Bentonville vaults into MaxPreps Cup standings lead

Bentonville has made its move toward becoming the first school to win the MaxPreps Cup — which is awarded to the nation's best high school athletic program — for a second consecutive year. Bentonville-TigersBentonville, which was in a tie for second place through the fall sports season, now has 818 points after the winter sports have been tabulated. Carmel, Ind., the school that was tied with Bentonville, is in second place with 764 points, just six points ahead of fall sports leader Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh, N.C. Rounding out the top 10 schools … Continue Reading ››

Tigers add out-of-state foes to 2015 schedule

Bentonville's football team will take the field against a pair of new out-of-state opponents during the 2015 season under first-year head coach Jody Grant. The two-time defending Class 7A state champions will take on Valor Christian Bentonville-Tigersof Highland Ranch, Colo., in a Sept. 11 game at Tiger Stadium, then will host James Rickards of Tallahassee, Fla., the following week. Both games will have 7 p.m. kickoffs. Valor Christian takes the place of Broken Arrow, Okla., which elected to break its contract with Bentonville in order to play a game against a Texas high … Continue Reading ››

Har-Ber spring football: Five things to watch

SPRINGDALE — Har-Ber expects to regain its elite status this fall after dropping to 3-8 and allowing over 40 points per game last year. Here are five things to watch as the Wildcats work they way through spring drills. Improve the passing game Har-Ber struggled mightily with its passing game, which put a lot of pressure on its rushing attack. Har-Ber should be much better at quarterback with the transfer of Fuller Chandler from Springdale High, where he threw for 2,447 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. The all-conference quarterback should have some athletic young receivers as targets. “We tried everything last year … Continue Reading ››

Is it time for AAA to revamp spring playoff format?

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 ››

Bentonville Spring Football: Five Things To Watch

Eight weeks after he was given a promotion to head coach, Jody Grant will lead Bentonville's football team to the Tigers' first spring practice Monday afternoon. 12/6/14 Arkansas Demorcrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Bentonville's QB Kasey Ford scrambles for yardage in the second half during the  Class 7A state championship football game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. 12/6/14
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Bentonville's QB Kasey Ford scrambles for yardage in the second half during the Class 7A state championship football game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage: 5 Things To Watch In Spring Football

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF  Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF
Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
Rogers Heritage begins spring football practice Monday evening. Workouts will continue for the next two weeks with a spring scrimmage slated for May 22. Here are five things to watch for: Searching For A Tailback One of the War Eagles' top priorities will be … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville spring football: 5 Things To Watch

Another year of spring football practice is under way across Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state. For several teams, that means the same old routine this time of year. But at Fayetteville, this season's spring football practices signal many changes. The Purple'Dogs began spring drills in t-shirts and helmets this week and will put on the pads for the official start of the two-week spring practice on Monday. Here's 5 key things to pay attention to as Fayetteville football works its way through the spring: 1. Fast-paced attack The offense has plenty of experiences and weapons back for next season, led by junior … Continue Reading ››

Tang is back for Rogers High

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

Smaller classification schools eye spring football

It’s not just the large schools that will be returning to the football field this month. Schools in the smaller classifications will also get a jump on the fall season. Some of the schools, particularly those who have a number of multi-sport players that are still involved in baseball or soccer, will delay the start of their spring football workouts until after the state tournaments for spring sports. For example, Prairie Grove coach Danny Abshier will not start football practices until May 11, which is the same time Class 5A Farmington will also kick off its spring schedule. Pea Ridge, the defending 4A-1 … Continue Reading ››

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