All six area schools in the Sun-Times area will see changes to their conference matchups starting this season, a change that will run all the way through 2020. Heber Springs, Rose Bud and Quitman will all take on familiar foes as well as new ones in their respective football leagues before making the transition to the remaining athletics and more new opponents.
Heber Springs will become a member of the 4A-4 Conference, joining the likes of Clarksville, Dardanelle, Dover, Morrilton, Ozark, Pottsville and Subiaco Academy. The football Panthers will remain in the 4A-2, facing off against a new lineup of old and new conference mates, welcoming Little Rock Mills and Bald Knob into the mix while continuing to take on Central Arkansas Christian, Lonoke, Riverview, Southside Batesville and Stuttgart.
Rose Bud’s football team will also lock up with new opposition in the 3A-2, seeing Clinton, Yellville-Summit, Mountain View, Marshall, and Melbourne during the 2018 campaign to include in with regulars like Cedar Ridge and Harding Academy. The 3A-1 East will play host to all of the above schools mentioned except Harding Academy, Cedar Ridge and Melbourne. For the remaining sports, Bergman, Green Forrest and Valley Springs will be etched in.
Conference football action for the Quitman Bulldogs will continued to be played from the 2A-5 alongside Bigelow, Conway Christian, Cutter Morning Star, England, Magnet Cove, Mountain Pine and Poyen. Both Quitman and Pangburn will shift gears and make the voyage to the 2A-5 North, seeing Conway Christian, Des Arc, Nemo Vista, South Side Bee Branch, St. Joseph and White County Central along the way.
Concord and West Side will move into what should prove to be one of the most competitive leagues in all of Class 1A: the 1A-5. Linking up with the two Cleburne County schools will be Guy-Perkins, Mt. Vernon-Enola, Rural Special, Sacred Heart, Shirley, Timbo and Wonderview.
Following are the regional tournament pairings for basketball, softball and baseball:
Heber Springs (North Region, paired with 4A-1): Berryville, Farmington, Gentry, Gravette, Harrison, Huntsville, Pea Ridge, Prairie Grove, Shiloh Christian
Rose Bud (Region 1, paired with 3A-1 West): Cedarville, Charleston, Elkins, Greenland, Lincoln, Mansfield, Waldron, West Fork
Quitman and Pangburn (Central Region, paired with 2A-5 South): Bigelow, Carlisle, Cutter Morning Star, England, Hazen, Magnet Cove, Maumelle Charter, Poyen
Concord and West Side (Region 3, paired with 1A-6): Abundant Life, Augusta, Bradford, Brinkley, Lisa Academy-North Little Rock, Marvell-Elaine, Midland, Quest School of Little Rock