7A-WEST GOLF PREVIEW

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Kate Robertson of Bentonville hits toward the green on the fourth fairway Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 during the Wildcat Invitational at the Springdale Country Club.
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Kate Robertson of Bentonville hits toward the green on the fourth fairway Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 during the Wildcat Invitational at the Springdale Country Club.
  Fayetteville enters the 2016 boys’ high school golf season as the three-time defending Class 7A state champion. The Purple Bulldogs now expect nothing short of another title as … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Har-Ber Volleyball Preview

When Shyrah Schisler took over the Springdale Har-Ber volleyball program, she wanted to institute a toughness about her girls, and a no-excuses type team. She's done just that. Last season was, literally, a banner year for the Lady Wildcats, finishing as the 7A runner-up with a 28-6-1 record. Har-Ber had to leap certain hurdles to get to the state finals, and Schisler couldn't have been more proud of her group. "As far as I know we had not beaten Bentonville for several years before I got here," she said. "Beating them in the semifinals last year was great for us. They're such … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS • @NWAMICHAELW CJ Landram, from Rogers Heritage goes up to spike the ball during practice Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Rogers Heritage.
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CJ Landram, from Rogers Heritage goes up to spike the ball during practice Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Rogers Heritage.
ROGERS — It's a new day for the Rogers Heritage volleyball team.

The core group that helped lead the Lady War Eagles to consecutive state quarterfinal appearances is gone, along with their coach.

But new coach Lindsey Layes said she's … Continue Reading ››

FARMINGTON VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW

Farmington enters its third season in the 5A-West Conference this fall. The Lady Cardinals made the Class 5A volleyball tournament in 2014 and after missing out on the state tournament last year, a veteran Farmington team expects to return to postseason once again in 2015. “We’ve got all seniors now,” Farmington volleyball coach Marshall Ward said. “In 2014 we made the tournament and won a game and then played Nettleton to five games in the best match I’ve ever been a part of. Then last year we missed the tournament. “If we were still in Class 4A, I would expect nothing less … Continue Reading ››

2016 Bentonville High Lady Tigers Preview

Strong defensive play has been one of the mantras of Bentonville High's volleyball team since Michelle Smith has been its head coach.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Michelle Smith, Bentonville head volleyball coach, leads the Tigers in practice on Monday Aug. 8, 2016 in Bentonville's Tiger Arena.
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Michelle Smith, Bentonville head volleyball coach, leads the Tigers in practice on Monday Aug. 8, 2016 in Bentonville's Tiger Arena.
That philosophy will remain the same during the 2016 campaign, but the Lady Tigers will probably do it in … Continue Reading ››

Small Schools Volleyball Preview: Shiloh Reloads

The loss of nine seniors — including six starters — off its first state championship team should mean Shiloh Christian volleyball is rebuilding this season. Unfortunately for the rest of the 4A-Northwest Conference, that isn’t the case. The Lady Saints simply reloaded and once again should be the team to beat in 2016. Third-year coach Nathan Bodenstein led the Lady Saints to a runner-up finish in his first season and followed that up with last year’s Class 4A championship. “We’ve experience a lot of good things, so now the pressure is on,” Bodenstein said. “Expectations are set high, which is not a bad … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Hannah Martin, Rogers senior, reaches for a ball Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 during practice at Rogers High School.
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Hannah Martin, Rogers senior, reaches for a ball Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 during practice at Rogers High School.
ROGERS — New Rogers High volleyball coach Christina Lawrence likes her team's offense, but defense needs some work as the Lady Mounties work toward their season-opening benefit match in a little over a week.

Juniors Hannah Martin, Emily Harris and Kassidy Wall … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Tennis Preview

Historically, Fayetteville has been known to produce state championship-level boys tennis teams, but coach Darin Phelan has that same feeling about the Lady Purple'Dogs this year. In 2016, he plans to send to the courts one of the strongest girls teams he's had since he's been coaching to compete for conference and possibly state championships. "I'm really excited about the girls program," he said. "We've got a chance to do something fun." Phelan has a solid group of returning players ready to make a run at a state title. Highlighting the team is his No. 1 player from last season, Cam Cupelli. … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Finishes Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

Bentonville has been denied the opportunity to win a third consecutive MaxPreps Cup title this year.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit ended Bentonville's run and claimed this year's claim to the nation's top athletic program. Jesuit finished with 1,122 points, while Bentonville had 958 points.

The MaxPreps Cup uses state championship performances and national rankings to determine the nation's top overall high school sports programs, and not all sports are used to determine this rankings. It is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level.

Points are also weighted, rewarding states that have … Continue Reading ››

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