It was another big sports week for Nevada County with more football accolades and honors for a few more proud members of the Prescott Curley Wolves state champions with Prescott and Nevada basketball teams battling in tournaments.

It was another big sports week for Nevada County with more football accolades and honors for a few more proud members of the Prescott Curley Wolves state champions with Prescott and Nevada basketball teams battling in tournaments.
Prescott Curley Wolves head football coach Tommy Poole and senior quarterback Derrick Flynn were among several honorees chosen and awarded coach and player of the year by Little Rock Touchdown Club. Poole and Flynn both were high school coach and player of the year for Class 3A by the Little Rock Touchdown Club, who held their annual banquet on Thursday January 19 at the Embassy Suites. Little Rock Touchdown Club selected coaches and players of all classifications from 7A-2A as well as Arkansas college players of the year. Also during the banquet, LR Touchdown Club recognized special awards such as the Dan Hampton Award, Willie Roaf Award, NFF Scholar Athlete, Paul Eells Award, Sully Award and the Cliff Harris Award. This year's banquet speaker was football legend Archie Manning.
Amongst receiving this special recognition, Poole was selected to be an All-Star coach at the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game this summer. Curley Wolves' Jay Marks and Chris Cowling both were selected as All-Star players as representatives from the 3A to participate on the West All-Star team roster. This summer’s game will mark the 62nd year of All-Star competition for football and basketball, the 16th year of All-Star competition in volleyball, the 9th year for All-Star Cheer and Dance, and the fourth consecutive year for the All-Star events to be held on the UCA campus.
Head coach for the West Football squad is Billy Dawson of Russellville. Coach Dawson will be assisted by Terry Farmer of England, Doug Loughridge of Alma, Stephen Neal of Pea Ridge, Tommy Poole of Prescott, Bryan Pratt of Bentonville West, and JD Plumlee of Russellville.
The 2017 All-Star Football game will be held on Friday, June 23, at Estes Stadium on the UCA campus. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
This past 2016 football season was a dream year to remember for Prescott's football program after the Curley Wolves completed their year of perfection on the gridiron at 15-0. The buzz continues to pour out in Curley Wolf country with Prescott capturing it's fifth state football championship.
Prescott football head coach Poole has been extremely proud of how his Curley Wolves kept a strong sense of dedication, leadership and composure each week for games and stay mentally ready to compete all four quarters of action. Poole feels these 2016 Prescott Curley Wolves are more than deserving to win this championship and believes each one of them are good young men and athletes to coach.
The Curley Wolves quest to winning their fifth state title brought out high praise of accomplishments this season. During the season, five Curley Wolves including coach Poole were recognized and nominated to the 2016 Hooten's Arkansas Football Farm Bureau Insurance Awards top offensive, defensive player and coach of the year honors for Class 3A. Senior Curley Wolves' quarterback Derrick Flynn and running back Carlos Vanhook and receiver Tyler Rucker were all nominated and placed on the watch list for offensive player of the year honors. Marks and Cowling were nominated and placed on the watch list for defensive player of the year. Coach Poole was placed on the watch list for coach of the year among 13 other head coaches in the Class 3A.
The Nevada Blue Jays continue to remain as the No. 2 team in the state for Class 1A. The Blue Jays had a competitive journey in tournament competition in Nashville last week. The Blue Jays defeated Caddo Hills in the first round 42-25 with Brandon Gulley led the Jays in scoring with 12 points, Kelby Christopher and Jemarreya Jones both added nine points. The Blue Jays advanced to the semifinals but fell to the Centerpoint Knights. The Blue Jays bounced back to defeat a good Bradley Bears team 62-32 to now clinch over the 20 win mark this season. The Lady Jays also battled Bradley in senior high girls hoops, but came up short 53-43. Nevada returns to hoop action this week facing Emerson and Bradley.
Prescott Lady Wolves competed in tournament play hosted in Bradley and finished runner-ups in the Southwest Arkansas Shootout. Prescott Lady Wolves defeated Bradley 58-25 in first round action, then prevailed over Spring Hill 55-40 in the semifinals, but lost to Blevins in the girls championship game 58-39. The Prescott Curley Wolves also picked up key wins in recent competition. The Curley Wolves defeated Emerson 57-49, Horatio 58-47 and the Bradley Bears 47-45. Prescott is scheduled for more hoops this week against Fouke.