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.
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 ››

Timing ‘Perfect’ For Father-Son Retreat

Senior year is crucial for father-son relationships.
It’s often the last chance for the family patriarch to offer advice before a young boy becomes a man, and leaves the nest for college or a career.
That’s why Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway has a retreat for seniors-only and their fathers, just before the blur of their final year of high school begins.
The Saints returned Saturday from this year’s “Father-Son Retreat,” a three-day, two-night stay at War Eagle Resort in Tahlequah, Okla.
“It’s perfect [timing],” Conaway said. “As a young man going into your senior year, you begin to think, ‘What’s next?’ ‘Where am … Continue Reading ››

Southwest Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play Scores

The annual Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase starts Friday with pool play. The 32-team field will play games at Shiloh Christian (the host), Springdale High, Fayetteville High and Rogers High. Saturday's double-elimination tournament will be held entirely on Shiloh's campus.

For a preview of the event, click here.

We will be posting scores from all of the pool play games below.

NOTE: Games were delayed because of weather, so the times listed are when the games were scheduled to be played. The actual start times were later.

9 a.m.

Pool A

Jenks (Okla.) 17, Alma 16

Aurora Christian (Ill.) 20, Elkins 12

Pool B

Bixby (Okla.) 42, Rogers Heritage … Continue Reading ››

Springdale hires new track coach

Adam Bumsted
Adam Bumsted

Springdale hired Adam Bumsted as its girls track and cross country coach on Wednesday.

Bumsted spent the previous eight years coaching the girls teams at Lingle Junior High in Rogers, where he also assisted with the boys track team. He fills the void left by Kim Peek’s resignation and becomes Springdale’s sixth girls coach in seven years, adding his name to a lengthy list Peek, Sarah Cole, Godfrey Siamusiye, Paige Rollins and Moe Henry.

Bumsted’s Lingle girls won the 2015 conference cross country title, while the … Continue Reading ››

Springdale fills coaching vacancy

New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.
New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.

Springdale dipped into the junior-high ranks of another Class 7A school district to fill its varsity volleyball coaching opening Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs hired Megan Thompson, a two-time state champion as a player for Fort Smith Southside and the coach of Kimmons Junior High in Fort Smith for the past five years, to fill the void left by Kylie Moad’s resignation in mid-April.

“It’s definitely been a whirlwind, without a doubt,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited. Looking forward to a … Continue Reading ››

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