High school football season is getting close to kicking off, which means another year of high-level competition in the 7A-West.
The conference has claimed 10 straight state titles and the league figures to again have multiple contenders this fall. This is a look at the conference’s top players, games and more as September approaches fast. These rankings were made with input from other writers, coaches and players from around the league.
Check out Sunday's Dog Days feature on Huntsville senior RB/SS Sam Roddy.
At A Glance
Notable: Two-way starter for the Eagles. ... Rushed for 150 yards and a touchdown against Green Forest last season. ... Played primarily on defense last season, but will start both on offense and defense this season. ... Is a wood cutter off the field.
Lady Mounties tennis player Katherine Tang teamed with her older sister, Tiffany, to win a pair of Class 7A and Overall Tennis doubles championships in 2012 and 2013 but the senior didn’t play last year while carrying a heavy load of Advanced Placement courses.
In fact, Lady Mounties coach Matt Fulton said Tang didn’t play any competitive tennis for a year. But it seems Tang hasn’t missed a beat. Tang will play singles and doubles during the regular season but she will team with Maddie McKinney in doubles in the postseason in what Fulton thinks is … Continue Reading ››
The Arkansas Activities Association board of directors approved and announced its list of mixed conference districts for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle.
The mixed conference districts will be utilized for regular-season play in volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer in hopes of cutting down travel for schools. Schools will return to their respective conferences for postseason tournaments.
Schools that wish to change their district assignments will need to send their appeal to the AAA office by Sept. 10.
District 1 — Alma, Clarksville, Farmington, Greenwood, Harrison, Russellville, Siloam Springs
District 2 — Batesville, Beebe, Greenbrier, Morrilton, Mountain Home, Searcy, Vilonia
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Waldron superintendent Gary Wayman expressed great relief as he returned to his school from the Arkansas Activities Association office in North Little Rock.
Waldron took its conference appeal before the AAA board of directors, and it was approved by a unanimous decision. Waldron, currently in the 4A-7 Conference, will swap places with Pulaski Robinson and move to the 4A-4 for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle.
"It's a good day for our school," Wayman said Thursday afternoon. "We wanted the move, and Pulaski Robinson wanted the move. It's going to help us a bunch."
Waldron has its travel cut by one-third over the next two … Continue Reading ››
Here are some observations and highlights from Springdale’s nearly two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning.
Junior running back Lucky Bannavong was absent Saturday because of a family issue, so that meant extra reps for junior Erick Mendez and sophomore Jasey Medina. Mendez has looked really good the last two big scrimmages and Medina has a ton of potential. He should be a feature back once he adjusts to varsity ball and hits the designated hole more consistently. Just listen to what coach Zak Clark had to say in the video above. High praise.