Category Archives: Football

Found: A better alignment for 3A football

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.
Henry Apple
Earlier this month, I posted a four-part series on looking ahead to the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how the conferences throughout the state will look during that time. Since then, the Arkansas Activities Association has released their conference alignments. Earlier this week, I had a column in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which I blasted that organization and its board of directors for the way the Class 3A football alignments was done. Here's the reasoning why I did it. Take a look at the nine longest trips I found in the AAA's alignment for 3A football: • Fouke to McGehee — 184 miles • … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 3): 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.
Henry Apple
NOTE: The following is the third 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 football. If there was ever a group that needed an entire overhaul as far as its conference structure goes, it's those schools who play Class 3A football. Simply put, there are too many schools having to make lengthy trips that could be avoided with a different alignment. Cedarville coach Kevin Lea said his team left on a charter bus at 11:30 a.m. and reached Mountain View at 5 p.m., with a … 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.
Henry Apple
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 ››

Shiloh Christian ready for spring game

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.
Chip Souza

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.
Henry Apple
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 ››

Lindsey, Williams Provide Spring-Game Highlights

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.
Jimmy Carter
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER --Springdale High School's Jack Lindsey makes a pass Thursday May 21, 2015 during the Bulldogs' spring scrimmage.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER --Springdale High School's Jack Lindsey makes a pass Thursday May 21, 2015 during the Bulldogs' spring scrimmage.
SPRINGDALE — Jack Lindsey enrolled at Springdale High on March 10.

It didn’t take the Fayetteville quarterback transfer long to figure out receiver Kyler Williams had the potential to be a go-to target.

That’s exactly what Williams was Thursday night during the Bulldogs’ spring game, catching four passes for 157 yards, including … Continue Reading ››

Spring games wrap up workouts

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.
Chip Souza
Several schools in the lower classifications will wrap up their spring football workouts this week. Gravette will hold its Orange-Black spring game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Lions Stadium. Fans of the Lion Destruction Crew can get an early glipse of the team as it heads into the summer. A host of schools will hold spring games on Friday. Class 5A Farmington will go at it at 6 p.m. in its Red-White game, and down the road Prairie Grove will also wrap up spring with its Black-Gold game. Also on Friday, West Fork will close its spring practices with a scrimmage. Shiloh Christian will … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville vaults into MaxPreps Cup standings lead

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.
Henry Apple
Bentonville has made its move toward becoming the first school to win the MaxPreps Cup — which is awarded to the nation's best high school athletic program — for a second consecutive year. Bentonville-TigersBentonville, which was in a tie for second place through the fall sports season, now has 818 points after the winter sports have been tabulated. Carmel, Ind., the school that was tied with Bentonville, is in second place with 764 points, just six points ahead of fall sports leader Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh, N.C. Rounding out the top 10 schools … Continue Reading ››

Tigers add out-of-state foes to 2015 schedule

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.
Henry Apple
Bentonville's football team will take the field against a pair of new out-of-state opponents during the 2015 season under first-year head coach Jody Grant. The two-time defending Class 7A state champions will take on Valor Christian Bentonville-Tigersof Highland Ranch, Colo., in a Sept. 11 game at Tiger Stadium, then will host James Rickards of Tallahassee, Fla., the following week. Both games will have 7 p.m. kickoffs. Valor Christian takes the place of Broken Arrow, Okla., which elected to break its contract with Bentonville in order to play a game against a Texas high … Continue Reading ››

Har-Ber spring football: Five things to watch

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.
Rick Fires

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SPRINGDALE — Har-Ber expects to regain its elite status this fall after dropping to 3-8 and allowing over 40 points per game last year. Here are five things to watch as the Wildcats work they way through spring drills. Improve the passing game Har-Ber struggled mightily with its passing game, which put a lot of pressure on its rushing attack. Har-Ber should be much better at quarterback with the transfer of Fuller Chandler from Springdale High, where he threw for 2,447 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. The all-conference quarterback should have some athletic young receivers as targets. “We tried everything last year … Continue Reading ››