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.

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 ››

State Scores

7A-CENTRAL

Cabot 61, Bryant 53 (OT)

FS Southside 61, LR Catholic 55

LR Central 57, Conway 45

North Little Rock 94, FS Northside 91 (3OT)

7A-WEST

Bentonville 62, Rogers 31

Fayetteville 71, Springdale Har-Ber 53

Rogers Heritage 47, Bentonville West 46

Van Buren 47, Springdale 34

6A/5A-1

Alma 60, Clarksville 59

Harrison 81, Farmington 55

6A/5A-2

Beebe at Batesville

Greenbrier 41, Vilonia 37

6A/5A-4

LR Fair 49, LR Hall 45

LR Parkview 62, Maumelle 60

Pulaski Academy 59, Jacksonville 54

Sylvan Hills at LR Christian

6A/5A-5

LR Mills 69, White Hall 34

Pine Bluff 62, Watson Chapel 48

6A/5A-6

El Dorado 56, Magnolia 52

Hope 65, Camden Fairview 57

Hot Springs 71, Lake Hamilton 40

GIRLS

7A-CENTRAL

Cabot 56, Bryant 35

LR Central 67, Conway 61

Mount St. Mary 48, FS Southside … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West Basketball — Week of Feb. 13

The last four games of the regular season have become a matter of survival for Bentonville West's boys.

The Wolverines (11-12, 4-6 7A-West) snapped out of a three-game tailspin Friday night by grinding out a 37-28 victory at Springdale High and improved their chances of going to the Class 7A state tournament in their inaugural season. West scored 17 points in the fourth quarter -- nine by Gabe Hornsby -- after being limited to just 20 points over the first three quarters of play.

The victory not only gives West a one-game lead over Springdale in the 7A-West standings, but the nine-point … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High Basketball — Week of Feb. 13

Bentonville's girls enter this week really needing a win, in more ways than one.

With four games left in the regular-season schedule, the Lady Tigers (11-12, 4-6 7A-West) can clinch a berth in the state tournament with one more win and a Bentonville West loss. Bentonville, however, needs a win to improve its situation in the Class 7A state tournament seedings.

If the season ended now, the Lady Tigers would be the No. 6 seed and would likely face Conway or Fort Smith Northside in a first-round game.

There is not much room for error on Bentonville's side now, especially since its … Continue Reading ››