Greatest Pros No. 1: Brooks Robinson

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Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Little Rock College: None Professional Teams: Baltimore Orioles (1955-77) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; two-time World Series champion; American League MVP in 1964; 18-time All-Star selection; 16-time Gold Glove Award winner; MLB All-Century Team; jersey No. 5 retired by the Baltimore Orioles

Considered by many to be the best third baseman in baseball history, Robinson was selected as the best professional athlete from an Arkansas high school by a panel of reporters and spectators.

Playing his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore … Continue Reading ››

4 Questions Facing Springdale Basketball

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Springdale senior point guard TreShawn Gause.

The first few weeks of summer have been eventful for Springdale High's boys basketball program. And not in a good way. All-state senior point guard Tereke Eckwood (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg) transferred to crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber, while promising junior forward Drake Wymer (3.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg) transferred to Fayetteville. Continue Reading ››

Springdale Summer #W2W4: Boys Basketball

Chris Owens (Springdale 24) flies past the Northside defense and lays it in.

Springdale guard Chris Owens.

The school year is over, but Springdale High's athletes don't get the summer off. The following details the boys basketball team's outlook for next season and summer program over the course of the next few months. It is the fourth installment in a four-part series that includes football (June 2: http://bit.ly/1m60358), volleyball (June 3: http://bit.ly/U9TOr4) and girls basketball (Wednesday: http://bit.ly/1hPo9FJ). Continue Reading ››

Eckwood Enrolls At Har-Ber

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Former Springdale point guard Tereke Eckwood transferred to Springdale Har-Ber.

  Springdale Har-Ber will have an all-state point guard running the show next season. Former Springdale High standout Tereke Eckwood enrolled at Har-Ber on Thursday morning, said his father, Theron Eckwood. The Arkansas Activities Association, the state's high school sports governing body, ruled the Eckwood family has to move into the Har-Ber school district for Eckwood to be athletically eligible for … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 2: Don Hutson

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Sport: Football Position: Wide Receiver High School: Pine Bluff College: Alabama Professional Teams: Green Bay Packers (1935-45) Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963; three-time NFL champion; two-time NFL MVP (1941-42); eight-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1930s All-Decade Team; NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team; jersey No. 14 retired by Green Bay Packers

Hutson is widely considered the first modern wide receiver. When he retired, he held 18 major NFL records.

He still holds the record for most seasons leading the league in touchdowns, with nine, and his record of 99 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Summer #W2W4: Girls Basketball

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Springdale junior point guard Kierra Lang.

The school year is over, but Springdale High's athletes don't get the summer off. The following details the girls basketball team's outlook for next season and its summer program over the course of the next few months. It is the third of a four-part series that includes football (June 2: http://bit.ly/1m60358), volleyball (June 3: http://bit.ly/U9TOr4) and boys basketball (Thursday). 2013-14 … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 3: Scottie Pippen

pippen jersey 3. Scottie Pippen

Sport: Basketball

Position: Forward

High School: Hamburg

College: Central Arkansas

Professional Teams: Chicago Bulls (1987-98, 2003-04); Houston Rockets (1999); Portland Trail Blazers (1999-2003)

Notable: Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010; six-time NBA champion; two-time Olympic gold medalist; seven-time NBA All-Star selection; jersey No. 33 is retired by the Chicago Bulls

Playing alongside arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time (Michael Jordan), Pippen was a part of all six of the Chicago Bulls’ NBA Championships during the 1990s.

He averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game during his … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 4: Dan Hampton

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Sport: Football

Position: Defensive Tackle

High School: Jacksonville

College: Arkansas

Professional Teams: Chicago Bears (1979-90)

Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002; Super Bowl XX champion; four-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1980s All-Decade Team

Coming out of Jacksonville High, Hampton was an All-American at Arkansas and helped the Razorbacks upset Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl.

While he had an impressive college career, he really made a name for himself in the pros. The Chicago Bears took him fourth overall in the 1979 NFL Draft and he spent the next 12 seasons playing … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 5: Bill Dickey

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Sport: Baseball

Position: Catcher

High School: Searcy

College: Little Rock College

Professional Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)

Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954; 14-time World Series champion as a player or coach; 11-time All-Star; jersey No. 8 is retired by the New York Yankees

Dickey was the backbone of eight of the New York Yankees’ World Series, playing alongside baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

He made the All-Star game 11 times between 1928-1943 before leaving baseball to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 6: Willie Roaf

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Sport: Football Position: Offensive Tackle High School: Pine Bluff College: Louisiana Tech Professional Teams: New Orleans Saints (1993-2001); Kansas City Chiefs (2002-05) Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012; six-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Team

Coming out of Louisiana Tech, Roaf was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the eighth overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft.

He made an immediate impact as one of the game’s most dominant offensive tackles. In 1994, just his second year in the league, he was named First-Team All-Pro. He repeated the … Continue Reading ››

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