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.

Boys: Bentonville 63, Fort Smith Southside 47

FORT SMITH — Jason McMahan said he spent halftime Friday night reminding Bentonville's boys of what they had said the Tigers needed to do during their 7A-West Conference opener against Fort Smith Southside. "The pregame speech was them telling me what we needed to do," McMahan said. "So I went back and memorized almost exactly the way they said it, then gave it right back to them at halftime because they didn't do it." Bentonville got the message this time, then outscored Southside 40-21 over the second half en route to a 63-47 victory over the Rebels. The Tigers (6-3, 1-0) erased a … Continue Reading ››

Tigers, Trojans To Meet In Missouri Tournament

Bentonville's boys basketball team has drawn High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan Christian as its first-round opponent in the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions, which takes place Jan. 15-17 at the JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. The game will be the last of four first-round games to be played, with a scheduled starting time of 9:30 p.m. The other first-round games are Springfield (Mo.) Parkview vs. Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI at 5 p.m.; Chino Hills (Calif.) vs. Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy at 6:30 p.m., and Waynesville, Mo. vs. Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd at 8 p.m. The two teams also … Continue Reading ››

How About Some Playoff Changes For 2015?

We are less than a month removed from when Dylan Smith's 6-yard touchdown run with 26 seconds remaining gave Bentonville a 24-21 win over Fayetteville in the Class 7A state championship game. There's still been plenty of time for me to ponder over that Dec. 6 game at War Memorial Stadium. We're now eight months away from a new football season, but I do know some changes I would like to see done concerning the state playoffs before the next season is upon us. AN FBH-FAY-BENT STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Bentonville senior … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Alma 68, Bentonville 65

ALMA — The number of fouls Bentonville’s boys basketball team picked up Tuesday night didn’t settle too well with Tigers coach Jason McMahan.

Bentonville was whistled for 30 team fouls — 20 in the second half — and that lead to the Tigers’ first loss of the season as Alma claimed a 68-65 nonconference victory at Charles B. Dyer Gymnasium.

“A lot of that came from a lack of focus on our end and poor execution, compared to Alma’s great execution of its game plan,” McMahan said. “I think we got out of position and made some fouls.

“We had eight turnovers in … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Returns To National Spotlight

It was supposed to be a banner year for Bentonville's football team in 2014, so much that the Tigers were mentioned among some of the top teams in the country.

Early-season injuries and four straight losses to start the season combined to knock Bentonville out of the national picture. However, nine consecutive victories and a second straight Class 7A title later, the Tigers returned to national prominence.

Bentonville's football team not only enjoyed a second consecutive Class 7A state championship Saturday, but the Tigers also returned to the national polls after mounting nine consecutive victories.Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 17, Bryant 7

BENTONVILLE — Kasey Ford faked the handoff to Dylan Smith, then drifted to his right as he appeared to be looking for an open receiver Friday night.

What Bryant’s defense didn’t know at the time that Smith was actually the intended receiver on the play. Bentonville’s senior tailback broke away into the end zone and made the 21-yard catch for a go-ahead touchdown, and the Tigers went on to post a 17-7 during Class 7A State Playoff quarterfinal action in Tiger Stadium.

Smith’s catch and Bennett Moehring’s extra-point kick gave Bentonville (7-4) a 10-7 cushion with 7 minutes, 48 seconds remaining. The … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 76, Conway 55

BENTONVILLE — Jason McMahan just wanted Bentonville's boys basketball team to go out and have a little fun during Thursday's benefit game against Conway.

Malik Monk listened and provided most of the first-half thrills as the Tigers rolled to a 76-55 victory in Tiger Arena. Monk scored 21 of his 25 points in the first half, including an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Trent Carter and another breakaway slam.

"That's obviously what he can do so well: attack and get to the basket," McMahan said. "Our offense starts with him."

Conway did manage to keep things close throughout the first half as … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 62, Brookland 31

BENTONVILLE — Jordan Martin had 23 points to lead Bentonville to a 62-31 victory in Saturday's girls benefit basketball game in Tiger Arena.

The Lady Tigers started pulling away in the second quarter, when they outscored Brookland 15-6 and claimed a 26-17 halftime lead. Bentonville then blew it open with a 19-7 run in the third quarter.

Martin hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range as the Lady Tigers hit 9 of 17 from beyond the arc. Bentonville hit 23 of 46 of its field-goal attempts, while Brookland connected on only 12 of 41 shots, including 2 of 12 from 3-point range.

Peyton … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 45, Fayetteville 2

BENTONVILLE — When Destyn Adkins fell on a fumble and ended Fayetteville’s first possession, it appeared as a simple break for Bentonville at the time.

Little did anybody at Tiger Stadium know that it was a sign of things to come Friday night. Bentonville’s defense accounted for five turnovers and turned one into a score, and the Tigers rolled to a 45-2 victory over Fayetteville in the regular-season finale for both 7A-West Conference teams.

“You never think that this is going to happen,” Bentonville coach Barry Lunney said. “You never sit and think the other team is … Continue Reading ››

Siloam Springs Could Be In Interesting Situations

Talk about the game inside the game.

That's what Siloam Springs' football team could face Friday night with its game at Russellville.

Siloam Springs (3-6, 1-5 7A/6A Central) can earn a No. 2 playoff seed with a win, which would give the Panthers a 2-1 mark against 6A schools. Russellville (2-7, 0-6), on the other hand, needs to win by 3 or more points in order to force a three-way tie and earn a playoff berth, which would eliminate Siloam Springs from postseason play.

It will make things very interesting if it's a really close game Friday night. Follow me as I take … Continue Reading ››