Team Camp Offers More Practice Reps For All Players

Gravette hosted a team camp on Monday that drew both Farmington and Pea Ridge squads in addition to the Lions. I spoke with coaches of all three teams, and all three gave the same answer when asked about the advantages of team camps as opposed to the rapidly growing trend of 7-on-7. "I believe there are benefits to both. I think team camps are more beneficial because it's 11-on-11 and you can involve the linemen. We did a lot more team camps this year for that very reason, to get our linemen involved," Pea Ridge coach Tony Travis said. Although … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Brings Home CBS MaxPreps Cup Title

Bentonville High School was a runaway winner of the 2013-14 CBS MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the nation's best overall high school sports program.

Bentonville's girls soccer team hoists up its Class 7A state championship trophy, one of eight state titles Bentonville won this year en route to capturing the MaxPreps Cup.

Bentonville finished the final MaxPreps Cup standings with 1,120 points, while Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic was a distant second with 985. Rounding out the top five were Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou with … Continue Reading ››

Gravette Hires Springdale Assistant

New Gravette head basketball coach Greg White.
Gravette hired Springdale High assistant Greg White as its new boys basketball coach Monday night.

White takes over for Dustin Peters, who resigned July 14 after five years at the school to take the girls head coaching job at Scranton. White returns to a varsity head coaching position after spending five years in the Springdale school district, including the last three seasons as Springdale’s varsity assistant.

He developed and coached the senior class that led the Bulldogs to a state runner-up finish in … Continue Reading ››

Monk Scores 40 in AAU Game

Malik Monk had another stellar performance in an AAU game Friday, scoring 40 points in the Arkansas Wings' 90-88 win in the Peach Jam.

The outing drew attention from ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman. Here are a few of his tweets.

Peters’ Resignation Leaves Vacancy At Gravette

Dustin Peters has elected to step down as Gravette's boys basketball coach in order to become the new girls basketball coach at Scranton.

Peters turned in resignation Monday morning at Gravette, where he had been the last five years. The Lions finished 20-9 last season under Peters, where they finished third in the 4A-1 Conference and reached the Class 4A North Region Tournament.

Peters said it was a family decision that swayed him to taking the new position.

"Ozark called and gave my wife a good job last year, and I want to be living with my wife and kids," Peters said. "It's … Continue Reading ››

New Format Leaves No Room For Error

Fayetteville looked like the top squad at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase through Friday's pool play, finishing a perfect 7-0. And the Bulldogs appeared to be one of the top teams to beat coming out of Saturday's morning session, with easy victories over Van Buren and Rogers Heritage in bracket play.

But one slip up, one off game at the wrong time, can cost you in this tournament. And Fayetteville found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon.

Facing a Harrison team it had previously defeated twice over the summer at other 7-on-7 weekend tournaments, the Bulldogs started slow and couldn't fully … Continue Reading ››

4 Downs With Shiloh Christian RB Chandler Smith

AN FBH-SHILOH PREVIEW I caught up with Shiloh Christian rising senior Chandler Smith (OK, he was sitting down), on Friday at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Shiloh 7-on-7

Smith has played on the Saints' varsity for four seasons. Last season he was injured late and missed Shiloh Christian's playoff game and was held out of spring contact drills.  He has since been cleared and has participated in all the Saints' team camps and 7-on-7s this summer.

First Down: How is your shoulder?

It's doing good. It's completely healed. It was separated and I tore my … Continue Reading ››

Heritage Newcomer Shows Potential

Howie Stettmeyer hasn't been with the Rogers Heritage football team for long, but War Eagle coaches liked what they saw at this weekend's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Stettmeyer, who has never played football and home-schooled, came to Heritage coaches just before the dead period  expressing a desire to play football.

The 6-foor-4, 220-pound senior-to-be  started with the team on Monday, but Heritage coach Perry Escalante said he's already showing some positive flashes.

"He's getting better and better," Escalante said. "He's a big target. We've not had a lot of time to drill with him. But he's getting better running routes, that's the thing … Continue Reading ››

Harrison Wins SW Elite 7-on-7 Showcase

Harrison scored 26 unanswered points to defeat Heritage Hall (Okla.) 26-14 and win the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Saturday at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

The Goblins were the only Arkansas team to reach the semifinals, after Charleston, Fayetteville and Little Rock Christian each lost in the quarterfinals.

While several Arkansas teams didn't go as far in the tournament as expected, the Natural State still had a winning record against out-of-state teams.

In pool play, teams from Arkansas went 34-26 against teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. They were only 9-9 in tournament play, but still finished the weekend with a winning … Continue Reading ››

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