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Springdale’s McFarlane commits to Kansas JUCO

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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Ishine McFarlane (32) and Kyler Mahar of Springdale celebrate after defeating Rogers Heritage on Friday Jan. 8, 2016 during the game in War Eagle Arena at Rogers Heritage.
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Ishine McFarlane (32) and Kyler Mahar of Springdale celebrate after defeating Rogers Heritage on Friday Jan. 8, 2016 during the game in War Eagle Arena at Rogers Heritage.


Springdale senior Ishine McFarlane committed to Allen Community College on Monday and plans to sign with the Kansas junior college in the near future.

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Mack headlines 6 Springdale signees

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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NWA Democrat Gazette/TONY REYES Jackson State signee Desiree Mack at Springdale's signing ceremony Friday.


SPRINGDALE — Desiree Mack’s Springdale High volleyball coaches used a unique motivational tactic her sophomore year.

Amanda Williford and Ashlee Kemp kept a folder on the bench with two school logos on separate pages: LSU and a small in-state college. Depending on how Mack was playing, they would hold up a corresponding page.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a Division I school like LSU, so I had to mature and get my attitude right … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Kahn commits to NorthArk

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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STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF -- 12/27/13 -- Springdale's Kyra Kahn looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during the second-round game against McDonald County (MO) in the Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Neosho (MO) Middle School on Friday December 27, 2013. STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF -- 12/27/13 -- Springdale's Kyra Kahn looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during the second-round game against McDonald County (MO) in the Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Neosho (MO) Middle School on Friday December 27, … Continue Reading ››

Three schools make Top 15 in MaxPreps Cup standings

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 defending champion was down in the fall, but it’s not out yet.

Bentonville, who was unranked in the MaxPreps Cup standings when the fall sports were completed, vaulted itself to the No. 6 spot after the winter sports were finished and is within striking distance of winning that title a third consecutive year. The two-time defending MaxPreps Cup champion finished fall sports with state titles in girls tennis and girls cross country and a state runnerup in boys cross country.

Bentonville, fueled by its state championships in boys and girls swimming and its runnerup finishes in boys basketball and wrestling, has … Continue Reading ››

Greenland’s Crown signs with SAU

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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Kim Crown signed with Southern Arkansas
Kim Crown signed with Southern Arkansas on Friday.


Kim Crown took a February visit to Crowder Community College, home to one of the top junior college women’s basketball programs in the nation.

The 6-foot-1 Greenland senior post verbally committed to Southern Arkansas the same day.

“I’d already been to Lyon’s campus and to Crowder and I was like, this is nothing like SAU,” Crown said. “So I knew that was where I wanted to go to.”

Crown signed with Southern Arkansas on Friday after a … Continue Reading ››

Finalists for Bentonville West boys coaching job named

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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BENTONVILLE — And then there were three.

Greg White of Gravette, Matt Busch of Watson Chapel and Dick Rippee of Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo have been named the finalists for the new Bentonville West boys basketball coaching position, Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore said Tuesday.

Passmore said all three finalists were given second interviews Tuesday morning, and he hopes that he can recommend one of those names for hiring to school superintendent Michael Poore some time Friday. That person's name will be taken to the school board during Monday's meeting.

White has been at Gravette for two years, but he has 7A-West experience as … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Gadison Commits

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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Bentonville vs Springdale on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
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Bentonville vs Springdale on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016


Springdale senior Anna Gadison verbally committed to North Arkansas College on Sunday night.

The 7A-West all-conference selection visited the Harrison junior college in February and made her commitment ahead of the spring signing period, which begins April 13.

Gadison averaged 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals for Springdale as a senior after previously starring at Robinson in Little Rock. Beyond the averages, the 5-foot-6 shooting … Continue Reading ››

NWADG Girls Best of the Rest

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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Photo by David Beach - Lauren Hargus of Bentonville drives up the court on a fast break at Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR, on Friday, February 12, 2016. - Bentonville at Springdale Har-Ber, 7A Division basketball game.
Photo by David Beach - Lauren Hargus of Bentonville drives up the court on a fast break at Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR, on Friday, February 12, 2016. - Bentonville at Springdale Har-Ber, 7A Division basketball game.


The All-NWADG teams were published online and in Sunday's paper, recognizing 12 of the … Continue Reading ››

NWADG Boys Best of the Rest

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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Photo by David Beach -  Jordan Hemphill of Bentonville goes up for a dunk against Har-Ber at Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR, on Friday, February 12, 2016. - Bentonville at Springdale Har-Ber, 7A Division basketball game.
Photo by David Beach - Jordan Hemphill of Bentonville goes up for a dunk against Har-Ber at Har-Ber High School, Springdale, AR, on Friday, February 12, 2016. - Bentonville at Springdale Har-Ber, 7A Division basketball game.


The All-NWADG teams were published online and in Sunday's paper, recognizing 12 of the … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West boys job draws 19 applicants

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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Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore said Monday afternoon he has 19 people that have officially applied for the new West boys basketball coaching job.

Passmore said he hopes to begin the interview process Thursday with those who have already applied, but he would welcome applicants this week from anybody else who is interested in the position.

The following are those who have officially applied online as of Monday:

• Nick Bradford, Missouri Southern men's assistant coach

• Matt Busch, Watson Chapel boys head coach

• Derek Shaw, Mountain Pine boys head coach

• TK Smith, Ecclesia College men's head coach

• Chuck Davis, Elkins boys assistant coach

• … Continue Reading ››