Springdale Basketball Notes

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Springdale's Kierra Lang and Chris Owens.
Springdale High basketball is just a few days away from tipping off the season with benefit games against Gravette.

There will be preseason previews in the Sunday and Monday papers, but in the meantime here are some notes on both teams.

GIRLS

  • This team has a lot of talent. Coach Heather Hunsucker counted 10 players who could have a chance to play collegiately, including five who should get Division I looks. The key for the Lady Bulldogs will be staying healthy and gelling as … Continue Reading ››

Owens Will Sign In Spring

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Springdale guard Chris Owens.
The early signing period began Wednesday, but Springdale High’s Chris Owens won’t sign until the spring.

The 6-foot-3 senior guard is weighing options as the start of his senior season approaches.

He holds offers from Oral Roberts and the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He is also receiving interest from Southeast Missouri State, Central Arkansas, Tulsa, Southern Illinois, Mercer, Texas State, Denver and several other programs.

“If I wait until then I can see everything on the table, see all my opportunities,” Owens said.

Owens averaged a team-high 12.6 … Continue Reading ››

UPDATE: School District Says Springdale’s Patrick Not Reassigned Yet

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Shane Patrick went 18-34 in five seasons at Springdale.
UPDATE: Springdale Public Schools communications director Rick Schaeffer retracted his earlier statement that Springdale High football coach Shane Patrick had been reassigned within the school district Wednesday.

“It has not happened yet,” Schaeffer said late Wednesday afternoon.

Patrick did meet with SPS athletic director Wayne Stehlik on Wednesday afternoon. Patrick declined to speculate on whether he expected to be reassigned, but expressed confidence in his coaching status.

“Obviously the district can reassign me if that’s what they choose to do, but I left … Continue Reading ››

BOYS: Rogers Heritage 65, Gentry 35

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage rode three solid scoring options to the best season in school history a year ago and the War Eagles used a similar recipe en route to a win over Gentry in a senior boys basketball benefit game Tuesday in War Eagle Arena.

Senior Connor Hirsh poured in a game-high 21 points, while Lexus Hobbs and Dane Olsen added 12 each as Heritage rolled to a 65-35 win.

The War Eagles scored the last seven points of the second quarter to claim a 36-21 halftime lead, then applied the knockout punch with a 9-0 spurt early in the third quarter.

The … Continue Reading ››

GIRLS: Rogers Heritage 55, Gentry 44

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage used a third-quarter 3-point barrage to pull away from Gentry en route to a 55-44 win over the Lady Pioneers in a senior girls basketball benefit game Tuesday night in War Eagle Arena.

Senior Emilie Jobst poured in a game-high 24 points, but she and teammate Sara Giesen combined to hit five 3-pointers in a 15-5 Heritage run to take control in the third quarter.

Gentry’s Rachel Lawrence drilled one of her five 3-pointers to start the second half and pull the Lady Pioneers into a 24-24 tie. But Jobst and Giesen took over to help Heritage pull away.

Giesen, … Continue Reading ››

The 7A-West’s 15 Best Perimeter Players

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Bentonville's Malik Monk is a consensus top-10 player nationally in the class of 2016.
The 7A-West will be a deep, competitive league this season, thanks in large part to a wealth of talented perimeter players in the conference.

Here’s a look at some of the best.

1. MALIK MONK

Bentonville — Junior — 6-4

No. 1 is a no-brainer when he’s a consensus top-10 player nationally.

Monk combines NBA-level athleticism with an ever-improving skill set and ability as a playmaker. Bentonville lost its other top two guards from last … Continue Reading ››

Class 3A Playoff Bracket a mess

One of the great things about the growth of the internet over the last 20 years is that you can get information so much easier, and without even leaving the comforts of your computer desk and chair.

In the pre-internet days, you actually had to, you know, leave your house to go the local school, college, library or county court house to find a source or document. Or, if travel was a consideration, you would call and request someone at those locations to mail or fax a copy of the document to you.

In that no-so-distant past, sports reporters like me would … Continue Reading ››

Best/Worst of the 2014 Regular Season

The 2014 regular season wrapped up Friday and playoffs are only a few days away. Before everyone shifts their focus to the postseason, here's a quick look back at the best and worst offense and defenses in every classification, based on points scored and points allowed per game.

Best Offense

7A: North Little Rock – 47.3 pts./game (473 points in 10 games)

6A: Benton – 41.3 pts./game (413 points in 10 games)

5A: Pulaski Academy – 53.1 pts./game (531 points in 10 games)

4A: Dardanelle – 47.0 pts./game (470 points in 10 games)

3A: Charleston – 47.4 pts./game (474 points in 10 games)

2A: Junction City – … Continue Reading ››

First Round Playoff Matchups

Class 7A

Rogers Heritage at Little Rock Central (Winner plays Fort Smith Southside)

Cabot at Fayetteville (Winner plays Conway)

Springdale Har-Ber at Bryant (Winner plays Bentonville)

Little Rock Catholic at Fort Smith Northside (Winner plays North Little Rock)

Class 6A

Little Rock Parkview at Searcy (Winner plays Benton)

Marion at El Dorado (Winner plays Greenwood)

Texarkana at Siloam Springs (Winner plays Pine Bluff)

Alma at Lake Hamilton (Winner plays Jonesboro)

Class 5A

Blytheville at Pulaski Academy

Harrison at Camden Fairview

Jacksonville at Batesville

Watson Chapel at Greenbrier

White Hall at Maumelle

Sylvan Hills at Wynne

Little Rock Christian at … Continue Reading ››

Week 10 Notable Performances and Games

Here are a few notable performances and games from the final week of the Arkansas high school football regular season. Are we forgetting anyone? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us at @arpreps.

Performances


  • North Little Rock wide receiver K.J. Hill caught seven passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns in the Charging Wildcats' 59-22 win over Little Rock Central. He also rushed eight times for 53 yards and one touchdown and had three kickoff returns for 118 yards, including a 63-yard return for a touchdown. That is 392 all-purpose yards on 18 touches (21.8 yards/touch).


  • In that same game, North … Continue Reading ››

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