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story.lead_photo.caption NORTHWEST ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE PHOTOS Walker William (from left) of Shiloh Christian. 2018 All-NWADG Newcomer of the Year, Brandon Ulmer of Booneville Player of the Year and Greg Harris of Huntsville. Coach of the Year.

Division II Player of the Year BRANDON ULMER

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Brandon Ulmer of Booneville is the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division II Baseball Player of the Year.

SCHOOL Booneville

CLASS Senior



POSITION Pitcher/shortstop

THE SCOOP Ulmer did it all for the Bearcats this season as the team's shortstop and top pitcher. ... At the plate, Ulmer put up staggering numbers with a .500 batting average that included 44 hits, 44 runs scored, 12 doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBIs. ... Ulmer batted lead-off most of the season and also saw time in the two-hole. Seven of his nine home runs came when he batted leadoff. ... As a pitcher, Ulmer was 6-2 with a 1.10 ERA and 65 strikeouts. ... Ulmer has signed with Arkansas State, where he will move to the outfield. ... As a Bearcat, he played for his father, Darby Ulmer, a longtime Booneville teacher and coach. ... Ulmer plays for Sticks Academy out of Little Rock in the summer. ... Ulmer was also the quarterback on the Bearcats' football team and ran track.

DID YOU KNOW Ulmer is named after legendary Arkansas Razorback All-American offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1998 near his hometown of Harrison.

QUOTABLE "In the offseason I really worked hard with my dad, a lot of hitting in the cage and mental practice. Just visualizing myself at the plate and seeing yourself hitting the ball. I think baseball is a big mental sport," Ulmer said of his stellar senior season.

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip


NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Walker Williams of Shiloh Christian is the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division II Baseball Newcomer of the Year.

SCHOOL Shiloh Christian

CLASS Sophomore



POSITION Pitcher/Outfielder

THE SCOOP Williams' early success on the pitcher's mound elevated him to the No. 2 starter and allowed the Saints to move senior Connor Clark to the closer's role. ... Williams, a left-hander, is hitting mid-80s with his fastball and had a lot of success with a two-seamer this season, posting a 7-0 record with a 1.08 ERA and 81 strikeouts, helping the Saints return to the Class 4A state title game. ... Williams proved just as successful at the plate as a hitter, batting .390 with 32 hits, 15 doubles and 27 RBIs. ... Made a web-gem sliding catch in the state title game on a foul ball. ... Plays for the Arkansas Prospects 16U summer team. ... He is also a member of the Shiloh Christian football team.

DID YOU KNOW Most people would think that Williams is named for a family member, but that is not the case at all. He is actually named after Walker Elementary School in Springdale, where his parents first met as grade school sweethearts. Williams' middle name is Tim after his father, and most people call him Walker T.

QUOTABLE "They kind of just threw me in there one day, and I guess I just did good enough that they kept using me throughout the year. I was ready to go, it didn't overwhelm me or anything. I knew we had a lot of seniors coming back this year, but I thought I could find a way to help the team," Williams said.

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip


NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Greg Harris of Huntsville is the All-Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Division II Baseball Coach of the Year.

SCHOOL Huntsville

THE SCOOP Harris has turned a once mediocre program in a conference contender in his three seasons as the head coach after coming over from Rogers Heritage where he was an assistant coach. ... In Harris' first season, Huntsville won 17 games. The past two seasons the Eagles have won 24 games each season. ... The Eagles were close to punching a ticket to the state tournament with a narrow 2-1 lead against Dardanelle late in the 4A-North Regional opener but ran out of steam in the elimination loss. ... Harris played collegiately at Ouachita Baptist University 1982-87. ... He graduated from Haskell High School, which did not field a high school team. He played American Legion baseball in the summers. ... Harris' son Ty Harris signed and played at Arkansas but has since transferred to Alabama-Birmingham.

DID YOU KNOW Prior to taking over at Huntsville, Harris coached at a number of schools over a long career. He was an assistant under Kirk Bock at Bryant, he was the head coach at El Dorado for three seasons and also coached at Camden-Fairview and Hampton.

QUOTABLE "One thing a lot of people don't know is we graduated seven senior starters from last year, and the thing that tickled me the most is we just picked up right where we left off. We swept Pea Ridge, which we couldn't remember the last time we even beat Pea Ridge. So I'm very proud of the season we had. Our kids have bought into our plan, and it's just carried over all three years. So it's a credit to the kids. Great parents, great kids, they just had to be developed. And that's what they did; they bought into the plan," Harris said.

-- Chip Souza • @NWAChip


All-State Baseball

Class 4A

Alex Day - Ashdown

Jaden Hill - Ashdown

Brett Kernodle - Baptist Prep

Riley Loyd - Baptist Prep

Brandon Ulmer - Booneville

Jake Algee - Brookland

Brandon Glenn - Brookland

Landon Jones - Brookland

Levi Smith - CAC

Bennett Holt - Crossett

Brayden Myers - Dardanelle

Tate Vestal - Dardanelle

Andy Roberts - Gosnell

Bailey Soule - Gravette

Steven Huff - Hamburg

Zach Biggers - Harrisburg

Tanner Harris - Huntsville

Kade Stuart - Lonoke

Demias Jimerson - Malvern

Nick Griffin - Monticello

Mason Philley - Monticello

Tyler Hanson - Nashville

Eddie Graham - Ozark

Tyler Odell - Pea Ridge

Nick Hagerty - Pottsville

Greyson Stevens - Pottsville

Drew Cates - Prairie Grove

Brandon Hudson - Robinson

Luke Pectol - Robinson

Landon Brown - Shiloh Christian

Connor Clark - Shiloh Christian

Braden Jones - Southside Batesville

Chance Johnson - Star City

John Hoskyn - Stuttgart

Treylon Burks - Warren

Avery Felts - Westside Jonesboro

Class 3A

Ben Jackson - Atkins

Kennen Martin - Atkins

Rhett Roach - Bald Knob

Brayden Roberts - Bald Knob

Bryce Dodd - Clinton

Ty Johnson - Clinton

Mason Silberstein - Corning

Phillip Bryant - Episcopal Collegiate

Dearieus Sledge - Fordyce

Austin Lawrence - Fouke

Mason Sellers - Genoa Central

Jarred Rogers - Glen Rose

Chandler Alaniz - Greenland

Austin Anderson - Greenland

Hunter Cartwright - Greenland

Peydon Harlow - Harding Academy

Dalton Koch - Harding Academy

Wade Beasley - Horatio

Zach Izzo - Horatio

Logan Perkins - Jessieville

Kellan Hodge - Junction City

Clay Jolley - Junction City

Michael Jorgensen - Manila

Brennan James - Mansfield

Brady Wilcox - Mayflower

Ethan York - Mayflower

Andrew Pitts - Melbourne

Brock Johnson - Perryville

Josh Lyman - Piggott

Tucker Evans - Smackover

Jake Moorehouse - Valley Springs

Cade Burris - Walnut Ridge

Class 2A

Andrew McFarlin - Buffalo Island Central

Canon Walling - Buffalo Island Central

Blake White - Carlisle

Nick Scherrey - Conway Christian

Winston Strawn - Conway Christian

Ben Cantrell - Danville

Ryan Rosel - Des Arc

Peyton Phillips - East Poinsett County

Ty Holt - Hackett

Gannon Bearden - Harmony Grove Camden

Cody Day - Hector

Martin 'Rey' Lozano - Lavaca

Randon Baumgartner - Magazine

Justin McKim - Magnet Cove

Dalton Holland - McCrory

Matthew Herron - Mountain Pine

J.C. Motley - Murfreesboro

Austin Teal - Palestine‐Wheatley

Gavin Barnett - Pangburn

Carson Worthy - Parkers Chapel

Zach Klien - Poyen

Riley Tomlinson - Salem

Kaleb Blair - Spring Hill

Wesley Featherston - Spring Hill

Class 1A

Ethan Block - Alpena

Brett Harris - Armorel

Travis Southern - Armorel

Nathan Higgins - Bay

James Mills - Bradley

Hunter Hartwick - Concord

Gage Gattis - County Line

Pacyn Reames - County Line

Adam Garcia - Decatur

Dylan Richardson - Deer

Zane Cox - Dierks

Blayn Turner - Dierks

Gauge Welch - Hampton

Hunter Saunders - Hermitage

Tyson Durham - Hillcrest

Colton Rose - Hillcrest

Carson Smith - Kirby

Ethan Nuessner - Lead Hill

Tommy Sindland - Lead Hill

Tristan May - Midland

Cade Jackson - Mount Ida

Logan Adcock - Mount Vernon‐Enola

John Riley - Nemo Vista

Bryson Rhodes - Nevada

Trey Stone - Omaha

John Fowler - Ouachita

Conly Lockhart - Rector

Landon Wharton - Sacred Heart

Levi Forst - Scranton

Cody Decker - Shirley

Ben Gorden - Shirley

Brody Smith - SS Bee Branch

Griffin Smith - SS Bee Branch

Myles Jones - Taylor

Keagan Dunn - Viola

Will Wilson - Viola

T.J. Lewis - Western Yell County

Zane Haney - Wonderview

Matthew Aiken - Woodlawn

Will Richardson - Woodlawn

Sports on 06/13/2018


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