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.

Meet Of Champs Field Announced

The Arkansas Activities Association has released the participants for the Meet of Champs, which will be held Saturday afternoon in Heber Springs. Here are the Northwest Arkansas entries, as well as what I think you should expect for each event: • Girls pole vault — Jade Donnell and Isabel Neal of Bentonville and Rylee Robinson of Shiloh Christian are among the participants, but this event belongs to Lexi Weeks of Cabot. Weeks set the overall record at 13 feet, 6 1/2 inches last week at the Class 7A state meet and barely missed clearing 14 feet. • Boys shot put — Blake Young … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Makes MaxPreps Cup’s Top 10

One of my Twitter followers, Kurt Wayne, steered me Thursday night toward a story done late last month by concerning the MaxPreps Cup standings. Bentonville is ranked No. 10 in the MaxPreps Cup rankings, which  are compiled by giving schools points for a first- or second-place finish at the state level. There are some stipulations — a championship is worth more points for schools in higher classifications, schools in states with higher population get more points than those in lesser populated states, and a sport such as football gets more points than a sport such as tennis. The article, written by MaxPreps … Continue Reading ››

Boys Soccer: Bentonville Edges Rogers High

Wyatt D’Spain made the most of a deflection and scored with more than eight minutes remaining as Bentonville edged Rogers High during 7A/6A-West action Tuesday at Whitey Smith Stadium. Eric Johnson made a long inbounds throw to Josh Howard, whose kick was deflected off a Rogers defender. The ball then went right to D’Spain, who fired it into the goal for Bentonville (9-0-1, 2-0). The Tigers return to action Friday with a home match against Rogers Heritage.