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.
NWADG sports writer Vernon Tarver is coming to you from the Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament at Springdale Har-Ber for Thursday's semifinal matches.
He also takes a look at the top high school football games across Northwest Arkansas on Friday in Week 9 of the season.
Playoff mode underway for Purple'Dogs
Fayetteville sits in a tie for top spot in the 7A-West Conference after last Friday's impressive 28-0 win at Springdale Har-Ber. The Bulldogs share the top spot with both Har-Ber and Bentonville, but can earn the No. 1 seed in the Class 7A playoffs with 13-point wins against both Springdale High and Van Buren in the final two weeks of the regular season to hold off both the Wildcats and Tigers in the possible three-way tiebreaker.
Fayetteville coach Bill Blankenship knows his team still has plenty to play for with two weeks remaining in the regular season. … Continue Reading ››
Prep Rally #15 takes a look at some of last Friday night's football games with interviews of Fayetteville coach Bill Blankenship and Heritage coach Tony Travis. Also included are action and sideline photos from some of the games we covered Friday.
Springdale High two-way starter Jayden Minchew was all over the field during a 39-12 win at Van Buren on Friday. The 6-foot, 185-pounder caught five passes for a team-high 81 yards and he also led team with 15 tackles from his free safety position.
Minchew's performance helped snap a three-game losing streak for the Bulldogs as they improved to 4-4 overall and 2-3 in 7A-West play.
Here's a look at other top performers from Week 8:
Welcome to our second installment of ARPreps.com's Tweets of the Week.
In case you missed our first offering, click here.
In case you're not sure what he heck this is all about, it's all the best tweets from the past week from prep players and coaches in Northwest Arkansas. It's for entertainment purposes only and we'll only consider tweets that are 100 percent positive — although a little lighthearted trash talking between rivals can make the cut, too.
Just a quick note: We've tweaked it a little as far as the dates go, so each week now will run Monday-Sunday.
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.
The Charging Wildcats (8-0, 5-0) are a win next week at Bryant from clinching a share of a 7A-Central championship and the league's top seed for the playoffs.
Despite the loss, Northside (5-1, 4-1) can still wrap up the league's second seed (and first-round bye) with a win at Cabot Friday coupled with a North Little Rock win over Bryant.
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.
With Friday's football games in the books, we are now through eight weeks and have only two weeks remaining in the regular season.
This is when the playoff picture begins to take shape, and we can get a glimpse at what some teams need to do in order to get into the state playoffs or improve their position.
There are a lot of teams in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette coverage area and still too many situations that could take place, but let's take a look at each team's best and worst playoff scenarios.
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.
The Springdale Bulldogs (4-4, 2-3 7A-West) snapped their three-game losing streak in a big way Friday night, mauling Van Buren on the road in a 39-10 win.
The Red'Dogs jumped on the Pointers in the first quarter and carried a 22-0 lead into the second thanks to three Van Buren fumbles on its first three possessions. Van Buren then added 10 points, including a 28-yard field goal as time expired, in the second quarter and trailed 22-10 at half.
After a scoreless third, Springdale tacked on two offensive scores and a Chris Crawford interception return for a touchdown to secure the win … Continue Reading ››