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Reports: Gragg transferring to Dumas

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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PINE BLUFF AT BRYANT The state's top football recruit is transferring. Tight end Will Gragg will play his senior season at Class 4A Dumas, where his father, Kelvin, was recently named superintendent, according to reports. Gragg is leaving Class 6A Pine Bluff, where he helped the Zebras to a state runner-up finish as a junior. Gragg caught 36 passes for 367 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end is one of the state's most heralded recruits in recent years, holding more than 40 scholarship offers before the end of … Continue Reading ››

Offensive Line Looks Solid For Heritage

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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Rogers Heritage offensive line coach Jason Upton is still searching for a fifth starter as spring practice comes to a close, but he's in much better shape than a year ago. This time last year, Upton was only sure about one spot in his starting offensive line. That was senior Hunter Chasteen. Now, he's only looking for Chasteen's replacement at left tackle. Kevin Merlos, who will be a senior in the fall, takes over the reins from Chasteen as a leader of the group. In addition, Noah Madryga started as a sophomore and is penciled in for the fall. Brandon DeMello , who … Continue Reading ››

Barbaree resigns at Carlisle

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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One of the state's top small school programs is looking for a new football coach. Brandon Barabaree has resigned after only one season coaching the Bison, according to multiple reports. Former Arkansas Democrat-Gazette high school football reporter Robert Yates reported on Twitter that Barbaree will accept the middle school principal job in Pangburn. The Bison were 12-2 last season and reached the semifinals of the Class 2A playoffs. Carlisle beat Marked Tree, Conway Christian and Rison in the postseason before a 38-23 loss to eventual state champion Junction City. Carlisle has won 76 games over the last seven seasons.

FLOYD RESIGNS AT SHILOH, HEADED TO ALABAMA

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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File Photo -- Josh Floyd, who led Shiloh Christian to 4 state championships in 10 seasons, resigned Thursday to accept a coaching position in Alabama.
Josh Floyd, who won 99 games and 4 state championships at Shiloh Christian over a 10-year span, announced his resignation Thursday to accept a similar position at Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama. Floyd, who starred at Shiloh as a quarterback under Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, continued the winning tradition that Malzahn started at the Springdale-based Christian school. The Saints won a Class 3A state … Continue Reading ››

Pettway picks Ole Miss

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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IMG_4564 One of the state's top recruits committed to the University of Mississippi on Wednesday. LaMichael Pettway, a rising senior receiver from Nashville, confirmed his decision to Arkansas Democrat-Gazette recruiting editor Richard Davenport. Pettway had at least 10 scholarship offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ohio State, Nebraska and Arkansas. Pettway caught 56 passes for 1,056 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior for the Scrappers. He also completed 11 of 33 passes for 5 touchdowns and ran for a pair of scores. Pettway is the sixth in-state senior to commit to a school … Continue Reading ››

Want New Turf Color? Better Ask Boise First

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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In today's editions of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers, you can find my story where Bentonville is about to accept bids to put down new turf playing surfaces at Tiger Stadium and the Tiger Athletic Complex's soccer field. Both fields will be the traditional green, although I did tease athletic director Scott Passmore about a first of its kind field — gold with black Tiger stripes! Imagine something like that, if you will. I found one even a little crazier today. Diamond Ranch Academy in Hurricane, Utah, has a full-length logo between the hash marks that is black with gold diamonds (its mascot is … Continue Reading ››

Some Positions Taking Shape For Heritage

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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Rogers Heritage football coaches are searching for replacements this spring for a large graduating senior class that helped the War Eagles to back-to-back playoff appearances. Heritage coach Perry Escalante likes what he's seen from some of the open positions the past couple weeks, but there are a couple of spots that are still concerns. One position that's a current problem is receiver. "We got a lot of guys out there, but not a lot of guys who can catch the football right now," Escalante said. "You're not a receiver if you can't catch it. You're wearing a helmet." Junior speedster Joey Saucier (5-11, 192 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale RB Battle Breakdown

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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Deandre Murray broke a long touchdown run the first time he carried the ball in his first scrimmage at Springdale High two springs ago. Murray wound up rushing for 2,980 yards and scoring 36 touchdowns while establishing himself as one of the top running backs in the state in an electric two-year career for the Bulldogs. But his graduation this spring leaves a void at the position, one that senior CJ Wilson and juniors … Continue Reading ››

Lincoln hires Davenport as head coach

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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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Lincoln has hired Scott Davenport as its head football coach. Davenport was previously an assistant coach at Rogers Heritage. He replaces Brad Harris, who left Lincoln last month to accept the defensive coordinator position at Benton. Lincoln is coming off its best season ever, finishing 11-2 and winning two playoff games before losing in the Class 4A quarterfinals. The Wolves have made the playoffs two of the past three seasons after going 16 years without a winning record. Davenport played college football at Arkansas. Henry Apple contributed to this report

SHILOH HELMETS HAVE BLING; SHIMER WALKING ON AT ARKANSAS

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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Staff Photo Tony Reyes The new Shiloh Christian football helmets feature a more shiny, glittery gold color.
Shiloh Christian football coach Josh Floyd didn't want to say his team's new football helmets are "glittery," but they have a definite amount of bling to them with a metalic look The Saints for years have worn a matte finish gold helmet. But the new Riddell helmets glisten with silvery glitter in the gold paint, making them very similar to those worn by Notre Dame. "We wanted a little different look and … Continue Reading ››