Prep Baseball: Rogers High 4, Mountain Home 1

Mason Mitchell shook off a few early jitters and finished strong to lead Rogers High to a 4-1 win over Mountain Home on Saturday in the Best Sports Classic at Veterans Park.
The junior right-hander, making his first varsity start, tossed a complete game four-hitters and allowed just two base runners over the final three innings. He allowed one unearned run, struck out five and walked three.
Rogers coach Matt Melson said Mitchell did the job by changing speeds and keeping the Bombers off-balance.
"His change-up was really effective," Melson said. "His arm speed on that was very good. That's what I … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASEBALL: Rogers Heritage 6, Little Rock Central 5

Sophomore Jacob Morris drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lead Rogers Heritage to a 6-5 win over Little Rock Central on Friday in the Best Sports Classic.
Heritage (2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for the win. With the game tied 5-5, Morris hit a ground ball up the middle and the Central second baseman's throw to the plate was late as the winning run scored.
Trailing 5-4, the War Eagles loaded the bases on two hit batsman and an intentional walk to Noah Guill. Ethan Gates then drew … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas’ Best Track Performances

NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through March 14, based off of meets that were covered or whose results were included on the ar.milesplit.com website.

Coaches who have athletes with performances that should be included in this group should send the athlete's name (all four names if a relay event is involved) with the time or distance and where the performance took place to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports writer Henry Apple at happle@nwadg.com.

Boys

100

Zach Jewell, Mena, 10.88

Brandon Shaw, Rogers Heritage, 11.08

Caleb Christensen, Van Buren, 11.22

Payton Copher, Springdale Har-Ber, 11.25

Kary Collier, Bentonville, 11.35

200 Zach Jewell, Mena, 22.30

Brandon … Continue Reading ››

HAR-BER SOFTBALL

Cearra McPherson struck out nine in seven innings to lead Springdale Har-Ber to a 9-2 victory over Huntsville Monday.

McPherson was also effective at the plate, where she had two hits and four RBI. Kami Carpenter added two hits for the Lady Wildcats, who won for the first time in five games.

7A State Tourney Recap

Cabot's Panther Arena during the 7A state tournament.
Cabot's Panther Arena during the 7A state tournament.


CABOT — I’d made it about 15 miles down I-49 on Wednesday morning when it hit me — I’d left my laptop at home.

My first thought as I took the West Fork exit and turned back around: I’m not going to make it to Cabot by the time the first game of the 7A state tournament tips off.

My second thought, immediately after: This seems like a terrible omen for how the rest … Continue Reading ››

State Championship Matchups

All 28 state championship games are set and will be played in Hot Springs this Thursday-Saturday.

To view the scores of every state tournament game for a particular classification, click the links below.

7A

Girls

Conway vs. North Little Rock (7:45 p.m. Saturday)

Boys

Bentonville vs. Cabot (8:45 p.m. Friday)

6A

Girls

Russellville vs. Jonesboro (8:45 p.m. Thursday)

Boys

Pine Bluff vs. Little Rock Parkview (11 a.m. Saturday)

5A

Girls

Greene County Tech vs. Watson Chapel (4:15 p.m. Saturday)

Boys

Maumelle vs. Forrest City (6 p.m. Saturday)

4A

Girls

Riverview vs. Central Arkansas Christian (3:30 p.m. Friday)

Boys

Baptist Prep vs. Malvern (7 p.m. Thursday)

3A

Girls

Greenland vs. Valley Springs (12:45 p.m. Saturday)

Boys

Charleston vs. Cedar Ridge (2:30 p.m. … Continue Reading ››

HAR-BER SOFTBALL

Van Buren grabbed an 8-0 lead after two innings and defeated Springdale Har-Ber 11-1 Friday in a game called after five innings because of the 10-run rule.

Har-Ber fell to 0-4, including a 16-0 to Greenwood on Thursday. The Lady Wildcats are rebuilding after losing three four-year starters from a team that finished 15-10 last spring.

Van Buren outhit Har-Ber 9-3 and the Lady Wildcats made four errors. McKennah Sikes earned the victory after beating Rogers Heritage, 14-2, on Thursday.

Har-Ber will return home Monday against Huntsville at 4:30 p.m.

Y-Timing Invitational Results

Friday at Ramay Junior High, Fayetteville

Boys

Team scoring — 1. Bentonville 119; 2. Springdale Har-Ber 83; 3. Fayetteville 57; 4. Van Buren 40; 5. Rogers High 39; 6. Rogers Heritage 33; 7. Greenland 23; 8. Springdale High 19; 9. Green Forest 10; 10. Fort Smith Northside 6.

100 — 1 Brandon Shaw, Heritage, 11.08; 2. Caleb Christensen, Van Buren, 11.22; 3. Payton Copher, Har-Ber, 11.25; 4. Kary Collier, Bentonville, 11.35; 5. Tony Roller, Rogers, 11.50; 6. Tyran Triplett, Van Buren, 11.56; 7. Chandler Vandlandingham, Fayetteville, 11.59; 8. Tyrone Mahone, Bentonville, 11.66.

200 — 1. Payton Copher, Har-Ber, 23.35; 2. Caleb Christensen, Van Buren, … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Springdale 4, Siloam Springs 0

Senior Felix Vargas scored two goals as Springdale opened its season with a 4-0 shutout win at home over Siloam Springs on Tuesday.

Sophomore standout Luis Garcia and junior Tony Cristobal each added goals of their own for the Bulldogs (1-0). Sophomore Ricardo Pozos got the start at goalkeeper as the Bulldogs put together an impressive defensive effort in the win.

Springdale will play next in the NWA Showcase this weekend.

Greenland 57, Melbourne 32

Senior Kim Crown scored a game-high 18 points as Greenland kicked off the defense of its Class 3A state championship with a 57-32 mercy rule win over Melbourne on Tuesday in the first round of the state tournament at Jessieville.

It was the 17th win by at least 20 points this season for the Lady Pirates (25-6).

Crown scored eight in the first quarter and helped create open looks for her teammates. The 6-foot-1 post routinely drew double and triple teams from Melbourne (17-8), which deployed a zone.

“We changed up the offense into a four-high and started getting some looks and then … Continue Reading ››

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