A pair of Maumelle athletes played a key role for the U13 Mighty Bluebirds, who recently captured the state championship in their age class. Alex Mina, who attends Central Arkansas Christian, and Zachary Otwell, who also attends CAC, are shown competing in the Southern Regional Championships for U.S. Youth Soccer in Greenville. S.C. this month. Mina is No. 12; Otwell 35. They are shown against the Tennessee State champions, the Lobos. The Bluebirds were in the regional for the first time and finished fourth in their pool. They lost four games, including two by one goal, one of which was scored in the final two minutes. (Photo by Ed Otwell)