Three schools make Top 15 in MaxPreps Cup standings

The defending champion was down in the fall, but it’s not out yet.

Bentonville, who was unranked in the MaxPreps Cup standings when the fall sports were completed, vaulted itself to the No. 6 spot after the winter sports were finished and is within striking distance of winning that title a third consecutive year. The two-time defending MaxPreps Cup champion finished fall sports with state titles in girls tennis and girls cross country and a state runnerup in boys cross country.

Bentonville, fueled by its state championships in boys and girls swimming and its runnerup finishes in boys basketball and wrestling, has … Continue Reading ››

Springdale hires Hobbs as DC

Charleston defensive coordinator Brett Hobbs was hired in the same role at Springdale on Friday.

Hobbs is a Springdale alum and played for legendary coach Jarrell Williams before graduating in 2000 and continuing his career at Arkansas Tech. He played against Springdale head coach Zak Clark while Clark was at Fayetteville and then again when Clark transferred to UCA.

As a coach, Hobbs won two state championships in three years at Charleston after previously serving as Van Buren’s defensive coordinator for five years.

“We’ve kept in contact and he has a tremendous work ethic,” Clark said. “He’s a great guy and he’s done … Continue Reading ››

7A-WEST SOFTBALL REPORT

7A-WEST SBH STANDINGS 4-21

SPRINGDALE HAR-BER

Har-Ber rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Springdale 8-7 on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs led 7-4 after scoring five runs in the top of the seventh. “It was a good game,” Har-Ber coach Lynn Lawson said. “We had two teams working hard to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for state. It is going to come down to the last games of the conference season as to who makes the tournament and who does not.”

The victory broke a nine-game … Continue Reading ››

Prep Track Notebook — April 19

And then there were three.

Nobody had broken the 2-minute barrier in the boys 800-meter run this season until Springdale Har-Ber senior TJ Sugg did it Thursday during the Joe Roberts Invitational in Springdale. Sugg finished with a time of 1 minute, 59.70 seconds, and Bentonville's Zerai Belai barely missed it with his time of 2:00.06.

Sugg, the Baylor signee who has been recovering from a knee injury, admitted that Belai pushed in on the back stretch during the final lap. That helped set up a great race at the end.

Now Sugg has company in the Little Rock Catholic duo of Kieran … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas’ Best Track Performances Update

NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through April 23, based off of meets that were covered or whose results were included on the ar.milesplit.com website.

Coaches who have athletes with performances that should be included in this group should send the athlete's name (all four names if a relay event is involved) with the time or distance and where the performance took place to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports writer Henry Apple at happle@nwadg.com.

BOYS

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Jordan McNair, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.58

Zach Jewell, Mena, 10.69

Timothy Stuckey, Texarkana, 10.75

Kendrell Johnson, Forrest City, 10.89*

Jordan Jones, Smackover, 10.9*

Kennedy Lightner, North Little Rock, … Continue Reading ››

GIRLS 7A-WEST NOTEBOOK

7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS TEAM^OVERALL^CONFERENCE Bentonville^11-4^8-0 Fayetteville^9-3-1^7-1 Rogers Heritage^9-4^5-3 FS Northside^8-5^4-4 Springdale Har-Ber^3-7^3-5 Rogers High^6-8^3-5 FS Southside^6-8^2-6 Springdale^2-11^0-8 BENTONVILLE A trip to Tulsa over the weekend didn’t help Bentonville’s record, but it may pay off dividends down the road.

The Lady Tigers (11-4, 8-0) played three of Oklahoma’s largest schools and came with losses. Bentonville was shut out against Tulsa Union (3-0) and Broken Arrow (2-0), then dropped a 3-2 decision to Jenks.

“It runs the record, but I thought we played well,” coach Kristina Henry said. “The girls responded well and we were able to work on some things when we were under pressure and had to force the issue. I think we … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Notebook

Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 1.54.24 AM SPRINGDALE The 7A-West frontrunner’s first conference loss of the year came with its top goal-scorer sidelined with a sprained ankle. Now Springdale is hoping senior forward Leo Araujo makes his return Tuesday at Har-Ber. The Bulldogs (13-3, 7-1) could’ve used his explosiveness in a 3-0 home loss to Heritage on Friday. Araujo has scored a team-best 12 goals this year, including five against Bentonville, three against Southside and the only goal in the Northside win. “We got good news from the doctor and he’s doing well, so … Continue Reading ››

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