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.
As sports writers, we spend plenty of time in stadiums and gyms throughout our lifetimes.
I mean, we spend a LOT of time there. We're there so much that they almost become our second homes at times.
We're so accustomed to being there that we almost act like Dr. Sheldon Cooper when somebody has the audacity to be in the place where we always sit when covering athletic events. With the exception of the janitors or the maintenance people, we're usually the last ones to leave because our work doesn't end when the game ends.
Har-Ber faces an overhaul after losing seven players who’ve moved on to the college baseball level this season. Among those are former staff ace Weston Rogers and No. 2 pitcher Kurt Phillips, who went 7-2 on the mound. Rogers, a left-hander, is at Arkansas, where he earned his … Continue Reading ››
First, here are the standings.
2016-02-20 7A-6A BKB standings
Now the postseason seeding scenarios going into this week's games.
BOYSCLASS 7A7A-Central - Seeds are set. Van Buren is 1, Bryant 2 and Conway 3.
7A-East - Cabot is the 1 seed and West Memphis is in. North Little Rock has games with West Memphis Tuesday and LR Central to finish the schedule. A West Memphis win clinches the 2 seed for the Blue Devils. North Little Rock becomes the 2 seed if it wins both games this week. LR Central clinches a berth and eliminates North Little Rock by beating the Charging … Continue Reading ››
Here are the standings with just two weeks left in the regular season.
2016-02-13 7A-6A BKB standings
Several post-season berths have been clinched and there are even some seeds that are set as well.
The 7A-West boys second division is a total logjam as there is a 5-way tie for third place (Northside, Southside, Springdale, Har-Ber and Heritage) at 4-6, with last-place Rogers just two games back.
It will be an exciting, if not interesting, stretch run.
FORT SMITH — Springdale Har-Ber claimed the Arkansas Wrestling Coaches/Officials Association Dual State title last weekend and the Wildcats will be the favorite to win the upcoming Big West Conference tournament, which begins Friday at Fort Smith Southside. But Har-Ber coach Nika West wants to make sure his team is focused on this event and not the upcoming state tournament.
"My main focus is to keep their attention on this tournament and to go out and perform to the best of their ability," West said."A win here or there can change seedings for the state tournament."
There are only 3 weeks left in the season.
A few playoff spots have been officially clinched. On the other hand, the battle for the 3-6 seeds is totally jumbled in the 7A-West boys and 2 games separate 3rd place from last place.
Going to be a fun 3 weeks.
2016-02-06 7A-6A BKB standings
Like the rest of the 7A-West, the Mounties and Lady Mounties are off Tuesday before they start the second half of the league season when Springdale Har-Ber visits Friday.
The Lady Mounties (9-11, 2-5) lost at Har-Ber in overtime to start West play. Rogers lost several close games in the first half and Lady Mounties coach Preston Early is optimistic entering the final seven games.
"One of the biggest positives for us was that we were in all of our games, except one, deep into the second half," Early said. "We were one, two possessions away in all of our games except … Continue Reading ››
There will be a few make up games in the 7A/6A-Central and the 7A/6A-East on Tuesday. Those two conferences will be then back on schedule.
The West has not lost a game due to weather so there are no games on Tuesday, which is designated as a make-up date in the West, East and Central.
The 6A-South has a regular slate of games schedule for Tuesday. The South's makeup date is Friday Feb. 26.
2016-01-31 7A-6A BKB standings