7A-West Top 5: Defensive Linemen

Fort Smith Southside's Daevon Johnson (left) and Fayetteville's Eli Hale.
Fort Smith Southside's Daevon Johnson (left) and Fayetteville's Eli Hale.


High school football season is getting close to kicking off, which means another year of high-level competition in the 7A-West.

The conference has claimed 10 straight state titles and the league figures to again have multiple contenders this fall. This is a look at the conference’s top players, games and more as September approaches fast. These rankings were made with input from other writers, coaches and players from around the league.

Here’s … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Top 5: Offensive Linemen

High school football season is getting close to kicking off, which means another year of high-level competition in the 7A-West.

The conference has claimed 10 straight state titles and the league figures to again have multiple contenders this fall. This is a look at the conference’s top players, games and more as September approaches fast. These rankings were made with input from other writers, coaches and players from around the league.

Here’s the schedule for the series.

Monday, Aug. 24 — Jerseys

Tuesday, Aug. 25 — RBs

Wednesday, Aug. 26 — LBs

Thursday, Aug. 27 — WRs

Friday, Aug. 28 — DBs

Saturday, Aug. 29 — OL

Sunday, Aug. 30 … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Top 5: Defensive Backs

Fort Smith Northside's Kiondre Thomas (left) and Bentonville's Tyrone Mahone.
Fort Smith Northside's Kiondre Thomas (left) and Bentonville's Tyrone Mahone.


High school football season is getting close to kicking off, which means another year of high-level competition in the 7A-West.

The conference has claimed 10 straight state titles and the league figures to again have multiple contenders this fall. This is a look at the conference’s top players, games and more as September approaches fast. These rankings were made with input from other writers, coaches and players from around the league.

Here’s … Continue Reading ››

shiloh christian boys coach hester resigns

Shiloh Christian boys basketball coach Brent Hester resigned Friday to enter into private family business.

Hester has been a coach at Shiloh Christian since 2008, serving first as a volunteer assistant to then girls basketball coach Vic Rimmer. He later was hired as an assistant boys coach under former coach Greg White and was elevated to head boys coach in 2010.

The Saints posted a 13-1 record in the 2011-12 season and won the 4A-1 Conference regular season championship.

“I have an opportunity to work outside the school with my brothers,” Hester said. “I realize the timing is terrible with it being almost … Continue Reading ››

Union Rallies Past Har-Ber Late



Tulsa, Okla. — Springdale Har-Ber led Oklahoma power Union 22-7 at halftime, but gave up 21 unanswered points and turned the ball over three times in the second half as the Redskins rallied for a 29-22 scrimmage win Thursday.

The teams combined for seven turnovers. All three of Union’s came in the first half as Har-Ber built an early 22-7 lead it took into the break after the first of two 12-minute halves. But the Redskins were able to bounce back and force three Har-Ber turnovers in the second half, tying the game with less than … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Tops Owasso In Scrimmage



Tulsa, Okla. — Bentonville’s defense forced four turnovers while the Tiger offense showcased its trio of running backs.

The result was a 16-7 scrimmage win over Owasso at Union’s Tuttle Stadium on Thursday night.

Bentonville trailed 7-0 after Owasso quarterback Troy Hudson took advantage of a busted coverage by finding receiver Jake Enzbrenner wide open for a 36-yard touchdown pass late in the first of two 12-minute halves.

But the Rams turned the ball over four times on their final six possessions as Bentonville took control. Tigers standout senior quarterback Kasey Ford wasn’t called on to do much … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Top 5: Receivers

Fayetteville's Tyson Morris and Springdale Har-Ber's Trey Smith.
Fayetteville's Tyson Morris and Springdale Har-Ber's Trey Smith.


High school football season is getting close to kicking off, which means another year of high-level competition in the 7A-West.

The conference has claimed 10 straight state titles and the league figures to again have multiple contenders this fall. This is a look at the conference’s top players, games and more as September approaches fast. These rankings were made with input from other writers, coaches and players from around the league.

Here’s the schedule for the … Continue Reading ››

dog days: prairie grove’s dakota hutchison



For more on Dakota Hutchison, check out Friday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Dakota Hutchison

SCHOOL: Prairie Grove

CLASS; Senior

HEIGHT: 5-8

WEIGHT: 210

POSITION: Linebacker, guard

NOTABLE: Three-year starter for Tigers, who finished 7-4 last season …. Will start at outside linebacker and guard. … A 4.0 student who hopes to become an orthopedic surgeon after completing his education.

_ Rick Fires @ nwarick

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