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Changes aplenty on Springdale girls staff

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Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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Springdale’s girls basketball staff will look drastically different next season.

Lady Bulldogs coach Heather Hunsucker hired Ouachita Baptist assistant Michael Jennings in mid-May to replace Erin Gatling, who wanted to pursue a head-coaching job and accepted the ninth-grade gig at Siloam Springs on Thursday.

Jennings served as an assistant for the last two years at Ouachita, where he was responsible for scouting, game prep, post player development and the Lady Tigers' defense, according to his Ouachita bio.

In addition to Gatling’s departure, both of the programs’ graduate assistants will not return next season. Former Razorback Jhasmin Bowen took a college GA job at … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Lang signs with La. Tech

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Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Kierra Lang, Springdale senior, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Bentonville High.
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Kierra Lang, Springdale senior, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Bentonville High.


Kierra Lang graduated from Springdale High a little more than two weeks ago, but was back in Bulldog Gym on Monday to announce her college destination.

The all-state point guard faked out the crowd at her signing ceremony by first jokingly committing to Springdale. Moments later, she picked up a Louisiana Tech t-shirt off of the table in front … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Hood signs with NorthArk

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Springdale's Maya Hood looks for help against Siloam Springs Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Springdale's Maya Hood looks for help against Siloam Springs Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016.


North Arkansas College’s women’s basketball roster will have a distinct Springdale flavor for the next few years.

Springdale senior post Maya Hood signed with NorthArk on Thursday night, joining guards Anna Gadison and Kyra Kahn as Lady Bulldogs who will play for the Harrison junior college.

Hood was a key addition to the Springdale roster after transferring from … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Duo Signs

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Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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Two Springdale basketball standouts signed with colleges Thursday afternoon.

Forward Ishine McFarlane inked with Allen Community College, choosing the Kansas junior college over several other schools. Guard Devon Young signed with the track program at Kansas City-based Avilla University, where he also plans to continue his basketball career.

McFarlane earned all-conference honors as a senior for Springdale. The 6-foot-5 big averaged a team-best 13.5 points in conference play and had four games of 20-plus points in conference action. He’ll primarily play small forward, potentially mixed with some time at power forward, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s McFarlane commits to Kansas JUCO

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Ishine McFarlane (32) and Kyler Mahar of Springdale celebrate after defeating Rogers Heritage on Friday Jan. 8, 2016 during the game in War Eagle Arena at Rogers Heritage.
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Ishine McFarlane (32) and Kyler Mahar of Springdale celebrate after defeating Rogers Heritage on Friday Jan. 8, 2016 during the game in War Eagle Arena at Rogers Heritage.


Springdale senior Ishine McFarlane committed to Allen Community College on Monday and plans to sign with the Kansas junior college in the near future.

The … Continue Reading ››

Mack headlines 6 Springdale signees

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Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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NWA Democrat Gazette/TONY REYES Jackson State signee Desiree Mack at Springdale's signing ceremony Friday.


SPRINGDALE — Desiree Mack’s Springdale High volleyball coaches used a unique motivational tactic her sophomore year.

Amanda Williford and Ashlee Kemp kept a folder on the bench with two school logos on separate pages: LSU and a small in-state college. Depending on how Mack was playing, they would hold up a corresponding page.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a Division I school like LSU, so I had to mature and get my attitude right … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Kahn commits to NorthArk

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Jimmy Carter

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Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF -- 12/27/13 -- Springdale's Kyra Kahn looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during the second-round game against McDonald County (MO) in the Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Neosho (MO) Middle School on Friday December 27, 2013. STAFF PHOTO BEN GOFF -- 12/27/13 -- Springdale's Kyra Kahn looks for a teammate to pass the ball to during the second-round game against McDonald County (MO) in the Neosho Holiday Classic basketball tournament at Neosho (MO) Middle School on Friday December 27, … Continue Reading ››

Three schools make Top 15 in MaxPreps Cup standings

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Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and 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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The defending champion was down in the fall, but it’s not out yet.

Bentonville, who was unranked in the MaxPreps Cup standings when the fall sports were completed, vaulted itself to the No. 6 spot after the winter sports were finished and is within striking distance of winning that title a third consecutive year. The two-time defending MaxPreps Cup champion finished fall sports with state titles in girls tennis and girls cross country and a state runnerup in boys cross country.

Bentonville, fueled by its state championships in boys and girls swimming and its runnerup finishes in boys basketball and wrestling, has … Continue Reading ››

Greenland’s Crown signs with SAU

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
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Kim Crown signed with Southern Arkansas
Kim Crown signed with Southern Arkansas on Friday.


Kim Crown took a February visit to Crowder Community College, home to one of the top junior college women’s basketball programs in the nation.

The 6-foot-1 Greenland senior post verbally committed to Southern Arkansas the same day.

“I’d already been to Lyon’s campus and to Crowder and I was like, this is nothing like SAU,” Crown said. “So I knew that was where I wanted to go to.”

Crown signed with Southern Arkansas on Friday after a … Continue Reading ››

Finalists for Bentonville West boys coaching job named

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and 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 — And then there were three.

Greg White of Gravette, Matt Busch of Watson Chapel and Dick Rippee of Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo have been named the finalists for the new Bentonville West boys basketball coaching position, Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore said Tuesday.

Passmore said all three finalists were given second interviews Tuesday morning, and he hopes that he can recommend one of those names for hiring to school superintendent Michael Poore some time Friday. That person's name will be taken to the school board during Monday's meeting.

White has been at Gravette for two years, but he has 7A-West experience as … Continue Reading ››