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Always Rising

The Arkansas Rising Stars fourth grade team finished second at the League Finals earlier this month in Dallas. The Rising Stars lost in the championship game to the top-ranked fourth-grade team in the country, Gulf Coast Blue Chips, led by LeBron James Jr., 40-33. The Rising Stars fourth-grade team finished the year ranked 16th in the country for the Class of 2023. The third-grade team wond up eighth in the nation in rankings provided by coast2coastpreps.com.

Minimum numbers for Arkansas success

LITTLE ROCK — For Arkansas to win eight or more, certain minimums must be met and this look at a dozen numbers that will shape the season is suitable for saving until season’s end to be matched against the team’s W-L record.

One of the Best

The Arkansas Cardinals 10th-grade AAU boys basketball team, finished sixth place out of 72 teams at the Prime Time National Tournament held at the Bobby Knight Center in Dallas from July 22-26. The Cardinals lost their opener to a team from Waco, Texas, by four points, then reeled off five straight wins knocking off a 22nd- and third-ranked national teams to place them in the Elite Eight. Cardinals lost in the Elite Eight game to a team from Houston by three points and played in the fifth place game that they lost by four to a team from Shreveport, La., that placed them in sixth place. Pictured, from left, are; coach Claude Parker, Cadarius Baggett, Caleb Parker, Tyriq Goodwin, Corey Hawkins Jr., Corveon Ganter, Cameron Bennett, Braylon Griswold, Kendrick Thorn Jr., Devonta Harkless and Kuron Brown. Not pictured are; coach Corey Haynie, Trey Williams, Jonathan Harris and Devonte Dilworth. (Special to The Commercial)