All posts by Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.

State’s Best Performances Of 2017

BOYS 100 Jadon Jackson, Bentonville West                                       10.74 Nick Porter, North Little Rock                                              11.00 Travis McKnight, Pine Bluff                                                    11.03 Payton Copher, Springdale Har-Ber                                 11.10 Caleb Christensen, Van Buren                                              11.16 Dandrea Green, Magnolia                                                       11.20 Britton Alley, Cabot                                                                    11.20 Cooper Elliot, Pea Ridge                                                          11.21 200 Kennedy Lightner, North Little Rock                               21.75 Travis McKnight, Pine Bluff                                                   22.41 Vontarius Ware, Springdale Har-Ber                              22.58 Keeton Calvin, Helena-West Helena Central            22.68 Jadon Jackson, Bentonville West                                      22.75 Payton Copher, Springdale Har-Ber                                22.86 Nick Porter, North Little Rock                                             22.93 Cooper Elliot, Pea Ridge                                                         23.02 400 Kennedy Lightner, North Little Rock                              49.50 Tevin Eckwood, Springdale Har-Ber                               49.70 Devin Dougherty, Bentonville High                                49.79 Caleb Edwards, Springdale Har-Ber                               … 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 ››

Bentonville West Boys 2017 Season Preview

COACH John Marshall

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

KEY PLAYERS F Tyler Guentz (Jr.), D Ethan Stockdale (Soph.), MF George Shultz (Jr.), GK Joel Garcia (Jr.).

TOP NEWCOMERS MF Tom Shultz (Fr.), M Brayden Douthit (Soph.), MF/F Blake McDoulett (Soph.).

THE SKINNY Marshall, a former head coach at Springdale Har-Ber, returns to the ranks after spending last year as an assistant for Bentonville's girls team. He inherits four players that did see playing time at Bentonville last year in Guentz, Stockdale, Shultz and Garcia. The Wolverines are already off to a good start with a 3-0 victory over Green Forest … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High Boys 2017 Season Preview

COACH Michael Devaney (13th season at Bentonville; 130-74-17 overall)

LAST YEAR’S RECORD 16-5-1 overall, 9-5 7A-West (third in conference; won state title)

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Bentonville's Sam Uzere battles a Springdale player for possession during the Class 7A boys soccer state championship. Uzere is one of the experienced players the Tigers will count on this season. NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Bentonville's Sam Uzere battles a Springdale player for possession during the Class 7A boys soccer state championship. Uzere is one of the experienced players the Tigers will count on this … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High 2017 Season Preview

COACH Kent Early (12th season at Bentonville; 14th overall)

LAST YEAR’S RECORD 30-1 overall, 14-0 7A-West (conference and 7A state champions)

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Bentonville's Madison Prough pitches Tuesday April 5, 2016 against Rogers.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Bentonville's Madison Prough pitches Tuesday April 5, 2016 against Rogers.
KEY PLAYERS P Maddy Prough (Sr.), C Haley Cornell (Jr.), 2B/OF Tymber Riley (Jr.), SS Payton Wildeman (Sr.), 3B Jordan Gartman (Sr.), OF Keelah Griffin (), CF Jenna Wildeman (Soph.), 1B/OF Megan Crownover (Soph.)

TOP NEWCOMERS P/1B Morgan Nelson (Sr.); C/3B Alyssa "A.J." Downey … Continue Reading ››