For nearly two decades, Waldron has hosted the Arvest Invitational. The Arvest Invitational has changed names over the years, originally called the Bank of Waldron Classic, to First National Bank Tournament, then the Bear State Bank Tournament, but one thing has not changed, and that is the great junior high basketball action and the local support the bank shows to the Bulldogs.
After being halted last year due to COVID, the Invitational is back in full force this year and looks to be one of the most exciting fields yet. The Waldron Bulldogs host the annual tournament on December 6th, 8th, and 11th, and invite local area teams to showcase their talents in a final tune-up prior to the conference season starting the next week.
This year the Acorn Tigers, Booneville Bearcats, and Ozark Hillbillies all tip-off in the WAC with hopes of going perfect throughout the week and capturing the classic trophy.
Bulldog’s coach Josh Atchley added “We receive so much support from the bank to put on this Jr High classic. It is the only true classic around for Jr Highs and provides a good week for teams to get some last-minute work in before the conference games start. Mrs. Shelley Buckles at Arvest takes such good care of not only our players but of every team that comes in. We are so blessed to be able to host this tournament for at least the last 19 years.”
If you want to catch some good basketball action, head to the WAC and see:
Monday, December 6th
- 4:00 Booneville vs Acorn (Girls)
- 5:15 Booneville vs Acorn (Boys)
- 6:30 Waldron vs Ozark (Girls)
- 7:45 Waldron vs Ozark (Boys)
Wednesday, December 8th
- 4:00 Ozark vs Booneville (Girls)
- 5:15 Ozark vs Booneville (Boys)
- 6:30 Waldron vs Acorn (Girls)
- 7:45 Waldron vs Acorn (Boys)
Saturday, December 11th
- 2:00 Acorn vs Ozark (Girls)
- 3:15 Acorn vs Ozark (Girls)
- 4:30 Waldron vs Booneville (Girls)
- 5:45 Waldron vs Booneville (Boys)