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Storey Named MaxPreps Small Schools POY

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Former Charleston quarterback Ty Storey has been named MaxPreps’ 2014 Small Schools Player of the Year.

Storey, who is already enrolled at Arkansas, capped his high school career last month with a dominant performance in the Tigers’ 33-26 win over Smackover in the Class 3A state championship game.

Accounting for all but 17 yards of Charleston’s offense, the four-star recruit threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

On the Tigers’ final drive of the game, he accounted for all 55 yards, including nine carries for 51 yards and the game-winning four-yard touchdown pass with 17 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Hires Clark

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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New Springdale football coach Zak Clark.
Springdale High named Fayetteville offensive coordinator Zak Clark its new head football coach at a Friday morning pep rally.

Clark becomes the Bulldogs’ fourth coach in the past decade, filling the void left by Shane Patrick’s resignation in November following an 0-10 season and third straight year without a playoff appearance. Clark spent the previous five years as an assistant at Fayetteville, his alma mater.

Clark, who started 10 games at quarterback for Arkansas in 2001 before … Continue Reading ››

Soehner Attends National Combine

Rick Fires

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Rick Fires is a sports reporter and columnist for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale Har-Ber, as well as Lincoln and Prairie Grove.

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Sometimes, being invited to a big-time event falls short of expectations. That was Dylan Soehner's experience at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine in San Antonio, Texas last week. The 6-foot-7 tight end from Prairie Grove was among some of the nation's top underclassmen who were tested in a series of drills prior to the annual All-American Bowl that showcases the nation's top seniors. The underclassmen were tested in the 40-yard dash, shuttle, vertical jumps, and one-on-one drills. "Usually, the combines are held in the Alamodome, but they were held outside this year because of the bowl game between UCLA and Kansas State," … Continue Reading ››

How About Some Playoff Changes For 2015?

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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We are less than a month removed from when Dylan Smith's 6-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds remaining gave Bentonville a 24-21 win over Fayetteville in the Class 7A state championship game. There's still been plenty of time for me to ponder over that Dec. 6 game at War Memorial Stadium. We're now eight months away from a new football season, but I do know some changes I would like to see done concerning the state playoffs before the next season is upon us. AN FBH-FAY-BENT STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Bentonville senior … Continue Reading ››

UPDATE: Springdale Football Coaching Applicants

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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Here are the 20 candidates who had applied for the Springdale High football head coaching vacancy as of Wednesday morning.

The position will likely be filled between Jan. 6-13, per athletic director Wayne Stehlik.

These are the nine new applicants who applied for the job after Dec. 11, in alphabetical order.

Zak Clark

Fayetteville offensive coordinator

Jeremy Flowers

Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill. assistant

Mark King

Horatio head coach

Eric Redmon

N/A

Cornelius Roberts

Little Rock McClellan football assistant/head baseball coach

Wade Standley

Norman (Okla.) North head coach

Ronald Travis

N/A

Max Washausen

Prairie Grove assistant

Ronald Young

Warren assistant

These 11 applicants who had applied before Dec. 11.

Les Boyum

South Gibson County, Tenn., assistant coach

Jeff Broyles

Stigler, Okla. line coach

Kole Carpenter

Cave City defensive coordinator

Duane Friesen

N/A

Spencer … Continue Reading ››

NWA Media honors top athletes in fall sports

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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Junction City 38, Hazen 6

Andrew Hutchinson

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


LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Junction City allowed only 157 yards in its 38-6 win over Hazen in the Class 2A championship game.

The Dragons’ 40th consecutive win gives them their third straight title and fifth in seven years. It is the fourth-longest winning streak in state history.

JaQwis Dancy, a Louisiana Tech commit, was selected as the game’s most valuable player after rushing for 139 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He also had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Randall Holyfield completed 6 of 10 passes for 130 yards, while Keyundra Evans caught three passes … Continue Reading ››

4A State Title Game Recap

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Warren cruised to a 48-14 win over Mena to claim the Class 4A state championship Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.

Here is a look back at the Lumberjacks' win.

Stiff Defense by Warren

Warren's defense did not allow Mena's offense to get going until the Lumberjacks pulled their starters in the fourth quarter.

Through two and a half quarters, the Bearcats had five first downs, including two just before the half when Warren was playing a somewhat prevent-defense.

After that, the Lumberjacks had already enforced the mercy rule and pulled its starters, allowing Mena to score a pair of touchdowns and finish the game … Continue Reading ››

3A State Title Game Recap

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Charleston used a touchdown in the final minute of the game to beat Smackover 33-26 Friday night at War Memorial Stadium to claim the Class 3A state championship

Here is a look back at the Tigers' win.

Perfect Again

The win capped another perfect season for Charleston, as the Tigers finished with a 14-0 record in 2014.

Last year, Charleston went 15-0 en route to the 3A title, meaning the Tigers now own a 29-game winning streak.

That is the second-longest active winning streak in the state, trailing only Junction City's 39-game streak. The Dragons could extend its streak to 40 games with a win … Continue Reading ››

Warren 48, Mena 14

Andrew Hutchinson

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


LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Kilay Cox’s 6-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter triggered the mercy rule in Warren’s 48-14 win over Mena in the Class 4A championship game.

It was Cox’s fourth score of the game. He finished with 214 yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries and was selected as the game’s most valuable player.

Mena (12-3) managed only five first downs before the Lumberjacks (12-3) enforced the mercy rule. The Bearcats went three-and-out three times and Warren’s defense forced three turnovers.

Arkansas State wide receiver commit Jaylon Marshall caught five passes for 106 yards … Continue Reading ››