Sophomore Ryann Goodsell is the NWA Media Springdale High Female Athlete of the Semester for the spring 2014 semester.Goodsell successfully defended her state title in the discus a week after resetting her own school record in the event with a throw of 132 feet in the 7A-West Conference meet. She is undefeated in the state of Arkansas through her first two years of high school, with most wins … Continue Reading ››
Chris Owens picked up his first Division I basketball offer and his first football offer in a span of 24 hours.The Springdale High 6-foot-3 shooting guard was offered a basketball scholarship by Oral Roberts on Friday afternoon. The class of 2014 prospect picked up the offer shortly after visiting ORU earlier this month.Continue Reading ››
The state's top football recruit is transferring.
Tight end Will Gragg will play his senior season at Class 4A Dumas, where his father, Kelvin, was recently named superintendent, according to reports. Gragg is leaving Class 6A Pine Bluff, where he helped the Zebras to a state runner-up finish as a junior.
Gragg caught 36 passes for 367 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end is one of the state's most heralded recruits in recent years, holding more than 40 scholarship offers before the end of … Continue Reading ››
Rogers Heritage offensive line coach Jason Upton is still searching for a fifth starter as spring practice comes to a close, but he's in much better shape than a year ago.
This time last year, Upton was only sure about one spot in his starting offensive line. That was senior Hunter Chasteen. Now, he's only looking for Chasteen's replacement at left tackle.
Kevin Merlos, who will be a senior in the fall, takes over the reins from Chasteen as a leader of the group. In addition, Noah Madryga started as a sophomore and is penciled in for the fall.
Brandon DeMello , who … Continue Reading ››
One of the state's top small school programs is looking for a new football coach.
Brandon Barabaree has resigned after only one season coaching the Bison, according to multiple reports. Former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette high school football reporter Robert Yates reported on Twitter that Barbaree will accept the middle school principal job in Pangburn.
The Bison were 12-2 last season and reached the semifinals of the Class 2A playoffs. Carlisle beat Marked Tree, Conway Christian and Rison in the postseason before a 38-23 loss to eventual state champion Junction City.
Carlisle has won 76 games over the last seven seasons.
File Photo -- Josh Floyd, who led Shiloh Christian to 4 state championships in 10 seasons, resigned Thursday to accept a coaching position in Alabama.
Josh Floyd, who won 99 games and 4 state championships at Shiloh Christian over a 10-year span, announced his resignation Thursday to accept a similar position at Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama.
Floyd, who starred at Shiloh as a quarterback under Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, continued the winning tradition that Malzahn started at the Springdale-based Christian school.
The Saints won a Class 3A state … Continue Reading ››
One of the state's top recruits committed to the University of Mississippi on Wednesday.
LaMichael Pettway, a rising senior receiver from Nashville, confirmed his decision to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recruiting editor Richard Davenport. Pettway had at least 10 scholarship offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Nebraska and Arkansas.
Pettway caught 56 passes for 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior for the Scrappers. He also completed 11 of 33 passes for 5 touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores.
Pettway is the sixth in-state senior to commit to a school … Continue Reading ››
In today's editions of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, you can find my story where Bentonville is about to accept bids to put down new turf playing surfaces at Tiger Stadium and the Tiger Athletic Complex's soccer field.
Both fields will be the traditional green, although I did tease athletic director Scott Passmore about a first of its kind field — gold with black Tiger stripes! Imagine something like that, if you will.
I found one even a little crazier today. Diamond Ranch Academy in Hurricane, Utah, has a full-length logo between the hash marks that is black with gold diamonds (its mascot is … Continue Reading ››
Springdale Public Schools is in the midst of a coaching search for both of the district's baseball head coaching jobs.Below is the list of the 43 applicants for the Springdale Har-Ber and Springdale High positions, as of Thursday. For more on the coaching search, including potential frontrunners and a timetable, check out tomorrow's Springdale Morning News and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.DUAL APPLICANTSJeff AbbottContinue Reading ››
Rogers Heritage football coaches are searching for replacements this spring for a large graduating senior class that helped the War Eagles to back-to-back playoff appearances.
Heritage coach Perry Escalante likes what he's seen from some of the open positions the past couple weeks, but there are a couple of spots that are still concerns.
One position that's a current problem is receiver.
"We got a lot of guys out there, but not a lot of guys who can catch the football right now," Escalante said. "You're not a receiver if you can't catch it. You're wearing a helmet."
Junior speedster Joey Saucier (5-11, 192 … Continue Reading ››