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Alma sports wrap 4/28/22

Alma sports wrap

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Alma frosh shine at 5A-West meet


Alma senior Rebekah McIntosh was fourth (4-10) in the high jump and helped Alma’s 4x200 relay team to a fourth-place finish (1:55.46) at the 5A-West conference track meet Tuesday at Siloam Springs High School. 


But it was the Lady Airedales’ ninth-graders who stole the show, helping Alma to a fifth-place finish at the conference meet. 


Freshman Vivian Beneux was second (13.48) in the 100 meters and was part of Alma’s 4x100 relay team. Freshman Nayeli Acosta qualified for the state meet in three events, including the aforementioned 4x100. She also placed fourth (28.18) in the 200 meters and was part of Alma’s 4x200 team. 


Along with Beneux and Acosta, Alma’s 4x100 squad included fellow freshman Kenadie Farris and junior Makia Cravey. Cravey was fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200. 


Only the top 4 in the event qualify for the state meet. 


Farris was sixth (4-8) in the high jump. 


The 4x200 relay team also included Yoseline Gonzalez and Kiara Owens. Gonzalez finished sixth in the 200 intermediate hurdles. 


Alma sophomore Brayden Welch was fourth (4:29.48) in the 1600. 


Freshman Elijah Pellam, who helped lead Alma’s junior high track team to a conference runner-up finish earlier this month, was sixth in the 100 meters. Junior Jael Nunez was seventh in the 400. 


The Airedales placed in all four of the relay events, with the 4x100 qualifying for state with a fourth-place finish (45.4). The squad includes Drake Stogsdill, Justice Lincks, Alex Kilgore, and Pellam. 




The Alma Lady Airedales dropped a 5A-West doubleheader to Greenwood Tuesday to drop the team’s record to 7-5 in league play. 


Alma trailed 5-0 in the opener and was down to their final out in the sixth when five straight hitters reached, capped by Jocelyn Harless’s RBI double that sliced the lead to 5-4. Julia Nutt had a two-run double and Jada Wallis added an RBI single. 


The Lady Bulldogs won the nightcap, 7-0, to extend their winning streak to nine. Since opening 5A-West play with three straight losses, Greenwood hasn’t lost. 


Jordan Gramlich, Taelynn Perry, and Kaytln Willis hit safely for Alma in the nightcap. 




The Airedales were officially eliminated from postseason play Tuesday with a tough 2-1 loss to Greenwood in the opener of the team’s 5A-West doubleheader with Greenwood. 


Logan Taylor took the loss in the opener, allowing four hits, striking out three, and allowing one earned run over six innings. Nathan Machen had two hits for the Airedales and scored the team’s lone run. 


Derek Hatcher and Branson Brogan had two hits each as well, with Hatcher raising his team-best batting average to .390. Caden Gifford drove in the team’s lone run with an RBI single to left. 


Greenwood won the nightcap, 10-0. 




Alma dropped a pair of matches to Van Buren. The Lady Airedales lost 3-0. 


The Lady Airedales had four shots, with two being on target. Goalkeeper Olivia Spears had three saves.


Van Buren won the boys game, 8-2. Senior Eric Dover stole a pass from the Van Buren keeper and scored in the 10th minute to cut Alma’s deficit to 2-1. 


Dover scored in the 30th minute of the first half off a Carlos Gonzalez 56-yard goal kick to bring the score to 4-2 at the half. 


Sophomore goalkeeper Julian Davila had nine saves in the loss.


The Airedales had three shots during the game, scoring on two of the chances.