Red Dog Q&A: Lauren Lamaestra

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Springdale swimmer Lauren Lamaestra.
Springdale High senior Lauren Lamaestra is making her claim as the best female swimmer in program history.

Lamaestra is in the midst of an impressive senior season and has already qualified for state individually in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 breast and 100 back, along with qualifying as part of the 200 medley relay. She has also participated on Springdale’s cheer and track teams.

Read a feature on Lamaestra in Sunday’s Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Cheer or swim. Which one’s more difficult?

Swim. I’m even better in swimming than … Continue Reading ››

High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian 63, Bentonville 55

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Right when Bentonville's boys made their move to get back into Thursday's game, Wesleyan Christian had other ideas. Kwe Parker and Jalen Johnson did the damage in a 12-0 run in the third quarter, and the team from High Point, N.C., ended the Tigers' three-game winning streak with a 63-55 decision in the first round of the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions. "For us, I think the pivotal point was when we cut it to three," Bentonville coach Jason McMahan said. "They made two hard shots behind that, which made it a seven-point differential. Then we let go … Continue Reading ››

State, Regional Tournament Host Sites Announced

The Arkansas Activities Association has chosen the following locations as host sites for state and regional tournaments Thursday afternoon at its office in North Little Rock. They are as follows: BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Pottsville South: Monticello East:  Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Rose Bud Region 3: Manila Region 4: Fordyce Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central South: Parkers Chapel East: Mount Ida West:  Johnson County Westside Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region 2: Hillcrest Region 3: Bradford Region 4: Emerson State, March 3-7 Class 7A: Springdale Har-Ber Class 6A: Siloam Springs Class 5A: Greene County Tech Class 4A: Ozark Class 3A: Cossatot River Class 2A: Pangburn Class 1A: Kirby at Nashville BASEBALL Region, May 8-11 Class 4A North: Dover East: Pocahontas South: Malvern Class 3A Region 1: Lavaca Region 2: Bald Knob Region … Continue Reading ››

Huntsville’s Kirk Grows Into New Role

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Randy Moll | NWADG -- Huntsville senior Caleb Kirk, right, goes up for a shot against Gravette. Kirk is averaging 17 points per game for the Eagles.
A change in scenery has made a huge impact for Caleb Kirk. The Huntsville senior has grown three inches since last season, and has moved from shooting guard to the low block, although he still lauches shots from beyond the arc on occasion. “I was about 6-2 last year, but I’m 6-5 this year, so Coach (Jim) Stafford has used me in the … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Rogers Heritage 42, Rogers High 29

Rogers Heritage turned up the defense to knock off cold-shooting rival Rogers High on Tuesday night. Heritage held the Lady Mounties to just 25 percent shooting (9 of 35) from the floor, including an incredible 3-for-20 in the middle two quarters, en route to a 42-29 7A-West win at War Eagle Arena. Seniors Emilie Jobst and Sara Giesen combined for 29 points for Heritage (8-7, 1-1 7A-West) to equal all of Rogers’ offensive output, but Ramey couldn’t stop talking about his team’s defense in the matchup zone. The Lady War Eagles held Rogers (6-9, 0-2) to just three field goals in the second … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Rogers Heritage 55, Rogers High 44

The War Eagles got off to a red-hot start and held off a late Rogers charge to earn the 7A-West Conference win on Tuesday night. Heritage (10-5, 1-1) hit 4-of-4 3-pointers to build a 24-8 first-quarter lead. Chris Coover and Irvin Menendez hit two 3-pointers each off the bench in that quarter. But the Mounties (5-10, 0-2) clawed back in the second half, getting within seven with six minutes, 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But Connor Hirsh scored on a free-throw line jumper and a layup, then fed Julian Jensen for a layup to push the Heritage lead back to 13. Hirsh … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 82, Northside 47

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Bentonville's Malik Monk.
BENTONVILLE — Malik Monk was on pace for nearly 50 points and had a shot to outscore Fort Smith Northside by himself entering the fourth quarter Friday night.

But Bentonville didn't need him to.

Monk finished with a game-high 38 points despite sitting the final six minutes as the Tigers dominated in an impressive 82-47 mercy rule win over a Northside team expected to contend for the 7A-West Conference title.

Monk came out hot and knocked down two 3-pointers in the opening minutes to help set the tone. … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Northside 68, Bentonville 58

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Northside's Aahliyah Jackson (left).
Aahliyah Jackson made her first seven shots and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead Fort Smith Northside to a 68-58 road win over Bentonville.

The Lady Bears (15-1, 1-1) jumped out to an early 16-point lead and held off Bentonville down the stretch to bounce back from a 45-42 loss at Fayetteville on Friday.

The Lady Tigers (10-5, 1-1) made several mini-runs in the second half, but couldn't dig out of the hole and never pulled closer than five down the stretch. Bentonville shot 51 … Continue Reading ››

Multiple Schools Recruiting Burton

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Springdale receiver Zach Burton.
Springdale High senior receiver Zach Burton is hearing from multiple schools with less than a month until National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is receiving interest from Missouri State, Northwest Missouri State, Pitt State, Central Missouri and Hendrix.

“I’m hoping that either Northwest or UCM offer,” Burton said.

He’s visited Northwest Missouri State and plans to visit Central Missouri, Missouri State and Hendrix in the future. All the schools are recruiting him as a receiver after he successfully transitioned to offense after playing safety as a … Continue Reading ››

School Bids For Regional, State Tourneys Announced

The following is a list of schools who have made bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host regional and state tournaments in sports other than football. The AAA will announce the host sites at 4 p.m. Thursday at its office in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Lincoln, Ozark, Pottsville South: Mena, Monticello East: Heber Springs, Highland, Pocahontas, Riverview, Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Cedar Ridge, Perryville, Rose Bud Region 3: Bergman, Manila Region 4: Centerpoint, Cossatot River, Drew Central, Fordyce, Prescott Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central, Marmaduke, Pangburn, Sloan-Hendrix South: Gurdon, Parkers Chapel East: Augusta, Carlisle, Mount Ida West: Conway Christian, Westside Johnson County Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region … Continue Reading ››

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