New Proposals Await Schools’ Vote

The following is a list of proposals that school representatives will vote on during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body, which will be held next month in Little Rock. Proposal No. 1 — If passed, swimming would be split into three classifications: 7A, 6A and remaining schools, effective next season. This proposal has Mountain Home written all over it. It came from Activity District 1-East and claims that Class 6A schools have "no chance at success at the state level whatsoever" because it competes against 7A schools. The AAA board of directors recommend "Do Not Pass" by a 12-5 … Continue Reading ››

Providence Academy hires new baseball, strength coaches

Brent McConnell was recently named the baseball coach at Providence Academy
Brent McConnell has been hired to head the baseball program at Providence Academy of Northwest Arkansas, it was announced this week. McConnell has been an assistant coach at Oklahoma prep baseball power Owasso for 19 seasons, helping the program earn 10 Class 6A state championships. While at Owasso, 12 players were selected in the Major League Baseball draft including first round picks Pete Kozma (St. Louis Cardinals) and Dylan Bundy (Baltimore Orioles). “Coach McConnell brings championship expectations and experience to the … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Gold player faces different battle

The only battle Josh White expected to encounter when school resumes in August is the one where he competes for playing time as a member of Bentonville Gold's boys basketball team. The incoming freshman, however, has another fight on his hands. White wasimage1 recently diagnosed with a form of cancer. What type of cancer has not been disclosed at this time while he is undergoing treatment, according to Rachel Wacaser in an email. Christina Slinker, a family friend, has established a Go Fund Me account for White and his family.  She hopes to raise … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Roundup From 7-on-7 Showcase

Here's how the 7A-West fared at the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase this weekend.
Here's how the 7A-West fared at the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase this weekend.

Fayetteville beat Springdale Har-Ber 38-14 to win the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase on Saturday, wrapping up a solid showing for the 7A-West over the two-day event.

The conference had both championship-game representatives out of a 32-team field which also featured programs from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. Rogers Heritage also came within a game of advancing to the winner’s … Continue Reading ››

7A-West 7on7 Showcase Schedule

Fayetteville's Taylor Powell, Bentonville's Kasey Ford and Springdale Har-Ber's Fuller Chandler (left to right) will be among the top quarterback prospects at the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase this weekend.

Fields map.
Fields map.

The Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase is back in Springdale for the seventh consecutive year beginning Friday and will feature 32 teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas and Illinois.

Here is when and where the 7A-West teams will play during pool play Friday. Field locations are shown … Continue Reading ››

Found: A better alignment for 3A football

Earlier this month, I posted a four-part series on looking ahead to the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how the conferences throughout the state will look during that time. Since then, the Arkansas Activities Association has released their conference alignments. Earlier this week, I had a column in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in which I blasted that organization and its board of directors for the way the Class 3A football alignments was done. Here's the reasoning why I did it. Take a look at the nine longest trips I found in the AAA's alignment for 3A football: • Fouke to McGehee — 184 miles • … Continue Reading ››

2015 Louisville Slugger All-Americans

Four Arkansans were recognized in the June 12 issue of Collegiate Baseball newspaper as Louisville Slugger All-Americans.

Here is a look at those players and where they are signed to play college baseball.

Cody Davenport - OF/RHP - Fayetteville - Signed with UCA

Blaine Knight - RHP - Bryant - Signed with Arkansas

Andy Pagnozzi - RHP - Fayetteville - Signed with Ole Miss (Also drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 36th round, No. 1,067 overall)

Drew Tipton - OF - Bryant - Signed with Arkansas State

Springdale Baseball, Softball Standouts Sign

Four recent Springdale High graduates signed with in-state colleges Wednesday.

Softball standout Maegan Kelley inked with North Arkansas College, while the baseball trio of Trevor Beadle, Austin Solberg and Zach Stith signed with Ecclesia College.

“I think all three kids got significantly better in a short amount of time,” Springdale baseball coach Shohn Doty said. “I saw a ton of growth in a year. I really believe (Ecclesia) coach (Derrion) Hardie did a great job of recognizing these guys aren't what they're going to be even another year from now.”

Beadle was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, catching every inning of his … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 4) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

NOTE: The following is the fourth part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A basketball, baseball and softball, as well as the mixed districts inside those two classes.

There is a lot of mystery that could surround the thought of mixing the state's Class 4A and 3A schools placing them into districts, the result of Proposal No. 4 being passed during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body.

The thought behind this was to cut down on travel, and the only … Continue Reading ››

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