After six weeks of good weather, Jack Frost decided to mess with Arkansas prep basketball last week and if Sunday's snow sticks, he can affect makeup games on Monday. Hopefully, we can get all games in this week to finish the regular season.
Most tournament spots have been secured, but what seeds the teams will be are still in some doubt. The picture should be a little clearer after Tuesday.
Standings and scores for all four 7A/6A conferences are here.
CLASS 7A BOYS
7A-Central – Van Buren has clinched the one seed. Bryant has clinched a berth. Conway can clinch a berth with … Continue Reading ››
SPRINGDALE — Dedric Patterson scored a team-high 15 points to lead Northside to a 53-46 road win, the Grizzlies’ seventh victory in their last eight games.
Northside (17-8, 7-4) trailed at halftime and at the end of the third quarter, but went on a 9-0 run early in the fourth to take the lead for good. Patterson scored seven during the spurt as the Grizzlies turned a deficit into a 47-42 lead.
TreShawn Gause scored a game-high 18 points for Springdale (8-16, 3-9) and was a large part of the reason the Bulldogs maintained the lead as long as they did.
SPRINGDALE — Fort Smith Northside erased a halftime deficit in the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth to survive a scare in a 78-66 road win at Springdale High.
The Lady Bears (24-1, 10-1 7A-West) trailed 40-33 at the half, but exploded for 45 second-half points and forced 14 Springdale turnovers after halftime as they re-took the lead and distanced themselves in the fourth for the win. The win kept Northside in position to claim the conference’s No. 1 seed for the state tournament.
Kira Sheperd scored a game-high 22 points and Aahliyah Jackson added 20 for Northside.
In the 1975 Arkansas high school basketball season, Fayetteville cut down the nets for what was then the Class AAA state championship. While it was wasn't the school's first state title - as the Purple Bulldogs had previously won a championship way back in 1948 - this team was in many ways the trendsetter for what would become a tradition-rich program for years to come.
Joe Kretschmar, the Arkansas High School Hall of Fame coach who passed away at the age of 75 in 2009. took over as head coach at Fayetteville in 1966 and had already established the Bulldogs as a consistent … Continue Reading ››
The Star City girls' basketball team beat Monticello 70-30 Tuesday night to clinch the 4A-8 conference championship.
The win was also the Lady Bulldogs' 100th consecutive conference win.
Star City's last conference loss came more than seven years ago, when it lost to Dumas on Jan. 11, 2008.
According to the Arkansas Activities Association record book, that is by far the longest conference winning streak in Arkansas girls basketball history. The second-longest was a 47-game streak by Alpena from 2007-2012.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.
1. FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE
Previous Rank: 1
Record: 23-1; Conference: 9-1
Last Week: W, 57-46 vs Bentonville; W, 61-45 at Heritage
This Week: Rogers, at Springdale
The Lady Bears are rolling. They’ve won nine straight and their only blemish the entire year was the conference opener at Fayetteville. Hard to see anything stopping their momentum during conference play.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.
Previous Rank: 1
Record: 15-6; Conference: 9-1
Last Week: W, 56-54 at Northside; W, 60-39 at Har-Ber
This Week: Springdale, at Rogers
Technically, Bentonville hasn’t clinched the conference title yet. But for all intents and purposes, barring any unforeseen slippage, the Tigers locked it up last week with two huge road wins, hanging on to beat a hot Northside team and routing Har-Ber for the second time in … Continue Reading ››
Though there are still two weeks (and four games) left in the regular season, most of the spots for the 7A and 6A state tournaments have been secured.
In Class 7A, 9 boys teams and 8 girls teams know they will be playing in the postseason. In Class 6A, 8 teams in both the boys and girls division have postseason berths. That means only 3 or 4 slots per division are still available.
Here is a look at who is in and what a few teams have to do to wrap up a postseason berth. (Standings through Feb. 13 games are Continue Reading ››