All posts by Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville and Bentonville West, as well as 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.

Bentonville West 2017-18 Preview

Bentonville West Wolverines Coach: Greg White, second year Record: 12-16 overall, 5-9 7A-West Conference
Pictures by David Beach – Collier Blackburn of Bentonville West fights for a rebound against Gravette at Bentonville West High School on Saturday, November 20, 2016.
Key Players: F/G Gabe Hornsby (6-4, Sr.), G Collier Blackburn (6-4, Sr.), F Ben Larsen (6-5, Sr.), F Boston Barron (6-5, Sr.), F Levi Rutherford (6-2, Sr.), G Collin Blackburn (6-2, Sr.), G Dillon Bailey (5-9, So.), G Garrett Wilmot (5-10, Sr.), G Hayden White (5-10, Sr.) Notable: The Wolverines have a benefit … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Tigers 2017-18 Preview

Bentonville Tigers Coach: Dick Rippee, first year Last Year’s Record: 15-10 overall, 12-2 7A-West (co-champion)
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF
Asa Hutchinson of Bentonville passes as Tyler Roth (1) of Fayetteville guards on Friday Feb. 3, 2017 during the game in Bentonville's Tiger Arena.
Key Players: F Asa Hutchinson IV (6-7, Sr.), F Michael Shanks (6-6, Jr.), G Cadarius Baggett (6-0, Sr.), G Josh Smith (6-3, Jr.), G Connor Deffenbaugh (6-3, Jr.) Notable: Veteran coach Rippee takes over the Tigers after a successful tenure at Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo, where his teams were 183-49 and … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville, Bentonville West Bye Week Notes

Bentonville

The bye week is supposed to be a team to rest, recuperate and refine itself as it awaits for its next opponent.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF
Preston Crawford of Bentonville runs in a touchdown in the fourth quarter against Bentonville West Friday, Nov. 3. 2017, at Tiger Stadium in Bentonville.
There's a little bit more for Bentonville to do before its next game. The Tigers must replace a starting running back after Easton Miller suffered an injury during last week's game and had surgery done earlier this week.

"With the loss … Continue Reading ››

Thursday playoff game awaits Bentonville West

Bentonville West will host its quarterfinal playoff game one week from today at Tiger Stadium, Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore said Thursday.

The Wolverines (9-1) will play that night against the winner of Friday's first-round game between Rogers High and Conway. Kickoff will be scheduled for 7 p.m.

Passmore made that announcement Thursday morning after phone conversations with Arkansas Activities Association officials, as well as officials from both Rogers and Conway schools. Those schools agreed to play on Thursday, and the AAA approved the idea.

Had Rogers or Conway not approved a Thursday playing date for that game, the game would have been … Continue Reading ››

2017 Playoff Scenarios — One Week Remains

Many of the playoff scenarios involving Northwest Arkansas' football teams began to take shape after Friday's games.

Some of them are pretty simple. Some of them still have some interesting twists about them, and some teams must face the reality that basketball season will start as scheduled.

With just one week left in the regular season, here's what is at stake:

7A-WEST

Bentonville High (7-2, 6-0) vs. Bentonville West (9-0, 6-0)

This game at Tiger Stadium is simply for all the marbles — or the best ones for now.

The winner takes the outright conference title and the league's No. 1 seed, which means a first-round … Continue Reading ››