‘Secret’ McNair Gets Noticed

Jacksonville Lighthouse track coach Kelvin Parker calls senior sprinter Jordan McNair "one of the best-kept secrets around."

He gained a little attention last year, when he set the Class 1A state record in the 100-meter dash. He turned in a time of 11.08 seconds and broke the previous mark set in 1984 by Emerson's Edgar Cooper, whose hand-held time of 10.9 seconds carries an FAT equivalent of 11.14.

He won't be a secret much longer with the performances he's had this season. He had already turned in an 11.04 this season before he ran Thursday in the Magnet Cove Panther Relays, when … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Notebook

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SPRINGDALE

Junior David Portilla scored goals in each of Springdale’s first three conference wins. Then senior Leo Araujo erupted for five goals in an impressive 5-0 victory over Bentonville on Friday.

The offense has come from different places, but a stingy defense has been a constant — Springdale has outscored opponents 14-2 in a 4-0 start to 7A-West play that has earned it sole possession of first in the conference.

Bentonville threatened numerous times on Friday, but Springdale (10-2, 4-0) found ways to keep the Tigers off … Continue Reading ››

7A-WEST GIRLS NOTEBOOK

Bentonville Bentonville’s girls came back from spring break ready to score goals — in bunches.

The Lady Tigers (7-1, 4-0) celebrated their home opener with a 7-1 victory over Springdale Har-Ber, then came back to record a 4-0 road win over Springdale High to remain unbeaten in 7A-West Conference play.

Coach Kristina Henry was more surprised with how many players scored against Har-Ber than she was the margin of victory. Seven different players scored a goal, including four in a 7-minute span in the second half that forced the sportsmanship rule.

“That’s not normal, but it’s nice,” Henry said. “They came back from spring … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Gadison Commits

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Bentonville vs Springdale on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Bentonville vs Springdale on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016


Springdale senior Anna Gadison verbally committed to North Arkansas College on Sunday night.

The 7A-West all-conference selection visited the Harrison junior college in February and made her commitment ahead of the spring signing period, which begins April 13.

Gadison averaged 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals for Springdale as a senior after previously starring at Robinson in Little Rock. Beyond the averages, the 5-foot-6 shooting … Continue Reading ››

Gravette Lion Invitational Results

Thursday at Gravette

Boys

Team Scores — 1. Siloam Springs 122; 2. Gentry 92; 3. Green Forest 90; 4. Elkins 67; 5. Shiloh Christian 62; 6. (tie) Gravette and Springdale Har-Ber 49; 8. Prairie Grove 45; 9. Pea Ridge 35.5; 10 Westville, Okla. 20; 11. Haas Hall Academy 15; 12. Lincoln 12.5.

100 — 1. Sydney Walker, Prairie Grove, 11.30; 2. Alex Fink, Gravette, 11.46; 3. Hunter Casebolt, Elkins, 11.58; 4. Bryan Harris, Gentry, 11.59; 5. Jacob Plunkett, Shiloh Christian, 11.73; 6. Dalton Anglin, Green Forest, 11.81; 7. Nathaniel Harp, Green Forest, 11.84; 8. Broc Berus, Shiloh Christian, 12.01.

200 — 1. Sydney Walker, … Continue Reading ››

Mena’s Jewell Poses Threat To Record

Zach Jewell could have his name etched in the Class 4A state track and field record book when this season is over.

The senior sprinter from Mena poses a serious threat to the 100-meter dash mark following his performance Tuesday at the Mansfield Tiger Relays. Jewell turned in a winning time of 10.69 seconds and beat his closest competitor by more than 0.7 seconds.

That time eclipses the state record time of 10.70 set by Pine Bluff Dollarway's Henri Murphy during last year's state meet, as well as surpasses the state record in five of the seven classifications. However, the Arkansas Activities … Continue Reading ››

7A-WEST SOFTBALL REPORT

7A-West Standings 4 3-31   SPRINGDALE Coach Ashlee Kemp called this year’s Springdale High softball team the most talented one she’s had in her tenure with the program. But the Lady Bulldogs (1-10, 0-3 7A-West) haven’t produced yet and now are facing the remainder of the season without their only experienced pitcher after junior Erika Ramirez abruptly quit Saturday in the midst of a tournament in Harrison. Springdale lost 18-0 at home against Fayetteville on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs struggled without Ramirez, with Braden Merideth and Bethany Counts, a duo which had only pitched … Continue Reading ››

Whitey Smith Relays Results

Tuesday at Rogers High

Boys

Team scores — 1. Fayetteville 149; 2. Springdale Har-Ber 148; 3. Rogers High 104; 4. Rogers Heritage 82; 5. Bentonville 46; 6. Fort Smith Southside 37; 7. Springdale High 34; 8. Van Buren 32; 9. Farmington 25; 10. Gentry 5.

100 —  1. Payton Copher, Har-Ber, 11.35; 2. Caleb Christensen, Van Buren, 11.60; 3. Brandon Shaw, Heritage, 11.62; 4. Tyran Triplett, Van Buren, 11.75; 5. Luke Waller, Fayetteville, 11.79; 6. Tyson Morris, Fayetteville, 12.00; 7. Caleb Williams, Farmington, 12.02; 8. Max Moore, … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas’ Best Track Performances Update

NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through April 1, 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

Jordan McNair, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.58

Zach Jewell, Mena, 10.69

Jordan Jones, Smackover, 10.9*

Timothy Stuckey, Texarkana, 10.9*

Robert Whitfield, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.92

200

Zach Jewell, Mena, 21.88

Travern Caldwell, … Continue Reading ››

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