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Rick Fires is a sports reporter and columnist for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale Har-Ber, as well as Lincoln and Prairie Grove.

RAPID REPORT: Russellville 28, Heritage 6

RUSSELLVILLE — Russellville scored all its points in the first half and defeated Rogers Heritage 28-6 on Friday at Cyclone Stadium.

Cale Fulsom threw two touchdown passes,including one with six seconds left before the half to put the Cyclones ahead 28-0. Heritage avoided the shutout on a 2-yard run by Ryan Foster with 4:03 left in the game. The extra point was blocked.


7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS TEAM^OVERALL^CONFERENCE Bentonville^14-4^11-0 Fayetteville^13-3-1^11-1 Rogers Heritage^13-7^6-6 FS Northside^14-7^6-6 Springdale Har-Ber^4-9^4-7 FS Southside^8-9^4-7 Rogers^6-11^3-8 Springdale^2-15-2^0-11 BENTONVILLE Lady Tigers coach Kristina Henry could see both good and bad in her team getting an unexpected day off last week.

Bentonville (14-4, 11-0) had its home game Friday night against Rogers High called off because of inclement weather. That game has now been scheduled for May 9 at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

“It hurts because we could have planned something different as far as training if we knew we weren’t going to play,” Henry said. “We would also prefer not to play on in wet, sloppy conditions.

“On the good side, it allows us to be … Continue Reading ››


Bentonville Kristina Henry has seen opposing teams bunch several players around the goal in hopes of keeping Bentonville from scoring, but that’s not the way Fort Smith Northside did against the Lady Tigers last week. The Lady Bears put the game solely on their defense and placed nine of their 11 players near the box, which forced Bentonville (13-4, 10-0) to take longer shots than usual. “I’ve seen some teams do that, but not that deliberately,” Henry said. “It was definitely a test for our players, and it was causing them to get frustrated. I just kept telling them if we scored one … Continue Reading ››


7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS TEAM^OVERALL^CONFERENCE Bentonville^11-4^8-0 Fayetteville^9-3-1^7-1 Rogers Heritage^9-4^5-3 FS Northside^8-5^4-4 Springdale Har-Ber^3-7^3-5 Rogers High^6-8^3-5 FS Southside^6-8^2-6 Springdale^2-11^0-8 BENTONVILLE A trip to Tulsa over the weekend didn’t help Bentonville’s record, but it may pay off dividends down the road.

The Lady Tigers (11-4, 8-0) played three of Oklahoma’s largest schools and came with losses. Bentonville was shut out against Tulsa Union (3-0) and Broken Arrow (2-0), then dropped a 3-2 decision to Jenks.

“It runs the record, but I thought we played well,” coach Kristina Henry said. “The girls responded well and we were able to work on some things when we were under pressure and had to force the issue. I think we … Continue Reading ››


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BENTONVILLE Bentonville’s girls have six 7A-West Conference games under their belt, and the Lady Tigers have used six different lineups in those games.

One constant with all these changes is that Bentonville (8-1, 6-0) has remained unbeaten in league play heading into Tuesday’s big showdown at Fayetteville, with the winner taking control of first place.

“We have some players that can be used in more than one position,” coach Kristina Henry said. “That way, we can have different looks and different combinations. That part is nice.

“We’ve had … Continue Reading ››