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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 hires new track coach

Adam Bumsted
Adam Bumsted


Springdale hired Adam Bumsted as its girls track and cross country coach on Wednesday.

Bumsted spent the previous eight years coaching the girls teams at Lingle Junior High in Rogers, where he also assisted with the boys track team. He fills the void left by Kim Peek’s resignation and becomes Springdale’s sixth girls coach in seven years, adding his name to a lengthy list Peek, Sarah Cole, Godfrey Siamusiye, Paige Rollins and Moe Henry.

Bumsted’s Lingle girls won the 2015 conference cross country title, while the … Continue Reading ››

Springdale fills coaching vacancy

New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.
New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.


Springdale dipped into the junior-high ranks of another Class 7A school district to fill its varsity volleyball coaching opening Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs hired Megan Thompson, a two-time state champion as a player for Fort Smith Southside and the coach of Kimmons Junior High in Fort Smith for the past five years, to fill the void left by Kylie Moad’s resignation in mid-April.

“It’s definitely been a whirlwind, without a doubt,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited. Looking forward to a … Continue Reading ››

Changes aplenty on Springdale girls staff

Springdale’s girls basketball staff will look drastically different next season.

Lady Bulldogs coach Heather Hunsucker hired Ouachita Baptist assistant Michael Jennings in mid-May to replace Erin Gatling, who wanted to pursue a head-coaching job and accepted the ninth-grade gig at Siloam Springs on Thursday.

Jennings served as an assistant for the last two years at Ouachita, where he was responsible for scouting, game prep, post player development and the Lady Tigers' defense, according to his Ouachita bio.

In addition to Gatling’s departure, both of the programs’ graduate assistants will not return next season. Former Razorback Jhasmin Bowen took a college GA job at … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Lang signs with La. Tech

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Kierra Lang, Springdale senior, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Bentonville High.
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Kierra Lang, Springdale senior, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Bentonville High.


Kierra Lang graduated from Springdale High a little more than two weeks ago, but was back in Bulldog Gym on Monday to announce her college destination.

The all-state point guard faked out the crowd at her signing ceremony by first jokingly committing to Springdale. Moments later, she picked up a Louisiana Tech t-shirt off of the table in front … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Trio Signs

From left, Springdale's Carson Johnson, Kyler Johnston and Nick Been were recognized in a signing ceremony at the school Tuesday.
From left, Springdale's Carson Johnson, Kyler Johnston and Nick Been were recognized in a signing ceremony at the school Tuesday.


Carson Johnson signed with junior-college power Connors State in November, but didn’t have his signing ceremony until after he graduated from Springdale High.

The senior infielder’s reasoning was simple. He wanted to wait to have the ceremony with his teammates.

That’s what Johnson did Tuesday, when he was recognized in … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Hood signs with NorthArk

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Springdale's Maya Hood looks for help against Siloam Springs Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Springdale's Maya Hood looks for help against Siloam Springs Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016.


North Arkansas College’s women’s basketball roster will have a distinct Springdale flavor for the next few years.

Springdale senior post Maya Hood signed with NorthArk on Thursday night, joining guards Anna Gadison and Kyra Kahn as Lady Bulldogs who will play for the Harrison junior college.

Hood was a key addition to the Springdale roster after transferring from … Continue Reading ››

Springdale athletes earn state, conference accolades

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Springdale's Ryann Goodsell competes in the discus on Thursday, April 29, 2016, during the 7A-West conference track meet at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville.
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Springdale's Ryann Goodsell competes in the discus on Thursday, April 29, 2016, during the 7A-West conference track meet at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville.


Springdale had 14 spring-sport athletes who earned player of the year, all-state or all-conference recognition in baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer and track and field.

In track and field, senior Ryann Goodsell was named … Continue Reading ››

Defense Impresses In Springdale Spring Game

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.

Springdale Duo Signs

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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’s Been commits to Bacone

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Nick Been of Springdale hits a single on Monday March 14, 2016 during the game against Rogers Heritage at Veterans Park in Rogers.
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Nick Been of Springdale hits a single on Monday March 14, 2016 during the game against Rogers Heritage at Veterans Park in Rogers.


Springdale senior center fielder Nick Been verbally committed to Bacone College on Friday.

Been chose the NAIA program in Muskogee, Okla., a day after RHP and teammate Kyler Johnston also announced his plans to continue … Continue Reading ››