Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
SPRINGDALE — Mason Hutchins burst off the edge as the ball was snapped, beating the offensive line and making a beeline for Springdale quarterback Layne Hutchins (no relation).
The Bulldogs’ junior linebacker/defensive end arrived with force, sacking Hutchins for a 9-yard loss and potentially a safety. The play encapsulated two of the main takeaways from Springdale’s second spring game under coach Zak Clark: the defense is well ahead of where it was this time a year ago, while a young, new-look offensive line is still adjusting.
Two Springdale basketball standouts signed with colleges Thursday afternoon.
Forward Ishine McFarlane inked with Allen Community College, choosing the Kansas junior college over several other schools. Guard Devon Young signed with the track program at Kansas City-based Avilla University, where he also plans to continue his basketball career.
McFarlane earned all-conference honors as a senior for Springdale. The 6-foot-5 big averaged a team-best 13.5 points in conference play and had four games of 20-plus points in conference action. He’ll primarily play small forward, potentially mixed with some time at power forward, … Continue Reading ››
Springdale senior Kyler Johnston verbally committed to Bacone College on Thursday afternoon.
The senior right-hander becomes Springdale’s second baseball player to commit or sign this year, joining infielder Carson Johnson, who signed with Connors State in November. Johnston will be joined at the Muskogee, Okla., school by teammate Payton Morris, who signed with the school’s wrestling program and also plans to walk on to the baseball team.
Springdale controls its own destiny with two 7A-West games remaining.
Win twice and the Bulldogs (15-5, 9-3) will clinch at least a share of the conference title and the West’s No. 1 seed for the state tournament. Springdale closes the regular season by hosting Fort Smith Southside, which it beat 8-0 in the first half of conference play, then playing at Rogers, which it rallied to beat 2-1 in the teams’ first meeting.
Springdale enters the final week tied in the loss column with Bentonville, but … Continue Reading ››
SPRINGDALE — Desiree Mack’s Springdale High volleyball coaches used a unique motivational tactic her sophomore year.
Amanda Williford and Ashlee Kemp kept a folder on the bench with two school logos on separate pages: LSU and a small in-state college. Depending on how Mack was playing, they would hold up a corresponding page.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a Division I school like LSU, so I had to mature and get my attitude right … Continue Reading ››
STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF -- 12/27/13 -- Springdale's Kyra Kahn looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during the second-round game against McDonald County (MO) in the Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Neosho (MO) Middle School on Friday December 27, … Continue Reading ››