Category Archives: Football

Video: Shiloh Christian opens practice

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
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Mid-Summer Springdale Football Notes

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
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Construction of the home bleachers at Bulldog Stadium began Monday as the renovation project continues on schedule for the Sept. 18 home opener against Bixby, Okla.
Here are some mid-summer Springdale High football notes as the Aug. 3 start of fall camp approaches.


  • First off, here’s an update and a few looks at how the Bulldog Stadium renovation project is coming along.


  • First-year coach Zak Clark’s rebuilding project started in earnest when he was hired in January. We’re now getting close to the start of fall … Continue Reading ››

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.
Henry Apple
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 ››

7A-West Roundup From 7-on-7 Showcase

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
Here's how the 7A-West fared at the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase this weekend.
Here's how the 7A-West fared at the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase this weekend.




Fayetteville beat Springdale Har-Ber 38-14 to win the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase on Saturday, wrapping up a solid showing for the 7A-West over the two-day event.

The conference had both championship-game representatives out of a 32-team field which also featured programs from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. Rogers Heritage also came within a game of advancing to the winner’s … Continue Reading ››

Shiloh Christian hosts Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase

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

7A-West 7on7 Showcase Schedule

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
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Fayetteville's Taylor Powell, Bentonville's Kasey Ford and Springdale Har-Ber's Fuller Chandler (left to right) will be among the top quarterback prospects at the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase this weekend.


Fields map.
Fields map.


The Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase is back in Springdale for the seventh consecutive year beginning Friday and will feature 32 teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas and Illinois.

Here is when and where the 7A-West teams will play during pool play Friday. Field locations are shown … Continue Reading ››

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