Girls — Conway 71, Bentonville 56

Take away the second quarter, and Bentonville's girls had a very close game in their benefit game Thursday night at Conway. The Lady 'Cats, however, dominated those eight minutes, outscoring the Lady Tigers 26-13 en route to a 71-56 victory. The outburst helped Conway turn a one-point lead into a 45-31 halftime cushion. Bentonville closed the gap to an eight-point margin at one point before the Lady 'Cats put together another run to pull away. "In the second quarter, we just had too many turnovers," Bentonville coach Tom Halbmaier said. "We just didn't do a good job of handling the basketball, and it … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville notebook, playoff edition – Bryant Week

AN FBH-FAY SCRIMMAGE 8-26   Eight and nine seasons ago when Daryl Patton made this same trip, the feeling was much different. Patton, a former quarterback and head coach at Bryant who basically built the Hornets into a consistent top-tier program before heading to Fayetteville before the 2003 season, knew the homecoming trips back to Bryant during the playoffs in 2006 and 2007 were a big deal. This time around, as Fayetteville prepares to visit Hornet Stadium in the Class 7A quarterfinals on Friday, the Patton side story has run its course. "It's about one … Continue Reading ››

Pick’Em Poll – Week 12 (Playoff Round 2)

Standings Jimmy Carter: 126-39 overall, 9-6 last week Henry Apple: 119-46 overall, 11-4 last week Chip Souza: 118-47 overall, 9-6 last week Paul Nielsen: 117-48 overall, 12-3 last week Vernon Tarver: 113-52 overall, 12-3 last week Rick Fires: 112-53 overall, 9-6 last week Paul Boyd: 106-59 overall, 12-3 last week Graham Thomas: 105-60 overall, 10-5 last week Andrew Hutchinson: 103-62 overall, 7-8 last week North Little Rock (7-4) at Bentonville (9-1) CONSENSUS: Bentonville (8-1) Jimmy Carter: Bentonville Henry Apple: Bentonville Chip Souza: Bentonville Paul Nielsen: North Little Rock Vernon Tarver: Bentonville Rick Fires: Bentonville Paul Boyd: Bentonville Graham Thomas: Bentonville Andrew Hutchinson: Bentonville Conway (6-5) at Springdale Har-Ber (9-1) CONSENSUS: Har-Ber (9-0) Fayetteville (9-2) at … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Basketball Preview

Fayetteville coach Kyle Adams (left) and Bentonville coach Jason McMahan.
Fayetteville coach Kyle Adams (left) and Bentonville coach Jason McMahan.

Malik Monk generates more hype and attention at Bentonville than any other player in the state in recent history. Fayetteville has a deep, experienced team that already looks like a potential championship favorite.

Those two programs feature two of the most talented teams in the state. They should compete for a 7A-West Conference title and potentially a state championship.

But the 7A-West always has title contenders. When you go around the conference this … Continue Reading ››

Best of the West: Boys Basketball Team


This year, the 7A-West will feature a potential future lottery pick, a sharpshooter headed to one of the best programs in the SEC and a wealth of other talent with bright futures.

With that in mind, here is an attempt to create the best team pooling the talent from the conference’s eight programs into a 10-man rotation. Keep in mind, this isn’t necessarily the league’s absolute 10 best players, even though all the conference’s clear-cut top talent is represented on the list. Fit is taken into context to an extent.


G — … Continue Reading ››

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