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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 ››

Busy Summer for Lady Bulldogs

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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Springdale's Ryann Goodsell (left) and Chasidee Owens.
Springdale's Ryann Goodsell (left) and Chasidee Owens.


The start of Springdale High’s basketball season is still three months away, but it’s been an eventful summer for the Lady Bulldogs, highlighted by two players picking up offers and the hiring of former Razorback Erin Gatling as an assistant coach.

Rising seniors Ryann Goodsell and Chasidee Owens have picked up offers over the course of the last two months, while several other players have had college programs express interest.

The combination of making the hire and fielding … Continue Reading ››

Willis Commits to Commodores

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 - Payton Willis (5) of Fayetteville scores ahead of Lexus Hobbs (10) of Rogers Heritage during the first half Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Fayetteville High.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE - Payton Willis (5) of Fayetteville scores ahead of Lexus Hobbs (10) of Rogers Heritage during the first half Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, at Fayetteville High.


As Payton Willis continued to tear up the summer basketball scene, more and more colleges continued to take notice of the 6-foot-4 combo guard from Fayetteville.

Finally, during a final Arkansas Wings summer … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Schools to Live Stream Via YouTube, App

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

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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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Springdale High and Springdale Har-Ber will each live stream their football games this fall on their respective YouTube accounts and via new iPhone apps.

Users can access school-specific information by downloading the NIAAA app from the iTunes app store and then selecting the state of Arkansas and city of Springdale within the app. Streaming via the app and YouTube will take the place of traditional radio broadcasts for both schools.

Both schools have hired play-by-play and color analysts for the broadcasts. For Springdale, Zach Arns will serve as the play-by-play man, while Derek Oxford will provide color commentary. At Har-Ber, Donald Tucker … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Mahar Commits to Blue Mountain College

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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Special to NWA Media David Beach - Kylar Mahar of Springdale drives to the basket against Siloam Springs at Panther Activity Center, Siloam Springs, AR on January 6, 2015.
Special to NWA Media David Beach - Kylar Mahar of Springdale drives to the basket against Siloam Springs at Panther Activity Center, Siloam Springs, AR on January 6, 2015.


Springdale High senior forward Kyler Mahar didn’t need to take numerous college visits his senior year or drag out the recruiting process.

The skilled 6-foot-6 forward verbally committed to Blue Mountain College, an … Continue Reading ››

Q&A with new Springdale coach Jeremy Price

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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Jeremy Price was hired as Springdale High’s new head basketball coach July 3 after the Bulldog alum spent a year serving as an assistant under former coach and current Fayetteville assistant Brad Stamps.

Price, who played on one of Springdale’s two state runner-up teams in 1998 and regularly sat on the bench for the 2014 runner-up squad while serving as a junior high coach, takes over the job after the Bulldogs went 11-17 and finished sixth in the 7A-West but won a game at the state tournament in Stamps’ final year. Springdale … Continue Reading ››

Gravette’s Turner signs with Missouri Valley

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

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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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Cole Turner, a 2015 Gravette graduate, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA program in Marshall, Mo. Turner (6-foot-5) averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Lions last season and scored a season-high 28 points in one game. “Cole’s versatility made him a tough matchup for opponents,” Gravette coach Greg White said. “I believe his best basketball is ahead of him.”

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 ››