All-Star Games In Need Of Geographic Overhaul

"Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this ... and totally redeem yourself!" Anybody who has watched the movie "Dumb And Dumber" can just about quote that line. For those who haven't, it's what Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) screams at Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) following a trade of the van for a moped. It's also one of the first things that popped into my mind after I saw the Arkansas Activities Association's announcement for this year's coaching staffs for the All-Star football and volleyball games. How else can you explain why Bryan Ross of … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Players Sign

ROGERS — Rogers High baseball players Derek Sallee and Will Sanders will continue their baseball careers at the college level next year as both Mounties signed letters of intent Tuesday. Sallee signed with Allen Community College in Iola, Kansas while Sanders signed with Ouachita Baptist in Arkadelphia. Both players are expected to pitch in college . The right-handed Sallee was 3-1 last year with 3.67 ERA in 29 innings of work. He also batted .378. “I’m real proud of Derek because he has worked hard for us,” said Rogers coach Matt Melson. “He gave us some quality innings on the mound last year. … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Power Rankings

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Springdale Har-Ber's Bailey Schalk.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.

  1. FAYETTEVILLE


  2. Bulldog Purple head

    Previous Rank: 1

    Record: 11-5; Conference: 3-0

    Last Week: W, 54-43 at Southside; W, 51-44 vs Springdale

    This Week: Har-Ber, at Heritage Fayetteville looked amazing for the first half of the first quarter in the win over Springdale, jumping out to a 13-1 lead behind crisp offense and pressure defense. The Lady Bulldogs sleepwalked for a while after that, but still pulled out the win. Fayetteville … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Power Rankings

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Springdale Har-Ber's Tereke Eckwood.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.

  1. BENTONVILLE


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Previous Rank: 1

Record: 8-5; Conference: 2-0

Last Week: W, 83-47 vs Northside; L, 63-55 vs High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian; W, 47-28 vs Waynesville, Mo.,; L, 86-73 vs Chino Hills, Calif.

This Week: at Springdale, Rogers The Tigers had a pretty impressive 2-2 week. They routed Northside on Tuesday and then went 1-2 in a loaded Bass Pro Shops Tournament Of Champions field which featured some top … Continue Reading ››

Indoor Track Season Kicks Off

Bentonville came away with the highest finishes of any Northwest Arkansas competitors Saturday during the Arkansas High School Invitational held Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville. Bentonville's girls took second place in the 4x800-meter relay with a time of 9 minutes, 52.03 seconds, while Greenland's girls took sixth at 10:40.71. On the boys side, senior Joshua Kruse finished third in the 3,000 with his time of 9:15.33. Other Northwest Arkansas athletes who finished in the top 10 in their events include:

GIRLS

• Olivia Thomas, Fayetteville, tied for fourth in high jump (5 feet, 3 inches) • Jade Donnell, Bentonville, … Continue Reading ››

Cardinal Arena Among The Best

  Brad Pad 1 Brad Pad 2 Brad Pad 5   Last month, Farmington fans, players, coaches, alumni and just about everyone else associated with Cardinals and Lady Cardinals basketball throughout the years piled into Meryl Massie Gymnasium for a 'Turn Out the Lights' Night. After years of success, tradition and championships, it was time for Farmington to move onto bigger and better things. Specifically, a brand spanking new, state of the art Cardinal Arena. Located off of Highway 170, south of Highway … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Springdale 50, Fayetteville 48

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Springdale's TreShawn Gause attacks the basket.
Chris Owens and Tyler Tutt combined for 22 of their 33 points in the second half as Springdale High rallied for a 50-48 road victory over a Fayetteville team that entered the night unbeaten in league play.

Springdale (7-8, 2-1 7A-West) bounced back after losing a lead late at crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber on Tuesday.

Owens scored a game-high 19 points and took over for stretches as the Bulldogs rallied. He knocked down a deep, 35-foot 3-pointer late in third quarter to tie … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Fayetteville 51, Springdale 44

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Fayetteville's Maya Mayberry drives.
FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville didn’t make earning another impressive home win easy on itself Friday night.

The Lady Bulldogs’ struggles at the free-throw line for most of the night kept them from putting Springdale High away. But sophomore Kylee Coulter stepped up and knocked down foul shots when they counted.

Coulter made all four of her free throws in the final 80 seconds to help Fayetteville hold off Springdale for a 51-44 win to remain unbeaten in 7A-West play.

Fayetteville (11-5, 3-0) was just 10 of 23 … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Lauren Lamaestra

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Springdale swimmer Lauren Lamaestra.
Springdale High senior Lauren Lamaestra is making her claim as the best female swimmer in program history.

Lamaestra is in the midst of an impressive senior season and has already qualified for state individually in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 breast and 100 back, along with qualifying as part of the 200 medley relay. She has also participated on Springdale’s cheer and track teams.

Read a feature on Lamaestra in Sunday’s Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cheer or swim. Which one’s more difficult?

Swim. I’m even better in swimming than … Continue Reading ››

High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian 63, Bentonville 55

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Right when Bentonville's boys made their move to get back into Thursday's game, Wesleyan Christian had other ideas. Kwe Parker and Jalen Johnson did the damage in a 12-0 run in the third quarter, and the team from High Point, N.C., ended the Tigers' three-game winning streak with a 63-55 decision in the first round of the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions. "For us, I think the pivotal point was when we cut it to three," Bentonville coach Jason McMahan said. "They made two hard shots behind that, which made it a seven-point differential. Then we let go … Continue Reading ››

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