Saints come up short in semifinals loss to Arkadelphia

Clay Wilson hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Arkadelphia to a 5-3 victory over Shiloh Christian in the Class 4A semifinals Tuesday at the University of Central Arkansas.

Wilson’s blast put the defending state champions ahead, but it was the work of Ty Kosters and Ty Jones that put the Badgers in position to defend their state title against Star City on Friday at the championship game in Fayetteville.

Kosters, a junior right-hander, pitched six strong innings of relief and Jones delivered a big pinch-hit two-out single in … Continue Reading ››

State Championship Matchups

Here is a list of all state title games and the time they'll be played.

All of the games will take place on the University of Arkansas campus. Baseball games will be at Baum Stadium, softball games at Bogle Park and soccer games at Razorback Field.

Baseball

7A - Conway vs. Bentonville (Fri., 3 p.m.)

6A - Benton vs. Sheridan (Sat., 3 p.m.)

5A - Harrison vs. White Hall (Sat., 12:30 p.m.)

4A - Arkadelphia vs. Star City (Fri., 10 a.m.)

3A - Mayflower vs. Fordyce (Sat., 10 a.m.)

2A - Magnet Cove vs. Ouachita (Fri., 5:30 p.m.)

1A - Armorel vs. Taylor (Fri., 12:30 p.m.)

Softball

7A - North Little … Continue Reading ››

Lady Tigers Relay Team Breaks State Record

Another team member, another record-breaking result for Bentonville's girls 4x800 relay team. The Lady Tigers claimed the overall state record in that event Saturday night during the Meet of Champs at Cyclone Stadium in Russellville. The Lady Tigers' team of Sophie Quandt, Merrill Leak, Trinity Walker and Katy Kotoucek turned in a time of 9 minutes, 31.91 seconds and surpassed the previous mark of 9:36.98 set by Bentonville in 2008. The time was also more than 5 seconds faster than what the Bentonville team had run to set the Class 7A state meet record just nine days earlier in Fayetteville, and nobody … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville vaults into MaxPreps Cup standings lead

Bentonville has made its move toward becoming the first school to win the MaxPreps Cup — which is awarded to the nation's best high school athletic program — for a second consecutive year. Bentonville-TigersBentonville, which was in a tie for second place through the fall sports season, now has 818 points after the winter sports have been tabulated. Carmel, Ind., the school that was tied with Bentonville, is in second place with 764 points, just six points ahead of fall sports leader Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh, N.C. Rounding out the top 10 schools … Continue Reading ››

Tigers add out-of-state foes to 2015 schedule

Bentonville's football team will take the field against a pair of new out-of-state opponents during the 2015 season under first-year head coach Jody Grant. The two-time defending Class 7A state champions will take on Valor Christian Bentonville-Tigersof Highland Ranch, Colo., in a Sept. 11 game at Tiger Stadium, then will host James Rickards of Tallahassee, Fla., the following week. Both games will have 7 p.m. kickoffs. Valor Christian takes the place of Broken Arrow, Okla., which elected to break its contract with Bentonville in order to play a game against a Texas high … Continue Reading ››

Har-Ber spring football: Five things to watch

SPRINGDALE — Har-Ber expects to regain its elite status this fall after dropping to 3-8 and allowing over 40 points per game last year. Here are five things to watch as the Wildcats work they way through spring drills. Improve the passing game Har-Ber struggled mightily with its passing game, which put a lot of pressure on its rushing attack. Har-Ber should be much better at quarterback with the transfer of Fuller Chandler from Springdale High, where he threw for 2,447 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. The all-conference quarterback should have some athletic young receivers as targets. “We tried everything last year … Continue Reading ››

Is it time for AAA to revamp spring playoff format?

Every table at the hamburger restaurant was packed Friday in Russellville with mud-caked softball and baseball players. Torrential rain pounded outside.

Four baseball and softball games were postponed Friday, affecting 16 teams trying to get regional tournaments finished before the start of the next round of tournaments later this week.

We all know spring weather is  unpredictable. Sun can change to heavy rain quickly. And baseball and softball games greatly depend upon dry playing fields. Soccer is not as affected by rain, and now that so many high schools have field turf, spring rains are even less of a factor.  Almost the … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Spring Football: Five Things To Watch

Eight weeks after he was given a promotion to head coach, Jody Grant will lead Bentonville's football team to the Tigers' first spring practice Monday afternoon. 12/6/14 Arkansas Demorcrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Bentonville's QB Kasey Ford scrambles for yardage in the second half during the  Class 7A state championship football game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. 12/6/14
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Bentonville's QB Kasey Ford scrambles for yardage in the second half during the Class 7A state championship football game Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little … Continue Reading ››

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