Spring season is in full swing and I know that for sure because my allergies are in full overdrive after working in my yard the other day.
Here’s what I know.
• I know this weekend is the third full weekend in April, which means it’s Dogwood Festival time. It was great to see a packed downtown Siloam Springs for last year’s festival after covid-19 wiped it out in 2020. Hope the rain holds (rather please) and that we will have a great weekend here in West Benton County.
• I know there are several sporting events happening locally outside of the Dogwood Festival this weekend. Of particular interest is the Sooner Athletic Conference Invitational Tournament to be held Friday night and all day Saturday at Glenn W. Black Stadium. This is the first track meet hosted by John Brown University in at least 40 years.
• I know that the track improvements at Glenn W. Black Stadium by the Siloam Springs School District and John Brown University are top notch. The track itself is just a real pleasure to walk on, and I’m sure it’s also wonderful to run on it. The jumping pits where the former visitors’ bleachers were located are well done. The launcher area on the hill is also well done. It’s great to see this Siloam Springs Middle School facility being well used, even though football is now competitive across the city.
• I know the Siloam Springs baseball team is scheduled for two non-conference games later this week. The Panthers were scheduled to host Russellville in 5A West Conference games on Tuesday (results were not available at press time). Siloam Springs is set to host Lincoln on Thursday, then Gravette on Saturday morning in a makeover game.
• I know spring football is due to start soon for the Siloam Springs football team. The first spring training is scheduled for Monday, April 25 and they will have a total of 10 practices in April and May.
• I know it’s a good time to be an Arkansas Razorback fan right now. The baseball team is ranked No. 6 in the nation at the time of this writing, after a sweep of my LSU Tigers. The softball team is ranked in the top 10. The men’s basketball team just finished a great run to the NCAA Elite Eight with a great signing class coming their way. The women’s team has been exciting to watch under Mike Neighbours. Soccer and volleyball have done well at UA. And then there is the football team which has made great strides under coach Sam Pittman. I’ve lived in Arkansas since 2004 and Northwest Arkansas since 2006, and I can’t remember a similar time when so many sports were doing so well.
— Graham Thomas is the editor of the Herald-Leader. He can be reached at [email protected] The opinions expressed are those of the author.