7A-West Boys Power Rankings

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


Bentonville-Tigers Previous Rank: 1

Record: 6-3; Conference: 1-0

Last Week: W, 63-47 at Southside

This Week: Northside, Bass Pro Invitational

The Tigers actually trailed Fort Smith Southside on the road at halftime Friday, but won comfortably as Malik Monk scored 21 of his 37 points in the second half. Maybe not the most impressive performance, but Bentonville has proven it can raise its level of play when needed.

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7A-West Girls Power Rankings

Fayetteville sophomore Lauren Holmes.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.


Bulldog Purple head Previous Rank: 2

Record: 9-5; Conference: 1-0

Last Week: W, 45-42 vs Northside

This Week: at Southside, Springdale

Fayetteville sent a message to the rest of the conference with its home win over Northside, a victory that avenged an earlier 51-42 loss to the Lady Bears. And Fayetteville really hasn’t had a chance to mesh yet, thanks to injuries to talented guards DaShundra Morgan and Sydney … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 63, Fort Smith Southside 47

FORT SMITH — Jason McMahan said he spent halftime Friday night reminding Bentonville's boys of what they had said the Tigers needed to do during their 7A-West Conference opener against Fort Smith Southside. "The pregame speech was them telling me what we needed to do," McMahan said. "So I went back and memorized almost exactly the way they said it, then gave it right back to them at halftime because they didn't do it." Bentonville got the message this time, then outscored Southside 40-21 over the second half en route to a 63-47 victory over the Rebels. The Tigers (6-3, 1-0) erased a … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Springdale 42, Heritage 32

Springdale post Ryann Goodsell.
Springdale High didn’t stick with its big starting lineup for its 7A-West Conference opener. But coach Heather Hunsucker didn’t need to.

Junior forward Desiree Mack scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, both tied for game-highs, to lead Springdale to a 42-32 victory over Rogers Heritage on Friday.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-4, 1-0 7A-West) trailed 4-2 early, but led the rest of the way. Springdale’s height took a toll on Heritage as the Lady Bulldogs dominated the paint, outrebounding the Lady War … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Springdale 53, Rogers Heritage 42

Springdale guard Chris Owens.
Chris Owens tied his season-high with 28 points to lead Springdale High to an impressive 53-42 home win over Rogers Heritage in the 7A-West Conference opener Friday.

Owens’ big night keyed Springdale (6-7, 1-0) on offense, while the Bulldogs paired it with one of their best halves on the defensive end in the first. Heritage made just one of its first 20 shots as Springdale built a 21-9 halftime advantage.

The War Eagles (8-6, 0-1) shot better in the second half, but … Continue Reading ››

Zak Clark Q&A

New Springdale football coach Zak Clark.
  Here’s a Q&A with new Springdale High football coach Zak Clark.

Look for full coverage of Clark’s hire in Saturday’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

You played against Springdale, coached here, coached against them. What are your expectations and can you bring it back?

I wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t think you could get it back. I think everything’s in place to get it back. There’s pieces here. Just from watching, the familiarity of playing Springdale and the kids, I know the … Continue Reading ››

Storey Named MaxPreps Small Schools POY

Former Charleston quarterback Ty Storey has been named MaxPreps’ 2014 Small Schools Player of the Year.

Storey, who is already enrolled at Arkansas, capped his high school career last month with a dominant performance in the Tigers’ 33-26 win over Smackover in the Class 3A state championship game.

Accounting for all but 17 yards of Charleston’s offense, the four-star recruit threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns.

On the Tigers’ final drive of the game, he accounted for all 55 yards, including nine carries for 51 yards and the game-winning four-yard touchdown pass with 17 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Hires Clark

New Springdale football coach Zak Clark.
Springdale High named Fayetteville offensive coordinator Zak Clark its new head football coach at a Friday morning pep rally.

Clark becomes the Bulldogs’ fourth coach in the past decade, filling the void left by Shane Patrick’s resignation in November following an 0-10 season and third straight year without a playoff appearance. Clark spent the previous five years as an assistant at Fayetteville, his alma mater.

Clark, who started 10 games at quarterback for Arkansas in 2001 before … Continue Reading ››

Soehner Attends National Combine

Sometimes, being invited to a big-time event falls short of expectations. That was Dylan Soehner's experience at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine in San Antonio, Texas last week. The 6-foot-7 tight end from Prairie Grove was among some of the nation's top underclassmen who were tested in a series of drills prior to the annual All-American Bowl that showcases the nation's top seniors. The underclassmen were tested in the 40-yard dash, shuttle, vertical jumps, and one-on-one drills. "Usually, the combines are held in the Alamodome, but they were held outside this year because of the bowl game between UCLA and Kansas State," … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Siloam Springs 51, Springdale 44

Siloam Springs senior Mayse Pippen scored a team-high 11 points to lead a balanced attack as the Lady Panthers’ veterans took control down the stretch in a 51-44 home victory over Springdale.

Siloam Springs (10-3) took the lead early in the second quarter and never gave it up. The Lady Panthers capped off the win by sinking all six of their free throw attempts in the final two minutes to seal it.

Ja’Vonda Daniels scored a game-high 14 points for the Lady Bulldogs (9-4), which had all-state point guard Kierra Lang back in the lineup for the first time in nearly a month … Continue Reading ››

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