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.

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


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 ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Report

Bentonville High

Bentonville coach Mike Devaney provided his team with a little history lesson before the Tigers (3-0-1, 2-0 7A-West Conference) headed to spring break and a week off from action.

The Tigers were reminded of what happened last year, when they headed into spring break unbeaten in 7A-West Conference play. Bentonville returned, only to suffer losses against Springdale Har-Ber and Springdale High — the two teams that Tigers will face on the road this week.

“I wanted the men to be in that frame of mind that, when we returned to school, that if we’re not ready to play we could be … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Soccer Notebook


Joe Thoma is back leading the boys’ program, which he began in 1990, after coaching the Fayetteville girls team only the past several seasons.

“It’s been a lot of fun coaching them again,” Thoma said. “It feels like we’re kinda of back to where we started and we had a fun opening weekend.”

After opening the season by losing against Bryant 5-4 on shootouts (the match ended 0-0) and 2-1 against DeQueen, the Bulldogs (3-2) have won three straight matches heading into Tuesday’s 7A-West Conference opener against Bentonville at 5:30 p.m. Harmon Field.

With 14 seniors lost to graduation off last season’s squad … Continue Reading ››

Springdale High Girls 2017 Season Preview

COACH Donald Beeler

LAST YEAR’S RECORD 5-17-2, 1-13-1 7A-West

KEY PLAYERS Lissett Navarro (Sr.), MF Jessica Paez (Jr.), Zoe Downum (Jr.)

TOP NEWCOMERS MF Jessica Alvarado (So.), Samantha Shaddox (Fr.)

THE SKINNY Shuffling and rearranging. Finding different roles and understanding player strengths. Heading into a new season, Beeler is throwing in some changes, hoping the Lady Red'Dogs will respond to certain tweaks. Rosacela Razo, Springdale's leading goal-scorer last season, is now at centerback. Razo, Navarro, Paez and Downum – who scored the game-winner at Greenwood earlier this season – are the leaders for Springdale, who won only one game at home last season versus … Continue Reading ››