7A-West Girls Power Rankings

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Northside's Aahliyah Jackson (left).
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.

  1. FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE


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Previous Rank: 2

Record: 21-1; Conference: 7-1

Last Week: W, 62-52 vs Fayetteville

This Week: Bentonville, at Heritage

Northside earned the tiebreaker Friday with its double-digit win. The Lady Bears appear to be in great shape, barring any letdowns.

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Bulldog Purple head Previous Rank: 1 Record: 15-6; Conference: 7-1 Last Week: L, 62-52 at Northside This Week: Southside, at Springdale The … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Power Rankings

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Bentonville's Jordan Hemphill (right).
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.

  1. BENTONVILLE


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Previous Rank: 1

Record: 13-6; Conference: 7-1

Last Week: W, 72-48 vs Har-Ber; W, 83-58 vs Southside

This Week: at Northside, at Har-Ber

Bentonville will take two giant steps toward locking up the conference title if it wins both games this week. The Tigers beat Northside and Har-Ber by a combined 59 points at home, but both matchups figure to be closer on the road. Still, Bentonville … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Tre Ponce

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Junior Tre Ponce is Springdale High's top wrestler and one of the state's best wrestlers in the 106-pound class.

He has a 23-5 record and has won tournaments at Fayetteville and Seneca, Mo. Last year, he placed fourth at state in the 106.

Read Monday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for a feature on Ponce.

What’s the most weight you’ve had to drop the morning of a weigh-in?

Maybe like three pounds, but even then it wasn’t a tough cut because I know what to eat and what not to eat. Like carbs, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Sets Another Program Record

Springdale High set a program record for a second straight week Friday.

The boys and girls’ 200 medley relay teams each qualified for state, giving the Bulldogs a program-record 15 state qualifiers for its swim and dive teams.

“It’s something we’ve been pushing for for the last six years,” coach Matt Hervey said.

The girls relay team of Lauren Lamaestra, Allee Staggs, Jenna Morris and Micah Sutherland qualified first, then the boys team of Spencer Chiang, Andrew Fogg, Eric Brumfield and Robby Hoskins followed it up by qualifying five minutes later.

“That’s probably the most fun meet I’ve been a part of in a … Continue Reading ››

Har-Ber’s Dillon Out Of Indoor State Meet

FAYETTEVILLE — Springdale Har-Ber senior sprinter Amanda Dillon was noticeably absent among the heat sheets during the state indoor track meet for Class 5A-7A schools at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Dillon was in attendance Saturday, but only as a spectator. She was there to watch her younger sister Josie, a freshman, run in the girls 800 and finished third.

STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE - Har-Ber's Amanda Dillon comes in to win a heat of the 400 meters during the Class 5A-7A State Indoor track meet … Continue Reading ››

Heber Springs boys, Monticello girls win 1A-4A indoor titles

Heber Springs boys and Monticello girls won 1A-4A state indoor track and field championships Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.

The Panthers were 10 points better than runner-up Crossett, while the Billies edged Des Arc by two points.

On the boys' side, Heber Springs was led by a 1-2 finish in the 800m, with senior Malachi Cannon winning (2:00.19) and sophomore Jesse Applewhite finished second (2:09.15). Cannon also won the 1,600m with a time of 4:35.91, more than seven seconds faster than the runner-up, and finished second in the 3,200m.

The Panthers also won the 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay.

On … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Farmington 59, Maumelle 56

FARMINGTON — Beau Thompson turned to a familiar strategy that resulted in a stunning upset Friday night in 5A-West Conference play.

Last season, the Cardinals won a number of games by putting the ball in sophomore Matt Thomas' hands late in games. Thomas has a knack for getting to the rim or drawing fouls and is almost automatic from the free-throw line.

It was a ploy that worked to perfection again in Friday's 59-56 win over previously undefeated Maumelle in Cardinal Arena on Color's Day.

Thomas scored 9 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville’s Greenlaw named captain, starter for Team USA

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Fayetteville standout and Arkansas signee Dre Greenlaw has been named a team captain and defensive starter for Team USA.

He will play in Saturday's U-19 International Bowl against Canada, which can be watched on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. The game will be played at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium in Texas.

Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston are both International Bowl alumni.

The roster lists Greenlaw as a defensive back, but it is uncertain whether he will play safety or linebacker with the Razorbacks.

Greenlaw is the only Arkansas player to participate in this year's International … Continue Reading ››

NLR to forfeit 2013-2014 wins

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North Little Rock will forfeit 10 football and at least 24 boys basketball wins after using an ineligible player during the 2013-2014 season, according to a release by the Arkansas Activities Association Thursday.

The penalty comes after the high school self-reported the violation.

The basketball wins also include an 89-81 victory over Springdale in the 2014 Class 7A state championship game. North Little Rock has turned its trophy over to the AAA.

The football team reached the 2013 semifinals and lost to Cabot.

It is uncertain whether or not Springdale will be declared … Continue Reading ››

Owens To Take ORU Visit

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Chris Owens (left).
National signing day for football was Wednesday, but Chris Owens is more concerned with the spring signing period in April.

The Springdale High senior two-sport standout had multiple offers for football, but wants to play basketball at the next level. And a stellar senior season is helping that cause.

Owens is averaging 20.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, both team-highs, a year after earning all-state honors for a 7A state runner-up Bulldog team. This year, Owens is shooting 50 percent from inside the 3-point line and is also … Continue Reading ››

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