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.

Dixon Keeps Gatorade Tradition In Bentonville

The road to becoming Gatorade's girls soccer player of the year for Arkansas still makes a prominent stop in Bentonville.

Tayler Estrada won that award for three straight years before she graduated last year and took her talents to Kansas. Two other Lady Tigers — April Miller and Kelly O'Connor — earned that honor in previous years.

Now it's McKenzie Dixon's turn to continue that tradition.

Gatorade recogniAN SOC-HERT-BENTzed the 5-foot-7 junior forward as Arkansas' player of the year in a press release Tuesday. Dixon has scored … Continue Reading ››

The Two Sides Of Celebration

Bentonville's softball players had the right to be a little giddy after Tuesday's big game at the Tiger Athletic Complex. The celebration was on moments after Lady Tigers claimed a 4-2 victory over Van Buren. They had just won the 7A/6A-West Conference championship in a game coach Kent Early called "a heavyweight battle" and earned the league's No. 1 seed in the Class 7A State Tournament. The Bentonville players formed a big group outside their dugout, and it was all fun and games as they gathered behind Morgan Vaughan and Emma Kinsey as they were being interviewed by an area television reporter. … Continue Reading ››

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.