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We join in the congratulations to our Magnolia High School swimming and basketball teams who won state championship titles.

Both teams recently visited the state Capitol where they received citations from the state House of Representatives and the Senate.

It is especially satisfying to be the hometown of state championship high school teams that were not considered powerhouses and were not on anybody’s list – except theirs – as expected to finish their seasons as the best in the state. That’s what these talented high school student athletes accomplished.

Kathleen Dingman’s swim team claimed the Class 1A-4A boys’ title at the Bentonville Aquatic Center in February, scoring 246.5 points to second-place Batesville’s 234 points.

The Panthers’ basketball squad, coached by Dyun Long, won the Class 4A state basketball crown over a favored Little Rock Mills team.

Both teams had considerable contributions from younger athletes who will be returning, so we look forward to successful seasons next year and beyond.

And while we’re congratulating champions, we salute Southern Arkansas University’s first tennis team in more than two decades. The revitalized tennis squad was picked to finish fourth in the five-team GAC Conference. Instead the team claimed the conference title. The Muleriders concluded their first regular season with a 19-4 record overall, 9-0 showing at home and a perfect 4-0 mark in league play.

Now SAU is the top seed in the 2019 GAC Tennis Championships April 25-27 in Bentonville.

These three teams achieved accomplishments against the odds and expectations. Magnolia is proud of all of the team members and their coaches.

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