FARMINGTON — Beau Thompson turned to a familiar strategy that resulted in a stunning upset Friday night in 5A-West Conference play.
Last season, the Cardinals won a number of games by putting the ball in sophomore Matt Thomas' hands late in games. Thomas has a knack for getting to the rim or drawing fouls and is almost automatic from the free-throw line.
It was a ploy that worked to perfection again in Friday's 59-56 win over previously undefeated Maumelle in Cardinal Arena on Color's Day.
Thomas scored 9 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. … Continue Reading ››
North Little Rock will forfeit 10 football and at least 24 boys basketball wins after using an ineligible player during the 2013-2014 season, according to a release by the Arkansas Activities Association Thursday.
The penalty comes after the high school self-reported the violation.
The basketball wins also include an 89-81 victory over Springdale in the 2014 Class 7A state championship game. North Little Rock has turned its trophy over to the AAA.
The football team reached the 2013 semifinals and lost to Cabot.
National signing day for football was Wednesday, but Chris Owens is more concerned with the spring signing period in April.
The Springdale High senior two-sport standout had multiple offers for football, but wants to play basketball at the next level. And a stellar senior season is helping that cause.
Owens is averaging 20.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, both team-highs, a year after earning all-state honors for a 7A state runner-up Bulldog team. This year, Owens is shooting 50 percent from inside the 3-point line and is also … Continue Reading ››
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.
Previous Rank: 1
Record: 12-6; Conference: 6-1
Last Week: W, 62-49 at Heritage; L, 49-46 vs Fayetteville; W, 72-48 vs Har-Ber (Tuesday)
This Week: Southside
Bentonville rebounded strong from its first conference loss of the year with the convincing home win over Har-Ber. Malik Monk cracked the 30-point mark again, but the Tigers' supporting cast was just as important. Bentonville's ability to make Har-Ber's defense pay for collapsing on Monk was huge. … Continue Reading ››
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.
Previous Rank: 1
Record: 15-5; Conference: 7-0
Last Week: W, 65-39 vs Rogers; W, 58-46 at Bentonville
This Week: at Northside
Fayetteville completed the only perfect first half of 7A-West play, boys or girls, with a convincing win at Bentonville. Now comes arguably the Lady Bulldogs’ greatest test this season: Go on the road and play a motivated Northside team on a roll. A win Friday would go a long way toward locking up the conference … Continue Reading ››