High school basketball state finals to air statewide exclusively on Arkansas PBS March 9-11


CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — Arkansas PBS will broadcast the 2023 1A-6A Centennial Bank High School Basketball State Finals live from the Hot Springs Convention Center Bank OZK Arena beginning Thursday, March 9, in partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association. Games will be available to watch online after broadcast 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. All the ways to watch Arkansas PBS can be found at myarpbs.org/waystowatch. 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:

  • 4A girls – Thursday, March 9, at noon.
  • 4A boys – Thursday, March 9, at 1:45 p.m.
  • 5A girls – Thursday, March 9, at 6 p.m.
  • 5A boys – Thursday, March 9, at 7:45 p.m.
  • 6A girls – Friday, March 10, at noon.
  • 6A boys – Friday, March 10, at 1:45 p.m.
  • 1A girls – Friday, March 10, at 6 p.m.
  • 1A boys – Friday, March 10, at 7:45 p.m.
  • 2A girls – Saturday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m.
  • 2A boys – Saturday, March 11, 1:15 p.m.
  • 3A girls – Saturday, March 11, at 6 p.m.
  • 3A boys – Saturday, March 11, at 7:45 p.m.

Throughout the state finals, AR PBS Sports will present profiles of outstanding student athletes from each division and special segments, including “The Wild World of Mascots,” “Danyelle Musselman: Heart of the Hogs,” “Sportraits: Behind the Lens” and “Derrian Ford: A Legend in the Making” highlighting unique Arkansas sports stories. Past coverage has included “Hazel Walker’s Arkansas Travelers,” “A Final Run: The Carver Cobras” and “Pippen’s Court,” all of which earned Mid-America Emmy Awards; “Speaking Volumes,” winner of a Public Media Award; “The Nicholas Watson Story: Excelling Through Challenges” and many others.

“I really enjoyed all the segments on [Arkansas PBS] during the state tournament,” one viewer said. “Public education rocks!”

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.

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

Additionally, professional photos from the games will be available at arkansaspbs.passgallery.com.

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. In partnership with the Arkansas Activities Association, Arkansas PBS will broadcast high school championship activities for football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball 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.

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).