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Red Dog Q&A: Carson Johnson

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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Senior Carson Johnson has been one of Springdale’s leaders in the Bulldogs’ best season since the school district split in 2006.

The leadoff-hitting infielder is batting .422 with 16 stolen bases, 13 RBIs and a gaudy .677 on-base percentage. He is a four-year starter, three-year leadoff hitter and committed to Warner, Okla.-based Connors State in November.

Here’s a Q&A with Johnson. Read a feature on him in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.

Have you always worn No. 6?

For two years I’ve worn 6. I used to wear 24.

Why’d you switch?

I wanted 24 but a senior had it and it … Continue Reading ››

7A-WEST REPORT: WEEK 2

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Tyler Blackston, Springdale Har-Ber shortstop, tags out Bentonville runner Dalton Herrera at second on Monday March 28, 2016 during the game at Bentonville's Tiger Athletic Complex.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF
Tyler Blackston, Springdale Har-Ber shortstop, tags out Bentonville runner Dalton Herrera at second on Monday March 28, 2016 during the game at Bentonville's Tiger Athletic Complex.
7A-West Baseball Springdale Har-Ber Springdale Har-Ber will participate in a tournament at Springfield, Mo., after splitting two games with … Continue Reading ››

SPRINGDALE HAR-BER

Rick Fires

Rick Fires

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Rick Fires is a sports reporter and columnist for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale Har-Ber, as well as Lincoln and Prairie Grove.
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Springdale Har-Ber beat Foley, Ala., 10-1 Monday night in its first game of the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Brady Patrick struck out 12 in six innings to earn the victory for Har-Ber (3-1). Blaze Brothers, Caleb Kimbel and Brandon Still each had two hits for the Wildcats while Brothers, Adam Scoggins and Caleb Grace drove in two runs apiece.

Har-Ber continues tournament play today with games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

7A-West Baseball Report: Week 1

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Stater Kasey Ford of Bentonville is congratulated Friday, May 22, 2015, after recording the final out of the fourth inning against Conway during the Class 7A state championship game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game. NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Stater Kasey Ford of Bentonville is congratulated Friday, May 22, 2015, after recording the final out of the fourth inning against Conway during the Class 7A state championship game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see … Continue Reading ››

Prep Baseball: Rogers High 4, Mountain Home 1

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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Mason Mitchell shook off a few early jitters and finished strong to lead Rogers High to a 4-1 win over Mountain Home on Saturday in the Best Sports Classic at Veterans Park.
The junior right-hander, making his first varsity start, tossed a complete game four-hitters and allowed just two base runners over the final three innings. He allowed one unearned run, struck out five and walked three.
Rogers coach Matt Melson said Mitchell did the job by changing speeds and keeping the Bombers off-balance.
"His change-up was really effective," Melson said. "His arm speed on that was very good. That's what I … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASEBALL: Rogers Heritage 6, Little Rock Central 5

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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Sophomore Jacob Morris drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lead Rogers Heritage to a 6-5 win over Little Rock Central on Friday in the Best Sports Classic.
Heritage (2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for the win. With the game tied 5-5, Morris hit a ground ball up the middle and the Central second baseman's throw to the plate was late as the winning run scored.
Trailing 5-4, the War Eagles loaded the bases on two hit batsman and an intentional walk to Noah Guill. Ethan Gates then drew … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Spring Sports Previews

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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When Bentonville's baseball team opens its 2016 baseball season Tuesday, it will be in a position that it hasn't experienced in 13 years.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Starter Kasey Ford of Bentonville delivers against Conway Friday, May 22, 2015, during the third inning of the Class 7A state championship game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game. NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Starter Kasey Ford of Bentonville delivers against Conway Friday, May 22, 2015, during the third inning of the Class 7A state championship … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High spring sports preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Tony Roller, Rogers, competes in the hurdles Thursday, March 12, 2015 during the Springdale Invitational Track Meet at Springdale Har-Ber track in Springdale.
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Tony Roller, Rogers, competes in the hurdles Thursday, March 12, 2015 during the Springdale Invitational Track Meet at Springdale Har-Ber track in Springdale.
Rogers boys track coach Carlton Efurd liked the way his team performed at the indoor state meet, which could lead to a strong effort outdoors.
The Mounties aren't as strong in the distance … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage spring sports preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --5/20/15-- Brandon Shaw of Rogers Heritage competes in the shot-put  event Wednesday during the decathlon at Cabot High School.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --5/20/15-- Brandon Shaw of Rogers Heritage competes in the shot-put event Wednesday during the decathlon at Cabot High School.
Rogers Heritage boys track coach Jay Miles has a little less experience than he's used to, but he does have another proven multi-event specialist and Miles intends to put him to work.
Senior Brandon Shaw finished sixth in the Arkansas High School Decathlon … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville spring sports preview

Vernon Tarver

Vernon Tarver

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Vernon Tarver is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Fayetteville, as well as Farmington and Elkins sports.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Reliever Joey Savin of Fayetteville delivers a pitch against Conway Saturday, May 16, 2015, during the seventh inning of the Class 7A state semifinal game at Bulldog Field in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Reliever Joey Savin of Fayetteville delivers a pitch against Conway Saturday, May 16, 2015, during the seventh inning of the Class 7A state semifinal game at Bulldog Field in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
Baseball ‘Dogs will have … Continue Reading ››