He didn't come home with a state championship, but Pea Ridge quarterback Jakota Sainsbury earned — perhaps — an award almost as distinguished when he became the first player to repeat Tweet of the Week honors.
Less than 48 hours after Sainsbury and the Blackhawks lost 54-37 to Warren in the Class 4A state championship, the junior took to Twitter with this masterpiece that showed he still kept his sense of humor despite the defeat.
There was plenty for everyone to tweet about over the past week, but let's take a … Continue Reading ››
With the state football playoffs wrapping up and winter sports like hoops heating up, there was plenty to tweet about in Northwest Arkansas over the past week.
A high volume of happenings led to a high volume of great tweets, making it more difficult than usual to choose the ARPreps.com Tweet of the Week.
But we were impressed by the sportsmanship shown by Shiloh Christian football coach Jeff Conaway in his tweet to Pea Ridge offensive coordinator Crosby Tuck, a Shiloh Christian alum. This was tweeted after the Saints' season ended with a 30-24 loss at Pea Ridge, which will take on … Continue Reading ››
Congratulations to Graham Thomas, who went wire-to-wire to win our ARPreps.com Football Pick'Em Poll Contest this season. Graham, our writer with the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, was pushed late by Paul Boyd, our man on the Rogers High and Rogers Heritage beats. But Graham pulled away for an impressive victory!
As for the bottom of the standings, Mike Capshaw and Scottie Bordelon were in a heated battle for the cellar down to the last game. Congrats to Scottie for avoiding the dreaded last place spot, barely edging Mike :) !!!
PICK ‘EM POLLFinal StandingsGraham Thomas: 146-63 overall, 11-4 last week
Paul Boyd: 141-68 overall, … Continue Reading ››
Playoff Round 4 Games
Fayetteville vs. North Little Rock
Greenwood vs. Russellville
Pulaski Academy vs. Wynne
Shiloh Christian at Pea Ridge
Warren at Prairie Grove
Glen Rose at Charleston
Newport at Prescott
England at Hampton
Camden Harmony Grove at Mount Ida
Alabama vs. Florida
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Colorado vs. Washington
Wisconsin vs. Penn State
Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
Kansas City at Atlanta
PICK ‘EM POLL Standings
Graham Thomas: 135-58 overall, 9-6 last week
Paul Boyd: 132-61 overall, 11-4 last week
Rick Fires: 130-64 overall, 10-5 last week
Vernon Tarver: 127-67 overall, 11-4 last week
Henry Apple: 125-69 overall, 9-6 last week
Chip Souza: 125-69 overall, 11-4 last week
Scottie Bordelon: 119-75 overall, 9-6 last week
Mike Capshaw: … Continue Reading ››
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
Fayetteville senior quarterback Taylor Powell has already accomplished more than most in his high school playing days. The record holder in Class 7A for career touchdown passes, single season TD passes, single season total TDs accounted for and No. 2 all-time in 7A passing yards, Powell now becomes the first Class 7A quarterback ever the start three state championship games.
More than the numbers, Powell just wants one more win. More importantly, one more title.
Three 4A-1 teams — Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge and Shiloh Christian — are in the final four of the 4A playoffs. It's the first time in Arkansas history that three teams from the same conference have reached the state semifinals from Class 4A and below.
Click here to check out the feature in today's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.