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An Interview With Curt Yarrington

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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State, Regional Tournament Sites Announced

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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The following are the locations who were rewarded state and regional tournament sites by the Arkansas Activities Association during Thursday's meeting in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 24-27 Class 4A North:         Prairie Grove South:        Dumas East:         Riverview Class 3A Region 1:    Lavaca Region 2:    Cedar Ridge Region 3:    Yellville-Summit Region 4:    Centerpoint Class 2A North:         Sloan-Hendrix South:        Lafayette County East:        Hazen West:         Quitman Class 1A Region 1:    Alpena Region 2:    Bay Region 3:    Greers Ferry West Side Region 4:    Caddo Hills State, March 1-5 Class 7A:     Cabot Class 6A:     Russellville Class 5A:     HS Lakeside/Hot Springs (Bank of the Ozarks Arena) Class 4A:     Malvern Class 3A:     Jessieville Class 2A:     Marmaduke Class 1A: … Continue Reading ››

Bidders for state, regional tournaments announced

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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Here are the schools who have made bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host state or regional tournaments for the spring and fall 2016 sports seasons. The AAA will announce which schools will receive the rights to bid on those tournaments Thursday at its office in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 24-27 Class 4A North: Clinton. Lincoln, Prairie Grove South: Dumas, Malvern, Nashville East: Riverview Class 3A Region 1: Lavaca. West Fork Region 2: Cedar Ridge, Jessieville Region 3: Bergman, Hoxie, Yellville-Summit Region 4: Centerpoint, Drew Central, Smackover Class 2A North: Sloan-Hendrix South: Lafayette County, Parkers Chapel East: Carlisle, Hazen, Magnet Cove West: Eureka Springs, Quitman Class 1A Region 1: Alpena, County Line Region 2: Bay, … Continue Reading ››

Mounties sign to play baseball

Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Nielsen is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers High, as well as Pea Ridge and Decatur.
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ROGERS — At the end of his junior season, Rogers High pitcher Harrison Heffley wasn’t sure if he wanted to play to continue his baseball career after high school.

But the Mounties coaches urged Heffley to go to a camp this past summer at Arkansas. After an impressive effort, Heffley was offered a scholarship, and he made it official Friday when he signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for the Razorbacks.

Teammate Sage White also signed to play college baseball Friday when the Mounties outfielder inked his national letter of intent with Harding University.

AAA announces mixed conference districts

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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The Arkansas Activities Association board of directors approved and announced its list of mixed conference districts for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle. The mixed conference districts will be utilized for regular-season play in volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer in hopes of cutting down travel for schools. Schools will return to their respective conferences for postseason tournaments. Schools that wish to change their district assignments will need to send their appeal to the AAA office by Sept. 10. Class 5A/6A:  District 1 — Alma, Clarksville, Farmington, Greenwood, Harrison, Russellville, Siloam Springs District 2 — Batesville, Beebe, Greenbrier, Morrilton, Mountain Home, Searcy, Vilonia District 3 — Blytheville, Forrest … Continue Reading ››

Five Schools Place Appeals With AAA

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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Five schools in the state have appealed their conference and classification assignments for the 2016-18 cycle and will take their appeals before the Arkansas Activities Association's board of directors.

The appeals will be heard Aug. 20 at the AAA office in North Little Rock, beginning at 1 p.m.

The following is a list of schools that have filed appeals and what they will petition before the board:

• Lead Hill — wants to be moved from the 1A-Northwest Conference (currently a six-team league that includes Alpena, Decatur, Haas Hall Bentonville, Kingston and Omaha) and moved to the 1A-East (currently a six-team league that … Continue Reading ››

Northwest Arkansas schools dominate MaxPreps Cup field

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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Northwest Arkansas had three of the state's five top finishers in the MaxPreps Cup standings for the 2014-15 school year, according to Monday's announcement.

Bentonville, which became the first school in the country to win back-to-back MaxPreps Cup titles, was an overwhelming winner after corrections were made in the point totals. Bentonville finished with 1,202 points after originally being announced with 1,092 points in the original release.

Pulaski Academy was a distant second with 418 points, followed by Fayetteville with 404, Siloam Springs with 388 and Lake Hamilton with 332.

Pulaski Academy, a Class 5A school, won state championships in football and girls … Continue Reading ››

New Proposals Await Schools’ Vote

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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The following is a list of proposals that school representatives will vote on during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body, which will be held next month in Little Rock. Proposal No. 1 — If passed, swimming would be split into three classifications: 7A, 6A and remaining schools, effective next season. This proposal has Mountain Home written all over it. It came from Activity District 1-East and claims that Class 6A schools have "no chance at success at the state level whatsoever" because it competes against 7A schools. The AAA board of directors recommend "Do Not Pass" by a 12-5 … Continue Reading ››

Providence Academy hires new baseball, strength coaches

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.
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Brent McConnell was recently named the baseball coach at Providence Academy
Brent McConnell has been hired to head the baseball program at Providence Academy of Northwest Arkansas, it was announced this week. McConnell has been an assistant coach at Oklahoma prep baseball power Owasso for 19 seasons, helping the program earn 10 Class 6A state championships. While at Owasso, 12 players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft including first round picks Pete Kozma (St. Louis Cardinals) and Dylan Bundy (Baltimore Orioles). “Coach McConnell brings championship expectations and experience to the … Continue Reading ››

2015 Louisville Slugger All-Americans

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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Four Arkansans were recognized in the June 12 issue of Collegiate Baseball newspaper as Louisville Slugger All-Americans.

Here is a look at those players and where they are signed to play college baseball.

Cody Davenport - OF/RHP - Fayetteville - Signed with UCA

Blaine Knight - RHP - Bryant - Signed with Arkansas

Andy Pagnozzi - RHP - Fayetteville - Signed with Ole Miss (Also drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 36th round, No. 1,067 overall)

Drew Tipton - OF - Bryant - Signed with Arkansas State