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 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 ››

Bentonville West 2017 Season Preview

COACH Anthony Cantrell

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

KEY PLAYERS OF Karlie Stafford (Jr.), OF Jazmine Dodd (Jr.), IF Anna Griffin (Jr.), P/UT Brittany Crowson, IF Emily Roberson (Soph.)

TOP NEWCOMERS P/UT Hallie Wacaser (Fr.), P/IF Emma Wood (Soph.)

THE SKINNY Cantrell comes to West after a 19-year tenure at North Little Rock, which includes seven years as the school's softball coach. Under his guidance, the Lady Charging Wildcats won three straight state championships before he went into an administrative role last year. ... Crowson saw pitching experience as a freshman at Bentonville two seasons ago and is … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High 2017 Season Preview

COACH Todd Abbott (13th season — 214-138 overall; 107-63 conference)

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Bentonville's Kam'ron Mays-Hunt tries to get a handle on the ball as Fort Smith Southside's Spencer Plunkett slides into second base Monday April 4, 2016. Bentonville lost 5-1.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Bentonville's Kam'ron Mays-Hunt tries to get a handle on the ball as Fort Smith Southside's Spencer Plunkett slides into second base Monday April 4, 2016. Bentonville lost 5-1.


LAST YEAR’S RECORD 19-9; 11-3 7A-West (conference champion; state quarterfinals)

KEY PLAYERS 2B/SS Justin Hines (Sr.); P Jacob … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West 2017 Season Preview

COACH Chip Durham (first year)

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

KEY PLAYERS CF Joey Aden (Soph.); SS Will Jarrett (Soph.); LHP/1B Jaron Jenkins (Jr.); LHP/OF Jason Gloeckler (Jr.); 2B/RHP Dakota McDonald (Soph.); LHP Hunter Mayes (Soph.)

THE SKINNY Durham returns to coaching baseball for the first time since 2010, when he resigned his position as head coach at Nicholls State after five seasons. He is also a former coach at Crowder College, but this is the first time he will coach at the high school level. … He inherits a West team with no seniors and no players … Continue Reading ››

NWA Swimmers Earn All-American Consideration

Five Northwest Arkansas individual swimmers and two relay teams have qualified for All-American standards or have earned consideration for the honor by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association with their performances Saturday during the Arkansas High School Swim and Dive Championships.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Hayden Harlow of Bentonville swims in the boys 100 yard breaststroke Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 during the class 6A-7A state swim meet at the Bentonville Community Center. Harlow won with a time of 55.84 sec. NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF
Hayden Harlow of Bentonville … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High This Week

Bentonville High's boys have already secured a first-round bye in next week's Class 7A state tournament, but there's still another prize within the Tigers' grasp.

Thanks to Bentonville's win Friday over Rogers High and Fayetteville's victory over Springdale Har-Ber, the Tigers are back in a tie for first place in the 7A-West Conference standings.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Heritage's Ty Olsen takes a shot while Bentonville's Arman Akbar (33) defends Tuesday Jan. 24, 2017 at Rogers. Bentonville won 52-44. NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Heritage's Ty Olsen takes a shot … Continue Reading ››