A Look At How AAA Proposals Might Finish

I have used the last four Sunday editions of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers to break down the proposals that school administrators will vote on during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body this year. That meeting takes place at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Now on the eve of this meeting, here's what I see about to take shape in our capital city: Proposal No. 1 — Volleyball Events Defined I don't see any reason why this shouldn't pass, and by an overwhelming margin. It simply gives the director of any regular-season volleyball tournament the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

Clay makes it to 1st day of practice

Lake Hamilton football coach Jerry Clay
Lake Hamilton football coach Jerry Clay
PEARCY — Lake Hamilton coach Jerry Clay wasn’t about to let a dinged-up foot keep him out of the first football practice.

Clay was one of thousands of Arkansans gathering on fields Monday for the first day of practices, getting ready for the upcoming fall season though he was seen riding around in a golf cart on Summit Bank Field at Wolf Stadium.

“It’s not going to make that big of a difference,” said Clay of the foot injury. “I’m … Continue Reading ››

Purple’Dogs Begin To Answer Questions

Nearly 160 players were in attendance for Fayetteville's first practice leading up to the 2014 season. That's a record number for the Purple Bulldogs, who showed plenty of energy and enthusiasm on the first day of drills.

The Purple'Dogs, like all teams, have plenty of questions that still need to be answered before the start of the season. The biggest is who will be playing quarterback once the first Friday in September rolls around.

Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton indicated that there will be a starting quarterback … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Guard Picks Up Offer

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Springdale senior guard TreShawn Gause.
Another Springdale High guard earned a scholarship offer Friday.

Senior point guard TreShawn Gause picked up his first offer from Arkansas Tech after impressing coaches during the Wonder Boys’ elite camp in Russellville.

Gause averaged 4.9 points and 1.2 rebounds as a junior, a key member of Springdale’s state runner-up team. He spent the summer playing for various AAU teams, including the Arkansas Wings 17-and-under select team.

The 5-foot-10 class of 2015 prospect joins senior Chris Owens as Springdale guards with scholarship offers. … Continue Reading ››

Team Camp Offers More Practice Reps For All Players

Gravette hosted a team camp on Monday that drew both Farmington and Pea Ridge squads in addition to the Lions. I spoke with coaches of all three teams, and all three gave the same answer when asked about the advantages of team camps as opposed to the rapidly growing trend of 7-on-7. "I believe there are benefits to both. I think team camps are more beneficial because it's 11-on-11 and you can involve the linemen. We did a lot more team camps this year for that very reason, to get our linemen involved," Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis said. Although … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Brings Home CBS MaxPreps Cup Title

Bentonville High School was a runaway winner of the 2013-14 CBS MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the nation's best overall high school sports program.

Bentonville's girls soccer team hoists up its Class 7A state championship trophy, one of eight state titles Bentonville won this year en route to capturing the MaxPreps Cup.

Bentonville finished the final MaxPreps Cup standings with 1,120 points, while Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic was a distant second with 985. Rounding out the top five were Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou with … Continue Reading ››

Gravette Hires Springdale Assistant

New Gravette head basketball coach Greg White.
Gravette hired Springdale High assistant Greg White as its new boys basketball coach Monday night.

White takes over for Dustin Peters, who resigned July 14 after five years at the school to take the girls head coaching job at Scranton. White returns to a varsity head coaching position after spending five years in the Springdale school district, including the last three seasons as Springdale’s varsity assistant.

He developed and coached the senior class that led the Bulldogs to a state runner-up finish in … Continue Reading ››

Monk Scores 40 in AAU Game

Malik Monk had another stellar performance in an AAU game Friday, scoring 40 points in the Arkansas Wings' 90-88 win in the Peach Jam.

The outing drew attention from ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman. Here are a few of his tweets.

Peters’ Resignation Leaves Vacancy At Gravette

Dustin Peters has elected to step down as Gravette's boys basketball coach in order to become the new girls basketball coach at Scranton.

Peters turned in resignation Monday morning at Gravette, where he had been the last five years. The Lions finished 20-9 last season under Peters, where they finished third in the 4A-1 Conference and reached the Class 4A North Region Tournament.

Peters said it was a family decision that swayed him to taking the new position.

"Ozark called and gave my wife a good job last year, and I want to be living with my wife and kids," Peters said. "It's … Continue Reading ››

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