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.

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 ››

What’s Wrong With Bentonville?

Four weeks through the regular season, the same questions come time and time again.

What's wrong with Bentonville?

Why does the preseason pick to be a repeat Class 7A state champion find itAN FBH-ROCK-BENTself muddled in a four-game losing skid, its worst since the end of the 2005 season?

Many of the reasons point the same direction — toward the Tigers' offense. Each week, the yardage Bentonville has gained has declined, from 297 yards in its season opener against Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst to just 181 in Friday's loss to Fort Smith Southside.

The running … Continue Reading ››

Fort Smith Southside 10, Bentonville 7

FORT SMITH — Seth Acosta has become the latest defensive player to pour salt to Bentonville’s winless wounds.

Fort Smith Southside’s senior linebacker intercepted a Kasey Ford screen pass on the third play of the second half and raced 27 yards for a touchdown. It gave the Rebels a 10-0 lead, and it was enough as Southside posted a 10-7 victory in the 7A-West Conference football opener for both teams at Jim Rowland Stadium.

It marked the fourth time in as many games that Bentonville (0-4, 0-1) has not only committed a turnover, but the opposing team went on to score on … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Boys Must Adjust Basketball Schedule

High school basketball season is less than two months away, and Bentonville's boys coach Jason McMahan is still adjusting his team's schedule.

Moving games around is nothing new to basketball coaches, particularly when winter weather causes its share of problems, but this isn't a weather-related change.

McMahan announced earlier Monday that the Tigers have been invited to play in the 42nd annual Culligan City of Palms Classic, which will be played Dec. 18-23 in Fort Myers, Fla.

"It was just something we couldn't pass up," McMahan said Monday afternoon. "We will be going against some of the big schools that you hear about … Continue Reading ››

Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 21, Bentonville 10

BENTONVILLE — Nunzio Campanelli would like to say the play Bergen Catholic called to score its final touchdown was done the way he had called it.

It was nowhere close, but it didn’t matter. It still did what it was supposed to — put enough distance between Bergen and Bentonville.

Corey Gaarn saw Emmanuel Appiah’s fumble roll into the end zone and picked up the loose ball just before it rolled out of bounds, and the team from Oradell, N.J., posted a 21-10 victory in Bentonville’s final nonconference game Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

“Obviously, you tell your … Continue Reading ››

Wrong Golf Score Works In Bentonville’s Favor

The final scorecard at Centennial Valley Golf Course in Conway made it appear that Bentonville's boys would have to settle for a second-place finish at the Conway Invitational Tournament.


That all changed after a 45-minute discussion, and the Tigers were able to claim the team title during Saturday's tournament. Bentonville had a 320 team score, followed by Conway with 325 and Little Rock Catholic with 326.

The talk centered over a Conway golfer that wrote the wrong score on a certain hole. Bentonville coach Kent Early said that his golfer, Nate Morey, called … Continue Reading ››

Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst 17, Bentonville 16

BENTONVILLE — There was no reason to settle for a tie Friday night.

Bentonville coach Barry Lunney elected to go for the win after Kasey Ford hit Dax Hale with a 7-yard touchdown pass with 39.9 seconds remaining. Ford went to his right and threw to Cody Scroggins, but the pass was short and fell incomplete, allowing Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst to escape with a 17-16 nonconference victory at Tiger Stadium.

"There's no overtime when you play an out-of-state opponent," Lunney said. "And goodness gracious, I didn't want a tie. We were either going to win it or lose it. If it … Continue Reading ››

Week 1 Football Tidbits

One of the projects I took on this summer (voluntarily, I might add) was to compile the won-loss records for every high school football team in the state since 2001, just to see what interesting information might be revealed.

Why 2001, you might ask? In my mind, it's the beginning of the 21st century. You may beg to differ, but let's save that argument for another time.

Anyway, here are some things I gathered after my project was completed.

• A number of high schools have already reached and surpassed 100 wins during this time, but four more will have the opportunity to … Continue Reading ››

Lunney Cites Poor Effort In Tigers’ Loss

Bentonville looked like the team it was supposed to be for the first 12 minutes of Thursday's scrimmage with Tulsa (Okla.) Union.

Everything took a turn for the worse when the Tigers switched sides of the field, especially when one considers some of the numbers during that 12-minute span at Union-Tuttle Stadium.

Those numbers include:

• 0 — the number of passes Bentonville completed in the second quarter, as well as the points the Tigers scored in that time

• 3 — number of touchdowns by Union, two of which came on plays of 45 yards or more

• 4 — number of times junior … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville’s Talents On Display During Tiger Pride Scrimmage

Here are the highlights of Bentonville's football scrimmage Saturday night during the annual Tiger Pride Celebration at Tiger Stadium.

• Junior quarterback Kasey Ford was 4-of-8 passing for 99 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He connected on a 40-yard pass to Ben Barron, whose made a spectacular diving catch on the play, and a 36-yard touchdown strike to Cody Scroggins on his final attempt.

• Senior tailback Dylan Smith had only two carries, but he bolted for 31 yards the first time he touched the ball. He finished with 37 yards to lead the rushing attack as 12 different players … Continue Reading ››