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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.

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 ››

Northwest Arkansas’ Playoff Possibilities

With just one week remaining in the regular season, here are how football teams in Northwest Arkansas stand as far as playoff possibilities go.

7A-West

Bentonville: Can finish as high as No. 1 seed and earn first-round bye with a win over Fayetteville and a Fort Smith Northside win over Fort Smith Southside. Can finish as low as No. 4 seed with a loss to Fayetteville and a Northside win, but host a first-round playoff game.

Fayetteville: Can finish as high as No. 1 seed and earn first-round bye with a win over Bentonville and a Southside win over Northside. Can finish as … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 42, Rogers Heritage 10

ROGERS — Bentonville’s football team had its opponents turn turnovers into touchdown four straight times during its losing skid earlier this season.

The Tigers were due to turn the tables, and Brandon Atchison was more than happy to oblige. The junior linebacker intercepted Rogers Heritage quarterbacks Joel Brackett’s pass attempt and raced 51 yards for a touchdown Friday night, and Bentonville was on its way to a 42-10 victory over the War Eagles in 7A-West Conference action at David Gates Stadium.

“I just saw the receiver coming, and I knew that was my dude,” Atchison said. “I picked him up, and the … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 49, Rogers High 0

BENTONVILLE — Austin Bugos admitted he might have raced downfield a little bit faster than expected, but the ball from Chase Hunter might have been a little under thrown, as well.

It didn’t matter. The two connected for a 76-yard touchdown pass on Bentonville’s first offensive play Friday night, and the Tigers went on to post a 49-0 victory over Rogers High during 7A-West Conference play at Tiger Stadium.

“The play worked really well, and it was good to be back at 100 percent,” said Bugos, who missed the first four weeks of the season with a leg injury. “It looked for … Continue Reading ››

Pea Ridge 21, Gravette 19

GRAVETTE — Tony Travis was so sure his Pea Ridge football team had a first down that he burned a first-quarter timeout just to get a measurement, even though he already had his offense lined up for a fourth-down play.

The stretch of the chains revealed Travis was right with the nose of the ball just past the first-down marker. The Blackhawks then reached the end zone five plays later and took a lead they never relinquished en route to a 21-19 victory over Gravette during 4A-1 Conference play Friday at Lion Stadium.

“I wanted that measurement, and it was a first,” … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville, Wheeler To Clash In Florida

Bentonville's boys basketball team has drawn Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler as its first-round opponent at the 42nd annual Culligan City of Palms Classic.

The game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. Central time on Dec. 19 at Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla. Tournament officials announced the field for the 17-team championship bracket and the first-round games last week.

Wheeler had a 29-6 record last year and finished the season as the Georgia Class 6A state runnerup. Its head coach is Doug Lipscomb, who will make his third trip to this tournament in the past eight seasons.

The Wildcats are … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 29, FS Northside 26

BENTONVILLE — Dylan Smith was in search for just a small hole to slide through so he could gain a few yards, and he found much more than that.

Bentonville’s senior running back tore through Fort Smith Northside’s defense Friday night and bolted 46 yards for a touchdown, less than a minute after the Grizzlies had taken a 19-7 lead.

That was just the beginning for the Tigers’ ground attack over the next 16 minutes.

Hekili Keliiliki scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, and Smith added another one as Bentonville broke out of its four-game winless skid with … Continue Reading ››