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More sports tourneys coming to area thanks to local partnerships

The recent announcement that the Southside School District will host three major tournaments for 2018 is one more example of Independence County becoming a destination for regional sporting events, noted the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC).

The Arkansas Activites Association (AAA) awarded Southside Schools those tournaments at their annual meeting in Little Rock on Thursday, Jan. 11. The district will host the 4A Regional Baseball and Softball tournaments May 3 through May 5. Southside will also host the 4A State Soccer tournament again this year which will take place May 10 through May 12.

Partnerships between local school districts, BACC, Lyon College, and the Batesville Parks Department have been key to the recent tournament action in the area.

In October of 2017, the Southside School District hosted the 4A State Volleyball Tournament. Tournament play occurred at both the Southside Gymnasium as well as Becknell Gymnasium at Lyon College. Teams were also able to practice at the new Batesville Community Center and Aquatics Park in between games.

“We are so grateful for our local school administrators going out of their way to bid on these events,” said Kyle Christopher, BACC tourism director. “Hosting major tournaments in Independence County has such a positive impact on our local dining and lodging economy. This also gives us a great opportunity to welcome visitors from across the state of Arkansas to our community.

“By forming partnerships and combining the numerous assets within our community, we were able to put on a first-class tournament experience for everyone involved. We now plan to continue this year after year.”

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