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2014 State Championship Results

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
The 2014 Arkansas high school baseball, softball and soccer state championship games were played Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville. Here are the results. Baseball
  • 7A: Bryant 10, Fayetteville 0 (6)
  • 6A: Russellville 2, Marion 0
  • 5A: White Hall 3, Pulaski Academy 1
  • 4A: Arkadelphia 15, Ashdown 1 (5)
  • 3A: Genoa Central 3, Fordyce 0
  • 2A: Junction City 13, Walnut Ridge 2
  • 1A: South Side Bee Branch 7, Armorel 3
Softball
  • 7A: North Little Rock 2, Bentonville 1
  • 6A: Benton 4, Sheridan 2
  • 5A: White Hall 7, Vilonia 3
  • 4A: Brookland 5, Mena 2
  • 3A: Balk Knob 3, Harding Academy 0
  • 2A: Foreman 8, Junction City 5
  • 1A: Midland 3, Viola 0
Boys' Soccer

Russellville wins 6A state title

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
After leaving eight runners on base in the first four innings, Russellville finally broke through in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs to beat Marion 2-0 and win the Class 6A state championship. The Cyclones collected at least one hit in every inning, but left 10 runners on base during the game, including five in scoring position. Chase Bicanovsky's two-run single with two outs in the fifth inning proved to be the only scoring of the game. Russellville's starting pitcher, Mark Moyer, was named the MVP of the game for his seven-inning complete game three-hitter. The three hits were Marion's only … Continue Reading ››

Sprinkle named MVP of 5A state title game

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
Daniel Sprinkle, the younger brother of Arkansas tight end Jeremy Sprinkle, was named the MVP of the 5A state championship game Saturday afternoon. The right-hander tossed a seven-inning complete game, allowing no earned runs on only three hits, as White Hall defeated Pulaski Academy 3-1. Sprinkle needed 121 pitches to go the distance, while striking out eight batters and walking five. He also hit two batters with a pitch. Pulaski Academy was hitless through five innings, but had eight base runners thanks to four walks, the two hit by pitches and a pair of errors. The errors eventually led to an unearned run … Continue Reading ››

Knight out-duels Pagnozzi in 7A title game

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
AN BBH-FAY-BRYANT 5-24 On the same day as Arkansas rallied from a 6-0 deficit to defeat Ole Miss 8-7 in the SEC Tournament, Arkansas commit Blaine Knight out-dueled Ole Miss commit Andy Pagnozzi. Knight, a junior at Bryant High School, was named the 7A state championship game MVP after allowing no runs on only four hits in his six-inning complete game victory over Fayetteville. He struck out five batters and walked four while dropping his season ERA to 0.43 and improved his record to 11-0. The right-hander was even better in the postseason, giving … Continue Reading ››

Playing With The Target

Vernon Tarver

Vernon Tarver

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Vernon Tarver is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Fayetteville, as well as Farmington and Elkins sports.
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Fayetteville avoided a monumental upset at the Class 7A state baseball tournament on Saturday, rallying in the bottom of the 7th inning for a 6-5 win over Little Rock Central. The Bulldogs, clear favorites in this year's state tournament, needed a Kyle Pate 2-run home run after giving up a four-run rally to LR Central in the top of the seventh inning to avoid a quarterfinal round disaster. While Fayetteville (30-3) narrowly escaped and moves onto play Cabot at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the 7A semifinals, the close call shows just how difficult life on the diamond can be with the … Continue Reading ››

Tough Day For 7A-West

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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Defending Class 7A state champion Fayetteville is the only 7A-West Conference team is the only team left after the opening day of the state baseball tournament Friday. The Purple Bulldogs (29-3) won the regular-season title and earned a first-round bye, but coach Vance Arnold watched his league colleagues struggle offensively in going 0-4. Fayetteville will take on Little Rock Central at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers blanked Springdale Har-Ber 3-0 behind Vanderbilt commit Joey Abraham's 2-hitter. League runner-up Rogers Heritage fell 4-1 to Cabot, while Bentonville was shut out 3-0 by North Little Rock's Preston Oberling. Rogers High took an early lead against Fort … Continue Reading ››

REVISED STATE TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
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After a day of shuffling and reshuffling state tournament games because of rainouts and graduations, the AAA has released its updated state tournament pairings. Here are the revised pairings for state tournaments involving Northwest Arkansas teams. Softball Class 7A At City of Colleges Park, Conway Friday Game 1: Rogers High, No. 4 West, vs. Fort Smith Southside, No. 5 Central, 12 p.m. Game 2: Fort Smith Southside, No. 4 Central, vs. Bryant, No. 5 West, 2:30 p.m. Game 3: Conway, No. 3 Central, vs. Rogers Heritage, No. 6 West, 12 p.m. Game 4: Springdale Har-Ber, No. 3 West, vs. Mount Saint Mary, No. 6 Central, 2:30 p.m. Saturday Game 5: North … Continue Reading ››

IS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY AN ‘ELBOWDEMIC’?

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
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Back in the days when I played sports, and dinosaurs frolicked on the prairie, surgeries to the knees and elbows were considered career-ending. If you blew an ACL, your athletic career was done. Forever.
Tommy John
This illustration shows how ulnar collateral ligament, or Tommy John surgery is performed.
I played baseball only through the age of 15 because we didn't have a high school program back then at the tiny school I attended. I played men's softball for many years. I never personally knew anyone who had ulnar collateral ligament surgery, … Continue Reading ››

ALL 4A-1 FINAL FOR REGIONAL TITLE MONDAY

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
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AN BBH-4A NORTH 5-11
Farmington freshman Tyler Gregg allowed just 2 hits and struck out 10 in the Cardinals' 4-0 win against Pottsville on Saturday.
History could be made Monday in Lincoln in the finals of the 4A-North Regional Tournament. Farmington vs. Prairie Grove, a longtime rivalry that seemingly dates back to the Prairie Grove Civil War battle, will go at it possibly for the last time in a meaningful athletic contest at 2:30 p.m. The winner earns the No. 1 seed from the regional at next week's 4A State Tournament … Continue Reading ››

UPDATE: REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS START FRIDAY; 3A PPD

Chip Souza

Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.
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AN BBH LINC MARRUFO FEATThe state championship push begins tomorrow for Class 4A and below baseball and softball teams as they open regional tournament play across the state.

A number of Northwest Arkansas teams will be in action starting at 10 a.m. and games will be played all day Friday. Saturday's semifinals and Monday's third place and championship games will be at noon and 2:30 both days. The top 4 teams in the 4A and 3A regionals advance to state tournament play next week. The 3A baseball and softball tournaments in … Continue Reading ››