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I don’t know if anyone has seen any rain this spring. But I hear there has been some that has hit the Earth.

The problem with it hitting the Earth is the fact that it hit the Earth where the state diamond tournaments were being held.

Sundays are the traditional times that the Arkansas Activities Association announce the finals schedule of baseball, softball and soccer tournaments.

However, due to the heavy rains across Arkansas, the semifinal games of softball and baseball were moved to Monday to be finished.

With those games on Monday, the AAA wanted to make sure that no team’s finals schedule would interfere with that school’s graduation. They also want to make sure that if a school had more than one team in the finals, that the times would be close so that fans could watch both games.

That is a great idea, however a little communication might be in order from the AAA. Nowhere did the AAA mention that they wouldn’t be announcing the game times until Monday. Instead they left everyone wondering when their team was going to play.

When the word was released late Monday night, word spread quickly.

Now, forecasted weather has created another change in the schedule. The finals that Harrison and Green Forest were to play on Saturday have been moved to Monday.

Yes, that is right — Monday. Our seniors will graduate on Sunday night and then head straight home to get some rest for the big day on Monday. No Project Graduation fun with their classmates. It is graduation hugs and home to brush the teeth and put on pajamas.

Luckily for us at the Daily Times, the three teams that we have in the finals on Monday play back-to-back-to-back on the same field.

Green Forest’s boys are back in the soccer finals. The Tigers last won the a state title in 2014. Where they defeated Central Arkansas Christian.

The Mustangs are Green Forest’s opponents on Monday at high noon.

A solid Harrison girls team is back where they are normally — in the finals.

The Lady Goblins have won six state titles. They have won two of the last three titles.

Harrison will be facing the team that eliminated them last season in the semifinals — Pulaski Academy. It will be a great game without a doubt.

The Harrison boys will be making their first trip to the finals for the first time in six years. There was a period in time when it looked like no one was going to stop the Goblins.

The team is back and they are ready to make some noise in the state finals.

Harrison’s girls play at 2 p.m. and the Goblins play Valley View at 4 p.m.

The games will be held on Monday on the campus of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Play will be on Razorback Field which is next to Fayetteville High School just off of MLK.

It will be a great time for soccer in the Heart of the Ozarks. I hope we have to report three state titles.

Jeff Brasel is the sports editor of the Harrison Daily Times. E-mail him at jeffb@harrisondaily.com or follow him at twitter.com/jeffbrasel .

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