Har-Ber’s Dillon Out Of Indoor State Meet

FAYETTEVILLE — Springdale Har-Ber senior sprinter Amanda Dillon was noticeably absent among the heat sheets during the state indoor track meet for Class 5A-7A schools at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Dillon was in attendance Saturday, but only as a spectator. She was there to watch her younger sister Josie, a freshman, run in the girls 800 and finished third.

STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE - Har-Ber's Amanda Dillon comes in to win a heat of the 400 meters during the Class 5A-7A State Indoor track meet … Continue Reading ››

Heber Springs boys, Monticello girls win 1A-4A indoor titles

Heber Springs boys and Monticello girls won 1A-4A state indoor track and field championships Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville.

The Panthers were 10 points better than runner-up Crossett, while the Billies edged Des Arc by two points.

On the boys' side, Heber Springs was led by a 1-2 finish in the 800m, with senior Malachi Cannon winning (2:00.19) and sophomore Jesse Applewhite finished second (2:09.15). Cannon also won the 1,600m with a time of 4:35.91, more than seven seconds faster than the runner-up, and finished second in the 3,200m.

The Panthers also won the 4x400m relay and 4x800m relay.

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Boys: Farmington 59, Maumelle 56

FARMINGTON — Beau Thompson turned to a familiar strategy that resulted in a stunning upset Friday night in 5A-West Conference play.

Last season, the Cardinals won a number of games by putting the ball in sophomore Matt Thomas' hands late in games. Thomas has a knack for getting to the rim or drawing fouls and is almost automatic from the free-throw line.

It was a ploy that worked to perfection again in Friday's 59-56 win over previously undefeated Maumelle in Cardinal Arena on Color's Day.

Thomas scored 9 of his game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter, including 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville’s Greenlaw named captain, starter for Team USA


Fayetteville standout and Arkansas signee Dre Greenlaw has been named a team captain and defensive starter for Team USA.

He will play in Saturday's U-19 International Bowl against Canada, which can be watched on ESPN3 at 1 p.m. The game will be played at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium in Texas.

Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston are both International Bowl alumni.

The roster lists Greenlaw as a defensive back, but it is uncertain whether he will play safety or linebacker with the Razorbacks.

Greenlaw is the only Arkansas player to participate in this year's International … Continue Reading ››

NLR to forfeit 2013-2014 wins

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North Little Rock will forfeit 10 football and at least 24 boys basketball wins after using an ineligible player during the 2013-2014 season, according to a release by the Arkansas Activities Association Thursday.

The penalty comes after the high school self-reported the violation.

The basketball wins also include an 89-81 victory over Springdale in the 2014 Class 7A state championship game. North Little Rock has turned its trophy over to the AAA.

The football team reached the 2013 semifinals and lost to Cabot.

It is uncertain whether or not Springdale will be declared … Continue Reading ››

Owens To Take ORU Visit

Chris Owens (left).
National signing day for football was Wednesday, but Chris Owens is more concerned with the spring signing period in April.

The Springdale High senior two-sport standout had multiple offers for football, but wants to play basketball at the next level. And a stellar senior season is helping that cause.

Owens is averaging 20.1 points and 6.3 rebounds, both team-highs, a year after earning all-state honors for a 7A state runner-up Bulldog team. This year, Owens is shooting 50 percent from inside the 3-point line and is also … Continue Reading ››

Rogers, Har-Ber, Heritage To Participate In Dual State Tournament


Arkansas will host its seventh high school wrestling state tournament in a few weeks, but coaches are trying to see the sport take another step forward on Saturday.

The inaugural Arkansas Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Class 6A-7A Dual State Tournament will be held at Van Buren.

The event is not sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association, but Springdale Har-Ber wrestling coach Nika West said he and others are hoping to see that change in the near future.

"Other states have a regular bracket state tournament and a dual … Continue Reading ››

Decatur’s Big Man

Decatur senior Mario Urquidi (6-4, 195) is almost averaging a double-double for the year as the Bulldogs close in on the 2A-4 Conference title.

Urquidi is averaging 18.8 points and 9.7 rebounds a game for Decatur (17-7, 10-1). He is also averaging 2.3 blocks and two steals and two assists a game.

Decatur has a one-game lead over Eureka Springs with three games left to play. They host Mountainburg Friday and Magazine next Thursday. Decatur has lost just one home game the past three seasons.

They travel to Eureka Springs on Tuesday for a game with the league title possibly on the line.

Boys: Bentonville 72, Springdale Har-Ber 48

BENTONVILLE — It’s a given Malik Monk will get his fair share of points in most 7A-West Conference basketball games he plays.

What makes Bentonville’s boys a dangerous team is when the other players shoulder some of the scoring load.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE - Jordan Hemphill (3) of Bentonville shoots over Tereke Eckwood (center) and Mason McNee of Springdale Har-Ber during the first half Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Tiger Arena in Bentonville.

The Tigers used that supporting cast to take over sole … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Power Rankings

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



Previous Rank: 1

Record: 12-6; Conference: 6-1

Last Week: W, 62-49 at Heritage; L, 49-46 vs Fayetteville; W, 72-48 vs Har-Ber (Tuesday)

This Week: Southside

Bentonville rebounded strong from its first conference loss of the year with the convincing home win over Har-Ber. Malik Monk cracked the 30-point mark again, but the Tigers' supporting cast was just as important. Bentonville's ability to make Har-Ber's defense pay for collapsing on Monk was huge. … Continue Reading ››

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