All posts by Mike Capshaw

Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.

PREP SPOTLIGHT: Dalton Johnson

Dalton Johnson, a 16-year-old rising junior at Prairie Grove High School, has won four state titles in bass fishing on junior and high school circuits in Arkansas. He teamed up with Reese Jones of Rogers High to win three state championships this past season and finish 11th at the Bassmaster High School National Championship at Kentuky Lake in June.

7A-West Girls Soccer Report

7awestgirlssoccerstandings Fayetteville Last week played out perfectly for the Lady Purple’Dogs (16-4, 11-3).

They won three matches in four days to finish runner-up in 7A-West play, thus earning the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for this week’s state tournament in Fort Smith. They outscored those three opponents 13-1 and posted two shutout last week, bring this season’s shutout total to nine.

Thanks to the bye, Fayetteville gets a full-week off to rest its regulars heading into its opener on Friday at 2 p.m against the winner of a match between Fort Smith Southside, the … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Softball Report

5A:7A SB Leaders   7awestsoftballstandings Bentonville High Bentonville wants to break a trend Thursday — in a good way.

The Lady Tigers (25-1 overall, 12-1 7A-West) have won four conference championships since 2010, and they have achieved each title in even-numbered years. Bentonville can change that trend with a win at Bentonville West.

“That’s what we are going for,” Bentonville coach Kent Early said. “It was one of the goals we had before the season started because we’ve never had a repeat conference champion before. It would … Continue Reading ››

Tweets of the Week: Sainsbury’s Back, Back Again

After a few weeks away from the Tweet of the Week spotlight, Pea Ridge's Jakota Sainsbury has returned with a bullet.

Sainsbury was a regular tweet of the week winner back when he was throwing touchdown passes for the Blackhawks' 4A state runner-up football team. He even became the first back-to-back tweet of the week winner back on Dec. 12. did make a few appearances here and there throughout basketball season, but the junior hadn't put out any tweets — that caught our eye anyway — that were worthy of the top spot.

He doesn't play basketball, so perhaps that … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Soccer Report

7A-West GSoccer Bentonville High The weekend couldn’t have finished any better for Bentonville’s girls.

The Lady Tigers did what they were supposed to do in order to clinch the 7A-West Conference’s top seed for the Class 7A state tournament with a 4-1 victory Friday over Rogers High. But when Springdale Har-Ber claimed a 4-1 victory over Fayetteville that night, it meant Bentonville (17-2, 12-0) had earned an outright conference championship with two matches left to play.

“It’s a good feeling,” Lady Tigers coach Kristina Henry said. “It’s nice not having everything to go down to the … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Softball Report

5A:7A SB Hitting Leaders 5A:7A SB Pitching Leaders   7A-West softball standings Rogers High The Lady Mounties (14-5, 10-1 7A-West Conference) remained in a first-place tie in the 7A-West Conference and avenged an earlier loss to Van Buren with a 3-2 road win Monday. Rogers won its fifth straight game by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning and left-hander Sadie Beeman made sure that was enough. Van Buren was responsible for the … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Soccer Report

soccer standings 4-24 Bentonville

One of the Lady Tigers’ season goals is within reach this week.

If Bentonville (14-2, 9-0) can sweep its three matches, beginning with Monday’s rescheduled home match against Springdale Har-Ber, the Lady Tigers can wrap up at least a share of the 7A-West Conference championship and the league’s No. 1 seed for the Class 7A girls state tournament, which begins May 11 at Fort Smith Southside.

“It will be good for us to come out and win these three,” Bentonville coach Kristina Henry said. “It’s a big week for us, and there’s … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Softball Report

Softball standings 5A:7A SB Hitting Leaders 5A:7A SB Pitching Leaders Rogers High The Lady Mounties (12-5, 8-1 7A-West) kept a hold on a share of first place in the 7A-West thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over crosstown rival Rogers Heritage on Tuesday.

Left-hander Sadie Beeman pitched the shutout, striking out seven and walking none. She improved to 8-5 with a 2.76 ERA, while striking out 56 and walking just 13 in 76 innings.

Courtney … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Soccer Report

standings Bentonville

Many soccer coaches will say that a two-goal lead is the most dangerous one to have.

Could the same be said about a two-game lead, which is something Bentonville owns in the 7A-West Conference standings after the Lady Tigers claimed a 1-0 victory Friday over Fayetteville?

“It depends on how you look at it,” Bentonville coach Kristina Henry said. “I think the rest of the conference is good enough to knock us off. We don’t want to be too comfortable with it.

“If we don’t continue to make progress with each match, we might lose … Continue Reading ››