7A-West Boys Notebook

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Leo Araujo entered 7A-West play with two goals scored this season. Since, he’s scored 10 in six games.

The senior forward has provided a spark for the first-place Bulldogs (12-2, 6-0), which have won seven straight and are a win Tuesday against Rogers away from a perfect first half of conference play and what would be at least a two-game lead heading into the second half.

Araujo’s latest big game was a hat trick in Friday’s 8-0 win at Fort Smith Southside. But he wasn’t alone. … Continue Reading ››


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BENTONVILLE Bentonville’s girls have six 7A-West Conference games under their belt, and the Lady Tigers have used six different lineups in those games.

One constant with all these changes is that Bentonville (8-1, 6-0) has remained unbeaten in league play heading into Tuesday’s big showdown at Fayetteville, with the winner taking control of first place.

“We have some players that can be used in more than one position,” coach Kristina Henry said. “That way, we can have different looks and different combinations. That part is nice.

“We’ve had … Continue Reading ››

Softball: Rogers High 4, Bryant 0

Senior Maddie Massanelli tossed a five-hitter and allowed just one runner past second base to lead Rogers High to a 4-0 win over Bryant on Saturday morning at Veterans Park.

The Lady Mounties (13-5) manufactured a run in the bottom of the first, then added three more in the third aided by a Bryant error and that was plenty for the Crowder College signee.

Massanelli struck out two and walked just one. Bryant (11-7) only mounted one major scoring threat, loading the bases in the sixth inning on three singles. But Massanelli induced an infield pop-up to end that inning.

Rogers coach Mike … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Carson Johnson

Senior Carson Johnson has been one of Springdale’s leaders in the Bulldogs’ best season since the school district split in 2006.

The leadoff-hitting infielder is batting .422 with 16 stolen bases, 13 RBIs and a gaudy .677 on-base percentage. He is a four-year starter, three-year leadoff hitter and committed to Warner, Okla.-based Connors State in November.

Here’s a Q&A with Johnson. Read a feature on him in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.

Have you always worn No. 6?

For two years I’ve worn 6. I used to wear 24.

Why’d you switch?

I wanted 24 but a senior had it and it … Continue Reading ››


7A-WEST SOFTBALL STANDINGS 4-7   BENTONVILLE Bentonville coach Kent Early was not surprised by hits being held to a minimum during the Lady Tigers’ 2-1 victory Tuesday over Rogers High. “Both of us have quality pitchers,” Early said. “We’re more than one-deep, and Rogers has two in (Maddie) Massanelli and (Alex) McManus. I spoke briefly to Massanelli after the game and told her I have a ton of respect for her. “I was very complimentary of her and what she did. She kept us off-balance. We hit pop up after pop up after pop … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas’ Best Track Performers Update

NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through April 7, 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.



Jordan McNair, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.58

Zach Jewell, Mena, 10.69

Jordan Jones, Smackover, 10.9*

Timothy Stuckey, Texarkana, 10.9*

Robert Whitfield, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.92


Zach Jewell, Mena, 21.88

Travern Caldwell, … Continue Reading ››

‘Secret’ McNair Gets Noticed

Jacksonville Lighthouse track coach Kelvin Parker calls senior sprinter Jordan McNair "one of the best-kept secrets around."

He gained a little attention last year, when he set the Class 1A state record in the 100-meter dash. He turned in a time of 11.08 seconds and broke the previous mark set in 1984 by Emerson's Edgar Cooper, whose hand-held time of 10.9 seconds carries an FAT equivalent of 11.14.

He won't be a secret much longer with the performances he's had this season. He had already turned in an 11.04 this season before he ran Thursday in the Magnet Cove Panther Relays, when … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Notebook

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Junior David Portilla scored goals in each of Springdale’s first three conference wins. Then senior Leo Araujo erupted for five goals in an impressive 5-0 victory over Bentonville on Friday.

The offense has come from different places, but a stingy defense has been a constant — Springdale has outscored opponents 14-2 in a 4-0 start to 7A-West play that has earned it sole possession of first in the conference.

Bentonville threatened numerous times on Friday, but Springdale (10-2, 4-0) found ways to keep the Tigers off … Continue Reading ››

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