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Looking Ahead (Part 2) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

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.
NOTE: The following is the second part in a series concerning the next reclassification cycle and how it could affect schools. This one focuses on those in Class 5A and 6A schools. Will it be East/West or North/South? It's probably the biggest question for those involved with the 16 Class 6A football teams in the 2016-18 reclassification cycle.  As mentioned in the first part of this series, the Class 6A teams will not be in mixed conferences with the Class 7A for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Now comes time to figure out how they will be split into their respective … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 1): The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

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.
Another year of high school sports is officially in the books, and there is still three more months before the next one begins. Still, it didn't take long for some people to look beyond next season, especially when the Arkansas Activities Association released the classification numbers for the 2016-18 cycle on April 30. These numbers — consisting of a school's average number of students in grades 9-11 over a three-year span — determine a school's classification for those two school years. The next cycle marks the beginning of Bentonville West and a consolidated Jacksonville-North Pulaski high school, marking some of the noticeable … Continue Reading ››

6A State Title: Sheridan 10, Benton 9

Andrew Hutchinson

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Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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FAYETTEVILLE - Sheridan held off a seventh-inning rally by Benton to win the Class 6A state championship Saturday evening at Baum Stadium.

The Yellowjackets led 10-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but a three-run home run by Brinson Williams with two outs pulled the Panthers within 10-9.

Despite the five-run inning, Sheridan stuck with its starter, Tyler Allen, who struck out Colby Johnson to end the rally.

Sheridan controlled the game from the start, scoring three runs in the first thanks to a two-run single by Hunter Hicks and an RBI single by Lathan Wylie.

Benton responded … Continue Reading ››

5A State Title: Harrison 2, White Hall 1

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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FAYETTEVILLE - Two runs in the first inning was all Harrison needed to win a state championship Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

Hunter Humphrey and Silas Huskey had back-to-back RBI singles to give the Goblins a lead and Drew Fitzgerald turned in a gem on the mound to give the Goblins a 2-1 win over White Hall in the Class 5A state title game.

White Hall starting pitcher Daniel Sprinkle, last year's 5A state championship MVP and Auburn signee, was given a 1-0 lead thanks to Kirk Baugh's two-out home run in the first, but he couldn't … Continue Reading ››

3A State Title: Mayflower 6, Fordyce 1

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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FAYETTEVILLE - A little over a year after an EF4 tornado ripped through its town, Mayflower will return home from Baum Stadium with a state championship trophy.

Tyler Godwin threw a complete game and struck out 10, leading the Eagles to a 6-1 win over Fordyce in the Class 3A state title game. He was named the game's MVP.

Mayflower got on the board first, with three runs in the third. Tyler Herrin's single scored two runs and Godwin followed with an RBI single.

The Redbugs got a run back in the fourth thanks to an RBI groundout … Continue Reading ››

7A State Title: Bentonville 6, Conway 5

Andrew Hutchinson

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Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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FAYETTEVILLE - A pair of three-run innings was enough for Bentonville to win the Class 7A baseball state championship Friday night at Baum Stadium.

The Tigers scored three runs in the second and third innings and Kasey Ford threw a complete game en route to a 6-5 win over Conway. It is Bentonville's second baseball title, with the other coming in 2002.

After a passed ball plated one run, Blake Werner it a two-run single to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the second.

Conway got a run in the fourth, but a balk, RBI single by … Continue Reading ››

1A State Title: Armorel 10, Taylor 0

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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FAYETTEVILLE - Armorel needed only six innings to claim the Class 1A baseball state championship.

Nash Winters' RBI single with two outs in the sixth gave Armorel a 10-0 run-rule win over Taylor Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

The hit capped a 4-for-4, 2-RBI game for Winters, but Ashton Kennedy was named the game's MVP. Kennedy gave up two hits and faced 19 batters, one over the minimum, while striking out four.

Andrew Lannon's two-out RBI single in the first got things going for Armorel, who added three in the second, three in the third, one in the … Continue Reading ››

4A State Title: Star City 4, Arkadelphia 3

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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FAYETTEVILLE - Tye Brown's two-out single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave Star City its first baseball state championship in school history Friday.

The play beat Arkadelphia 4-3 and ended the Badgers' quest for a third straight state title.

Arkadelphia got on the board first, with an RBI double by Austin Bethell in the second, but the Bulldogs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

Austin Powell's RBI single tied the game, then William Wynn scored on a wild pitch to take the lead.

The lead lasted until the … Continue Reading ››

State Championship Matchups

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Here is a list of all state title games and the time they'll be played.

All of the games will take place on the University of Arkansas campus. Baseball games will be at Baum Stadium, softball games at Bogle Park and soccer games at Razorback Field.

Baseball

7A - Conway vs. Bentonville (Fri., 3 p.m.)

6A - Benton vs. Sheridan (Sat., 3 p.m.)

5A - Harrison vs. White Hall (Sat., 12:30 p.m.)

4A - Arkadelphia vs. Star City (Fri., 10 a.m.)

3A - Mayflower vs. Fordyce (Sat., 10 a.m.)

2A - Magnet Cove vs. Ouachita (Fri., 5:30 p.m.)

1A - Armorel vs. Taylor (Fri., 12:30 p.m.)

Softball

7A - North Little … Continue Reading ››

New reclassification numbers causes changes in schools

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.
The Arkansas Activities Association released the numbers for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle Thursday. Here are some of changes that will take place, beginning in the fall of 2016. Class 7A — The emergence of Bentonville West causes West Memphis to drop to Class 6A. Because of the Bentonville split, Springdale High will now be the state's largest school in attendance, with a three-year average of 2440.33 students in grades 9-11. Class 6A — The new schools are West Memphis and Jacksonville, which will consolidate with Class 5A North Pulaski. Alma and Little Rock Parkview will drop out. Class 5A — Alma is back in … Continue Reading ››