Rogers, Har-Ber, Heritage To Participate In Dual State Tournament

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Arkansas will host its seventh high school wrestling state tournament in a few weeks, but coaches are trying to see the sport take another step forward on Saturday.

The inaugural Arkansas Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Class 6A-7A Dual State Tournament will be held at Van Buren.

The event is not sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association, but Springdale Har-Ber wrestling coach Nika West said he and others are hoping to see that change in the near future.

"Other states have a regular bracket state tournament and a dual … Continue Reading ››

Decatur’s Big Man

Decatur senior Mario Urquidi (6-4, 195) is almost averaging a double-double for the year as the Bulldogs close in on the 2A-4 Conference title.

Urquidi is averaging 18.8 points and 9.7 rebounds a game for Decatur (17-7, 10-1). He is also averaging 2.3 blocks and two steals and two assists a game.

Decatur has a one-game lead over Eureka Springs with three games left to play. They host Mountainburg Friday and Magazine next Thursday. Decatur has lost just one home game the past three seasons.

They travel to Eureka Springs on Tuesday for a game with the league title possibly on the line.

Boys: Bentonville 72, Springdale Har-Ber 48

BENTONVILLE — It’s a given Malik Monk will get his fair share of points in most 7A-West Conference basketball games he plays.

What makes Bentonville’s boys a dangerous team is when the other players shoulder some of the scoring load.

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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE - Jordan Hemphill (3) of Bentonville shoots over Tereke Eckwood (center) and Mason McNee of Springdale Har-Ber during the first half Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Tiger Arena in Bentonville.

The Tigers used that supporting cast to take over sole … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Power Rankings

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Malik Monk
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.

1. BENTONVILLE

Bentonville-Tigers

Previous Rank: 1

Record: 12-6; Conference: 6-1

Last Week: W, 62-49 at Heritage; L, 49-46 vs Fayetteville; W, 72-48 vs Har-Ber (Tuesday)

This Week: Southside

Bentonville rebounded strong from its first conference loss of the year with the convincing home win over Har-Ber. Malik Monk cracked the 30-point mark again, but the Tigers' supporting cast was just as important. Bentonville's ability to make Har-Ber's defense pay for collapsing on Monk was huge. … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Power Rankings

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Fayetteville's Blu Jones drives against Bentonville.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.

  1. FAYETTEVILLE


Previous Rank: 1

Record: 15-5; Conference: 7-0

Last Week: W, 65-39 vs Rogers; W, 58-46 at Bentonville

This Week: at Northside

Fayetteville completed the only perfect first half of 7A-West play, boys or girls, with a convincing win at Bentonville. Now comes arguably the Lady Bulldogs’ greatest test this season: Go on the road and play a motivated Northside team on a roll. A win Friday would go a long way toward locking up the conference … Continue Reading ››

ARPreps 2015 National Signing Day

Follow along here as we keep you informed where every Arkansas high school football player has signed/committed.

NCAA Division I (FBS)

Parker Baldwin - Siloam Springs - ATH - San Diego State

JaMario Bell - Junction City - DE/TE - Arkansas

Luc Bequette - Little Rock Catholic - DT - Cal

Austin Blair - North Little Rock - OL - Louisiana-Monroe

Darveon Brown - Warren - WR - Arkansas State

D.J. Brown - North Little Rock - RB - Northern Illinois

Javier Carbonell - Bentonville - DT - Arkansas State

Damani Carter – Fayetteville – DE – Army

Emmanuel Cooper - Arkadelphia - DL - Memphis

Jaqwis Dancy - Junction City … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Dive Sets Program Record

Springdale High’s dive team set a program record Saturday.

Senior Julia Chandler and freshman Rebecca Martin qualified for state at the NWA 11-Dive Event at the HPER, becoming the Lady Bulldogs’ program-record fourth and fifth diving qualifiers this year. The duo joined junior Cadi Stair, sophomore Anna Spaulding and freshman Caroline Smith as Springdale's state-qualified divers, a sizeable accomplishment for the program.

Saturday wasn’t the only big day this month for Springdale dive.

Springdale won the Hendrix Invitational last week, with Stair capturing the individual title and Spaulding and Chandler finishing third and fourth, respectively. And Spaulding won the Siloam Springs Invitational.

Arkansas QBs earn Parade All-America honors

A pair of Arkansas prep quarterbacks were honored by Parade Magazine on Friday.

Charleston's Ty Storey was named a first-team All-American and Pulaski Academy's Will Hefley was named an honorable mention All-American.

Storey, who is already enrolled at Arkansas, has won a slew of awards, including MaxPreps Small School Player of the Year and Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year, for his play in 2014.

Leading the Tigers to their second straight state title and 29th consecutive win, Storey accounted for 371 yards and five touchdowns in the Class 3A state title game, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 17 seconds left.

The performance … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Pea Ridge 65, Gravette 62

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Randy Moll/NWADG Staff photo -- Pea Ridge sophomore Joey Hall (left) drives to the goal against Gravette. Hall scored 27 points in the Blackhawks' 65-62 win.
Sophomore Joey Hall drained a 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left as Pea Ridge maintained its hold on first place in the 4A-1 Conference standings.

Hall, who finished with 27 points, and the Blackhawks worked almost a minute off the clock with the game tied at 62-62 before swishing a 3-pointer from the top of the key for the win.

Austin White led Gravette with … Continue Reading ››

Guy-Perkins’ Hutchcraft selected as McDonald’s coach

Guy-Perkins basketball head coach John Hutchcraft has been selected to be the head coach of the girls' East team in this year's McDonald's All-American game.

He will be assisted by Conway girls' head coach Ashley Nance, who is also his daughter, and Fayetteville girls' head coach Vic Rimmer, who is one of his former players.

It will be the first time an Arkansas coach has been selected to coach in the girls' McDonald's All-American game, which will be played April 1 at the United Center in Chicago.

Since taking the job in 1978, Hutchcraft has won nine state titles (five girls and four … Continue Reading ››

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