GHS student-athletes earn all-star recognition
By Richard White
Several Greenwood High School student-athletes have been named by the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) as all-star performers in their spring sport or activity. Among them, three Lady Bulldogs were also chosen to participate in the annual all-star games this summer showcasing some of the state’s top senior talent.
Recent graduates Madi Pfeifer, Hannah Johnston, and Courtney Meyers will compete in the all-star games, Pfeifer and Johnston in volleyball and Meyers in soccer.
Late last month the AAA released a list of all the spring sports all-stars, along with rosters for each all-star game, including the fall sport of volleyball, and the all-state cheer squad as well. Greenwood senior Paige Morgan was named as an all-state cheerleader.
In addition to Meyers’ selection, Greenwood’s Aric McKinney was also named as an all-star in boys soccer. He was the Bulldogs’ top goal keeper this past season.
In softball, the Lady Bulldogs (25-7) reached the state finals before losing to Sheridan, 3-2, and battery mates Kaila Cartwright and Sydney Parker were both named as Arkansas all-stars.
Cartwright was a junior this past season and was the team’s top pitcher. Parker has been a four-year letterman behind the plate and was part of Greenwood’s state championship squad in 2015, hitting a home run in the title game as a sophomore.
GHS teammates Miriah Hamilton and Paxtyn Hayes were named as second team all-stars. Hamilton was a sophomore last season and the team’s third baseman and top offensive producer at the plate. Hayes was a freshman, played outfield, and was an offensive sparkplug for the Lady Bulldogs.
For the GHS Diamond ‘Dogs, three players were named to the list of baseball all-stars. They include senior Cooper Van Kooten, junior Connor Noland, and sophomore Peyton Holt.
Van Kooten pitched and played infield for the Bulldogs, as did Noland. Holt was the team’s starting shortstop. The Bulldogs (26-7) reached the semi-finals of the 6A state tournament before losing to the eventual state champion Sheridan Yellowjackets, 1-0.
Besides the student-athletes mentioned above, two additional GHS players were named to the state all-tournament team in their sport. Sophomore third baseman Miriah Hamilton made the 6A squad in softball, and junior Anders Helbo made the 6A all-tournament team in boys soccer.