All posts by Scottie Bordelon

Scottie Bordelon is a sports reporter for NWA Media covering Springdale High and Springdale Har-Ber. He previously worked in Fort Smith, where his beat was Northside High School. He is a University of Arkansas graduate.

Springdale High 2017 Season Preview

Team chemistry was a major talking point throughout coach Meagan Thompson’s first season at Springdale.

A year later, she feels her Lady Red’Dogs are a stronger team thanks to a year of familiarity and offseason experience.

“I feel like our chemistry is a lot better, and even being with me for a full year,” Thompson said. “I know my players really well, and they know each other better and they have more trust. The chemistry on the court is just better, and last year that’s something we kind of struggled with.”

Another reason for optimism this year is returning production. KeKe Turner, who … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Har-Ber 2017 Season Preview

Springdale Har-Ber coach Shyrah Schisler graduated 12 players from a strong senior class after last season’s state finals run – a hit that could set some programs back.

Schisler doesn’t believe that to be the case with hers.

Har-Ber won 29 matches last season by mid-October and finished with a school-record 32 in 2016 before falling to Fayetteville in the state finals. Schisler’s previous two teams set the bar high, but the coach says this group has the same expectations for itself as play opens tonight.

“I think we have young personnel, but personnel that has the same (goals),” Schisler said. “People will … Continue Reading ››

Not the Norm Sports – Weightlifting

Since 2015, Alma High School has hosted the annual high school state weightlifting championships in Airedale Arena. More than 50 schools and 400 athletes from all corners of the state take part in the meet. Airedales football coach Doug Loughridge and other coaches agree weightlifting benefits their football programs.

However, weightlifting is not sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association.

7A-West Boys Soccer Report

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 12.54.25 PM Bentonville High

A win over conference leader Springdale Har-Ber had Bentonville in position for one of the 7A-West’s top two spots for the Class 7A state tournament.

The Tigers, however, were knocked out of contention with losses to Springdale and Rogers High and leaves Bentonville (8-5-1, 7-5) trying to regroup over the last week of the regular season. “The first half against Har-Ber was the best soccer we played all year,” Bentonvile coach Mike Devaney. “But that match made it difficult, emotionally and physically, to do it … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Report

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 12.26.45 PM Bentonville High

A big week has become even bigger for Bentonville this week.

The Tigers (7-3-1, 6-3) were already scheduled to play a home match Tuesday against Springdale High and a Friday match at Rogers High. Now the Tigers started the week at home Monday against Springdale Har-Ber in a match that was postponed Friday because of inclement weather, and all of those teams are in the middle of a five-team race near the top of the 7A-West standings.

“It’s going to be a difficult week,” Bentonville … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Report

Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 12.15.16 PM Bentonville High

The Tigers were caught a little off-guard when Fayetteville jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead within the first three minutes of their match Friday night.

Bentonville, however, regrouped to send the match to a 1-1 tie before halftime, then exploded for four goals in the second half for a 5-1 victory.

“We had chances but didn’t finish in the first half,” Bentonville coach Mike Devaney said. “That’s what we talked about at halftime, and we were able to get those shots and put a … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Report

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 12.39.23 PM Fayetteville In the first season under coach Joe Thoma, who began the program in the 1990s, the Bulldogs have shown marked improvement with each game. However, it has yet to result in a winning record (4-7), especially in 7A-West play (1-5).

They contend well for the majority of each match but haven’t been able to sustain it, for the most part, for a complete game. For instance, they battled Springdale High for 55 minutes, only to see a tight match turn into a 4-1 rout in … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Report

Fayetteville

Consecutive losses against Rogers High and Rogers Heritage last week dropped the Bulldogs below .500 with a 4-5 overall record. Even more vital, they dipped to 1-3 in 7A-West play, but coach Joe Thoma is encouraged by his young squad’s progression.

“We’re learning and we’re trying to become a good team and we’re almost there,” Thoma said. “It’s a process and it’s a young group with only three that played varsity for us last year. We’re just learning on the job and it’s exciting because they’re really giving it their all.”

Freshman forward Sullivan Witte, who scored the team’s lone goal in … Continue Reading ››