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.

7A-West Softball Report

Bentonville High If Bentonville coach Kent Early had any concern about his team having a lull following spring break, it ended after three innings.

Early, however, said the week off probably did his players more good because it gave them a change to rest and regroup.

“The break is good for the kids because we use the term ‘grind,’” Early said. “We’ve been grinding since we won the state title. We came right back in the summer, and every one of these varsity kids and some of the JV kids came to the weight room four days a week.

“In the fall, we came … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Lady Mounties 2017 Season Preview

COACH: Aaron Crouch.

LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 9-11 overall, 6-8 7A-West.

KEY PERFORMERS: Sienna Nealon (Sr.), Leslie Barrales (Soph.), Rosy Orellana (Sr.), Kendal Bittick (Sr.), Mary Treacy (Sr.), Emily Castro (Sr.), TOP NEWCOMERS: Mac Brace (Fresh.), Haley Arrick (Fresh.), Samantha Todd (Fresh.), Raquel Bujanda (Jr.), Maggie Folger (Fresh.). Syndey Figenskau (Sr.).

THE SKINNY: Aaron Crouch, who in his first year at Rogers and first season as a head coach, inherits a team that returns five starters. He's hopeful a strong off-season program in the fall will help prevent some injuries that plagued the Lady Mounties a year ago. Crouch said his seniors have been … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage 2017 Season Preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER --03/20/2015-- Rogers Heritage sophomore Erol Banuelos works his way around the Bentonville defense on Friday, March 20, 2015, at David Gates Stadium in Rogers.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER --03/20/2015--
Rogers Heritage sophomore Erol Banuelos works his way around the Bentonville defense on Friday, March 20, 2015, at David Gates Stadium in Rogers.
COACH: Christhian Saavedra.

LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 13-9 overall, 10-4 7A-West.

KEY PERFORMERS: Pedro Garcia (Sr.), Erol Banuelos (Sr.), Chris Cano (Jr.), Angel Castro (Sr.), Brian Pardo (Jr.), Charlie Hernandez (Jr.).

TOP NEWCOMERS: Victor Calderon (Fresh.).

THE SKINNY: The … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles 2017 Season Preview

COACH:Skye Stover.

LAST YEAR'S RECORD: 15-10, 6-8 7A-West.

KEY PERFORMERS:Micayla Faught (Sr.), Sarah Setzer (Jr.), Macie Bowman (Jr.), Grace Brackett (Jr.), Felicity Auxier (Soph.), Kate Mellon (Sr.), Amy Perez (Sr.).

TOP NEWCOMERS: Grace Rodriguez (Fresh.), Josie Stitt (Fresh.), Pam Seiler (Fresh.), Lanee Knight (Fresh.), Kierra Mahmens (Fresh).

THE SKINNY:The Lady War Eagles returns a few with varsity experience, after losing in the state tournament quarterfinals a year ago. But they have a new coach. Skye Stover spent the past two seasons as the head girls soccer coach at Texarkana. Stover said he has an abundance of attackers, which means figuring out the defense … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage Lady War Eagles 2017 Season Preview

COACH: Jeff Shaw.

LAST YEAR'S FINISH: Finished 12th at the Class 7A state meet, scoring 9.5 points.

KEY PERFORMERS: Maddi Ware (Sr.), Meredith Lakis (Sr.), Belen Guzman (Jr.).

TOP NEWCOMERS: Tayonna Wilson (Soph.), Nicole Morrison (Sr.).Kaitlyn Craft (Soph).

THE SKINNY: Wilson is the fastest female athlete Heritage has ever had, Shaw said. She will be busy in the sprints and horizontal jumps.Wilson set the 200 meter school record in the conference meet as a freshman, but didn't qualify for the state meet. Ware could push to 3200, after running the 800 and mile last season. Morrison moved from Eureka Springs and could be … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage War Eagles 2017 Season Preview

COACH: Jay Miles.

LAST YEAR"S FINISH: Finished seventh in the Class 7A state meet with 27.5 points.

KEY PERFORMERS: Liam Alderson (Jr.), Josh Palacios (Sr.), Kyle Fairchild (Jr.), Javier Hernandez (Sr.), James Parker (Sr.).

TOP NEWCOMERS: Jacob Thompson (Sr.), Adolfo Hertado (Soph.).

THE SKINNY: Alderson made the finals in the 110 hurdles at the state meet as a sophomore and could contend this year. He's also making strides in the 300 hurdles, as well. Thompson moved from Green Forest and did well in the 800 meters at the indoor state meet. Hernandez, Parker and Thompson have given Miles reason to be excited about … Continue Reading ››