We’re a little over a week into 2016, which means conference play is getting underway across the state.
Here are a few storylines to keep an eye on during tonight’s games, as well as the rest of the season.
Five SEC signees are in their final seasons of high school basketball in Arkansas.
The headliner of the group is Bentonville’s Malik Monk, a consensus five-star recruit. He signed with Kentucky during the early signing period, choosing the Wildcats over Arkansas in a much-publicized recruiting battle.
In the River Valley, fans will have an opportunity to see a pair of them in back-to-back games … Continue Reading ››
Here is the NWADG’s 7A-West girls basketball poll.
Fort Smith Northside (4) — 46
Fayetteville (2) — 43
Springdale — 31
Springdale Har-Ber — 30
Bentonville — 30
Rogers — 17
Fort Smith Southside — 10
Rogers Heritage — 9
Har-Ber and Bentonville tied for fourth, but the site's formatting does not allow for repeating places, so Har-Ber is at No. 4 because it was voted in the top half of the conference more often. First-place votes are in parentheses. First-place votes counted for 8 points, second-place for 7 and so … Continue Reading ››
Austin and Lisa Bivens can trace their basketball roots back to the same tree.
The husband and wife duo, now the boys and girls basketball coaches at Rogers-based Providence Academy, have legendary Guy-Perkins coach John Hutchcraft as their common denominator. There are not many better mentors in the state than Hutchcraft, whose team garners a ton of ink in the Arkansas state high school sports record book.
For more on this story, see Thursday's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette story at nwadg.com
A month long break from competition for local high school swimmers will come to an end today as teams take part in the John Brown Swim and Dive Invitational in Siloam Springs and at the Fayetteville Invitational Saturday at the Jones Center in Springdale.
Springdale Har-Ber is off to a solid start as the Wildcats have two individuals and two relay teams with state qualifying times.
Senior John Palmer has qualified in the 100 fly, the 100 free and the 200 free while Heath Brames has qualified in the 200 free, 200 IM,500 free and the 100 free. Palmer, Brames, Brandon Greenlee … Continue Reading ››