All posts by Mike Capshaw

Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.

7A-West Softball Notebook

Rogers Heritage The Lady War Eagles started 7A-West Conference play well with a 12-1 win over Springdale High on Tuesday.

Heritage's Lora Brown led the offensive barrage going 3-for-4, including two home runs, and six RBIs. Brittney Dean also had three hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for Heritage (3-1), which banged out 12 hits. Pitcher Sarah Pollock allowed just one hit and one run (unearned), while striking out nine and walking two.

Heritage's lone loss thus far came to Greenwood 8-7, but the Lady War Eagles battled back from an early 7-2 deficit and had the tying run on … Continue Reading ››

Tweets of the Week: Hairless Hutchins takes top honor

Springdale High quarterback Layne Hutchins is a regular in the Tweets of the Week feature.

But his recent tweet after a horrible haircut by teammate Isaiah Nichols is our ARPreps.com Tweet of the Week because it was funny and cost Hutchins any semblance of a decent do for the next few weeks. Here are the honorable mentions tweets featuring made-up awards: Best “Ohhh babbyy!” Tweet

7A-West Girls Soccer Notebook

Fayetteville The Lady Purple'Dogs are 5-1 heading into Tuesday's home match against Bentonville, which is the 7A-West opener. Cabot handed Fayetteville its only setback, a 4-0 loss on Friday. But it bounced back with a 1-0 win against Maumelle on Saturday during the Harrison Tournament.

It was Fayetteville's second tourney after it won the Fort Smith Tournament the previous weekend. With 12 seniors gone off of last season's 7A state semifinalist team, winning a tourney was a welcome start to the season.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Fayetteville coach Joe Thoma speaks to his players Tuesday, April 12, 2016, before … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Athlete of the Week: Fayetteville’s Jasmine Franklin

Fayetteville High's Jasmine Franklin's dominating double-double vaulted the Lady Bulldogs into the Class 7A State Championship.

The 6-foot-1 junior forward was 5-of-7 from the floor to finished with 13 points in a 49-40 win over Little Rock Central. She also had a whopping 19 rebounds, including 11 of team’s 22 offensive boards, in only 20 minutes of action. In the quarterfinals, Franklin had 10 points.

For her effort, Franklin is the ARPreps.com Athlete of the Week.

Here's a look at other top performers and performances from the past week: Paige Devecsery, Farmington, junior right-hander pitched a complete-game one-hitter and … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville Lady Bulldogs 2017 Season Preview

TEAM Fayetteville softball

COACH Jason Shirey

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE - Fayetteville coach Jason Shirey speaks to his team before the start of play against Rogers Friday, April 10, 2015, at Lady Dawg Yard in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE - Fayetteville coach Jason Shirey speaks to his team before the start of play against Rogers Friday, April 10, 2015, at Lady Dawg Yard in Fayetteville.
LAST YEAR’S RECORDS 7-18, 5-9 7A-West

KEY PLAYERS C Baylee Andrews (Sr.), 1B Katy Beth Ezell (Sr.), CF Morgan Stratton (Jr.), SS Emily Lyles (Jr.), RHP/OF Maggie Mabry (Sr.), RHP/OF … Continue Reading ››

Farmington Lady Cardinals 2017 Season Preview

TEAM Farmington softball

COACH Randy Osnes

Senior Brandy Wallace returns at third base and to anchor the offense for the Lady Cardinals this season. Photo by Mike Capshaw
Senior Brandy Wallace returns at third base and to anchor the offense for the Lady Cardinals this season. Photo by Mike Capshaw
LAST YEAR’S RECORDS 20-10, 10-4 5A-West

KEY PLAYERS RHP Paige Devecsery (Jr.), 3B Brandy Wallace (Sr.), 1B Callie Harper (Sr.), C Alyssa Reed (So.), OF Madison Parrish (So.)

TOP NEWCOMERS IF/RHP McKenzi Bogan (Fr.), OF Cambre Strange (Fr.), OF/C Paige Anderson (Fr.)

THE SKINNY The … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville High 2017 Season Preview

TEAM Fayetteville baseball
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Bentonville's Bryce Davis safely steals second as the throw gets away from Fayetteville second baseman Quin Rudzinski on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Bentonville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Bentonville's Bryce Davis safely steals second as the throw gets away from Fayetteville second baseman Quin Rudzinski on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Bentonville.
COACH Scott Gallagher LAST YEAR’S RECORDS 18-15, 8-6 7A-West KEY PLAYERS C Alex Blagg (5-10, 170, Sr.), SS/P Hayes Cox (5-10, 170), RHP/OF Jackson Sloan (6-3, 175, Sr.), Miller Pleimann (6-3, 175, Jr.), Teddy Asp (6-0, 170, … Continue Reading ››