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Owens Adds Another Offer

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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Chris Owens (Springdale 24) flies past the Northside defense and lays it in.   Springdale senior Chris Owens picked up his second football offer Friday from Pitt State.

Owens and the Bulldogs wrapped up a three-day camp at the Division II school Friday afternoon when the 6-foot-3 cornerback received the offer. He received his first football offer from Central Oklahoma on May 29.

Owens said Pitt State coaches … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 10: Cliff Harris

Andrew Hutchinson

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

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pat summerall classic 10. Cliff Harris

Sport: Football

Position: Safety

High School: Des Arc

College: Ouachita Baptist

Professional Teams: Dallas Cowboys (1970-79)

Notable: Two-time Super Bowl champion; four-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team; inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2004.

In 10 seasons with the Cowboys, Harris intercepted 29 passes, with at least two in every season. His best season came in 1977, when he picked off quarterbacks five times and was named a first-team All-Pro for the second time.

For the first half of his career, he was also a kick and punt returner. He … Continue Reading ››

NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULES HAVE INTERESTING MATCHUPS

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-WEBB-HARB 09-07 The 2013-14 school year hasn't even ended for some students (how are those snow days looking now, right?) and already we are looking ahead to when school and prep football returns.

The start of a new scheduling cycle is always interesting because teams are playing different opponents, especially in nonconference. These games are, for the most part, two-year agreements.

It's interesting the number of teams playing out-of-state opponents in nonconference games this coming season.

For instance:

• Bentonville will play teams from three different states in nonconference. The Tigers will take on Kansas … Continue Reading ››

Some Double Duty Necessary For War Eagles

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.
Rogers Heritage may be the Class 7A school, but War Eagles football coach Perry Escalante said he will still ask a few players to see action on both sides of the football on Friday night in the fall. "It won't be like get a drink and go right back out there," Escalante said. "It will be more like a series here or there. I think it's something we have to do. But it will be several we ask to take snaps on both sides of the ball." Joey Saucier, who will be a senior, did it a year ago, starting at receiver … Continue Reading ››

Perrin to coach Stuttgart

Matt Jones

Online Sports Editor at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, NWA Media
Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

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Stuttgart has made its second football head coaching hire in less than a month. According to the Stuttgart Daily Leader, the Ricebirds have hired former Mineral Springs head coach Vince Perrin. The hire comes only a few weeks after the school district hired Melbourne coach Kevin McCarn, who changed his mind three days later. Perrin was 20-5 in two seasons as head coach at Mineral Springs. According to the Daily Leader he also has had assistant coaching jobs at Springdale, Alma, Greenwood, Arkadelphia, Bearden, Hot Springs Lakeside and Clinton. Stuttgart had been looking for a replacement for Billy Elmore, who left in … Continue Reading ››

Who Will Be Farmington’s 5A-West Rival?

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 had the opportunity Friday morning to spend a couple of hours in Farmington, where I spoke with athletic director Brad Blew and coaches Mike Adams, Beau Thompson and Brad Johnson about the school's upcoming move to Class 5A status. Farmington has played its final game in the 4A-1 Conference and will be a member of the 5A-West Conference when classes resume in August. One of the dramatic changes Farmington faces will be the lack of a natural rival in the new league, basically because it's so spread out throughout about one-fourth of the state. Farmington's new conference foes range in distance … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Summer #W2W4: Football

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 SPRING

Springdale junior quarterback Fuller Chandler in the Bulldogs' spring game.

The school year is almost over, but Springdale High's athletes don't get the summer off. The following "Summer What To Watch For" details the football team's outlook for next season and summer program over the course of the next few months. It is the first of a four-part series that includes volleyball (Tuesday), girls basketball (Wednesday) and boys basketball (Thursday). 2014 … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville Bulldogs Spring Wrap

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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Some thoughts from Fayetteville's Purple-White game as the Bulldogs wrapped up spring drills Friday at Harmon Stadium... * The 2014 Bulldogs appear to be a headed back towards a more balanced offensive attack. While there are plenty of playmakers in the passing game, like Class of 2015 tight end  C.J. O'Grady and wide receiver Garland Allison, the running game looks to be a big part of the plans this fall. Fayetteville could use as many as five different tailbacks this season, and junior-to-be Terrance Rock - who led the spring game with 67 yards on 10 carries - could battle Luke Rapert … Continue Reading ››

Owens Picks Up Basketball, Football Offers

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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  Chris Owens (Springdale 24) flies past the Northside defense and lays it in. Chris Owens picked up his first Division I basketball offer and his first football offer in a span of 24 hours. The Springdale High 6-foot-3 shooting guard was offered a basketball scholarship by Oral Roberts on Friday afternoon. The class of 2014 prospect picked up the offer shortly after visiting ORU earlier this month. Continue Reading ››

Reports: Gragg transferring to Dumas

Matt Jones

Online Sports Editor at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, NWA Media
Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

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PINE BLUFF AT BRYANT The state's top football recruit is transferring. Tight end Will Gragg will play his senior season at Class 4A Dumas, where his father, Kelvin, was recently named superintendent, according to reports. Gragg is leaving Class 6A Pine Bluff, where he helped the Zebras to a state runner-up finish as a junior. Gragg caught 36 passes for 367 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end is one of the state's most heralded recruits in recent years, holding more than 40 scholarship offers before the end of … Continue Reading ››