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Bill Niven Retires

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.
Paul Nielsen

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Bill Niven's 44-year coaching career has come to an end as the Decatur girls coach is retiring. Niven coached boys basketball for over 40 years before coaching girls for the first time at Decatur. Along the way, Niven won a boys state championship at Hope, turned around a struggling Rogers High Mounties program in the 1990s, coached the Razorbacks of Texarkana High and took Green Forest’s boys to the state tournament for the first time in 15 seasons in 2008.

Saints come up short in semifinals loss to Arkadelphia

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

Clay Wilson hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Arkadelphia to a 5-3 victory over Shiloh Christian in the Class 4A semifinals Tuesday at the University of Central Arkansas.

Wilson’s blast put the defending state champions ahead, but it was the work of Ty Kosters and Ty Jones that put the Badgers in position to defend their state title against Star City on Friday at the championship game in Fayetteville.

Kosters, a junior right-hander, pitched six strong innings of relief and Jones delivered a big pinch-hit two-out single in … Continue Reading ››

Is it time for AAA to revamp spring playoff format?

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
Every table at the hamburger restaurant was packed Friday in Russellville with mud-caked softball and baseball players. Torrential rain pounded outside.

Four baseball and softball games were postponed Friday, affecting 16 teams trying to get regional tournaments finished before the start of the next round of tournaments later this week.

We all know spring weather is  unpredictable. Sun can change to heavy rain quickly. And baseball and softball games greatly depend upon dry playing fields. Soccer is not as affected by rain, and now that so many high schools have field turf, spring rains are even less of a factor.  Almost the … Continue Reading ››

Tang is back for Rogers High

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.
Paul Nielsen

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Rising senior Katherine Tang will play tennis for Rogers High this fall, Lady Mounties girls tennis coach Matt Fulton said. Tang did not compete last fall. As a freshman and a sophomore, Tang teamed with her older sister, Tiffany, to win the Class 7A state doubles championship and the Overall doubles championship. Tiffany, who won four Class 7A and Overall championships (2 doubles-2 singles), is currently a student at Rice University

Heritage Surges Late For State Tourney Win

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
SPRINGDALE — Bryant had trouble guarding Rogers Heritage guard Lexus Hobbs earlier this season. That didn’t change much Friday night. The 5-foot-11 guard poured in a game-high 23 points and made key plays down the stretch to help the War Eagles earn a tough 52-48 win over the Hornets in the Class 7A state boys basketball tournament at Springdale Har-Ber’s Wildcat Arena. Heritage controlled the Hornets in a 52-38 win on Nov. 25 as Hobbs scored a game-high 17. But Bryant led by two after three quarter and pushed the War Eagles to the limit before falling short over the final three minutes … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Springdale 61, Rogers 45

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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SPRINGDALE — Springdale High’s seniors finished their final game in Bulldog Gym in impressive fashion.

And the Bulldogs got a glimpse of a bright future, too.

Senior Chris Owens scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead four Bulldogs in double figures in a 61-45 win over Rogers High.

Fellow seniors Tyler Tutt and TreShawn Gause joined Owens in double figures, scoring 11 and 10, respectively. And so did freshman Tyler Garrett, scoring an impressive 10 points and also chipping in three rebounds, three steals and two assists in about 10 minutes off the bench in his Springdale debut after … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Wrestling Team 29-1

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 High is off to its best start in school history after the Mounties wrestling team defeated Springdale High (64-12) and Springdale Har-Ber (36-30) Tuesday night.

Rogers is now 29-1 in dual matches and the Mounties won the Greenbrier Invitational Tournament last weekend, which featured the top teams in the state.

Mounties coach Ken Simmons said the dual victory against Har-Ber was the first in several seasons against the Wildcats.

"We didn't wrestle very well against Springdale, and I was worried going into the Har-Ber dual," Simmons said. "Madison (Montgomery) got us started with a big win and then Gary (Fredrick) and Christian … Continue Reading ››

Officials Make Correction

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
FORT SMITH- Officials in the Rogers Heritage-Fort Smith Southside boys game Tuesday night made a mistake, but they caught it just in time. Heritage's Connor Hirsh hit the front end of a one-and-one, but teammate Chris Coover was whistled for a foul late in the first half. Officials did not allow Hirsh to shoot his second free throw, but awarded the ball to Southside. However, officials caught the error during halftime and awarded Hirsh his second free throw, which he made to give the War Eagles a 24-19 lead, to start the second half. Federation rules state that is a correctable error … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Players Sign

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 baseball players Derek Sallee and Will Sanders will continue their baseball careers at the college level next year as both Mounties signed letters of intent Tuesday. Sallee signed with Allen Community College in Iola, Kansas while Sanders signed with Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia. Both players are expected to pitch in college . The right-handed Sallee was 3-1 last year with 3.67 ERA in 29 innings of work. He also batted .378. “I’m real proud of Derek because he has worked hard for us,” said Rogers coach Matt Melson. “He gave us some quality innings on the mound last year. … Continue Reading ››

High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian 63, Bentonville 55

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
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Right when Bentonville's boys made their move to get back into Thursday's game, Wesleyan Christian had other ideas. Kwe Parker and Jalen Johnson did the damage in a 12-0 run in the third quarter, and the team from High Point, N.C., ended the Tigers' three-game winning streak with a 63-55 decision in the first round of the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions. "For us, I think the pivotal point was when we cut it to three," Bentonville coach Jason McMahan said. "They made two hard shots behind that, which made it a seven-point differential. Then we let go … Continue Reading ››