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.

Offensive Line Looks Solid For Heritage

Rogers Heritage offensive line coach Jason Upton is still searching for a fifth starter as spring practice comes to a close, but he's in much better shape than a year ago. This time last year, Upton was only sure about one spot in his starting offensive line. That was senior Hunter Chasteen. Now, he's only looking for Chasteen's replacement at left tackle. Kevin Merlos, who will be a senior in the fall, takes over the reins from Chasteen as a leader of the group. In addition, Noah Madryga started as a sophomore and is penciled in for the fall. Brandon DeMello , who … Continue Reading ››

Some Positions Taking Shape For Heritage

Rogers Heritage football coaches are searching for replacements this spring for a large graduating senior class that helped the War Eagles to back-to-back playoff appearances. Heritage coach Perry Escalante likes what he's seen from some of the open positions the past couple weeks, but there are a couple of spots that are still concerns. One position that's a current problem is receiver. "We got a lot of guys out there, but not a lot of guys who can catch the football right now," Escalante said. "You're not a receiver if you can't catch it. You're wearing a helmet." Junior speedster Joey Saucier (5-11, 192 … Continue Reading ››

Tough Day For 7A-West

Defending Class 7A state champion Fayetteville is the only 7A-West Conference team is the only team left after the opening day of the state baseball tournament Friday. The Purple Bulldogs (29-3) won the regular-season title and earned a first-round bye, but coach Vance Arnold watched his league colleagues struggle offensively in going 0-4. Fayetteville will take on Little Rock Central at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers blanked Springdale Har-Ber 3-0 behind Vanderbilt commit Joey Abraham's 2-hitter. League runner-up Rogers Heritage fell 4-1 to Cabot, while Bentonville was shut out 3-0 by North Little Rock's Preston Oberling. Rogers High took an early lead against Fort … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage Sweeps Siloam Springs

Junior Kacey Murphy tossed a one-hitter and struck out 18 to lead Rogers Heritage to a 7-0 win over Siloam Springs in the first game of a 7A/6A-West Conference baseball doubleheader Tuesday night. The left-hander allowed only a leadoff single in the fourth inning and one walk in the game to improve to 4-1. He also went 2-for-3 with a run batted in. Colton Wetzler and Logan Easley also added two hits and two RBIs apiece for Heritage. The War Eagles (13-4, 6-2 7A/6A-West) completed the sweep with a 17-1 win in the nightcap. Wetzler (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings to earn the win … Continue Reading ››