Category Archives: Football

A Look At How AAA Proposals Might Finish

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
I have used the last four Sunday editions of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers to break down the proposals that school administrators will vote on during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body this year. That meeting takes place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Now on the eve of this meeting, here's what I see about to take shape in our capital city: Proposal No. 1 — Volleyball Events Defined I don't see any reason why this shouldn't pass, and by an overwhelming margin. It simply gives the director of any regular-season volleyball tournament the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

Clay makes it to 1st day of practice

Sean Saunders

Sports Reporter at The Sentinel-Record
Sean Saunders is a sports writer for The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs.

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Lake Hamilton football coach Jerry Clay

Lake Hamilton football coach Jerry Clay

PEARCY — Lake Hamilton coach Jerry Clay wasn’t about to let a dinged-up foot keep him out of the first football practice.

Clay was one of thousands of Arkansans gathering on fields Monday for the first day of practices, getting ready for the upcoming fall season though he was seen riding around in a golf cart on Summit Bank Field at Wolf Stadium.

“It’s not going to make that big of a difference,” said Clay of the foot injury. “I’m … Continue Reading ››

Purple’Dogs Begin To Answer Questions

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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BY VERNON TARVER

BY VERNON TARVER

Nearly 160 players were in attendance for Fayetteville's first practice leading up to the 2014 season. That's a record number for the Purple Bulldogs, who showed plenty of energy and enthusiasm on the first day of drills.

The Purple'Dogs, like all teams, have plenty of questions that still need to be answered before the start of the season. The biggest is who will be playing quarterback once the first Friday in September rolls around.

Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton indicated that there will be a starting quarterback … Continue Reading ››

Team Camp Offers More Practice Reps For All Players

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.
Gravette hosted a team camp on Monday that drew both Farmington and Pea Ridge squads in addition to the Lions. I spoke with coaches of all three teams, and all three gave the same answer when asked about the advantages of team camps as opposed to the rapidly growing trend of 7-on-7. "I believe there are benefits to both. I think team camps are more beneficial because it's 11-on-11 and you can involve the linemen. We did a lot more team camps this year for that very reason, to get our linemen involved," Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis said. Although … Continue Reading ››

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 ››