FARMINGTON VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW

Farmington enters its third season in the 5A-West Conference this fall. The Lady Cardinals made the Class 5A volleyball tournament in 2014 and after missing out on the state tournament last year, a veteran Farmington team expects to return to postseason once again in 2015. “We’ve got all seniors now,” Farmington volleyball coach Marshall Ward said. “In 2014 we made the tournament and won a game and then played Nettleton to five games in the best match I’ve ever been a part of. Then last year we missed the tournament. “If we were still in Class 4A, I would expect nothing less … Continue Reading ››

2016 Bentonville High Lady Tigers Preview

Strong defensive play has been one of the mantras of Bentonville High's volleyball team since Michelle Smith has been its head coach.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Michelle Smith, Bentonville head volleyball coach, leads the Tigers in practice on Monday Aug. 8, 2016 in Bentonville's Tiger Arena.
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Michelle Smith, Bentonville head volleyball coach, leads the Tigers in practice on Monday Aug. 8, 2016 in Bentonville's Tiger Arena.
That philosophy will remain the same during the 2016 campaign, but the Lady Tigers will probably do it in … Continue Reading ››

Small Schools Volleyball Preview: Shiloh Reloads

The loss of nine seniors — including six starters — off its first state championship team should mean Shiloh Christian volleyball is rebuilding this season. Unfortunately for the rest of the 4A-Northwest Conference, that isn’t the case. The Lady Saints simply reloaded and once again should be the team to beat in 2016. Third-year coach Nathan Bodenstein led the Lady Saints to a runner-up finish in his first season and followed that up with last year’s Class 4A championship. “We’ve experience a lot of good things, so now the pressure is on,” Bodenstein said. “Expectations are set high, which is not a bad … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Hannah Martin, Rogers senior, reaches for a ball Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 during practice at Rogers High School.
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Hannah Martin, Rogers senior, reaches for a ball Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 during practice at Rogers High School.
ROGERS — New Rogers High volleyball coach Christina Lawrence likes her team's offense, but defense needs some work as the Lady Mounties work toward their season-opening benefit match in a little over a week.

Juniors Hannah Martin, Emily Harris and Kassidy Wall … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Tennis Preview

Historically, Fayetteville has been known to produce state championship-level boys tennis teams, but coach Darin Phelan has that same feeling about the Lady Purple'Dogs this year. In 2016, he plans to send to the courts one of the strongest girls teams he's had since he's been coaching to compete for conference and possibly state championships. "I'm really excited about the girls program," he said. "We've got a chance to do something fun." Phelan has a solid group of returning players ready to make a run at a state title. Highlighting the team is his No. 1 player from last season, Cam Cupelli. … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Finishes Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

Bentonville has been denied the opportunity to win a third consecutive MaxPreps Cup title this year.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit ended Bentonville's run and claimed this year's claim to the nation's top athletic program. Jesuit finished with 1,122 points, while Bentonville had 958 points.

The MaxPreps Cup uses state championship performances and national rankings to determine the nation's top overall high school sports programs, and not all sports are used to determine this rankings. It is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level.

Points are also weighted, rewarding states that have … Continue Reading ››

Timing ‘Perfect’ For Father-Son Retreat

Senior year is crucial for father-son relationships.
It’s often the last chance for the family patriarch to offer advice before a young boy becomes a man, and leaves the nest for college or a career.
That’s why Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway has a retreat for seniors-only and their fathers, just before the blur of their final year of high school begins.
The Saints returned Saturday from this year’s “Father-Son Retreat,” a three-day, two-night stay at War Eagle Resort in Tahlequah, Okla.
“It’s perfect [timing],” Conaway said. “As a young man going into your senior year, you begin to think, ‘What’s next?’ ‘Where am … Continue Reading ››

Southwest Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play Scores

The annual Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase starts Friday with pool play. The 32-team field will play games at Shiloh Christian (the host), Springdale High, Fayetteville High and Rogers High. Saturday's double-elimination tournament will be held entirely on Shiloh's campus.

For a preview of the event, click here.

We will be posting scores from all of the pool play games below.

NOTE: Games were delayed because of weather, so the times listed are when the games were scheduled to be played. The actual start times were later.

9 a.m.

Pool A

Jenks (Okla.) 17, Alma 16

Aurora Christian (Ill.) 20, Elkins 12

Pool B

Bixby (Okla.) 42, Rogers Heritage … Continue Reading ››

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