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Bentonville Spring Football: Five Things To Watch

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
Eight weeks after he was given a promotion to head coach, Jody Grant will lead Bentonville's football team to the Tigers' first spring practice Monday afternoon. 12/6/14 Arkansas Demorcrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Bentonville's QB Kasey Ford scrambles for yardage in the second half during the  Class 7A state championship football game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. 12/6/14
Arkansas Demorcrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON
Bentonville's QB Kasey Ford scrambles for yardage in the second half during the Class 7A state championship football game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage: 5 Things To Watch In Spring Football

Paul Boyd

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.
Paul Boyd
STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF  Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF
Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
Rogers Heritage begins spring football practice Monday evening. Workouts will continue for the next two weeks with a spring scrimmage slated for May 22. Here are five things to watch for: Searching For A Tailback One of the War Eagles' top priorities will be … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville spring football: 5 Things To Watch

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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Another year of spring football practice is under way across Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state. For several teams, that means the same old routine this time of year. But at Fayetteville, this season's spring football practices signal many changes. The Purple'Dogs began spring drills in t-shirts and helmets this week and will put on the pads for the official start of the two-week spring practice on Monday. Here's 5 key things to pay attention to as Fayetteville football works its way through the spring: 1. Fast-paced attack The offense has plenty of experiences and weapons back for next season, led by junior … Continue Reading ››

Smaller classification schools eye spring football

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
It’s not just the large schools that will be returning to the football field this month. Schools in the smaller classifications will also get a jump on the fall season. Some of the schools, particularly those who have a number of multi-sport players that are still involved in baseball or soccer, will delay the start of their spring football workouts until after the state tournaments for spring sports. For example, Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier will not start football practices until May 11, which is the same time Class 5A Farmington will also kick off its spring schedule. Pea Ridge, the defending 4A-1 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale: 5 Things To Watch

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
STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER --07/11/2014-- Springdale's Kyler Williams tries to escape a Bentonville tackle on Friday, July 11, 2014, during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale.
STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER --
Springdale's Kyler Williams tries to escape a Bentonville tackle on Friday, July 11, 2014, during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale.
Springdale High kicks off spring football practice this afternoon under first-year coach Zak Clark. Here are five things to watch over the next three weeks for the Bulldogs.

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  • 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
    STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER --08/06/2014-- Springdale High junior running back Malcolm Neal during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.
    STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER -- Springdale High senior Malcolm Neal has moved from running back to cornerback.


    Springdale High kicks off spring practice on Monday afternoon. Here are some pre-spring notes.

    • The Bulldogs will go through eight practices and a spring game in their first spring with new coach Zak Clark. The spring game is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 5 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium.


    • There will be a lot … Continue Reading ››

    Springdale Offseason Testing Leaders

    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
    STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER --08/06/2014-- Springdale High junior linebacker Sam Robinson during practice on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.
    STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER -- Springdale linebacker Sam Robinson.
    Springdale High recently wrapped up its offseason testing ahead of spring football practice, which starts Monday.

    Here are the Bulldogs’ top performers in each testing category.

    40-YARD DASH

    SHS 40

    BROAD JUMP

    SHS BROAD

    BENCH PRESS

    SHS BENCH

    SQUAT

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    New reclassification numbers causes changes in schools

    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 Arkansas Activities Association released the numbers for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle Thursday. Here are some of changes that will take place, beginning in the fall of 2016. Class 7A — The emergence of Bentonville West causes West Memphis to drop to Class 6A. Because of the Bentonville split, Springdale High will now be the state's largest school in attendance, with a three-year average of 2440.33 students in grades 9-11. Class 6A — The new schools are West Memphis and Jacksonville, which will consolidate with Class 5A North Pulaski. Alma and Little Rock Parkview will drop out. Class 5A — Alma is back in … Continue Reading ››

    Bentonville hires new head coach

    Andrew Hutchinson

    Andrew Hutchinson

    Sports Reporter at NWA Media
    Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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    Bentonville has hired Jody Grant to replace Barry Lunney Sr. as the Tigers' next head coach.

    The move is a promotion for Grant, who has helped lead Bentonville to back-to-back state championships as the defensive coordinator.

    He had coaching stints at Clinton and Vilonia before coming to Bentonville in 2004. After two seasons at Lincoln Junior High, Grant was promoted to the high school staff.

    Last season, the Tigers held opponents to a 7A-West-low 118.6 passing yards. They also ranked second in total defense (262 yards/game) and points allowed (13.7 points/game).

    Bentonville Tied For Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

    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
    Defending MaxPreps Cup champion Bentonville is in a tie for second place in the 2014-15 standings through the fall sports. Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons is in the lead with 628 points, while Bentonville and Carmel, Ind., both have 580 points. Hindsdale (Ill.) Central and Sioux Falls (S.D) Lincoln round out the top five with 530 and 468 points, respectively. The MaxPreps Cup standings are tabulated by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state (or section level if there is no state competition) finals. Not all sports are recognized in these standings. Points are also weighted, giving … Continue Reading ››