7A-West Top 5: Jerseys

Springdale Har-Ber's Trey Smith (left) and Fayetteville's Taylor Powell.

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.

Here’s the schedule for the series.

Monday, Aug. 24 — Jerseys

Tuesday, Aug. … Continue Reading ››

Dog Days: West Fork’s Brayden Burnett

For more on West Fork's Brayden Burnett, check out the feature in Saturday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

At A Glance

Brayden Burnett

School: West Fork

Class: Senior

Height: 5-11

Weight: 185

Position: LB/RB

Notable: Burnett finished with 97 tackles from his middle linebacker position and rushed for a team-high 598 yards and scored eight touchdowns to earn all-conference honors last season.

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Dog Days: Huntsville’s Sam Roddy

Check out Sunday's Dog Days feature on Huntsville senior RB/SS Sam Roddy.

At A Glance

Sam Roddy

School: Huntsville

Height: 5-8

Weight: 150

Class: Senior

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.

Tang returns for Rogers High

Rogers High

Tang returns to Lady Mounties

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 ››

AAA announces mixed conference districts

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. Class 5A/6A:  District 1 — Alma, Clarksville, Farmington, Greenwood, Harrison, Russellville, Siloam Springs District 2 — Batesville, Beebe, Greenbrier, Morrilton, Mountain Home, Searcy, Vilonia District 3 — Blytheville, Forrest … Continue Reading ››

Waldron wins AAA appeal; Genoa Central denied

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 ››

Springdale Scrimmage Tidbits

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.

  • Senior quarterback Jack Lindsey was … Continue Reading ››

Pulaski Academy incorporates ‘rugby’ style

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --12/4/14-- Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley (right) talks with quarterback Will Hefley  Thursday during practice at War Memorial Stadium.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --12/4/14-- Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley (right) talks with quarterback Will Hefley Thursday during practice at War Memorial Stadium.

Pulaski Academy plans to add another wrinkle to its already unique offense this season, according to The Washington Post.

The Bruins, who are famous for being the team that rarely punts and usually attempts onside kicks, has installed a new "rugby" style … Continue Reading ››

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