Originally published June 12, 2018 at 01:00a.m., updated June 12, 2018 at 05:00a.m.
Division I Baseball Team
Player of the Year CONNOR NOLAND
The Scoop Noland finished off his senior season in style, leading Greenwood to the Class 6A state baseball title and throwing a shutout in the championship game. ... He also led the Bulldogs to a state football title in the fall at quarterback and will play both baseball and football at Arkansas. ... The right-hander further developed his slider, which he only started throwing near the end of last season, and it turned into his strikeout pitch this year. ... Noland was dominant on the mound with a minuscule 0.42 ERA and allowed just 21 hits in 66 1/3 innings to go with 123 strikeouts and was also a force at the plate, hitting .424 with 4 homers and 37 RBIs.
Did you know The two-sport star calls his golf game the most overlooked of his abilities as he's long off the tee. Noland started playing with his grandfather, Bucky Cox, at a young age. He's already taking classes at Arkansas during the first summer term.
Quotable"It was good to win two state championships, but the bonds we had with those guys and we had a cool trip to Arizona with the baseball team," Noland said. "It was just great experiences, and we made memories. It's definitely a year we won't forget."
Coach of the Year RON BRADLEY
School Springdale Har-Ber
The Scoop Bradley guided Springdale Har-Ber to its first state baseball title in his 39th year of coaching, finishing 31-4 overall and claiming the 7A-West Conference title. ... It was the seventh state finals for the 62-year-old coaching veteran, winning five of those. ... Firsts are big for Bradley as he also won the first state title in school history at West Fork in 1982 and also claimed the school's first state title at Claremore, Okla., in 1993 and did it again at Jenks, Okla., in 1997. ... He's won state titles in Class 2A, 4A, 5A, 6A and now 7A.
Did you know Bradley started the baseball program at Rogers State in Claremore, Okla., with a club team in 2004. The team practiced twice a week on a softball field with no fence and played for the national championship just eight years later in the NAIA World Series.
Quotable "Usually when you go through a run like that, you can look back and see games that you might should have lost, that you found a way to win. That really defines a championship club," Bradley said. "Having the opportunity to go back to the finals and play back-to-back is always special. To walk away with the championship in a game I felt like we played the most complete game we played all year in every phase of the game."
Newcomer of the Year HAYDEN SELDOMRIDGE
School Rogers High
The Scoop Seldomridge made an impact in the 7A-West, hitting a team-high .409 and leading the Mounties with 33 RBIs this season, after playing only junior varsity a year ago. ... He was the lone sophomore to earn all-state honors in the 7A-West and is already drawing some Division I college interest. ... The sophomore credited upperclassmen for helping him adjust to the varsity level and getting to know the pitching staff, but he also thought his approach at the plate also improved since his understanding of count and situations got better. ... Seldomridge said his biggest problem was overcoming a naturally quiet personality to be more of a leader as a catcher, despite being only a sophomore.
Did you know Seldomridge decided to spurn football this year, after starting a middle linebacker for the Mounties freshman team a year ago. He's settled behind the plate in baseball since age 10 but also played some third base.
Quotable "I feel like I had to be a little bit louder than I like to be. I'm more of a quiet person," Seldomridge said. "But just having the pitchers helping me out a lot, they showed me the ropes, and Colin McWhorter, who caught last year, just helped teach me through it all."
Player of the Year
Connor Noland Greenwood 6-3 Sr. Hit .424 with 4 home runs, 37 RBIs and 29 runs scored, while striking out just five times in 92 at-bats. The Arkansas signee also went 10-0 on the mound with a 0.42 ERA with 123 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 66 2/3 innings pitched.
Coach of the Year
Ron Bradley Springdale Har-Ber Led the Wildcats to their first state title in baseball and a 31-4 finish, after finishing second a year ago.
Newcomer of the Year
Hayden Seldomridge Rogers High 6-0 Soph. Hit a team-best .409 with 4 home runs and 33 RBIs for the Mounties, who lost in the Class 7A state semifinals to Conway.
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