All posts by Vernon Tarver

Vernon Tarver is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Fayetteville, as well as Farmington and Elkins sports.

Fayetteville Basketball – Week of Feb. 6

Bulldogs It's getting near make or break time for the Fayetteville boys' basketball team. The Purple'Dogs (7-13, 2-6 7A-West) sit in 7th place in the conference standings and need to make a move to position themselves for one of the six postseason spots from the 7A-West. Fayetteville visits Bentonville West on Tuesday and then hosts Rogers High on Friday. The Wolverines defeated Fayetteville, 59-48 at Bulldog Arena back on Jan. 10, while the Purple'Dogs handled the Mounties in Rogers, 78-53 on Jan. 13 Two wins this week would set Fayetteville up in much better position with two more weeks and four more games left. … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville Basketball – Week of Jan. 23

Lady Bulldogs The Fayetteville girls continue to coast through the 7A-West Conference as the midway point in league play nears. The Lady Bulldogs picked up two more easy wins last week, 55-17 at home vs. Rogers Heritage and 63-36 at Springdale Har-Ber. Perhaps two of the tougher tests in the first half of 7A-West play await this week, though, as Fayetteville (18-2, 5-0 7A-West) visits Springdale High on Tuesday then hosts Van Buren on Friday. Van Buren is still undefeated in conference play and figures to be the closest challenger to a Fayetteville team which has so far proven to be just … Continue Reading ››

Farmington this week

Both the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals picked up a pair of wins last week, winning games at Greenwood and at home against Clarksville. The Farmington boys sit at 13-3 overall and 2-0 in 5A/6A district play. Senior guard Matt Wilson went for a school record 50 points in the win against Clarksville, just over a week after scoring 49 in a win against Siloam Springs. Wilson will need another big effort this week as Farmington visits Alma on Tuesday, another top contender in the 5A/6A District 1. The Cardinals then close out the week on Friday at Russellville. The Lady Cardinals also are … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville this week

Purple'Dogs Fayetteville starts 7A-West play 1-2 with the first three conference games all played in a span of five days. A win at Rogers High sandwiched between home losses to Bentonville West and Bentonville High is how the Purple'Dogs (6-9, 1-2 7A-West) head into this week's schedule and an important matchup sits up next. Fayetteville hosts Rogers Heritage on Tuesday. Both teams are 1-2 in league play, while many so-called experts might have expected these two to finish close to the top of the conference race. And while that could still happen, the winner of Tuesday's game might have the early leg … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville This Week

The Purple'Dogs and Lady Purple'Dogs had their 7A-West Conference openers postponed when a cancelled day of classes in Fayetteville last Friday forced the scheduled games with Bentonville High to be pushed back on the calender. Now, the two teams face a tough three-week schedule to open conference play this week. Girls Fayetteville enters conference play with a now long layoff since winning the prestigious Sandra Meadows Classic in Duncanville, Texas over the Christmas Break. Lauren Holmes was named MVP of the tournament and both Jasmine Franklin and Ashley Breathitt earned all-tournament honors as the Lady'Dogs (13-2) upset host Duncanville, then the No. … Continue Reading ››


Congratulations to Graham Thomas, who went wire-to-wire to win our Football Pick'Em Poll Contest this season. Graham, our writer with the Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, was pushed late by Paul Boyd, our man on the Rogers High and Rogers Heritage beats. But Graham pulled away for an impressive victory! As for the bottom of the standings, Mike Capshaw and Scottie Bordelon were in a heated battle for the cellar down to the last game. Congrats to Scottie for avoiding the dreaded last place spot, barely edging Mike 🙂 !!! PICK ‘EM POLL Final Standings Graham Thomas: 146-63 overall, 11-4 last week Paul Boyd: 141-68 overall, … Continue Reading ››