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 Brings Home CBS MaxPreps Cup Title

Bentonville High School was a runaway winner of the 2013-14 CBS MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the nation's best overall high school sports program.

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Bentonville's girls soccer team hoists up its Class 7A state championship trophy, one of eight state titles Bentonville won this year en route to capturing the MaxPreps Cup.

Bentonville finished the final MaxPreps Cup standings with 1,120 points, while Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic was a distant second with 985. Rounding out the top five were Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou with … Continue Reading ››

Peters’ Resignation Leaves Vacancy At Gravette

Dustin Peters has elected to step down as Gravette's boys basketball coach in order to become the new girls basketball coach at Scranton.

Peters turned in resignation Monday morning at Gravette, where he had been the last five years. The Lions finished 20-9 last season under Peters, where they finished third in the 4A-1 Conference and reached the Class 4A North Region Tournament.

Peters said it was a family decision that swayed him to taking the new position.

"Ozark called and gave my wife a good job last year, and I want to be living with my wife and kids," Peters said. "It's … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville RBs Lost In 7-on-7 Shuffle

There were no handoffs for Dylan Smith and Hekili Keliiliki to take Friday, neither were there any offensive linemen to deliver blocks and provide holes for them to run through. The world of 7-on-7 football may be suited for offense, but it's not the style of attack that Bentonville's senior running backs prefer. The duo, who combined for 2,188 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during the Tigers' state championship run last year, were limited to running routes Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian. "I don't really do that much," Smith said. "This is for quarterbacks and receivers to work … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Among Bass Pro Shop Tournament Field

Bentonville's boys basketball team will join seven other teams from across the country to compete in the 31st annual Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions.

The three-day event will be held Jan. 15-17 at the JQH Arena on the Missouri State caAN BKB-BENT-HERTmpus in Springfield, where last year's tournament had more than 10,000 people in attendance. A number of NBA and college players have participated in the tournament in previous years, including Lamar Odom, John Wall and Tyler Hansbrough.

Because the tournament is held in the middle of … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Coaches Take Their Game To Mali

School is finally ended, but it's back to class for Bentonville's boys basketball coaches — on the other side of the world. Head coach Jason McMahan and assistants Brandon Cole, Bobby Stadel and BrianBpkZzwbCIAAUrs6.jpg-large Matchell left Saturday for Mali, Africa, to run a skills/evaluation camp. The four coaches will get to work with the top 50 to 60 players in a country that is, to put it mildly, poor. There is an abundance of talent there, but there aren't enough coaches to provide the training and skill development for these players. The camp is … Continue Reading ››

Who Will Be Farmington’s 5A-West Rival?

I had the opportunity Friday morning to spend a couple of hours in Farmington, where I spoke with athletic director Brad Blew and coaches Mike Adams, Beau Thompson and Brad Johnson about the school's upcoming move to Class 5A status. Farmington has played its final game in the 4A-1 Conference and will be a member of the 5A-West Conference when classes resume in August. One of the dramatic changes Farmington faces will be the lack of a natural rival in the new league, basically because it's so spread out throughout about one-fourth of the state. Farmington's new conference foes range in distance … Continue Reading ››

Want New Turf Color? Better Ask Boise First

In today's editions of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, you can find my story where Bentonville is about to accept bids to put down new turf playing surfaces at Tiger Stadium and the Tiger Athletic Complex's soccer field. Both fields will be the traditional green, although I did tease athletic director Scott Passmore about a first of its kind field — gold with black Tiger stripes! Imagine something like that, if you will. I found one even a little crazier today. Diamond Ranch Academy in Hurricane, Utah, has a full-length logo between the hash marks that is black with gold diamonds (its mascot is … Continue Reading ››

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 ››