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Teams announced in high school basketball state finals airing exclusively on Arkansas PBS beginning Thursday

Posted 16 Mar 2021

Teams announced in high school basketball state finals airing exclusively on Arkansas PBS beginning Thursday

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will broadcast the 2021 1A-6A high school basketball state finals live from the Hot Springs Convention Center Bank OZK Arena beginning Thursday, March 18, in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association. Games will be available to watch online in the week after broadcast at and in the Engage Arkansas PBS app.

For anyone who can’t make it to the games, AR PBS Sports will be broadcast statewide over the air, on cable and on satellite on Arkansas PBS’s primary channel. All the ways to watch Arkansas PBS can be found at Correct channel information is available in local TV listings.

The Arkansas high school basketball state finals will air live on AR PBS Sports at the following times:

·        6A girls  Fayetteville vs. Northside (Fort Smith), Thursday, March 18, at 10 a.m.

·        6A boys – Little Rock Central vs. North Little Rock, Thursday, March 18, at 1 p.m.

·        1A girls – Norfork vs. Rural Special (Fox), Thursday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

·        1A boys – Viola vs. West Side (Greers Ferry), Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m.

·        2A girls – Melbourne vs. Salem, Friday, March 19, at 10 a.m.

·        2A boys – Caddo Hills (Norman) vs. Lee County (Marianna), Friday, March 19, at 1 p.m.

·        3A girls – Centerpoint (Amity) vs. Mayflower, Friday, March 19, at 4 p.m.

·        3A boys – Harding Academy (Searcy) vs. Mayflower, Friday, March 19, at 7 p.m.

·        4A girls – Farmington vs. Harrison, Saturday, March 20, at 10 a.m.

·        4A boys – Wilbur D. Mills University Studies (Little Rock) vs. Morrilton, Saturday, March 20, at 1 p.m.

·        5A girls – Jonesboro vs. West Memphis, Saturday, March 20, at 4 p.m.

·        5A boys – Jonesboro vs. Maumelle, Saturday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

In the week following the finals, games will be available to watch at, allowing coaches, players, families, college recruiters and others to watch at their convenience. Games will also be available through the Engage Arkansas PBS app and PBS Video app on mobile or streaming devices.

Arkansas PBS and AAA have taken precautions to help limit COVID-19 exposure for players, fans and staff, including social distancing, requiring masks and properly disinfecting between games. Additionally, anyone attending the championship games must adhere to Hot Springs Convention Center’s COVID-19 protocol.

The Arkansas high school basketball state finals are also broadcast live on 103.7 The Buzz in Central Arkansas and at

AR PBS Sports, the home for high school state championships in Arkansas, recognizes the vital role high school activities play in the education and development of young adults, while connecting families statewide by featuring hometown athletes competing in the biggest games of the season. Under contract with the Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas PBS will broadcast high school championship activities for football, basketball, baseball and softball for classifications 1A-7A. In addition to creating viewing opportunities for those who may not be able to attend the games, AR PBS Sports enables talented young athletes to connect with college recruiters and potential scholarships.

Some weekend programming will be preempted during the broadcast of state championship games. An up-to-date schedule with options for email reminders and calendar syncing is available at

The Arkansas Activities Association is the statewide governing body for athletics and activities in Arkansas. The AAA's mission is to promote the value of participation in interscholastic activities in the AAA member schools and to provide services to the schools in a fair and impartial manner while assisting and supporting their efforts to develop thinking, productive and prepared individuals as they become positive, contributing citizens modeling the democratic principles of our state and nation.

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. Arkansas PBS delivers daily, essential, local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at, on-demand services and YouTube TV, and the distinct channels Arkansas PBS, Arkansas PBS Create, Arkansas PBS KIDS, Arkansas PBS WORLD and Arkansas PBS AIRS on SAP. Members with Arkansas PBS Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. Arkansas PBS depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).