SPRINGDALE HIGH BOYS
'Rebuilding' would be the term best used to describe Jeremy Price's Springdale team this winter.
Last year, Price floored a senior-laden club in a loaded 7A-West. The Red'Dogs won their way into the state tournament as a 4-seed, where they knocked off Conway and played eventual state champion Cabot down to the wire on the Panthers' home court.
Gone now are those seniors, and a cast of fresh faces will have to carry the load.
"We lost, I think, 12 seniors last year," Price said. "It was good having that age and we had a few kids with a little experience, … Continue Reading ››
Someone asked about the process behind our Tweets of the Week feature, which is entering its sixth week with the publishing of this post.
It's not an exact science, although we wish there was a better way to find the best tweets from NWA coaches and players each week. We look at rosters and begin searching for each player to see if they have a public Twitter account. Once found, we simply scroll through all of their tweets to try to find something — anything — that's interesting in some way. We cull out all the RTs (retweets) and look at … Continue Reading ››
BENTONVILLE — There's always a certain amount of change that basketball teams deal with year in and year out because of different players, and Bentonville High girls coach Tom Halbmaier is no different in that matter.
"Our team changed a little bit," Halbmaier said. "Whenever you lose some good senior leadership and bring some youth in, there's always going to be a transitional phase.
"In terms of the camaraderie and the chemistry, it's there. We just have to get more reps."
BENTONVILLE — Nobody is probably more ready to get the regular season started than Bentonville High boys basketball coach Jason McMahan.
The Tigers' offseason has been brutal enough.
Jordan Hemphill suffered a broken … Continue Reading ››
GLEN ROSE — Elkins had a pair of 100-yard rushers Friday night, and the Elks surpassed 200 yards through the air in their Class 3A state playoff game.
Turnovers, however, provided a recurring nightmare for Elkins, which closed out its season with a 45-13 loss to Glen Rose. The Elks threw six interceptions — two of them coming in the end zone to end scoring threats — and had another fumble inside the Beavers' 20.
"I don't know how many times we turned the ball over in the red zone," Elkins coach Chad Harbison said. "We had opportunities to score, and we've … Continue Reading ››
Another year, another season of Bentonville in the semifinals.
The Tigers (10-2) reached the 7A semifinals for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons with the dominating victory over the Grizzlies (7-3).
Bentonville travels to Fayetteville for the 7A semifinals on Friday.
One key stat was Bentonville's offense possessing the ball for 30:11 of the 48-minute game. The Tigers simply controlled the ball and never let Northside get any big plays or rhythm on offense. The Tigers ran 72 plays (for 344 yards) while Northside was limited to 43 plays (and 195 total yards).
That may be the formula for Bentonville next week … Continue Reading ››
Fayetteville marched through the Class 7A quarterfinal round with ease on Friday, pitching a defensive shutout in a 35-0 win at Harmon Stadium against Conway.
The Purple'Dogs (10-1) held the Wampus Cats (4-8) to just 168 yards of total offense, with a good chunk of that coming on a final drive which ate up nearly the entire fourth quarter after Fayetteville had the sportsmanship clock rule in effect.
Taylor Powell was 13-of-21 passing for 221 yards and four TDs, with Brennon Lewis having three catches for 74 yards and two TDs and Terrance Rock finishing with 77 rushing yards on 15 carries … Continue Reading ››
SPRINGDALE – Har-Ber's season came to a sudden end Friday at home as Bryant advanced to its first-ever state semifinals appearance behind a 23-16 win.
Despite being in control for a majority of the game, Bryant was flagged 18 times for 160 yards and nearly allowed the Wildcats a new life. Following junior Payton Copher's second touchdown of the fourth quarter, Har-Ber recovered an onside kick with under two minutes to play, trailing by just 7.
But on the first play of the series, Bryant came up with its third interception of the night and sealed the win. Turnovers were a nightmare … Continue Reading ››