FORT SMITH — Springdale Har-Ber claimed the Arkansas Wrestling Coaches/Officials Association Dual State title last weekend and the Wildcats will be the favorite to win the upcoming Big West Conference tournament, which begins Friday at Fort Smith Southside. But Har-Ber coach Nika West wants to make sure his team is focused on this event and not the upcoming state tournament.
"My main focus is to keep their attention on this tournament and to go out and perform to the best of their ability," West said."A win here or there can change seedings for the state tournament."
The Greenland girls basketball team has won six state championships since 1999, which shares for the most in Arkansas state history. Lady Pirates coach Alan Barton was an assistant coach when the team won its first three state titles, and has been the head coach for the last three.
Bentonville's boys enter this week's action a solid second in the 7A-West Conference standings, and the Tigers can add some distance between them and the rest of the league with a pair of wins this week.
Bentonville (14-7, 6-2) welcomes Fort Smith Northside to Tiger Arena for what may be the final time as a conference member Tuesday night, then will make the short trip to Springdale Har-Ber for Friday's game.
The Tigers enjoyed their last trip to Northside, when they claimed a 70-54 victory at Grizzly-Kaundart Fieldhouse in January, thanks to a 23-point effort by senior forward Tyler Robinson. The game … Continue Reading ››