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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 ››

Hux’s Fanny Packs Tweet of the Week Punch

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Mike primarily covers Fayetteville and Farmington.
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We’re venturing into uncharted territory in this round of ARPreps.com’s Tweets of the Week.

In the past, only players and coaches from high schools in Northwest Arkansas were eligible for tweets of the week. However, because a player’s piece of game gear has taken on a persona so strong, we’ve decided that equipment — technically — is part of the team, too.

Fanny pack lives matter, in this case.

Fayetteville sophomore kicker Huxley Richardson’s fanny pack is less than a week old in Twitter years, but it’s mature beyond its years in terms of posting clever tweets.

Just take your pick from any of … Continue Reading ››

Fayetteville caper earns Tweet of Week

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Anytime a player can get one over on their coach, it’s worth an extra laugh.

Fayetteville sophomore hoops standout Sasha Goforth showed that she and teammates Jasmine Franklin and Coriah Beck have brains to go along with basketball ability by posing for photos in order to steal a breather during a workout for coach Vic Rimmer.

Sure many athletes have cut through yards on distance runs through neighborhoods or done other nefarious things behind coaches' backs to lighten their workout load, but this may be the first time technology was used so brilliantly to do so.

Pushing this tweet over the top of … Continue Reading ››

New 2018-20 Conference Alignments Announced

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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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The Arkansas Activities Association released its conference alignments for all sports but football Tuesday following a meeting of its board of directors.

These conference alignments are a result of Proposal No. 9 being passed July 31. These become effective at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Class 6A

Central — Bryant, Cabot, Conway, Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Little Rock Catholic/Mount St. Mary, Little Rock Central, North Little Rock

West — Bentonville, Bentonville West, Fayetteville, Rogers, Rogers Heritage, Springdale, Springdale Har-Ber, Van Buren

Class 5A

East — Greene Co. Tech, Jonesboro, Marion, Mountain Home, Nettleton, Paragould, Searcy, West Memphis

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2018-20 Classifications Announced

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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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The Arkansas Activities Association has announced the classification breakdown of the state's high schools for all sports except football as a result of Proposal No. 9 being passed during the annual meeting of the governing body July 31 in Little Rock.

This will become effective with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The number beside each school's name is its average attendance in grades 9-11 over a three-year span (estimated in some instances, such as newer schools), and private schools must play one classification higher.

Conference assignments for each school will be announced at a later date.

Class 6A 1. … Continue Reading ››

Old State Basketball Tournament Programs (1947-92)

Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

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Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1947-49)

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1983-92)

Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

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By this time, the AAA archives are pretty bare of state tournament programs. The archives did have a few overall tournament programs during this period, but the rest were provided by Fort Smith sportswriter/historian Leland Barclay and myself. 1992 was the last year of the Overall Tournament. After that, the AAA went to a State Finals format where every championship game was played at one site. It has been at Barton Colesium in Little Rock, the Pine Bluff Convention Center, Verizon Arena in North Little Rock and the Hot Springs Convention Center. Unfortunately, there are some really good programs from this era … Continue Reading ››

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1976-79)

Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

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The only item from 1979 at the AAA archives was the 1979 Boys Overall Program. That was the year that Class B Parkdale shocked the state by winning the Overall, the first small school to do so. Also, by the late 1970s, the state tournaments began to move away from Barton Coliseum and move to various sites all over the state. Even the Boys Overall Finals would move to the Farris Center at Central Arkansas. There are a few missing programs I would like to have, besides all of the 1979 season. For example, the Class AAAA state tournament program would be … Continue Reading ››

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1973-75)

Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

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The mid-1970s included the most important high school basketball game in the state of Arkansas. The 1974 Overall Boys final between unbeaten Conway and unbeaten Fort Smith Northside. That program is included in this group of old basketball programs. 1973 Class AAAA-AAA Boys State Program 1973 Overall Boys State Program 1973 Girls Overall BKB Program 1974 AAAA-A BKB Tourney Program 1974 Class AAAA-AAA Boys BKB Program 1974 Class AAA Boys BKB Program 1974 Class AA Boys BKB Program 1974 Class A Girls BKB Program 1974 Class B Boys BKB Program Continue Reading ››

Old Prep Basketball State Tournament Programs (1970-72)

Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.

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Continuing last month's postings of old state tournament programs from the 1940s through the 1960s, presenting state tournament programs from the 1970s. Included in this group is the 1st Overall State Tournament program in 1972. 1970 AAAA-AAA-AA State BKB Program 1970 Class B Boys BKB Program 1970 B State BKB Program 1970 Class A Girls BKB Program 1970 Class B Girls BKB Program 1971 Class AAAA-AAA-AA Boys State Program 1971 Class A-B Boys State Program 1971 Class B Boys State Program 1972 Overall Boys State Program 1972 Class AAAA-AAA-AA Boys … Continue Reading ››