Red Dog Q&A: Caity Townsend + Merscedez Ruiz


Springdale junior tennis co-captains Caity Townsend (left) and Merscedez Ruiz.

Juniors Caity Townsend and Merscedez Ruiz have become the top tennis players for Springdale High two years after making the team as freshmen.

Ruiz has a 3-3 record in No. 1 singles, while Townsend is 6-0 in No. 2 singles. The duo is 3-2 playing No. 1 doubles together.

They’ve helped Springdale get off to one of its better starts in the last few years, including a win over crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber in August, the first time the Lady Bulldogs … Continue Reading ››



NWA Media -- Farmington junior Justice Hobbs scored 4 touchdowns against Prairie Grove last week.

Everyone is buzzing about Bryan Grigsby of Rogers High this week, and rightfully so after his record-setting 32-446, 5TD performance against Siloam Springs in the season opener last Friday night at Whitey Smith Stadium.

But Grigsby was not the lone standout individual performer by a Northwest Arkansas athlete last week. There were many shining moments as the 2014 season got underway with games starting Monday (Lincoln) and ending at almost midnight Saturday (Springdale … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Week 2 Football Notes


Springdale coach Shane Patrick.

  Some pre-Alma game notes.

  • The big question is pretty clear at this point: Is Springdale closer to the team that led Greenwood after the first 14 minutes Friday night or do the Bulldogs more resemble the team that gave up 49 unanswered points during the second and third quarters of the 56-26 loss?

  • Coach Shane Patrick: “We could’ve played a lot better. Our kids know it. We know it. We did play better at times in the game. And at other times we just didn’t … Continue Reading ››

Top 10 Conference Games

The first week of the Arkansas high school football season featured several great non-conference games. Bentonville lost a close 17-16 battle with Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst and Fort Smith Southside survived a close game with Warren, winning 29-22.

Those two games were featured on our list of the top non-conference games against out-of-state opponents and our list of the top non-conference games against in-state opponents.

Several more of those games will be played over the next two weeks, but for 22 teams in the 2A, conference play begins this week.

Conference play will be completely underway by Week 4 of the … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Look Ahead: at Claremore, Okla.

Rogers High (1-0) hits the the road Friday night when the Mounties travel to Claremore, Okla. for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The game will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Claremore (0-1) opened the season with a 28-3 loss to Pryor, Okla. Pryor has won the last two meetings.

Claremore drove inside the Pryor 10 on its first possession but a fumble at the one ended the drive. Pryor then marched 99 yards in 10 plays for a 8-0 lead.

Claremore managed just 137 yards of offense. Running back Derrick Reliford had 17 carries for 121 yards for Claremore, but … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Football By The Numbers


Springdale receiver Salvador Sandoval had six catches for 152 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs' season opener against Greenwood.

Springdale opened its season with a 56-26 home loss to Greenwood on Friday night.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bulldogs.

568 — Yards of total offense for Greenwood, 286 passing and 282 rushing.

232 — Yards passing for quarterback Fuller Chandler, a new career-high.  The junior completed 13 of 27 passes and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions. He was 6 of 8 for 142 yards and a … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 NWA Box Scores

How They Scored

Class 7A

Fayetteville 45, Lawton Eisenhower 38



First Quarter

Fay — Conway 33 FG, 8:09.

Ike — Bussey 54 pass from Bross (Bross pass to Spratt.), 3:00.

Second Quarter

Ike — Blowe 30 FG, 8:25.

Fay — Lockett 65 kickoff return (Conway kick), 8:12. Ike — McGee 2 run (run failed), 4:34.

Fay — O’Grady 9 pass from Lindsey (Conway kick), 0:59.

Third Quarter

Fay — O’Grady 20 pass from Powell (Conway kick), 8:22.

Ike — Bussey 17 pass from Bross (Blowe kick), 6:30.

Fay — Morris 56 pass from Powell (Conway kick), 5:36.

Ike — Spratt 29 pass from Bross (Blowe kick), 0:25.

Fourth Quarter

Fay — Rock 29 run (Conway kick), … Continue Reading ››

Wrong Golf Score Works In Bentonville’s Favor

The final scorecard at Centennial Valley Golf Course in Conway made it appear that Bentonville's boys would have to settle for a second-place finish at the Conway Invitational Tournament.


That all changed after a 45-minute discussion, and the Tigers were able to claim the team title during Saturday's tournament. Bentonville had a 320 team score, followed by Conway with 325 and Little Rock Catholic with 326.

The talk centered over a Conway golfer that wrote the wrong score on a certain hole. Bentonville coach Kent Early said that his golfer, Nate Morey, called … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Notable Performances and Games


Here are a few notable performances and games from the first week of the Arkansas high school football season. Are we forgetting anyone? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us at @arpreps.


    • Rogers fullback Bryan Grigsby rushed 32 times for 446 yards and five touchdowns in the Mounties' 35-21 win over Siloam Springs. That shatters the 7A West record of 350 yards by Fort Smith Northside's Keniko Logan in the mid-1990s. It ranks fourth all-time in Arkansas history.

Olathe (Kan.) North 18, Rogers Heritage 13

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage looked as though it would walk away with a victory in its season opener Friday night thanks to a pair of fourth-down stops in the fourth quarter.

But victory slipped though the War Eagles’ grasp thanks to a late fumble and Olathe (Kan.) North nabbed the 18-13 victory in Gates Stadium.

Olathe North running back Venus Triplett plowed into the end zone from 4 yards out with 44 seconds left in the contest to give the Eagles (1-0) the victory.

Just a few plays earlier it was Heritage that was celebrating a fourth down stop deep in War Eagles … Continue Reading ››

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