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Bentonville Brings Home CBS MaxPreps Cup Title

Henry Apple

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Henry Apple is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette

Bentonville High School was a runaway winner of the 2013-14 CBS MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the nation's best overall high school sports program.

AN SOC-BENT-BRYANT GAMER

Bentonville's girls soccer team hoists up its Class 7A state championship trophy, one of eight state titles Bentonville won this year en route to capturing the MaxPreps Cup.

Bentonville finished the final MaxPreps Cup standings with 1,120 points, while Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic was a distant second with 985. Rounding out the top five were Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou with … Continue Reading ››

New Format Leaves No Room For Error

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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Fayetteville looked like the top squad at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase through Friday's pool play, finishing a perfect 7-0. And the Bulldogs appeared to be one of the top teams to beat coming out of Saturday's morning session, with easy victories over Van Buren and Rogers Heritage in bracket play.

But one slip up, one off game at the wrong time, can cost you in this tournament. And Fayetteville found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon.

Facing a Harrison team it had previously defeated twice over the summer at other 7-on-7 weekend tournaments, the Bulldogs started slow and couldn't fully … Continue Reading ››

4 Downs With Shiloh Christian RB Chandler Smith

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.
AN FBH-SHILOH PREVIEW I caught up with Shiloh Christian rising senior Chandler Smith (OK, he was sitting down), on Friday at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Shiloh 7-on-7

Smith has played on the Saints' varsity for four seasons. Last season he was injured late and missed Shiloh Christian's playoff game and was held out of spring contact drills.  He has since been cleared and has participated in all the Saints' team camps and 7-on-7s this summer.

First Down: How is your shoulder?

It's doing good. It's completely healed. It was separated and I tore my … Continue Reading ››

Heritage Newcomer Shows Potential

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.
Howie Stettmeyer hasn't been with the Rogers Heritage football team for long, but War Eagle coaches liked what they saw at this weekend's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Stettmeyer, who has never played football and home-schooled, came to Heritage coaches just before the dead period  expressing a desire to play football.

The 6-foor-4, 220-pound senior-to-be  started with the team on Monday, but Heritage coach Perry Escalante said he's already showing some positive flashes.

"He's getting better and better," Escalante said. "He's a big target. We've not had a lot of time to drill with him. But he's getting better running routes, that's the thing … Continue Reading ››

Harrison Wins SW Elite 7-on-7 Showcase

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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Harrison scored 26 unanswered points to defeat Heritage Hall (Okla.) 26-14 and win the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Saturday at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

The Goblins were the only Arkansas team to reach the semifinals, after Charleston, Fayetteville and Little Rock Christian each lost in the quarterfinals.

While several Arkansas teams didn't go as far in the tournament as expected, the Natural State still had a winning record against out-of-state teams.

In pool play, teams from Arkansas went 34-26 against teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. They were only 9-9 in tournament play, but still finished the weekend with a winning … Continue Reading ››

Top QB Prospects Shine At 7-on-7 Showcase

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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TY STOREY

Charleston quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.



SPRINGDALE — There was still plenty of quarterback talent on hand at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase even without the state’s top class of 2016 passer.

Bentonville junior Kasey Ford missed the showcase hosted by Shiloh Christian this weekend because of a summer baseball tournament, but there was nevertheless a wealth of quarterback talent present on Shiloh’s Field Of Champions and Southwest Junior High, including top 2015 in-state quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey.

Here’s a breakdown of … Continue Reading ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Quarterfinal Match Ups

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase is down to eight teams at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

Of the 18 Arkansas teams that started, four remain in the tournament. The other four teams are from Oklahoma (2), Illinois and Indiana.

Here are the four quarterfinal match ups and start times. All games will be played at Champions Stadium, Shiloh Christian's home field.

Fayetteville vs. Harrison - 1:30 Bixby (Okla.) vs. Gibson Southern (Ind.) - 1:30 Heritage Hall (Okla.) vs. Charleston - 2:00 Aurora Christian (Ill.) vs. Little Rock Christian - 2:00

The only one-seed eliminated so far has been Wynne, the winner of pool C. Wynne is led by … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Atop Another Preseason Poll

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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NationalHSFootball.com released its preseason top 10 poll for Arkansas Friday.

They chose Bentonville, the reigning 7A State Champion, as the No. 1 team. Here's a look at the complete top 10, as well as each team's record in 2013.

1. Bentonville (11-2) 2. North Little Rock (10-3) 3. Fayetteville (8-3) 4. Conway (9-3) 5. Cabot (12-1) 6. El Dorado (9-5) 7. Greenwood (12-1) 8. Bryant (7-4) 9. FS Northside (3-6-1) 10. Springdale Har-Ber (8-4)

The website mentions Pine Bluff as a team to just miss the cut for the top 10.

Also, NationalHSFootball.com rates the best in-state and out-of-state games.

In-state: North Little Rock at Fayetteville (Sept. 12) Out-of-state: Bentonville vs. Bergen Catholic (Sept. 19)

Henry Delays Retirement From Coaching

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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Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.

Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.

Darrell Henry didn't stay retired long from coaching. The former Fort Smith Northside head coach is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, where he'll begin his second year. Henry accepted an offer from Pointers head coach Brooks Coatney after Henry resigned in 2012 from Northside, where he coached for 11 years. He was on the sideline with the Pointers Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase … Continue Reading ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase started Friday with pool play. Thirty-two teams from six different states played seven games to determine the seeding of the single-elimination tournament on Saturday.

Fayetteville was the only team to finish the day undefeated, winning pool B. Heritage Hall (Okla.), Wynne and Bixby (Okla.) won pools A, C and D, respectively.

Here's a look at the entire bracket.

Elite 7-on-7 bracket

Some of the state's biggest prospects are playing in the showcase, including Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady and Wynne quarterback Ross Trail.

Storey is a four-star … Continue Reading ››