High school basketball state championships kick off statewide on Arkansas PBS this Thursday


Teams playing in Class 6A-1A finals determined

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS kicks off the broadcast of the Class 6A-1A 2023 Centennial Bank High School Basketball State Championships live from Bank OZK Arena in Hot Springs this Thursday, March 9, in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA). In the week following each broadcast, championship games will be available to watch at youtube.com/arkansaspbs.

AR PBS Sports will be broadcast statewide over the air, on cable and on satellite on Arkansas PBS’s primary channel. Correct channel information is available in local TV listings. All the ways to watch Arkansas PBS can be found at myarpbs.org/waystowatch.

Games airing live on AR PBS Sports will include:

  • 4A girls – Farmington vs. Nashville – Thursday, March 9, at noon.
  • 4A boys – Blytheville vs. Little Rock Christian – Thursday, March 9, at 1:45 p.m.
  • 5A girls – Vilonia vs. Greenwood – Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m.
  • 5A boys – Pine Bluff vs. Lake Hamilton – Thursday, March 9, at 7:45 p.m.
  • 6A girls – Conway vs. North Little Rock – Friday, March 10, at noon.
  • 6A boys – Jonesboro vs. Springdale – Friday, March 10, at 1:45 p.m.
  • 1A girls – Mammoth Spring vs. Norfork – Friday, March 10, at 6 p.m.
  • 1A boys – Marked Tree vs. County Line (Branch, Arkansas) – Friday, March 10, at 7:45 p.m.
  • 2A girls – Conway Christian vs. Mt. Vernon-Enola – Saturday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m.
  • 2A boys – Bigelow vs. Marshall – Saturday, March 11, at 1:15 p.m.
  • 3A girls – Lamar vs. Salem – Saturday, March 11, at 6 p.m.
  • 3A boys – Manila vs. Bergman – Saturday, March 11, at 7:45 p.m.

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

Throughout the state finals, AR PBS Sports will present profiles of outstanding student-athletes from each division as well as other special segments including:

  • “The Wild World of Mascots” – Arkansas is home to 354 schools with mascots, several of which are the same for multiple schools. For every Bulldogs, Eagles and Panthers mascot, there are Boll Weevils, Little Johns and Sand Lizards — all bringing heart, passion and creativity to their teams and fans.
  • “Sportraits: Behind the Lens” – Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Rock Town Media uses effects to generate jaw-dropping, eye-popping sports photos. Rock Town Media’s work has received millions of views and has been featured on ESPN SportsCenter.
  • “Danyelle Musselman: Heart of the Hogs” – Danyelle Musselman is bringing her passion for sports to a team that needs it more than ever. The wife of Arkansas Razorback men’s basketball head coach, Eric, family general manager and former sports anchor is raising funds for cancer research and other charities.
  • “Derrian Ford: A Legend in the Making” – Most towns have their sports legends and legendary stories. Magnolia’s Derrian Ford was definitely added to their legend list over the last four years. This segment tells us more about him and takes a look at a little-known fact about his championship performance in the state finals last year.

A YouTube playlist featuring segments airing during the 2023 state basketball finals will be available at myarpbs.org/2023basketballplaylist.

Photos from the games will be available for free download at myarpbs.org/photos.

Fans who would like to help support Arkansas PBS’s coverage of high school sports championships and all other local programming can text SPORTS to 501-491-0444 to make a $5 donation to Arkansas PBS.

Major funding for AR PBS Sports is provided by the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas.

Arkansas PBS also recognizes AAA’s sponsors for the state high school basketball finals, including Centennial Bank, Everett Buick GMC, Big Red Stores, Farm Bureau Insurance and Wendy’s.

The Arkansas high school basketball state finals are also broadcast live on 103.7 The Buzz in Central Arkansas and at 1037thebuzz.com/basketball.

The most up-to-date programming schedule with options for email reminders and calendar syncing is available at myarpbs.org/schedule.

About AR PBS Sports

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 games for volleyball, football, basketball, baseball and softball for classifications 7A-1A and 8-man football. 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.

About Arkansas Activities Association

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.

About Arkansas PBS

Arkansas PBS, Arkansas’s only statewide public media network, empowers learners of all ages by educating, informing, entertaining and inspiring communities. Arkansas PBS serves as a daily and essential resource for Arkansans by creating, sharing, celebrating and driving conversation around Arkansas stories and classic, trusted PBS programs through multiple digital platforms, including livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch, 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 myarkansaspbs.org. Arkansas PBS is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), KETZ (El Dorado), KETS (Lee Mountain), KETS (Forrest City) and KETS (Gaither).