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State Basketball Report – Jan. 22

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
Here is a recap of the week that was in Arkansas high school basketball, as well as a few things to keep an eye on this upcoming week.

Winter Weather Wreaks Havoc Across Arkansas

This week's slate of games has already been affected by winter weather and it appears as though it will continue to be affected Friday.

Several of Tuesday's games were postponed because of the threat of freezing rain and snow. With much of the state expected to get several inches of snow Friday, many schools have already cancelled class. That likely means there will be even more postponements.

We don't have … Continue Reading ››

Carlisle To Forfeit Football, Basketball Wins

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.
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The Arkansas Activities Association announced Wednesday that Carlisle will forfeit a total of eight games after the school self-reported a violation by its football and basketball teams to the AAA office.

The infraction is listed under Article III, Section 1, Rule 1, B1 of the AAA handbook.

The AAA said in a release that it has accepted Carlisle's decision to forfeit all four football victories this season. The Bison had originally finished the season 4-6 — 4-4 in 2A-6 Conference play — and reached the Class 2A state playoffs as a No. 5 seed before suffering a 46-8 first-round Hackett.

As a result … Continue Reading ››

2015 NWADG Player of the Year – Luke Hannon

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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


Springdale Har-Ber running back Luke Hannon has been named the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Player of the Year after leading the 7A-West in rushing for the second straight year.

The senior rushed for 2,073 yards and 14 touchdowns and also caught 14 passes for 337 yards and six touchdowns.

He was offered several scholarships to small schools in Arkansas, including Henderson State, but has decided to attend the University of Arkansas as a full-time student and major in pre-med.

For more, visit NWADG.com.

2015 NWADG Defensive Player of the Year – Grant Morgan

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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


Greenwood linebacker Grant Morgan has been named the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Defensive Player of the Year.

The senior racked up 149 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and three sacks, while leading the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish in the Class 6A state playoffs. On offense, he caught 13 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns.

Morgan - the younger brother of former Greenwood and current Arkansas wide receiver Drew Morgan - has offers from Air Force and several Division II schools, including Arkansas Tech, Henderson State and Ouachita Baptist.

For more, visit NWADG.com.

2015 NWADG Offensive Player of the Year – Taylor Powell

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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


Fayetteville quarterback Taylor Powell has been named the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Offensive Player of the Year.

The junior completed 269 of 378 passes (71.2 percent) for 3,594 yards, a school-record 49 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. He also rushed for six touchdowns, giving him a Class 7A record 55 total touchdowns, while leading the Bulldogs to a state championship.

Powell has already started receiving interest from several major colleges and has offers from Arkansas State and Wake Forest.

For more, visit NWADG.com.

2015 NWADG Newcomer of the Year – Kam’ron Mays-Hunt

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

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


Bentonville wide receiver/defensive back Kam'ron Mays-Hunt has been named the 2015 Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Newcomer of the Year.

He moved to Bentonville from White Hall and made an immediate impact for the Tigers, despite missing spring workouts with a hip injury.

The sophomore caught 53 passes for 556 yards and seven touchdowns, while also returning kicks and playing defense.

For more, visit NWADG.com.

Rogers High FB Coach Resigns

Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Nielsen is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers High, as well as Pea Ridge and Decatur.
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ROGERS — Rogers High football coach Shawn Flannigan resigned Thursday.

Flannigan told Mounties players and coaches at a team meeting at the field house Thursday afternoon. He was 18-44 in six seasons.

The Rogers School District is also looking for a new football coach at Rogers Heritage after former coach Perry Escalante resigned last month.

District athletic director Mark Holderbaum said he hopes to hire a new Mounties football coach by the end of January. Flannigan will remain a teacher at the school.

“We will post the job and we will get to work after the holiday season,” Holderbaum said.

Flannigan took the Mounties to … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Football Awards

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.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Taylor Powell, Fayetteville junior quarterback, tosses the ball back to a referee against Bentonville Friday Nov. 6, 2015 at Harmon Play Field in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR
Taylor Powell, Fayetteville junior quarterback, tosses the ball back to a referee against Bentonville Friday Nov. 6, 2015 at Harmon Play Field in Fayetteville.


Here is the complete list of the 7A-West’s all-state and all-conference selections along with conference player and coach of the year awards.

The selections were made by league coaches.

Coach of the Year: Chris … Continue Reading ››
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.
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ARPreps Pick’Em Poll (FINAL STANDINGS)

Vernon Tarver

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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Here's the final tally of the ARPreps Pick'Em Poll, which ran throughout the entire high school football season and consisted of high school, college and pro football picks the last 14 weeks. Final Standings Jimmy Carter: 159-51 overall, 13-2 last week Chip Souza: 150-60 overall, 12-3 last week Henry Apple: 149-61 overall, 11-4 last week Vernon Tarver: 146-64 overall, 13-2 last week Paul Nielsen: 143-67 overall, 8-7 last week Rick Fires: 142-68 overall, 11-4 last week Paul Boyd: 135-75 overall, 12-3 last week Graham Thomas: 132-78 overall, 12-3 last week Andrew Hutchinson: 132-78 overall, 11-4 last week