Huntsville 0
Texarkana (Texas High) 31, Horatio 0
Newport 18, Tuckerman 0
Batesville 61, Cotter 0

The history part of high school football in the state is always interesting.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2017, 08:52:28 pm »
Rison's local weekly paper always has one section called "Other Days" which shows headlines and partial stories from five years ago, ten years ago, twenty years ago, etc. Sometimes it's fun to see who we played (and beat convincingly) back in the forties, fifties, sixties and such. Watson Chapel, White Hall, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Lakeside, once we even beat Lake Hamilton by over seventy! Imagine that!

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2017, 10:38:15 pm »
I learned that Atkins is 7-0 all-time against Harrison. All those meetings were before WWII.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2017, 10:16:28 am »
I remember when the old Class A conference in NWA in the early 90's to late 90's used to look like this below.... Went to AA when they got rid of the B schools and moved everyone up....

-Pea Ridge (will be 5A in 2020)
-Elkins (moving to 4A in 2018)
-Mountainburg (4-2A)
-Decatur (4-2A)
-Cedarville (4-3A)
-Greenland (1-3A)
-Shiloh Christian (1-4A)
***A random team or two closer to Ft Smith usually made the 8th team or even 9th team sometimes in the league


{Also of note in the late 90's those teams listed above Shiloh refused to play the Saints for a two year cycle I believe, causing the Saints to play a whole slate against teams one class higher like Prairie Grove, Gravette, Gentry, etc. which they play currently. Shiloh was awarded the 1 seed by the other teams forfeiting, but Greenland and possibly Cedarville claim conference titles in the late 90's that they did not actually win cause they forfeited to Shiloh and were the 2 seeds in the playoffs, but still claiming it in their own records. Greenland I know for sure in 1998, maybe Cedarville  in 1999}
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2017, 10:46:43 am »
I remember when the old Class A conference in NWA in the early 90's to late 90's used to look like this below.... Went to AA when they got rid of the B schools and moved everyone up....

-Pea Ridge (will be 5A in 2020)
-Elkins (moving to 4A in 2018)
-Mountainburg (4-2A)
-Decatur (4-2A)
-Cedarville (4-3A)
-Greenland (1-3A)
-Shiloh Christian (1-4A)
***A random team or two closer to Ft Smith usually made the 8th team or even 9th team sometimes in the league


{Also of note in the late 90's those teams listed above Shiloh refused to play the Saints for a two year cycle I believe, causing the Saints to play a whole slate against teams one class higher like Prairie Grove, Gravette, Gentry, etc. which they play currently. Shiloh was awarded the 1 seed by the other teams forfeiting, but Greenland and possibly Cedarville claim conference titles in the late 90's that they did not actually win cause they forfeited to Shiloh and were the 2 seeds in the playoffs, but still claiming it in their own records. Greenland I know for sure in 1998, maybe Cedarville  in 1999}


I think one of those years was 2000....can vaguely remember some griping amongst Hector folks of having to play then as the 4 seed after Shiloh had played up all year...

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 11:10:08 am »
The AAA had to step in during the next cycle and force those teams to play Shiloh or else be ineligible for the playoffs. Soon after, the multiplier went in effect and Shiloh moved up anyway.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2017, 11:20:45 am »
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 11:20:29 pm »
I can remember when Arkansas had hard cutoff numbers for each class:
AAAAA — over 1600
AAAA — 800-1600
AAA — 400-800
AA — 200-400
A — 100-200
B — under 100
I think that went away in 1991 when the AAA started ranking schools and going 32-32-64-the rest.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 06:11:56 am »
I can remember when Arkansas had hard cutoff numbers for each class:
AAAAA — over 1600
AAAA — 800-1600
AAA — 400-800
AA — 200-400
A — 100-200
B — under 100
I think that went away in 1991 when the AAA started ranking schools and going 32-32-64-the rest.

The top 1 went away in thrbmid-80's when the class dropped to 6 schools...

But I wouldn't be opposed to this coming back...

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2017, 07:57:29 pm »
The top 1 went away in thrbmid-80's when the class dropped to 6 schools...

But I wouldn't be opposed to this coming back...
I might get a wild hair sometime and do a mock alignment with these hard cutoffs.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2017, 10:04:43 am »
I might get a wild hair sometime and do a mock alignment with these hard cutoffs.

I think I'd like it...maybe not....

Do permanent conference's that the schools set themselves...

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2017, 07:53:36 pm »
I might get a wild hair sometime and do a mock alignment with these hard cutoffs.

This actually may be interesting to see.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2017, 08:50:52 pm »
The old 4AA East and West pitted a championship game between the two regular season Champs back in the day.
4AA East
Magnolia
Warren
Smackover. ....yes Smackover! !!
Camden
Crossett
4AA West
Arkadelphia
Camden Fairview
Hope
Malvern
Camden Lincoln. .. yes 3 High Schools in Camden
This later became the 7AA and later 7AAA with the Addition of
Ashdown and the closure of Camden Lincoln.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2017, 09:35:12 pm »
The old 4AA East and West pitted a championship game between the two regular season Champs back in the day.
4AA East
Magnolia
Warren
Smackover. ....yes Smackover! !!
Camden
Crossett
4AA West
Arkadelphia
Camden Fairview
Hope
Malvern
Camden Lincoln. .. yes 3 High Schools in Camden
This later became the 7AA and later 7AAA with the Addition of
Ashdown and the closure of Camden Lincoln.

Southwest Arkansas and deep south Arkansas is the part of the state I am least familiar with.... Was Camden really that much of a population hub at that time? That is such a strange sight to think of 3 Camden high schools all in the same conference like that and kind of neat as well. Must have been some serious rivalry battles at some point in that?

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2017, 01:35:21 am »
Southwest Arkansas and deep south Arkansas is the part of the state I am least familiar with.... Was Camden really that much of a population hub at that time? That is such a strange sight to think of 3 Camden high schools all in the same conference like that and kind of neat as well. Must have been some serious rivalry battles at some point in that?
There was actually another Camden High  School in Camden Lafayette back then. Camden Lincoln and Lafayette were Black High Schools. Seeing  how Lincoln didnt integrate until 1970 with Camden High they played in the 4AA . Prior to that the 7A Conference consisted of these Black High Schools.
Arkadelphia Peake Buffaloes
Camden Lincoln  Tigers
Texarkana BTW Wildcats
Malvern Wilson Dragons
Hot Springs Langston Bulldogs
Hope Yerger Tigers
Prescott McRae Tigers
Magnolia Columbia Owls

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2017, 01:43:31 am »
The rivalry games were good. Camden and Camden Fairview hated each other  !!!! When I heard they consolidated I couldn't believe it. ..

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2017, 09:01:46 am »
The rivalry games were good. Camden and Camden Fairview hated each other  !!!! When I heard they consolidated I couldn't believe it. ..

Was a forced consolidation wasn't it?

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2017, 10:43:47 am »
Here some interesting playoff for back in the 90's

1993 AAA playoffs

1st round

Lake Hamltion 14
Searcy 10

Monticello 14
Marrianna 0

Alma 42
Hot Springs 0

Newport 21
Watson chapel 14

Osceola 30
Dumas 38

Harrison 22
Malvern 48

Stuttgart 12
Wynne 21

Magnolia 38
Siloam Springs 0

Quarter finals

Lake Hamilton 35
Monticello 7

Alma 0
 Newport 7

Dumas 20
Malvern 35

Wynne 29
Magnolia 33

Simi

Lake Hamilton 28
Newport 6

Malvern 21
Magnolia 14

Final
Lake Hamilton 9
Malvern.       20

Now here were they are now

Lake Hamilton now 6-A school
Searcy now 6-A school
Monticello now 4-A School
Marianna now lee high school 3-A school fixing to be 2-A school
Alma now 5-A School
Hot Springs 5-A school
Newport now 3-A School
Watson Chapel 5-A school
Osceola 3-A school
Dumas now 4-A school
Harrison now 5-A School
Malvern now 4-A school
Stuttgart now 4-A school
Wynne now 5-A school
Maganila now 5-A school
Siloam springs now 6-A school

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #23 on: November 26, 2017, 11:08:08 am »
Here is 1994 3-A playoffs

1st round

Newport 48
Sylvan hills 21

Watson chapel won
Don't know who they played

Magnolia 24
Ridgecrest 7

Dumas 7
Searcy 10

Monticello 39
Morrlton 19

Malvern 36
Wynne 16

Alma win
Not sure who they played

Osceola 21
Hope 14

Quarter finals

Newport 35
Watson Chapel 38

Magnolia 32
Searcy 17

Monticello 20
Malvern 7

Alma 21
Osceola 7

Simi final

Watson Chapel 7
Magnolia 10

Monticello 13
Alma 12

Finals
Magnolia 14
Monticello 17

Here are we're they are now I will not do the one I already did

Sylvan Hills now a 5-A school fix to be 6-A
Ridgecrest now Paragould 5-A school
Morrition now 5-A school
Hope now a 5-A school

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #24 on: November 26, 2017, 01:49:04 pm »
1995 AAA playoff
1st round

Alma 22
Marrianna 16

Monticello 20
Magnolia 0

Osceola 28
Harrison 21

Arkadelphia 2
White hall 3

Malvern 27
Crossett 8

Newport 27
Siloam Springs 3

Watson Chapel 14
Hot Springs 7

Morrilton 18
Wynne 14
Quarter finals

Alma 21
Monticello 28

Osceola 36
White hall 0

Malvern 21
Newport 28

Watson Chapel 21
Morrilton 20

Simi final

Monticello 14
Osceola 31

Newport 24
Watson Chapel 47

Finals

Osceola 27
Watson Chapel 0

Here were they are now

Harrison now 5-A school
Arkadelphia now 4-2 school
White hall now 5-A school
Crossett now a 4 - A school
Morrilton now a 5-A school

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #25 on: November 26, 2017, 03:42:00 pm »
Tmycjy these are pretty cool! Great job!
It’s very interesting to see just how the high school classes and conferences have changed over time and where everyone use to be.

Hard to believe Greenwood and Booneville use to play. And Booneville would wipe the floor with us lol

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #26 on: November 26, 2017, 09:51:18 pm »
Here’s an article that pretty well explains all the changes in classifications over the years:

http://www.arpreps.com/another-big-shift-in-aaa-reclassification/

Check out the links in this story for some interesting info. (For example, Marianna was in the largest football classification in 1982, but now they’ll be in the lowest.)

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #27 on: November 26, 2017, 10:30:07 pm »
Was a forced consolidation wasn't it?
They built a New Camden Fairview High and voted to close Camden High. The Panther Alumni were not happy about it. The consolidation moved them up to 6A.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #28 on: November 27, 2017, 12:27:29 am »
Here’s an article that pretty well explains all the changes in classifications over the years:

http://www.arpreps.com/another-big-shift-in-aaa-reclassification/

Check out the links in this story for some interesting info. (For example, Marianna was in the largest football classification in 1982, but now they’ll be in the lowest.)
Nice timeline and breif explanations. +1

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« Reply #29 on: November 27, 2017, 10:38:21 am »
Obviously the trend has been rapid growth in the northwest, LR suburbs and Jonesboro area, rapid decline in the Delta, and everyone else holding steady or slowly growing. Back in the day the population was more balanced across the state. I think in the future it’ll cause a travel imbalance that’ll pressure the AAA to rethink its classification system yet again. I would like to see 6-man football be an option.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2017, 11:31:46 am »
Here some more for playoffs of 1996

1st round
Watson Chapel 61
Searcy.             6

Harrison won
Don't re bet who they played

Wynne 9
Warren 10

Alma 28
Arkadelphia 7

Greenwood 13
Hot Springs 6

Newport 12
Hamburg 37

Malvern 34
Monticello 14

Crossett 27
Batesville 14

Quarter finals

Watson Chapel 35
Harrison 16

Warren 6
Alma.  32

Greenwood 48
Hamburg   28 I think

Malvern 42
Crossett 17

Simi finals

Watson Chapel 20
Alma.               0

Greenwood 22
Malvern.     15

Final
Watson Chapel 35
Greenwood.     13

Watson chapel  now 5-A school
Searcy now 6-A school
Harrison now 5-A school
Wynne now 5-A school
Warren now 4-A school
Alma now 5-A school
Arkadelphia now 4-A school
Greenwood now a 6-A school
Hot springs now a 5-A school
Newport now a 3-A school
Hamburg now a 4-A school
Malvern now a 4-A school
Monticello now A 4-A school
Crossett now a 4-A school
Batesville now 5-A school

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2017, 08:56:08 am »
Going to do another fun one I'm going to do all team in 5-A now show u where  they were back then in the 90's

Let everyone know that your classification went like this

AAAA class is the equivalent of what is 7A and 6A
AAA class is the equivalent of what is 5-A
AA class is the equivalent of 4A some 3A
A class is the equivalent of 3A and 2A school

5-A East

Wynne 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Nettleton 2-A school back in day now 5-A
Valley view no football back then
Batesville 3-A east back in the day now 5-A
G.C.T 3-A east back in the day now 5-A
Paragould 3-A east back in the day now 5-A interning note they were called Ridgecrest school
Blytheville 4-A back in the day now a 5-A school
Forrest city 4-A back in the day now 5-A school

5-A central

Pulaski academy not sure where they were
LR Christian didn't have a school back then
LR McClellan 4-A school back in the day now 5-A
Sylvan Hill 4-A school back in the day now 5-A fixing to be 6-A
LR Parkview 4-A school back in the day now 5-A
LR Mills 3-A  back in the day now 5-A fixing to be 4-A
Beebe 2-A back in the day now 5-A
LR Fair 4-A back in the day now 5-A

5-A west

Alma 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Greenbrier 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Harrison 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Morriton 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Farmington 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Maumelle old Pulaski oak grove 3-A  back in the day now 5-A
Vilonia 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Clarksville 2-A back in the day now 5-A

5-A South
 
Watson chapel 3-A back in the day now 5-A
HS Lakeside 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Camden Fairview 4-A back in the day now 5-A
White hall 3-A back in the day now 5-A
DeQueen 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Magnolia 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Hot Springs 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Hope 3-A back in the day now 5-A
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2017, 10:57:19 am »
Going to do another fun one I'm going to do all team in 5-A now show u where  they were back then in the 90's

Let everyone know that your classification went like this

AAAA class is the equivalent of what is 7A and 6A
AAA class is the equivalent of what is 5-A
AA class is the equivalent of 4A some 3A
A class is the equivalent of 3A and 2A school

5-A East

Wynne 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Nettleton 2-A school back in day now 5-A
Valley view no football back then
Batesville 3-A east back in the day now 5-A
G.C.T 3-A east back in the day now 5-A
Paragould 3-A east back in the day now 5-A interning note they were called Ridgecrest school
Blytheville 4-A back in the day now a 5-A school
Forrest city 4-A back in the day now 5-A school

5-A central

Pulaski academy not sure where they were
LR Christian didn't have a school back then  But they started out in our classification in what is now 2A later on.
LR McClellan 4-A school back in the day now 5-A
Sylvan Hill 4-A school back in the day now 5-A fixing to be 6-A
LR Parkview 4-A school back in the day now 5-A
LR Mills 3-A  back in the day now 5-A fixing to be 4-A
Beebe 2-A back in the day now 5-A
LR Fair 4-A back in the day now 5-A

5-A west

Alma 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Greenbrier 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Harrison 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Morriton 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Farmington 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Maumelle old Pulaski oak grove 3-A  back in the day now 5-A
Vilonia 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Clarksville 2-A back in the day now 5-A

5-A South
 
Watson chapel 3-A back in the day now 5-A
HS Lakeside 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Camden Fairview 4-A back in the day now 5-A
White hall 3-A back in the day now 5-A
DeQueen 2-A back in the day now 5-A
Magnolia 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Hot Springs 3-A back in the day now 5-A
Hope 3-A back in the day now 5-A

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2017, 01:12:32 pm »
Hector played with and beat Little Rock Christian back around 2002 thru 2005...now they're competing well in 5a....

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2017, 09:49:54 pm »
Hector played with and beat Little Rock Christian back around 2002 thru 2005...now they're competing well in 5a....

But when was the school started

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2017, 05:39:43 am »
But when was the school started

1977 as Walnut valley Christian....but wasn't a full 12 grades until 1997

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #36 on: December 26, 2017, 08:40:05 pm »
Southwest Arkansas and deep south Arkansas is the part of the state I am least familiar with.... Was Camden really that much of a population hub at that time? That is such a strange sight to think of 3 Camden high schools all in the same conference like that and kind of neat as well. Must have been some serious rivalry battles at some point in that?

Yes, outstanding rivalries.  Camden & Fairview played first football game of the year.  Always a sellout.  Camden & Lincoln played second game.  Camden was a football school, but Bob Tutt had them playing well in basketball.   Pat Foster, who later was an assistant at UofA before being head coach at both Lamar and Houston coached Fairview in basketball. They were in top 3.  I can’t remember Lincoln’s coach’s name but he coached everything. His soecialty was basketball.  Fairview and Camden in the late ‘60s has the misfortune of being in the same town as Lincoln.  The Tigers were state champs and were I think the first if not the only of the schools from the former Black association to win a title in the AAA.
My Dad was on the broadcast crew for Camden football and did Fairview basketball by himself. He did select Lincoln games.  The games between the three were always sellouts and intense.  One game between Lincoln and Fairview in the old old Fairview gym Lincoln didn’t take a shot closer than the center circle all night and won. The next day on his sports show my Dad asked the Lincoln coach why? He said to see if we could. They won the game. Before the population shift south and east AR had some of the toughest teams in every sport and some of the bigger schools.
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #37 on: December 26, 2017, 08:46:25 pm »
This is
I can remember when Arkansas had hard cutoff numbers for each class:
AAAAA — over 1600
AAAA — 800-1600
AAA — 400-800
AA — 200-400
A — 100-200
B — under 100
I think that went away in 1991 when the AAA started ranking schools and going 32-32-64-the rest.
What I grew up with in the 1970s.  Some great rivalries and conferences/districts made sense.  With consolidation and population shifts not sure it would still work, but with a few exceptions travel made sense.  Of course under this system the old class B had three basketball conferences in Deep South AR. Area 12B had 15 teams, Area 13 has 22or 23 and it seems like Area 14 had 13 or 14 teams. There’s probably not that many schools in all of south AR now.   

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #38 on: December 26, 2017, 08:49:43 pm »
A few months ago, I was having a FB conversation with a friend who is a Stuttgart alum. Part of it was a 1972 newspaper clipping showing the AP Top 10 with Stuttgart as #1. (That's overall.)


What caught my eye was the Class AA rankings and others that received votes. (Keep in mind that at that time the classes were AAAA, AAA, AA, A, B.)

The seven schools in what was then Class AA that received votes, with their current classifications:

Stuttgart (4A)
Rogers (7A)
Morrilton (5A)
Cabot (7A)
Conway (7A)
HS Lakeside (5A)
McGehee (3A)

To think McGehee was once in the same classification as Rogers, Conway, and Cabot back then boggles the mind.  Yet there they were!

How many different directions these schools have gone.
This must have been one of the last years Conway and Rogers were in AA.  I’m pretty sure by at least the mid-70s they were both in the AAA-West. Very interesting information and old polls. Would like to see more stuff like this.
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #39 on: December 26, 2017, 08:52:09 pm »
The old 4AA East and West pitted a championship game between the two regular season Champs back in the day.
4AA East
Magnolia
Warren
Smackover. ....yes Smackover! !!
Camden
Crossett
4AA West
Arkadelphia
Camden Fairview
Hope
Malvern
Camden Lincoln. .. yes 3 High Schools in Camden
This later became the 7AA and later 7AAA with the Addition of
Ashdown and the closure of Camden Lincoln.

Do you remember Hope beating Lincoln 86-6 in football? Then paying the price in basketball?   

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« Reply #40 on: December 26, 2017, 08:59:49 pm »
They built a New Camden Fairview High and voted to close Camden High. The Panther Alumni were not happy about it. The consolidation moved them up to 6A.
Actually the Camden school district consolidated into Fairview. There were always three school districts in Camden: Camden, Fairview, and Harmony Grove. Camden was land locked. East of the river was Harmony Grove. Fairview was south part of town. In the 1989s Chidester closed and elected to go with Fairview over Camden, thus giving Fairview students west of town.  Camden was blocked in. It was a shame along with the downturn of the economy there.
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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #41 on: January 07, 2018, 10:02:04 pm »
Do you remember Hope beating Lincoln 86-6 in football? Then paying the price in basketball?
Yes !!!!!  Funny thing is Camden Lincoln scored 1st. Then the halftime score was just 20 to 6. Hope scored 66 unanswered points. The Head Coach of Camden Lincoln told the Hope Staff Basketball Season was coming and would run the score up on the Bobcats when they played. LOL.  He did exactly that. Plastered 100 on Hope both times they played in Hoops.

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« Reply #42 on: January 08, 2018, 10:08:42 am »
Yes !!!!!  Funny thing is Camden Lincoln scored 1st. Then the halftime score was just 20 to 6. Hope scored 66 unanswered points. The Head Coach of Camden Lincoln told the Hope Staff Basketball Season was coming and would run the score up on the Bobcats when they played. LOL.  He did exactly that. Plastered 100 on Hope both times they played in Hoops.
And the Hope BB coach told the Lincoln coach it was not on him but on the Hope football coach.  It didn't matter.  The Tigers were very good.  They used to warm up with ABA Red-White-Blue basketballs.  For many years there were a few cars over in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood who proudly had 'State Champs' license plates on the front of their cars.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #43 on: March 14, 2018, 09:17:06 am »
Remember the Good ole Days when the Sparkman Raiders had a team? Good ole Jody Frazier.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #44 on: March 14, 2018, 09:56:17 am »
Tmycjy these are pretty cool! Great job!
It’s very interesting to see just how the high school classes and conferences have changed over time and where everyone use to be.

Hard to believe Greenwood and Booneville use to play. And Booneville would wipe the floor with us lol

1993 Was the last year that Booneville beat Greenwood.  14-7 I think.  My Sr year.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #45 on: June 07, 2018, 01:49:31 pm »
Back in '69, I remember Rison playing Lake Hamilton (and beat them 89-0), Warren (45-0), HS Lakeside, Joe T. Robinson, NLR Oak Grove and some other large (now) schools that I can't remember. Most of those were conference games. They all grew, Rison didn't.

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« Reply #46 on: June 07, 2018, 03:54:01 pm »
There was actually another Camden High  School in Camden Lafayette back then. Camden Lincoln and Lafayette were Black High Schools. Seeing  how Lincoln didnt integrate until 1970 with Camden High they played in the 4AA . Prior to that the 7A Conference consisted of these Black High Schools.
Arkadelphia Peake Buffaloes
Camden Lincoln  Tigers
Texarkana BTW Wildcats  Lions
Malvern Wilson Dragons
Hot Springs Langston Bulldogs
Hope Yerger Tigers
Prescott McRae Tigers
Magnolia Columbia Owls

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« Reply #47 on: June 07, 2018, 03:56:39 pm »
They built a New Camden Fairview High and voted to close Camden High. The Panther Alumni were not happy about it. The consolidation moved them up to 6A.
They moved up to 5A Camden Fairview has never been 6A.

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Re: Historical AAA classifications
« Reply #48 on: June 09, 2018, 07:21:18 pm »
The old  District 7A was a good conference.
Prescott
Gurdon
Stamps
Nashville
Ashdown
Lewisville
DeQueen

7B Football Schools were I think
Bradley
Horatio
Mineral Springs
Deirks
Murfreesboro
Fouke

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« Reply #49 on: August 17, 2018, 10:39:44 pm »
The old  District 7A was a good conference.
Prescott
Gurdon
Stamps
Nashville
Ashdown
Lewisville
DeQueen

7B Football Schools were I think
Bradley
Horatio
Mineral Springs
Deirks
Murfreesboro
Fouke
Glenwood was also in the Class B conference.  It was called 'Red River Conference.'   Those teams were in Area 12B and 13B in other sports primarily basketball.  Fouke and Bradley in 13 and the others were in 12.  It was a long ride from Glenwood to Bradley.

 

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