Category Archives: Football

All-Star Games In Need Of Geographic Overhaul

Henry Apple

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for NWA Media. 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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"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this ... and totally redeem yourself!" Anybody who has watched the movie "Dumb And Dumber" can just about quote that line. For those who haven't, it's what Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) screams at Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) following a trade of the van for a moped. It's also one of the first things that popped into my mind after I saw the Arkansas Activities Association's announcement for this year's coaching staffs for the All-Star football and volleyball games. How else can you explain why Bryan Ross of … Continue Reading ››

Multiple Schools Recruiting Burton

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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AN FBH-SDALE SCRIMMAGE
Springdale receiver Zach Burton.
Springdale High senior receiver Zach Burton is hearing from multiple schools with less than a month until National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is receiving interest from Missouri State, Northwest Missouri State, Pitt State, Central Missouri and Hendrix.

“I’m hoping that either Northwest or UCM offer,” Burton said.

He’s visited Northwest Missouri State and plans to visit Central Missouri, Missouri State and Hendrix in the future. All the schools are recruiting him as a receiver after he successfully transitioned to offense after playing safety as a … Continue Reading ››

Zak Clark Q&A

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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AN FBH-SDALE COACH 1-10
New Springdale football coach Zak Clark.
  Here’s a Q&A with new Springdale High football coach Zak Clark.

Look for full coverage of Clark’s hire in Saturday’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

You played against Springdale, coached here, coached against them. What are your expectations and can you bring it back?

I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t think you could get it back. I think everything’s in place to get it back. There’s pieces here. Just from watching, the familiarity of playing Springdale and the kids, I know the … Continue Reading ››

Storey Named MaxPreps Small Schools POY

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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Former Charleston quarterback Ty Storey has been named MaxPreps’ 2014 Small Schools Player of the Year.

Storey, who is already enrolled at Arkansas, capped his high school career last month with a dominant performance in the Tigers’ 33-26 win over Smackover in the Class 3A state championship game.

Accounting for all but 17 yards of Charleston’s offense, the four-star recruit threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

On the Tigers’ final drive of the game, he accounted for all 55 yards, including nine carries for 51 yards and the game-winning four-yard touchdown pass with 17 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Hires Clark

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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FBH FAY BENT EXTRA 013
New Springdale football coach Zak Clark.
Springdale High named Fayetteville offensive coordinator Zak Clark its new head football coach at a Friday morning pep rally.

Clark becomes the Bulldogs’ fourth coach in the past decade, filling the void left by Shane Patrick’s resignation in November following an 0-10 season and third straight year without a playoff appearance. Clark spent the previous five years as an assistant at Fayetteville, his alma mater.

Clark, who started 10 games at quarterback for Arkansas in 2001 before … Continue Reading ››

Soehner Attends National Combine

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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Sometimes, being invited to a big-time event falls short of expectations. That was Dylan Soehner's experience at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine in San Antonio, Texas last week. The 6-foot-7 tight end from Prairie Grove was among some of the nation's top underclassmen who were tested in a series of drills prior to the annual All-American Bowl that showcases the nation's top seniors. The underclassmen were tested in the 40-yard dash, shuttle, vertical jumps, and one-on-one drills. "Usually, the combines are held in the Alamodome, but they were held outside this year because of the bowl game between UCLA and Kansas State," … Continue Reading ››

How About Some Playoff Changes For 2015?

Henry Apple

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for NWA Media. 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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We are less than a month removed from when Dylan Smith's 6-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds remaining gave Bentonville a 24-21 win over Fayetteville in the Class 7A state championship game. There's still been plenty of time for me to ponder over that Dec. 6 game at War Memorial Stadium. We're now eight months away from a new football season, but I do know some changes I would like to see done concerning the state playoffs before the next season is upon us. AN FBH-FAY-BENT STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Bentonville senior … Continue Reading ››

UPDATE: Springdale Football Coaching Applicants

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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Here are the 20 candidates who had applied for the Springdale High football head coaching vacancy as of Wednesday morning.

The position will likely be filled between Jan. 6-13, per athletic director Wayne Stehlik.

These are the nine new applicants who applied for the job after Dec. 11, in alphabetical order.

Zak Clark

Fayetteville offensive coordinator

Jeremy Flowers

Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill. assistant

Mark King

Horatio head coach

Eric Redmon

N/A

Cornelius Roberts

Little Rock McClellan football assistant/head baseball coach

Wade Standley

Norman (Okla.) North head coach

Ronald Travis

N/A

Max Washausen

Prairie Grove assistant

Ronald Young

Warren assistant

These 11 applicants who had applied before Dec. 11.

Les Boyum

South Gibson County, Tenn., assistant coach

Jeff Broyles

Stigler, Okla. line coach

Kole Carpenter

Cave City defensive coordinator

Duane Friesen

N/A

Spencer … Continue Reading ››

NWA Media honors top athletes in fall sports

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.

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Junction City 38, Hazen 6

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Junction City allowed only 157 yards in its 38-6 win over Hazen in the Class 2A championship game.

The Dragons’ 40th consecutive win gives them their third straight title and fifth in seven years. It is the fourth-longest winning streak in state history.

JaQwis Dancy, a Louisiana Tech commit, was selected as the game’s most valuable player after rushing for 139 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He also had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Randall Holyfield completed 6 of 10 passes for 130 yards, while Keyundra Evans caught three passes … Continue Reading ››