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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 ››

Arkansans pack tornado benefit game

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Online Sports Editor at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, NWA Media
Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
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baseball-WITH STORY An overflow crowd helped raise more than $129,000 for tornado relief efforts Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. An announced attendance of 8,014 showed up for an exhibition baseball game between Mayflower and Vilonia at the home of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers. According to KTHV, a total of $129,261 was raised at the game in addition to more than $4,000 donated in gift cards. Attendance to the game was free as fans were encouraged to instead donate to the cities affected most by the April 27 tornado. Fifteen … Continue Reading ››

Jonesboro pitcher throws no-hitter

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Online Sports Editor at Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, NWA Media
Matt Jones is the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.
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Jonesboro pitcher Brady Brown threw a no-hitter Tuesday in a 5-0 win over Marion. Brown struck out seven batters in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the second career no-hitter for the senior, who also threw one last season against Mountain Home. Jonesboro later beat Marion 2-1 in the second game of the doubleheader. The Hurricane won the 7A/6A-East championship outright with the sweep and Little Rock Central's doubleheader split with North Little Rock.

Harris Leaving Lincoln

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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Harris
Harris
Lincoln football coach Brad Harris was named Monday as the defensive coordinator at Class 6A Benton. Harris led Lincoln to its most successful season in program history last fall, posting an 11-2 record as the Wolves advanced to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Booneville. Harris, who also serves as the Lincoln baseball coach, will finish out the baseball season before moving to Benton he said last week. Harris’ son, Drew, will also make the move to Benton. Last fall Drew Harris … Continue Reading ››

Bulldogs Stay Unbeaten In League Play

Rick Fires

Rick Fires

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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.
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Fayetteville took advantage of a late breakdown from Springdale Har-Ber. The Bulldogs scored four runs without a hit in the top of the seventh inning and defeated Har-Ber 6-1 on Tuesday in 7A/6A-West Conference play at the Tyson Sports Complex. The loss wasted a fine pitching performance by Brady Patrick, a sophomore left-hander who pitched into the seventh inning. Andy Pagnozzi struck out 13 to improve to 7-0 on the season for Fayetteville. “Andy struggled early a little bit with his control,” Fayetteville coach Van Arnold said. “He started throwing his curve ball and even when he missed, he came back with it. … Continue Reading ››