REVISED 7A STATE SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

The Class 7A state softball tournament in Conway has been delayed one day due to heavy rains in Central Arkansas. The tournament will now start on Friday with semifinals pushed to Monday. Here is the revised schedule: Friday, May 16th Game 1    12:00        Field 3        Rogers vs. Ft Smith NS Game 3    12:00        Field 5        Conway vs. Heritage Game 2    2:30        Field 3        Ft Smith SS vs. Bryant Game 4    2:30        Field 5        Har-Ber vs. Mount St Mary’s Saturday, May 17th Game 5    12:00        Field 5        North Little Rock vs. Winner Game 1 Game 6    12:00        Field 3       … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas, Arkansas State On SEC Network

Arkansas State can't get on the field with Arkansas, but the policy won't prevent the two schools from appearing on TV together. Arkansas State and Arkansas will appear in back-to-back games Sept. 6 when the new SEC Network televises six football games involving SEC schools. The Red Wolves will play Tennessee at 11 a.m. followed by Nicholls State (La.) at Arkansas at 3 p.m. Other games on the lineup include Florida Atlantic at Alabama at 11 a.m., Eastern Michigan at Florida at 3 p.m., Sam Houston State at LSU and Lamar at Texas A&M, both at 6:30 p.m. An overflow channel … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Owens Visits Oral Roberts

Chris Owens (Springdale 24) flies past the Northside defense and lays it in. Springdale High shooting guard Chris Owens traveled across the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line for a college visit Wednesday. The 6-foot-3 class of 2015 prospect visited Oral Roberts, making the trip to Tulsa to check out the Summit League program coached by head coach Scott Sutton and assistant Sean Sutton, sons of former Arkansas and Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton. The Golden Eagles have made five NCAA Tournament … Continue Reading ››

The Two Sides Of Celebration

Bentonville's softball players had the right to be a little giddy after Tuesday's big game at the Tiger Athletic Complex. The celebration was on moments after Lady Tigers claimed a 4-2 victory over Van Buren. They had just won the 7A/6A-West Conference championship in a game coach Kent Early called "a heavyweight battle" and earned the league's No. 1 seed in the Class 7A State Tournament. The Bentonville players formed a big group outside their dugout, and it was all fun and games as they gathered behind Morgan Vaughan and Emma Kinsey as they were being interviewed by an area television reporter. … Continue Reading ››

IS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY AN ‘ELBOWDEMIC’?

Back in the days when I played sports, and dinosaurs frolicked on the prairie, surgeries to the knees and elbows were considered career-ending. If you blew an ACL, your athletic career was done. Forever.
Tommy John

This illustration shows how ulnar collateral ligament, or Tommy John surgery is performed.

I played baseball only through the age of 15 because we didn't have a high school program back then at the tiny school I attended. I played men's softball for many years. I never personally knew anyone who had ulnar collateral ligament surgery, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Adds New Football Coaches

There are two new faces on Springdale High's football coaching staff this spring. Greg Tiner will coach tight ends and fullbacks after 20 years at Monticello, including the last four as head coach of the Class 4A school. Jacob Gill was hired as safeties coach after spending four years at Siloam Springs, including the last two as co-defensive coordinator for the 6A Panthers. Tiner has an extensive background at Monticello. Continue Reading ››

Meet Of Champs Field Announced

The Arkansas Activities Association has released the participants for the Meet of Champs, which will be held Saturday afternoon in Heber Springs. Here are the Northwest Arkansas entries, as well as what I think you should expect for each event: • Girls pole vault — Jade Donnell and Isabel Neal of Bentonville and Rylee Robinson of Shiloh Christian are among the participants, but this event belongs to Lexi Weeks of Cabot. Weeks set the overall record at 13 feet, 6 1/2 inches last week at the Class 7A state meet and barely missed clearing 14 feet. • Boys shot put — Blake Young … Continue Reading ››

ALL 4A-1 FINAL FOR REGIONAL TITLE MONDAY

AN BBH-4A NORTH 5-11

Farmington freshman Tyler Gregg allowed just 2 hits and struck out 10 in the Cardinals' 4-0 win against Pottsville on Saturday.

History could be made Monday in Lincoln in the finals of the 4A-North Regional Tournament. Farmington vs. Prairie Grove, a longtime rivalry that seemingly dates back to the Prairie Grove Civil War battle, will go at it possibly for the last time in a meaningful athletic contest at 2:30 p.m. The winner earns the No. 1 seed from the regional at next week's 4A State Tournament … Continue Reading ››

Are Coach Ejections Ever A Good Thing?

We've all seen them at one time or another. A coach, fired up over a blown call, has finally had enough and let's the referee or official have a piece of his mind. The official then reacts by throwing the coach out of the game, the arena, the stadium, wherever the field might be. And this usually leads to a big crowd reaction, a coach storming off the scene and a heated situation that is usually talked about in the local schools, papers, radio stations, TVs and barber shops for days to come. These coaching ejections are often frowned upon by many. … Continue Reading ››

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