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Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.’s Tweets of the Week: Nov. 28-Dec. 4

With the state football playoffs wrapping up and winter sports like hoops heating up, there was plenty to tweet about in Northwest Arkansas over the past week.

A high volume of happenings led to a high volume of great tweets, making it more difficult than usual to choose the Tweet of the Week.

But we were impressed by the sportsmanship shown by Shiloh Christian football coach Jeff Conaway in his tweet to Pea Ridge offensive coordinator Crosby Tuck, a Shiloh Christian alum. This was tweeted after the Saints' season ended with a 30-24 loss at Pea Ridge, which will take on … Continue Reading ››’s Tweets of the Week: Nov. 21-27

Welcome to the latest installment of's Tweets of the Week.

If this is your first time to check out this feature, then here's the skinny: To save you all time, we comb through all the best tweets from high school players and coaches in Northwest Arkansas and compile them all here for your reading enjoyment.

This week's Tweet of the Week comes from Prairie Grove running back/safety Anthony Johnson, who added a slight dig into his birthday wishes for Pea Ridge quarterback Jakota Sainsbury:

anthony-johnson-totw Sainsbury, who showed class in his reply … Continue Reading ››

Prairie Grove 48, Gosnell 26: Recap with full stats

Averaging more than seven yards per run, Prairie Grove didn’t need to pass much to defeat Gosnell 48-26 at Tiger Stadium on Friday.

When senior quarterback Zeke Laird did drop back to throw, he was effective and efficient by completing 10 of 14 passes for 147 yards and touchdowns to three different receivers.

Of course, senior speed demon Isaac Disney is a weapon (3 receptions, 40 yards, 1 touchdown), but tight end Demarkus Cooper proved to be just as dangerous and difficult to tackle. The Tigers’ 6-foot-1, 220-pound junior tight end finished with three grabs for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Cooper’s … Continue Reading ››

Prairie Grove’s Laird earns Athlete of the Week honors

Prairie Grove Zeke Laird
Prairie Grove Zeke Laird
Prairie Grove senior quarterback/linebacker Zeke Laird starred on offense, defense and special teams to earn Athlete of the Week honors.

The first-year starting quarterback accounted for five touchdowns as the Tigers piled up 520 yards during a 61-13 home win against Central Arkansas Christian. Laird was 7-of-9 passing for 156 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for two touchdowns. He also booted six extra points.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Zeke Laird of Prairie … <a href=Continue Reading ››’s Tweets of the Week: Nov 14-20

Someone asked about the process behind our Tweets of the Week feature, which is entering its sixth week with the publishing of this post.

It's not an exact science, although we wish there was a better way to find the best tweets from NWA coaches and players each week. We look at rosters and begin searching for each player to see if they have a public Twitter account. Once found, we simply scroll through all of their tweets to try to find something — anything — that's interesting in some way. We cull out all the RTs (retweets) and look at … Continue Reading ››

VIDEO: Reece Gives Saints a Shot

Shiloh Christian (Springdale, Ark.) quarterback Connor Reece is a third-year stater at quarterback who has led the Saints' to their first 10-win season since 2010.

He's had to learn how to be a more vocal leader since switching from cornerback to quarterback two weeks before his freshman season began.

Video features practice footage interviews with Reece, Saints coach Jeff Conaway and OL/DL Cameron Ford. This video compliments a feature that ran in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette on Nov. 17, 2016. Click here to check out the article.

Week 12 Notebook Class 5A and Below

GRAVETTE For its second consecutive five-hour plus bus ride, Gravette’s travel itinerary isn’t changing much. The Lions won 37-27 at Pocahontas last Friday and head to Hamburg this Friday.

They traveled nearly 600 miles round trip to Pocahontas and will trek nearly 700 miles for the round trip to Hamburg.

“It’s about 15 minutes farther, so we’ll leave at 7:45 Friday morning, which about 15 minutes earlier (than last week),” said Gravette coach Bill Harrelson. “We’ll stop at (Arkansas-Monticello) instead of Harding to do (a walk-through). And we’ll get home about 4:30 (a.m.), which is about 15 minutes later than … Continue Reading ››’s Tweets of the Week: Nov. 7-13

As much as anything, social media gives people a voice on social trends and issues.

Our country is in the midst of the most divisive issue in Twitter's decade-long history.

We were hesitant to tackle tweets about the presidential race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in order to keep this space light and fun, but the election is what's on many people's minds as much, of not more, than the Arkansas high school football playoffs.

Now that Trump is President-elect, let's take a look at NWA coaches and players to offer their voice through the most thoughtful, inspiring and entertaining tweets.

But … Continue Reading ››