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PREVIEW: SPRINGDALE HIGH

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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Springdale High Lady Bulldogs COACH Heather Hunsucker 2016-2017 14-15 KEY PLAYERS Marquesha Davis (Jr., 6-0), Sarah Vogel (Sr., 5-7), Ashlyn Minchew (Jr., 5-8), Keyarrow Turner (Sr., 5-10) THE SKINNY Springdale High returns 10 of its top 11 players last year from a team that advanced to the state quarterfinals before losing to North Little Rock. ... Marquesha Davis averaged 15 points and nearly 9 rebounds a game as a sophomore. ... Ashlyn Minchew was selected all-conference. ... Senior Olivia James is back after she missed her junior season with a torn ACL. ... Sophomore Thalyanna Sysavanh is playing again after she torn her ACL … Continue Reading ››

PREVIEW: SPRINGDALE HAR-BER

Chip Souza

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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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES ¥ @NWATONYR
Maci Mains Springdale Har-Ber leads the Lady Wilddats into the 2017-18 season.

Springdale Har-Ber Lady Wildcats

COACH Jaime Green

2016-17 RECORD 17-13

KEY PLAYERS Maci Mains (Sr., 5-6), Khanni Shannon (Sr., 5-10), Sophie Nelson (So., 5-8)

THE SKINNY The Lady Wildcats return most of their roster from last season. … Senior guard Maci Mains leads the way for Har-Ber after scoring around 10 points per game last season despite playing with a foot injury. Mains has signed with Henderson State, where she will join … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West 2017-18 Preview

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville and Bentonville West, as well as topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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Bentonville West Wolverines Coach: Greg White, second year Record: 12-16 overall, 5-9 7A-West Conference
Pictures by David Beach – Collier Blackburn of Bentonville West fights for a rebound against Gravette at Bentonville West High School on Saturday, November 20, 2016.
Key Players: F/G Gabe Hornsby (6-4, Sr.), G Collier Blackburn (6-4, Sr.), F Ben Larsen (6-5, Sr.), F Boston Barron (6-5, Sr.), F Levi Rutherford (6-2, Sr.), G Collin Blackburn (6-2, Sr.), G Dillon Bailey (5-9, So.), G Garrett Wilmot (5-10, Sr.), G Hayden White (5-10, Sr.) Notable: The Wolverines have a benefit … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Tigers 2017-18 Preview

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville and Bentonville West, as well as topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
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Bentonville Tigers Coach: Dick Rippee, first year Last Year’s Record: 15-10 overall, 12-2 7A-West (co-champion)
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Asa Hutchinson of Bentonville passes as Tyler Roth (1) of Fayetteville guards on Friday Feb. 3, 2017 during the game in Bentonville's Tiger Arena.
Key Players: F Asa Hutchinson IV (6-7, Sr.), F Michael Shanks (6-6, Jr.), G Cadarius Baggett (6-0, Sr.), G Josh Smith (6-3, Jr.), G Connor Deffenbaugh (6-3, Jr.) Notable: Veteran coach Rippee takes over the Tigers after a successful tenure at Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo, where his teams were 183-49 and … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASKETBALL Rogers High boys capsule

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

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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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE
Rogers wing Garrett Dake (33) leaps to score past Fayetteville forward Bradon Simon Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, during the second half of play in Bulldog Arena. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
Rogers High Coach: Lamont Frazier Last Year’s Record 7-20 (0-14 7A-West) Key Players F Tanner Dake (6-1, Sr.), F Garrett Dake (6-4, Sr.), G Jake Early (5-9, Jr.), Aaron Jones (6-1, Sr.), F Jaden Uecker (6-5, Sr.), F Baylor Lacewell (6-3, Sr.), F Amonta Jones (6-2, Sr.), G Elliot Paschal (6-2, Soph.), G Drew … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASKETBALL Rogers High girls capsule

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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS @NWAMICHAELW
Madison Loyd, Rogers forward (4) and Heritage guard Hannah Watkins (23) go after a loose ball Tuesday, January 10, 2017 during their game at Heritage High School in Rogers.
Rogers High Coach: Preston Early Last Year’s Record 18-11 (9-5 7A-West) Key Players G Madison Loyd (5-6, Sr.), G Courtney Storey (5-8, Jr.), F Gracie Carr (5-10, Fresh.), G London Hatch (5-7, Soph.), F Ally Figenskau (6-1, Jr.), G Kate McConnell (5-7, Soph.), F Amber Covington (5-8, Jr.), Caroline Larkin (5-10, Soph.). Notable Loyd is lone returner with any varsity … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASKETBALL Rogers Heritage boys capsule

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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Rogers Heritage junior Seth Stanley drives around Rogers High senior Jake Benninghoff on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, at Rogers High.

Rogers Heritage Coach: Tom Olsen Last Year’s Record 15-13 (7-7 7A-West) Key Players G/F Seth Stanley (6-5, Sr.), G/F Bryce Breedlove (6-2, Sr.), G Dawson Peek (6-1, Sr.), G Ty Olsen (5-9, Sr.), F Brennan Fincher (6-2, Jr.), Matt Manual (6-5, Sr.). Notable Four players return who started games last season led by Stanley, who averaged 17 points per game. … Stanley has added core strength and improved … Continue Reading ››

PREP BASKETBALL: Rogers Heritage girls capsule

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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR
Kelsey Richmond (3), of Rogers, shoots as Brooke Menke, of Rogers Heritage, defends Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in the first half at War Eagle Arena in Rogers.
  Rogers Heritage Coach: Scott Moore Last Year’s Record 6-21 (0-14 7A-West) Key Players G Pam Seiler (5-5, Soph.), G Faith Rohrbough (5-6, Jr.), G Sydney Kinnamon (5-4, Jr.), F Kayla Richardson (5-8, Sr.), F Aries Sanders (5-9, Jr.), F Brooke Menke (5-9, Sr.), G Brianna Frazier (5-8, Soph.). Notable Sanders and Menke were limited to 11 and 15 games, respectively, because … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville Basketball Preview

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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.
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BOYS Fayetteville Bulldogs COACH Kyle Adams 2016-17 RECORD 12-15, 8-6 7A-West KEY PLAYERS G Collin Cooper (Jr., 6-1), G Jon Conley (Sr., 6-2), F Solomon Munyambu (Sr., 6-2), G Quinn Schach (Sr., 6-2) NOTABLE Fell 48-34 to Conway in the first round of the 2017 state tournament. … Returns one of class 7A’s top scoring guards in Collin Cooper. Cooper will be looked to to handle the ball and carry a bulk of the scoring load early. … Despite a sub-.500 overall record, Fayetteville finished fourth in the 7A-West with an 8-6 mark and had the third-best scoring offense in the league in 2017. The … Continue Reading ››