When Fort Smith Northside faces Fort Smith Southside in the 7A state championship for girl's high school basketball Friday, both head coaches will be seeking their 6 state championship ring.
Ricky Smith won 4 straight state titles with Fort Smith Northside from 1999 to 2002 and again in 2007. This group of Northside seniors has played in the past two state championship games, losing last year to Cabot and the previous season to Fayetteville in triple overtime.
Southside coach Sherry White is making her first championship appearance with the lady Rebels, but she won 4 titles at Harrison in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, she also coached Hot Springs to a state championship in 1990.
Fort Smith Northside and Fort Smith Southside played each other for the state championship in 2001 in Pine Bluff; Northside won that game 45-38. Northside and Southside have also squared off in the state title game in boy's basketball in 1968, and in Football twice in back to back seasons in 1987 and 1988.
Northside and Southside are also even in number of girls basketball state championships with 5 each.