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story.lead_photo.caption Rogers' Hayden Deldomridge (from left) All NWADG Newcomer of the Year, Springdale Har-Ber's Ron Bradley, Coach of the Year and Greenwood's Connor Noland, Player of the Year.

Division I Baseball Team

NWA Democrat-Gazette File Photo/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Connor Noland of Greenwood celebrates May 19 after defeating Benton 4-0 during the Class 6A baseball state championship at Baum Stadium. Noland is the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division I Player of the Year.

Player of the Year CONNOR NOLAND

School Greenwood

Class Senior

Height 6-foot-3

Weight 205

Position Pitcher

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."

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Ron Bradley of Springdale Har-Ber is the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division I Baseball Coach of the Year.

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

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Hayden Seldomridge of Rogers High is the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division I Baseball Newcomer of the Year.

School Rogers High

Class Sophomore

Height 6-0

Weight 190

Position Catcher

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.

Information about the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division I Baseball team.

All-State Team

Class 7A

Logan Chambers - Bryant

Houston King - Cabot

Zack Morris - Cabot

Evan Hiatt - Little Rock Catholic

Parker Gavazzi - Conway

Matt Lloyd - Conway

Jordan Wicks - Conway

Miller Mleimann - Fayetteville

Blake Adams - Springdale Har-Ber

Blake Benson - Springdale Har-Ber

Blaze Brothers - Springdale Har-Ber

Mac McCroskey - Springdale Har-Ber

Dylan Qualls - Rogers Heritage

Trent Bunting - North Little Rock

Weston McGhee - North Little Rock

Jackson Scrivner - Fort Smith Northside

Hayden Seldomridge - Rogers High

McKaden Templeton - Rogers High

Trevor Johnson - Van Buren

Landrey Wilkerson - Van Buren

Class 6A

Yates Pickett - Benton

Leighton Turbeville - Greenwood

Peyton Holt - Greenwood

Landry Jurecka - Greenwood

Connor Noland - Greenwood

Jonathan Smith - Jacksonville

Zane Ryne Neves - Jonesboro

Logan Orr - Jonesboro

Peyton McElroy - Marion

Jackson Randolph - Marion

Peyton Walker - Marion

Ben Henderson - Mountain Home

Gage McClain - Mountain Home

Bryson George - Russellville

Tanner Leonard - Searcy

Tyler Cleveland - Sheridan

Hunter Hicks - Sheridan

Chance Wallingsford - Sheridan

Dylan Adcock - Texarkana

Curtis Washington - West Memphis

Class 5A

Parker Edwards - Alma

Derek Perona - Farmington

Steven Stewart - Greenbrier

Cayden Wallace - Greenbrier

Westin Shelton - Greene County Tech

Ethan Bates - Hot Springs Lakeside

Trey Harris - Little Rock Christian

Bennett Shoptaw - Little Rock Christian

Carson Tollett - Little Rock Christian

Jacob Wagner - Little Rock Christian

Payton Campbell - Magnolia

Connor Harrington - Magnolia

Connor McCullough - Maumelle

Jaren Hill - Morrilton

Dylan White - Morrilton

P.J. Hilson - Nettleton

Aaron Vaupel - Nettleton

Derek Shollenbarger - Paragould

Gavis Glasgow - Pulaski Academy

Layne Hatcher - Pulaski Academy

Nick Fakouri - Sylvan Hills

Ryan Lumpkin - Sylvan Hills

Chaz Poppy - Sylvan Hills

Sam Fagan - Valley View

Will French - Valley View

Cade Rogers - Valley View

Connor Watson - Valley View

Cody Mitchell - Vilonia

Zak Whitis - Vilonia

Markevian Hence - Watson Chapel

Kaleb Hill - Watson Chapel

Ja'Kobi Jackson - Watson Chapel

Gianti Turner - Watson Chapel

Layne Hartsfield - White Hall

Zakc Montsinger - White Hall

Garret Wilson - Wynne

Sports on 06/12/2018


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