7A-West Girls Soccer Notebook

Fayetteville The Lady Purple'Dogs are 5-1 heading into Tuesday's home match against Bentonville, which is the 7A-West opener. Cabot handed Fayetteville its only setback, a 4-0 loss on Friday. But it bounced back with a 1-0 win against Maumelle on Saturday during the Harrison Tournament.

It was Fayetteville's second tourney after it won the Fort Smith Tournament the previous weekend. With 12 seniors gone off of last season's 7A state semifinalist team, winning a tourney was a welcome start to the season.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Fayetteville coach Joe Thoma speaks to his players Tuesday, April 12, 2016, before … <a href=Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Notebook

Fayetteville

Joe Thoma is back leading the boys’ program, which he began in 1990, after coaching the Fayetteville girls team only the past several seasons.

“It’s been a lot of fun coaching them again,” Thoma said. “It feels like we’re kinda of back to where we started and we had a fun opening weekend.”

After opening the season by losing against Bryant 5-4 on shootouts (the match ended 0-0) and 2-1 against DeQueen, the Bulldogs (3-2) have won three straight matches heading into Tuesday’s 7A-West Conference opener against Bentonville at 5:30 p.m. Harmon Field.

With 14 seniors lost to graduation off last season’s squad … Continue Reading ››

Athlete of the Week: Fayetteville’s Jasmine Franklin

Fayetteville High's Jasmine Franklin's dominating double-double vaulted the Lady Bulldogs into the Class 7A State Championship.

The 6-foot-1 junior forward was 5-of-7 from the floor to finished with 13 points in a 49-40 win over Little Rock Central. She also had a whopping 19 rebounds, including 11 of team’s 22 offensive boards, in only 20 minutes of action. In the quarterfinals, Franklin had 10 points.

For her effort, Franklin is the ARPreps.com Athlete of the Week.

Here's a look at other top performers and performances from the past week: Paige Devecsery, Farmington, junior right-hander pitched a complete-game one-hitter and … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West Boys 2017 Season Preview

COACH Dave Anderson

LAST YEAR’S RECORD This is the Wolverines' inaugural season.

KEY ATHLETES James Milholen (Jr.), Stefan Banda (Jr.)

TOP NEWCOMERS Jadon Jackson (Soph.), Murray Burns (Jr.)

THE SKINNY Anderson admits things might be interesting at the start of the new track season. The team members weren't selected until December, and practices weren't held until January. In the meantime, Anderson was his team will do a lot of experimenting during the March meets in hopes that they will be able to make some noise during the latter part of the season. Milholen, who finished sixth in the 400 meters during the … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West Girls 2017 Season Preview

COACH Zach Nidiffer

LAST YEAR’S RECORD This is the Lady Wolverines' inaugural season.

KEY PLAYERS F/MF Alissa Carlson (Jr.); F/MF Rachel Higgins (Soph.)

TOP NEWCOMERS D Emma Ferrigni (Fr.)

THE SKINNY Nidiffer was chosen to guide West's girls after winning a state championship last year at Claremore, Okla., and said the transition to starting a new program has been amazing. "It's a rare opportunity to start a brand new program, a new school," he said. "We started out kind of rough with girls from all over the place but we've been able to practice in offseason since August, and it's starting to come together." Nidiffer said … Continue Reading ››

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