The end of the state golf tournament on Tuesday brought to a close the 2018-19 athletic calendar at Arab High School (the spring football game was last night but it’s not counted in the just-completed year).
I’ve written in this space about the bright future of the Arab football program under new coach Lee Ozmint. But many of the other sports programs at Arab High School have been highly successful for years.
Ever since Kevin Collins returned to his hometown as Arab’s athletic director, he’s held a special Signing Day event at the conclusion of the athletic calendar. At first, it was to honor those athletes who have signed to compete in their respective sports at the college level.
It quickly became a celebration of Arab success – both teamwise and individually – in the previous nine months.
Wednesday was no different.
“We begin today’s ceremony with a special recognition of five teams that reached historic accomplishments for the entire athletic program at Arab High School,” Collins said. “Of the 14 sports we participated in this school year, we finished in the top four in just under half of them.
“Five different teams achieved a top-four finish in all three sports seasons – one in the fall, two in the winter and two in the spring.
Those teams were the competition cheerleaders, who finished as state champions; the wrestling team, which finished second in the state; the volleyball team, which finished third in the state; the girls outdoor track team, which finished fourth in the state; and the Arab girls golf team, which finished fourth in the state.
“A total of 68 athletes on these five teams were able to represent both Arab High School and our community at a championship-level event in Hanceville, Huntsville, Birmingham, Gulf Shores and Prattville,” Collins continued. “Because of these athletes and their teams, the state of Alabama knows more about our school and town and the commitment to excellence that we stand for.”
More information (and photos) of Wednesday’s event are at right. There will be more next week as we begin running individual signing day photos.
But to sum it up, Collins is right. Arab’s athletic program is successful and getting better every year.
Congratulations to all, to the coaches and especially to all the student-athletes.
• We now know when the Auburn-Oregon football game is going to kick off this fall. ABC just announced the game times for the first three weeks of its primetime coverage.
Auburn-Oregon will kick off Week 1 (Aug. 31) at 6:30 p.m.
LSU and Texas will meet Week 2 (Sept. 7) and Clemson and Syracuse will square off Week 3 (Sept. 14), both also at 6:30 p.m.
• Brandon Marcello of @Auburn247 tweeted out some breaking news Thursday. Auburn quarterback Malik Willis is entering the NCAA transfer portal.