All posts by Rick Fires

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.


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 ››


Bentonville Bentonville’s girls came back from spring break ready to score goals — in bunches.

The Lady Tigers (7-1, 4-0) celebrated their home opener with a 7-1 victory over Springdale Har-Ber, then came back to record a 4-0 road win over Springdale High to remain unbeaten in 7A-West Conference play.

Coach Kristina Henry was more surprised with how many players scored against Har-Ber than she was the margin of victory. Seven different players scored a goal, including four in a 7-minute span in the second half that forced the sportsmanship rule.

“That’s not normal, but it’s nice,” Henry said. “They came back from spring … Continue Reading ››


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Lady War Eagles can’t rest on 2-0 start Rogers Heritage started 7A-West Conference play with two victories before spring break, but coach Craig Frank said the Lady War Eagles have plenty of work left to do.

“We’ve still got 12 games left and we’re looking at it like we’re zero and zero,” Frank said. “We will focus on the next 12, not what we’ve done in the past. Being 2-0 is a great start, but we can’t rest on that. we’ve got to keep building on that."

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Springdale Har-Ber beat Foley, Ala., 10-1 Monday night in its first game of the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Brady Patrick struck out 12 in six innings to earn the victory for Har-Ber (3-1). Blaze Brothers, Caleb Kimbel and Brandon Still each had two hits for the Wildcats while Brothers, Adam Scoggins and Caleb Grace drove in two runs apiece.

Har-Ber continues tournament play today with games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Rogers Heritage senior Hannah Markel had a goal and three assists in an 8-0 win over Jonesboro.
Rogers Heritage senior Hannah Markel had a goal and three assists in an 8-0 win over Jonesboro.
Lady War Eagles claim Paragould Invitational title Rogers Heritage found the back of the net often over the weekend in northeast Arkansas to cruise to the Paragould Invitational title.

Senior Emily Seiler scored a hat trick as the Lady War Eagles blanked Class 6A Jonesboro 8-0 in the finals on Saturday.

Heritage (4-1) went 4-0 on the … Continue Reading ››


Cearra McPherson struck out nine in seven innings to lead Springdale Har-Ber to a 9-2 victory over Huntsville Monday.

McPherson was also effective at the plate, where she had two hits and four RBI. Kami Carpenter added two hits for the Lady Wildcats, who won for the first time in five games.