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.

New reclassification numbers causes changes in schools

The Arkansas Activities Association released the numbers for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle Thursday. Here are some of changes that will take place, beginning in the fall of 2016. Class 7A — The emergence of Bentonville West causes West Memphis to drop to Class 6A. Because of the Bentonville split, Springdale High will now be the state's largest school in attendance, with a three-year average of 2440.33 students in grades 9-11. Class 6A — The new schools are West Memphis and Jacksonville, which will consolidate with Class 5A North Pulaski. Alma and Little Rock Parkview will drop out. Class 5A — Alma is back in … Continue Reading ››

Northwest Arkansas’ Track Leaders

The leaders have been updated through the 4A-1 Conference meet held Tuesday: Boys 100 Adler Goode (Sr.), Shiloh Christian$^10.80 Joey Saucier (Sr.), Rogers Heritage$^10.88 Keson Payton (Sr.), Bentonville$^10.92 Sydney Walker (Jr.), Prairie Grove$^10.97 Hunter Casebolt (Jr.), Elkins$^11.08 John David Horn (So.), Siloam Springs$^11.08 200 Joey Saucier (Sr.), Rogers Heritage$^22.01 Sydney Walker (Jr.), Prairie Grove$^22.20 Colter Clemence (Sr.), Bentonville^22.45 Adler Goode (Sr.), Shiloh Christian$^22.46 Zach Burton (Sr.), Springdale High^22.52 Brandon Shaw (Jr.), Rogers Heritage^22.84 400 Aaron Featherston (Sr.), Springdale Har-Ber$^49.81 Peyton Powell (Sr.), Springdale Har-Ber$^50.40 Billy Horton III (Jr.), Bentonville^50.82 Trey Coulter (So.), Fayetteville^51.23 Sydney Walker (Jr.), Prairie Grove^51.34 Taylor Michael (Jr.), Bentonville^51.37 800 TJ Sugg (Jr.), Springdale Har-Ber$^1:56.06 Jessie Ramirez (So.), Rogers High$^1:59.57 Miguel Contreras (Jr.), Bentonville$^2:00.76 Jordy Garcia (Jr.), Springdale High^2:01.87 Braden Sims (Sr.), Rogers High^2:01.98 Noah Antony … Continue Reading ››

A look into the 7A-West Conference track meet

If everything goes as planned Thursday, there should be some interesting stories to tell when the 7A-West Conference track and field champioAN RUN-SDALE INVITnships take place at the Tiger Athletic Complex in Bentonville. The weather forecast at the moment appears to be fantastic, but hey, this is Arkansas. It can change in a heartbeat. Keep in mind that what I might write about may not even have a chance to transpire. The biggest reason is many athletes who have automatically qualified for a certain event at the Class 7A state meet will … Continue Reading ››

Rogers’ Liddell Posts Thirds At Jesuit Relays

Rogers High distance runner Christian Liddell had a pair of third-place finishes Friday night during the 51st annual Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in Dallas. Liddell finished the 1,600-meter run in 4 minutes, 20.96 seconds, then ran the 3,200 in a time of 9:10.94. Both performances are automatic state qualifying times, but they were done in a out-of-state meet and not a certified meet. Liddell was joined by Mountie teammates Ian Smith, who finished 28th in the 1,600 (4:35.89) and 28th in the 3,200 (9:53.65), and Austin Salazar, who was 16th in the 3,200 (9:44.50) and 43rd in the 3,200 (4:44.42).

Northwest Arkansas’ Automatic Qualifiers

Here is the list of those athletes who have met or exceeded automatic qualifying performances for state meets in their respective classifications. These have now been updated through the Whitey Smith Relays Carnival. Boys 100 — Keson Payton, Bentonville (10.92); Adler Goode, Shiloh Christian (11.12), Sydney Walker, Prairie Grove (11.20). 200 — Adler Goode, Shiloh Christian (22.64); Sydney Walker, Prairie Grove (22.66) 800 — TJ Sugg, Springdale Har-Ber (2:01.22), Michael Harris, Elkins (2:06.37) 1,600 — Ian Smith, Rogers High (4:31.24) 3,200 — Collin Pilkington, Fayetteville (9:49.75), Jonathan Prince, Bentonville (9:50.33) 300 Hurdles — Tony Roller, Rogers High (40.75) 4X100 Relay — Rogers Heritage (Brandon Shaw, Eric Grom, Jesse … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Tied For Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

Defending MaxPreps Cup champion Bentonville is in a tie for second place in the 2014-15 standings through the fall sports. Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons is in the lead with 628 points, while Bentonville and Carmel, Ind., both have 580 points. Hindsdale (Ill.) Central and Sioux Falls (S.D) Lincoln round out the top five with 530 and 468 points, respectively. The MaxPreps Cup standings are tabulated by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state (or section level if there is no state competition) finals. Not all sports are recognized in these standings. Points are also weighted, giving … Continue Reading ››

Brauburger, Schaller victorious in Florida

Bentonville senior golfers Hanna Brauburger and Wade Schaller took top honors Tuesday in the  Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Fla.

Hanna Brauburger and Wade Schaller

The pair went on to compete in the ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am Wednesday at TwinEagles Golf Club. Brauburger and Schaller were part of a foursome that won the Pro-Am with an official score of 51. Brauburger also won the Women’s Long Drive competition for the day.

Invited to represent The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, Brauburger and Schaller competed in the playoff event Monday. … Continue Reading ››

Har-Ber’s Dillon Out Of Indoor State Meet

FAYETTEVILLE — Springdale Har-Ber senior sprinter Amanda Dillon was noticeably absent among the heat sheets during the state indoor track meet for Class 5A-7A schools at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

Dillon was in attendance Saturday, but only as a spectator. She was there to watch her younger sister Josie, a freshman, run in the girls 800 and finished third.

STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE - Har-Ber's Amanda Dillon comes in to win a heat of the 400 meters during the Class 5A-7A State Indoor track meet … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 72, Springdale Har-Ber 48

BENTONVILLE — It’s a given Malik Monk will get his fair share of points in most 7A-West Conference basketball games he plays.

What makes Bentonville’s boys a dangerous team is when the other players shoulder some of the scoring load.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE - Jordan Hemphill (3) of Bentonville shoots over Tereke Eckwood (center) and Mason McNee of Springdale Har-Ber during the first half Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, at Tiger Arena in Bentonville.

The Tigers used that supporting cast to take over sole … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville’s Lunney Announces Retirement

BENTONVILLE — Barry Lunney has coached his last football game at Bentonville, as well as his career.

Lunney announced his retirement as head coach and assistant athletic director, less than two months after the Tigers won their second consecutive Class 7A state championship at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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He made the announcement — first to his coaching staff, then to his players — Monday afternoon at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

Bentonville’s 24-21 state championship victory over Fayetteville in December capped a 10-year tenure at the school for Lunney, whose teams … Continue Reading ››