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story.lead_photo.caption Terrance Armstard/News-Times In this file photo, Parkers Chapel's Drue Thomas throws a pitch during a game against Bradley during the 2018 season. On Thursday, Parkers Chapel was awarded the right to host the 2A South Regional Tournament for both baseball and softball. Junction City will also be hosting the regional basketball tournament next month, which marks the first time in three years that the event is being held in Union County.

After a three-year absence, the 2A South Regional Basketball Tournament will be played in Union County.

On Thursday, the Arkansas Activities Association awarded the right to host the tournament to Junction City, who will be hosting the tournament for the first time in Dragon Arena, which opened back in 2016.

The last time the tournament was in Union County was back in 2015 when Parkers Chapel hosted.

There was plenty of competition to host the regional with Cossatot River, Hampton, Lafayette County and Mount Ida all placing bids along with Junction City.

“It’s great,” said Junction City Athletic Director David Carpenter. “We haven’t hosted a regional, and we haven’t had the chance to bid on one. It’s exciting to get the chance to host.”

Junction City also submitted a bid to host the state tournament, but Carlisle will be hosting.

In addition to postseason basketball, the 2A South Regional Tournament for baseball and softball will be held in Union County for the first time in several years with Parkers Chapel getting the nod the host.

The last time Parkers Chapel hosted the softball regional tournament was back in 2015, but it’s been even longer for baseball, who last hosted in 2014.

Junction City, Woodlawn and Horatio also placed bids to host both tournaments.

Parkers Chapel also bid for the state tournaments for baseball and softball, but Salem will serve as the host for both.

“We’re very excited,” said Parkers Chapel Athletic Director Elliot Jacobs.

“PC has a rich tradition in baseball and softball. We’re disappointed that we didn’t get state, but we’re very excited to get the regional. We look forward to hosting a great tournament.”

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