Red Dog Q&A: Carson Johnson

Senior Carson Johnson has been one of Springdale’s leaders in the Bulldogs’ best season since the school district split in 2006.

The leadoff-hitting infielder is batting .422 with 16 stolen bases, 13 RBIs and a gaudy .677 on-base percentage. He is a four-year starter, three-year leadoff hitter and committed to Warner, Okla.-based Connors State in November.

Here’s a Q&A with Johnson. Read a feature on him in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.

Have you always worn No. 6?

For two years I’ve worn 6. I used to wear 24.

Why’d you switch?

I wanted 24 but a senior had it and it … Continue Reading ››


7A-WEST SOFTBALL STANDINGS 4-7   BENTONVILLE Bentonville coach Kent Early was not surprised by hits being held to a minimum during the Lady Tigers’ 2-1 victory Tuesday over Rogers High. “Both of us have quality pitchers,” Early said. “We’re more than one-deep, and Rogers has two in (Maddie) Massanelli and (Alex) McManus. I spoke briefly to Massanelli after the game and told her I have a ton of respect for her. “I was very complimentary of her and what she did. She kept us off-balance. We hit pop up after pop up after pop … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas’ Best Track Performers Update

NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through April 7, based off of meets that were covered or whose results were included on the website.

Coaches who have athletes with performances that should be included in this group should send the athlete's name (all four names if a relay event is involved) with the time or distance and where the performance took place to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports writer Henry Apple at



Jordan McNair, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.58

Zach Jewell, Mena, 10.69

Jordan Jones, Smackover, 10.9*

Timothy Stuckey, Texarkana, 10.9*

Robert Whitfield, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.92


Zach Jewell, Mena, 21.88

Travern Caldwell, … Continue Reading ››

‘Secret’ McNair Gets Noticed

Jacksonville Lighthouse track coach Kelvin Parker calls senior sprinter Jordan McNair "one of the best-kept secrets around."

He gained a little attention last year, when he set the Class 1A state record in the 100-meter dash. He turned in a time of 11.08 seconds and broke the previous mark set in 1984 by Emerson's Edgar Cooper, whose hand-held time of 10.9 seconds carries an FAT equivalent of 11.14.

He won't be a secret much longer with the performances he's had this season. He had already turned in an 11.04 this season before he ran Thursday in the Magnet Cove Panther Relays, when … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Notebook

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Junior David Portilla scored goals in each of Springdale’s first three conference wins. Then senior Leo Araujo erupted for five goals in an impressive 5-0 victory over Bentonville on Friday.

The offense has come from different places, but a stingy defense has been a constant — Springdale has outscored opponents 14-2 in a 4-0 start to 7A-West play that has earned it sole possession of first in the conference.

Bentonville threatened numerous times on Friday, but Springdale (10-2, 4-0) found ways to keep the Tigers off … Continue Reading ››


Bentonville Bentonville’s girls came back from spring break ready to score goals — in bunches.

The Lady Tigers (7-1, 4-0) celebrated their home opener with a 7-1 victory over Springdale Har-Ber, then came back to record a 4-0 road win over Springdale High to remain unbeaten in 7A-West Conference play.

Coach Kristina Henry was more surprised with how many players scored against Har-Ber than she was the margin of victory. Seven different players scored a goal, including four in a 7-minute span in the second half that forced the sportsmanship rule.

“That’s not normal, but it’s nice,” Henry said. “They came back from spring … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Gadison Commits

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Bentonville vs Springdale on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Bentonville vs Springdale on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Springdale senior Anna Gadison verbally committed to North Arkansas College on Sunday night.

The 7A-West all-conference selection visited the Harrison junior college in February and made her commitment ahead of the spring signing period, which begins April 13.

Gadison averaged 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals for Springdale as a senior after previously starring at Robinson in Little Rock. Beyond the averages, the 5-foot-6 shooting … Continue Reading ››

Gravette Lion Invitational Results

Thursday at Gravette


Team Scores — 1. Siloam Springs 122; 2. Gentry 92; 3. Green Forest 90; 4. Elkins 67; 5. Shiloh Christian 62; 6. (tie) Gravette and Springdale Har-Ber 49; 8. Prairie Grove 45; 9. Pea Ridge 35.5; 10 Westville, Okla. 20; 11. Haas Hall Academy 15; 12. Lincoln 12.5.

100 — 1. Sydney Walker, Prairie Grove, 11.30; 2. Alex Fink, Gravette, 11.46; 3. Hunter Casebolt, Elkins, 11.58; 4. Bryan Harris, Gentry, 11.59; 5. Jacob Plunkett, Shiloh Christian, 11.73; 6. Dalton Anglin, Green Forest, 11.81; 7. Nathaniel Harp, Green Forest, 11.84; 8. Broc Berus, Shiloh Christian, 12.01.

200 — 1. Sydney Walker, … Continue Reading ››

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