Boys: Bentonville 82, Northside 47

Bentonville's Malik Monk.
BENTONVILLE — Malik Monk was on pace for nearly 50 points and had a shot to outscore Fort Smith Northside by himself entering the fourth quarter Friday night.

But Bentonville didn't need him to.

Monk finished with a game-high 38 points despite sitting the final six minutes as the Tigers dominated in an impressive 82-47 mercy rule win over a Northside team expected to contend for the 7A-West Conference title.

Monk came out hot and knocked down two 3-pointers in the opening minutes to help set the tone. … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Northside 68, Bentonville 58

Northside's Aahliyah Jackson (left).
Aahliyah Jackson made her first seven shots and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead Fort Smith Northside to a 68-58 road win over Bentonville.

The Lady Bears (15-1, 1-1) jumped out to an early 16-point lead and held off Bentonville down the stretch to bounce back from a 45-42 loss at Fayetteville on Friday.

The Lady Tigers (10-5, 1-1) made several mini-runs in the second half, but couldn't dig out of the hole and never pulled closer than five down the stretch. Bentonville shot 51 … Continue Reading ››

Multiple Schools Recruiting Burton

Springdale receiver Zach Burton.
Springdale High senior receiver Zach Burton is hearing from multiple schools with less than a month until National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is receiving interest from Missouri State, Northwest Missouri State, Pitt State, Central Missouri and Hendrix.

“I’m hoping that either Northwest or UCM offer,” Burton said.

He’s visited Northwest Missouri State and plans to visit Central Missouri, Missouri State and Hendrix in the future. All the schools are recruiting him as a receiver after he successfully transitioned to offense after playing safety as a … Continue Reading ››

School Bids For Regional, State Tourneys Announced

The following is a list of schools who have made bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host regional and state tournaments in sports other than football. The AAA will announce the host sites at 4 p.m. Thursday at its office in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Lincoln, Ozark, Pottsville South: Mena, Monticello East: Heber Springs, Highland, Pocahontas, Riverview, Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Cedar Ridge, Perryville, Rose Bud Region 3: Bergman, Manila Region 4: Centerpoint, Cossatot River, Drew Central, Fordyce, Prescott Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central, Marmaduke, Pangburn, Sloan-Hendrix South: Gurdon, Parkers Chapel East: Augusta, Carlisle, Mount Ida West: Conway Christian, Westside Johnson County Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Power Rankings

Bentonville junior Malik Monk.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.


Bentonville-Tigers Previous Rank: 1

Record: 6-3; Conference: 1-0

Last Week: W, 63-47 at Southside

This Week: Northside, Bass Pro Invitational

The Tigers actually trailed Fort Smith Southside on the road at halftime Friday, but won comfortably as Malik Monk scored 21 of his 37 points in the second half. Maybe not the most impressive performance, but Bentonville has proven it can raise its level of play when needed.

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7A-West Girls Power Rankings

Fayetteville sophomore Lauren Holmes.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.


Bulldog Purple head Previous Rank: 2

Record: 9-5; Conference: 1-0

Last Week: W, 45-42 vs Northside

This Week: at Southside, Springdale

Fayetteville sent a message to the rest of the conference with its home win over Northside, a victory that avenged an earlier 51-42 loss to the Lady Bears. And Fayetteville really hasn’t had a chance to mesh yet, thanks to injuries to talented guards DaShundra Morgan and Sydney … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 63, Fort Smith Southside 47

FORT SMITH — Jason McMahan said he spent halftime Friday night reminding Bentonville's boys of what they had said the Tigers needed to do during their 7A-West Conference opener against Fort Smith Southside. "The pregame speech was them telling me what we needed to do," McMahan said. "So I went back and memorized almost exactly the way they said it, then gave it right back to them at halftime because they didn't do it." Bentonville got the message this time, then outscored Southside 40-21 over the second half en route to a 63-47 victory over the Rebels. The Tigers (6-3, 1-0) erased a … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Springdale 42, Heritage 32

Springdale post Ryann Goodsell.
Springdale High didn’t stick with its big starting lineup for its 7A-West Conference opener. But coach Heather Hunsucker didn’t need to.

Junior forward Desiree Mack scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both tied for game-highs, to lead Springdale to a 42-32 victory over Rogers Heritage on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-4, 1-0 7A-West) trailed 4-2 early, but led the rest of the way. Springdale’s height took a toll on Heritage as the Lady Bulldogs dominated the paint, outrebounding the Lady War … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Springdale 53, Rogers Heritage 42

Springdale guard Chris Owens.
Chris Owens tied his season-high with 28 points to lead Springdale High to an impressive 53-42 home win over Rogers Heritage in the 7A-West Conference opener Friday.

Owens’ big night keyed Springdale (6-7, 1-0) on offense, while the Bulldogs paired it with one of their best halves on the defensive end in the first. Heritage made just one of its first 20 shots as Springdale built a 21-9 halftime advantage.

The War Eagles (8-6, 0-1) shot better in the second half, but … Continue Reading ››

Zak Clark Q&A

New Springdale football coach Zak Clark.
  Here’s a Q&A with new Springdale High football coach Zak Clark.

Look for full coverage of Clark’s hire in Saturday’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

You played against Springdale, coached here, coached against them. What are your expectations and can you bring it back?

I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t think you could get it back. I think everything’s in place to get it back. There’s pieces here. Just from watching, the familiarity of playing Springdale and the kids, I know the … Continue Reading ››

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