Bentonville Atop Another Preseason Poll

NationalHSFootball.com released its preseason top 10 poll for Arkansas Friday.

They chose Bentonville, the reigning 7A State Champion, as the No. 1 team. Here's a look at the complete top 10, as well as each team's record in 2013.

1. Bentonville (11-2) 2. North Little Rock (10-3) 3. Fayetteville (8-3) 4. Conway (9-3) 5. Cabot (12-1) 6. El Dorado (9-5) 7. Greenwood (12-1) 8. Bryant (7-4) 9. FS Northside (3-6-1) 10. Springdale Har-Ber (8-4)

The website mentions Pine Bluff as a team to just miss the cut for the top 10.

Also, NationalHSFootball.com rates the best in-state and out-of-state games.

In-state: North Little Rock at Fayetteville (Sept. 12) Out-of-state: Bentonville vs. Bergen Catholic (Sept. 19)

Henry Delays Retirement From Coaching

Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.

Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.

Darrell Henry didn't stay retired long from coaching. The former Fort Smith Northside head coach is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, where he'll begin his second year. Henry accepted an offer from Pointers head coach Brooks Coatney after Henry resigned in 2012 from Northside, where he coached for 11 years. He was on the sideline with the Pointers Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase … Continue Reading ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play

The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase started Friday with pool play. Thirty-two teams from six different states played seven games to determine the seeding of the single-elimination tournament on Saturday.

Fayetteville was the only team to finish the day undefeated, winning pool B. Heritage Hall (Okla.), Wynne and Bixby (Okla.) won pools A, C and D, respectively.

Here's a look at the entire bracket.

Elite 7-on-7 bracket

Some of the state's biggest prospects are playing in the showcase, including Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady and Wynne quarterback Ross Trail.

Storey is a four-star … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville RBs Lost In 7-on-7 Shuffle

There were no handoffs for Dylan Smith and Hekili Keliiliki to take Friday, neither were there any offensive linemen to deliver blocks and provide holes for them to run through. The world of 7-on-7 football may be suited for offense, but it's not the style of attack that Bentonville's senior running backs prefer. The duo, who combined for 2,188 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during the Tigers' state championship run last year, were limited to running routes Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian. "I don't really do that much," Smith said. "This is for quarterbacks and receivers to work … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Salvador Sandoval

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Springdale senior receiver Salvador Sandoval.

Springdale rising senior receiver Salvador Sandoval could be poised for a breakout senior season after a strong spring semester. Sandoval is one of the best athletes on the team, ranking third in the 40-yard dash (4.57), fourth in vertical jump (32), fourth in shuttle (4.32), fifth in the L-drill (7.06) and eighth in the obstacle course (45.35) during offseason testing. Check out a feature on Sandoval in Thursday’s Springdale Morning News and the rest of the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. Q: Who’s your funniest teammate? A: … Continue Reading ››

Monk Invited to LeBron Skills Academy

AN BKB BENT FAY 3-1Bentonville guard Malik Monk is one of 80 high school basketball players invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy that begins Wednesday in Las Vegas.

At the four-day event in Las Vegas, he will participate in skill workouts and 5-on-5 games in front of NBA scouts, media and college coaches.

Monk is a five-star recruit and the No. 4 player in the class of 2016, according to ESPN.com. Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com all have him rated as a five-star and top-10 recruit, as well.

Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and … Continue Reading ››

WATN: Former Foes Teamed Up At UA

By Paul Boyd NWA Media Allyson Twiggs Dyer and Blair Savage-Lansden were tied together because of basketball for several years, but they have taken different paths later in life. The two were bitter rivals in high school, but became teammates at Arkansas.
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Allyson Twiggs-Dyer

Twiggs Dyer put her basketball career behind her quickly after Arkansas lost to Washington in the NCAA Tournament in 1995. “I left my shoes in the hotel room in Seattle,” she said. “I was done. I had played a ton of basketball, and it was a great … Continue Reading ››

WATN: McNair Recalls Wild Playoff Game

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Michael Woods Former Shiloh Christian standout Cole McNair is back in Fayetteville and working as a producer for his family's insurance company.

FAYETTEVILLE — The scoreboard at Junction City went dark just before the start of the 1999 playoff game against Shiloh Christian. Probably a good thing it did. It couldn’t have kept up with the blur of scoring changes that occurred seemingly every few seconds during the game. Shiloh Christian’s 70-64 win that night is regarded by many as the greatest high school football game ever played in … Continue Reading ››

WATN: Springdale Baseball’s Improbable Title Run

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Courtesy Photo Springdale Bulldogs 1998 state championship team

BY RICK FIRES NWA MEDIA SPRINGDALE — There was a time when Springdale High’s baseball team was the best in the state. Although the program has seen hard times the past few years, and is currently without a coach, that wasn’t always the case. In 1992, Springdale reached the state finals before losing 6-3 to a Pine Bluff team that featured a junior center fielder who hit a home run in the game. His name is Torii Hunter, who is in his 16th year in … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Among Bass Pro Shop Tournament Field

Bentonville's boys basketball team will join seven other teams from across the country to compete in the 31st annual Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions.

The three-day event will be held Jan. 15-17 at the JQH Arena on the Missouri State caAN BKB-BENT-HERTmpus in Springfield, where last year's tournament had more than 10,000 people in attendance. A number of NBA and college players have participated in the tournament in previous years, including Lamar Odom, John Wall and Tyler Hansbrough.

Because the tournament is held in the middle of … Continue Reading ››

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