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.

Rogers Heritage: 5 Things To Watch In Spring Football

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF  Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
Perry Escalante, head coach, talks to War Eagles players on the first day of practice Tuesday Aug. 5 2014.
Rogers Heritage begins spring football practice Monday evening. Workouts will continue for the next two weeks with a spring scrimmage slated for May 22. Here are five things to watch for: Searching For A Tailback One of the War Eagles' top priorities will be … Continue Reading ››

Heritage Surges Late For State Tourney Win

SPRINGDALE — Bryant had trouble guarding Rogers Heritage guard Lexus Hobbs earlier this season. That didn’t change much Friday night. The 5-foot-11 guard poured in a game-high 23 points and made key plays down the stretch to help the War Eagles earn a tough 52-48 win over the Hornets in the Class 7A state boys basketball tournament at Springdale Har-Ber’s Wildcat Arena. Heritage controlled the Hornets in a 52-38 win on Nov. 25 as Hobbs scored a game-high 17. But Bryant led by two after three quarter and pushed the War Eagles to the limit before falling short over the final three minutes … Continue Reading ››

Rogers, Har-Ber, Heritage To Participate In Dual State Tournament


Arkansas will host its seventh high school wrestling state tournament in a few weeks, but coaches are trying to see the sport take another step forward on Saturday.

The inaugural Arkansas Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Class 6A-7A Dual State Tournament will be held at Van Buren.

The event is not sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association, but Springdale Har-Ber wrestling coach Nika West said he and others are hoping to see that change in the near future.

"Other states have a regular bracket state tournament and a dual … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 62, Rogers Heritage 49

ROGERS — Bentonville was just too much for Rogers Heritage to handle Tuesday night.

Malik Monk poured in a game-high 30 points, while the Tigers’ inside tandem of Tyler Robinson and Ben Smith controlled the paint to carry Bentonville to a 62-49 win over the War Eagles in 7A-West Conference basketball play in War Eagle Arena.

Marcus Breedlove’s 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter pulled Heritage to within 42-37, but Bentonville (11-5, 5-0 7A-West) responded with a 10-2 run to put away the pesky War Eagles (13-6, 4-2).

The 6-foot-4 Monk, heralded as one of the top juniors in the country, didn’t score … Continue Reading ››

Officials Make Correction

FORT SMITH- Officials in the Rogers Heritage-Fort Smith Southside boys game Tuesday night made a mistake, but they caught it just in time. Heritage's Connor Hirsh hit the front end of a one-and-one, but teammate Chris Coover was whistled for a foul late in the first half. Officials did not allow Hirsh to shoot his second free throw, but awarded the ball to Southside. However, officials caught the error during halftime and awarded Hirsh his second free throw, which he made to give the War Eagles a 24-19 lead, to start the second half. Federation rules state that is a correctable error … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Rogers Heritage 42, Rogers High 29

Rogers Heritage turned up the defense to knock off cold-shooting rival Rogers High on Tuesday night. Heritage held the Lady Mounties to just 25 percent shooting (9 of 35) from the floor, including an incredible 3-for-20 in the middle two quarters, en route to a 42-29 7A-West win at War Eagle Arena. Seniors Emilie Jobst and Sara Giesen combined for 29 points for Heritage (8-7, 1-1 7A-West) to equal all of Rogers’ offensive output, but Ramey couldn’t stop talking about his team’s defense in the matchup zone. The Lady War Eagles held Rogers (6-9, 0-2) to just three field goals in the second … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Rogers Heritage 55, Rogers High 44

The War Eagles got off to a red-hot start and held off a late Rogers charge to earn the 7A-West Conference win on Tuesday night. Heritage (10-5, 1-1) hit 4-of-4 3-pointers to build a 24-8 first-quarter lead. Chris Coover and Irvin Menendez hit two 3-pointers each off the bench in that quarter. But the Mounties (5-10, 0-2) clawed back in the second half, getting within seven with six minutes, 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But Connor Hirsh scored on a free-throw line jumper and a layup, then fed Julian Jensen for a layup to push the Heritage lead back to 13. Hirsh … Continue Reading ››

BOYS: Rogers Heritage 65, Gentry 35

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage rode three solid scoring options to the best season in school history a year ago and the War Eagles used a similar recipe en route to a win over Gentry in a senior boys basketball benefit game Tuesday in War Eagle Arena.

Senior Connor Hirsh poured in a game-high 21 points, while Lexus Hobbs and Dane Olsen added 12 each as Heritage rolled to a 65-35 win.

The War Eagles scored the last seven points of the second quarter to claim a 36-21 halftime lead, then applied the knockout punch with a 9-0 spurt early in the third quarter.

The … Continue Reading ››

GIRLS: Rogers Heritage 55, Gentry 44

ROGERS — Rogers Heritage used a third-quarter 3-point barrage to pull away from Gentry en route to a 55-44 win over the Lady Pioneers in a senior girls basketball benefit game Tuesday night in War Eagle Arena.

Senior Emilie Jobst poured in a game-high 24 points, but she and teammate Sara Giesen combined to hit five 3-pointers in a 15-5 Heritage run to take control in the third quarter.

Gentry’s Rachel Lawrence drilled one of her five 3-pointers to start the second half and pull the Lady Pioneers into a 24-24 tie. But Jobst and Giesen took over to help Heritage pull away.

Giesen, … Continue Reading ››