All posts by Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.

Prep Wrestling Bentonville West team preview

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Stephen Fox from Bentonville High School, (grey jersey) and Ben Bickle from Rogers High, compete Saturday, December 19, 2015 in the championship match in the 113 pound division at the Bentonville High School wrestling tournament.
Bentonville West wrestling coach Aaron Wise believes his Wolverines will surprise some people in just their second year.<br><br> West finished in the top 10 at the Class 6A-7A state tournament in its inaugural season without a senior on the roster. But Wise is looking for even bigger things.<br><br> Zackery Ireland, the defending … Continue Reading ››

Prep Wrestling Fayetteville team preview

  Nika West likes the direction his Fayetteville team is headed in his second season.<br><br> The Purple Bulldogs return all but three from last year's team, which finished just one point out of the top 10 in the Class 6A-7A state tournament. But they are still relatively young with just three seniors this year.<br><br> "We've got kids working hard and trying to pay attention to basic details," said West, who led Springdale Har-Ber to state team titles in 2012 and 2016. "Guys are learning and being coachable. We've taken huge steps to get to where we want to be."<br><br> Senior Brady Arroyos is the … Continue Reading ››

Prep Wrestling Rogers High team preview

Jake Turner (top), Rogers sophomore, against Bailey Fry of Fort Smith Southside, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at King Arena in Rogers. Turner was the 6A-7A state runner-up at 126 last year as a freshman. Turner now competes at 138.
  Rogers High returns just two medalists from last year's team which finished sixth at the Class 6A-7A state tournament, but the Mounties return one of the top wrestlers in the state in Jake Turner.<br><br> Turner is coming off an outstanding sophomore season in which he went 55-1 … Continue Reading ››

Prep Wrestling: Springdale High team preview

Isaac Ponce (top) of Springdale and Thai Ta of Fort Smith Southside compete in the 106 weight class final Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, during the Big West Conference wrestling tournament at Wolverine Arena in Centerton. Ponce won the match.
Springdale High wrestling coach Josh Rivers is looking for his team to take another step forward this season. <br><br> The Red Bulldogs finished seventh at the Class 6A-7A state tournament last season, just 15 points out of a top-five finish Rivers thought was plausible. They will take … Continue Reading ››

PREP WRESTLING: Springdale Har-Ber preview

Har-Ber's Brendan Davis and Bentonville's Scott Lome compete in the 113 pound division Saturday February 4, 2017 during the Dual State Wrestling Meet at Van Burn High School.
Springdale Har-Ber finished second in the Class 6A-7A state wrestling tournament a year ago, but coach Eric Nolan is excited for his Wildcats to a make another run at a state championship. <br><br> "What I like about our team is I like where we are in all 14 weight classes," Nolan said. "I'm pretty confident in our guys … Continue Reading ››

PREP WRESTLING: Rogers Heritage team preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Chance McCrary (center) of Rogers Heritage pins Cameron Pitchford of Cabot Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, during the 126-pound championship match of the Fayetteville Bulldog Invitational at Fayetteville High School. Visit to see more photographs from the meet.
  The War Eagles return three state finalist led by senior Chance McCrary, the defending champion at 152, but coach Doug Freeman is anxious to see the progress several others have made.<br><br> Rogers Heritage finished fourth in the Class 6A-7A state tournament keyed mainly by the work of four finalists. … Continue Reading ››

PREP WRESTLING: Bentonville High preview

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --2/18/17--
Cash Jones, from Bentonville, left, defeated Logan Sloss, from Russellville in the State Wrestling Finals of the 145 6A-7A classification on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.
The defending Class 6A-7A state champion Bentonville Tigers return eight state medalists led by senior Cash Jones, who will be searching for his third individual wrestling title.<br><br> That alone should excite coach James Rappe in his second year, but he's also mixing in some young but talented athletes at lower weights, too.<br><br> Rappe has also lined up … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASKETBALL Rogers High boys capsule

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Rogers wing Garrett Dake (33) leaps to score past Fayetteville forward Bradon Simon Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, during the second half of play in Bulldog Arena. Visit to see more photographs from the game.
Rogers High Coach: Lamont Frazier Last Year’s Record 7-20 (0-14 7A-West) Key Players F Tanner Dake (6-1, Sr.), F Garrett Dake (6-4, Sr.), G Jake Early (5-9, Jr.), Aaron Jones (6-1, Sr.), F Jaden Uecker (6-5, Sr.), F Baylor Lacewell (6-3, Sr.), F Amonta Jones (6-2, Sr.), G Elliot Paschal (6-2, Soph.), G Drew … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASKETBALL Rogers High girls capsule

Madison Loyd, Rogers forward (4) and Heritage guard Hannah Watkins (23) go after a loose ball Tuesday, January 10, 2017 during their game at Heritage High School in Rogers.
Rogers High Coach: Preston Early Last Year’s Record 18-11 (9-5 7A-West) Key Players G Madison Loyd (5-6, Sr.), G Courtney Storey (5-8, Jr.), F Gracie Carr (5-10, Fresh.), G London Hatch (5-7, Soph.), F Ally Figenskau (6-1, Jr.), G Kate McConnell (5-7, Soph.), F Amber Covington (5-8, Jr.), Caroline Larkin (5-10, Soph.). Notable Loyd is lone returner with any varsity … Continue Reading ››