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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

Springdale Baseball, Softball Standouts Sign

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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Four recent Springdale High graduates signed with in-state colleges Wednesday.

Softball standout Maegan Kelley inked with North Arkansas College, while the baseball trio of Trevor Beadle, Austin Solberg and Zach Stith signed with Ecclesia College.

“I think all three kids got significantly better in a short amount of time,” Springdale baseball coach Shohn Doty said. “I saw a ton of growth in a year. I really believe (Ecclesia) coach (Derrion) Hardie did a great job of recognizing these guys aren't what they're going to be even another year from now.”

Beadle was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, catching every inning of his … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 4) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

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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NOTE: The following is the fourth part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A basketball, baseball and softball, as well as the mixed districts inside those two classes.

There is a lot of mystery that could surround the thought of mixing the state's Class 4A and 3A schools placing them into districts, the result of Proposal No. 4 being passed during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body.

The thought behind this was to cut down on travel, and the only … Continue Reading ››

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

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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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

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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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 ››