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 ››
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 ››
Sports Reporter at Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
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.
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 ››
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 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 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 ››
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.
Two Arkansas high school football programs made coaching hires this week. Stuttgart hired Kevin McCarn from Melbourne, according to the Stuttgart Daily Leader. McCarn was a former assistant coach with the Ricebirds, including in 2012 when Stuttgart won a state championship game. McCarn replaces Billy Elmore, his former boss who was hired as head coach at West Memphis earlier this month. McCarn will also be the Ricebirds' athletics director. Melbourne was 9-3 in McCarn's only year on the job. Camden Fairview also filled its head coaching vacancy this week, hiring Mike Cox from Hamburg. Cox, who will also serve as athletics director, spent three seasons … Continue Reading ››
Rising junior defensive lineman Manuel Martinez won Springdale High's 2014 Iron Dog title last week, taking home first place in the pre-spring practice testing competition. Here are the top finishers overall and in each event in the competition. Iron Dog Top 11 1. DL Manuel Martinez (Jr.) Continue Reading ››
There are two new faces on Springdale High's football coaching staff this spring. Greg Tiner will coach tight ends and fullbacks after 20 years at Monticello, including the last four as head coach of the Class 4A school. Jacob Gill was hired as safeties coach after spending four years at Siloam Springs, including the last two as co-defensive coordinator for the 6A Panthers. Tiner has an extensive background at Monticello. Continue Reading ››
Springdale High had its first spring football practice this morning. All practices are open to the public. The rest of the Bulldogs' spring practice schedule is as follows: Tuesday, May 13: 6-8 a.m., Wednesday, May 14: 6-8 a.m. (no pads) Thursday, May 15, 6-8 a.m. Continue Reading ››