The Arkansas Activities Association will feature the state's finest and most outstanding athletes and coaches at the 61st Arkansas High School Army National Guard AHSCA East-West All-Star games at the University of Central Arkansas sports venues in Conway.

The Arkansas Activities Association will feature the state's finest and most outstanding athletes and coaches at the 61st Arkansas High School Army National Guard AHSCA East-West All-Star games at the University of Central Arkansas sports venues in Conway.

Thus far, Hempstead County will have three representatives to participate in the AHSCA All-Star football game in Conway. Hometown Hope Bobcats' Kadarius “KD” Rowe, Riley Smith and Bobcat varsity cheerleader Tatiana Hussey were selected as AHSCA All-Stars for 2016.

The 2016 All-Star Football game will be held on Friday, June 24, at Estes Stadium on the UCA campus. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Conway.

Rowe and Smith both played major roles to help the Bobcats add another successful season to the Hope High School football program for 2015. The Bobcats reclaimed the 5A South Conference title at 6-1, qualify for the Class 5A state playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals to end the year 9-3 overall record.

Also Rowe and Smith helped the Cats post six games of high scoring over 40 points, two games scoring over 50 points and 60 points this season. They held four opponents scoreless in the second half this season defensively and went unbeaten at home this year at Hammons Stadium. The Bobcat defense also racked up a total of 860 tackles this season and had over 100 tackles in two games against both Spa City opponents of Hot Springs and Hot Springs Lakeside.

Rowe finished second leading the teams' defense in total tackles for the Bobcats this season with 88 tackles and 55 solo. He has 16 sacks/tackle for loss, one fumble recovery/INT and 14 rush block knock. He also earned Class 5A All-State honors this season as a starter.

Smith helped pace and control the offensive line as a starter throughout his Bobcat career. During the 2015 football season, Smith earned 5A South Conference and scored his first touchdown as a Bobcat.

Hussey helped the HHS varsity cheer team finish fourth place overall at the Arkansas State Cheerleading Championship held in Hot Springs this season. During cheer competition season, Hussey was apart of HHS cheer team finishing second place in competitions such as the NCA Arkansas Classic and Spa City Classic at Lake Hamilton. HHS cheerleader won the Tiger City Classic hosted at OBU back in November 2015. Hussey was named a All-American cheerleader at camp this summer as the team earned numerous awards and a bid to the NCA Nationals.

Head coach for the West Football squad is Tony Travis of Pea Ridge. Coach Travis will be assisted by DJ Crane of Danville, Jody Grant of Bentonville, Lonnie Hester of Hackett, Scott Neathery of Benton, Jeff Weaver of Little Rock Christian and Lafe Caton of Pea Ridge.

Head coach for the East Football squad is Chris Kennon of McCrory. Coach Kennon will be assisted by Charles Baty of Pocahontas, Ben Fisher of Blytheville, Mark Kelley of Searcy, Jamie Mitchell of North Little Rock, Roddy Mote of Harding Academy and Glen Campbell of McCrory.

2016 Cheer staff coaches for the East squad is Stephanie Cockrill, Jonesboro (head coach) and Payton Weathers, East Poinsett County . For the West cheer team is Rachael May of Booneville (head coach) and Jamie Bunting of Springdale Har-Ber.

This summer’s game will mark the 61st year of All-Star competition for football and basketball, the 15th year of All-Star competition in volleyball, the 8th year for All-Star Cheer and Dance, and the fourth consecutive year for the All-Star events to be held on the UCA campus.