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.
Bentonville High School was a runaway winner of the 2013-14 CBS MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the nation's best overall high school sports program.
Bentonville finished the final MaxPreps Cup standings with 1,120 points, while Atlanta (Ga.) St. Pius X Catholic was a distant second with 985. Rounding out the top five were Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou with … Continue Reading ››
Fayetteville looked like the top squad at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase through Friday's pool play, finishing a perfect 7-0. And the Bulldogs appeared to be one of the top teams to beat coming out of Saturday's morning session, with easy victories over Van Buren and Rogers Heritage in bracket play.
But one slip up, one off game at the wrong time, can cost you in this tournament. And Fayetteville found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon.
Facing a Harrison team it had previously defeated twice over the summer at other 7-on-7 weekend tournaments, the Bulldogs started slow and couldn't fully … Continue Reading ››
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.
Smith has played on the Saints' varsity for four seasons. Last season he was injured late and missed Shiloh Christian's playoff game and was held out of spring contact drills. He has since been cleared and has participated in all the Saints' team camps and 7-on-7s this summer.
Harrison scored 26 unanswered points to defeat Heritage Hall (Okla.) 26-14 and win the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Saturday at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.
The Goblins were the only Arkansas team to reach the semifinals, after Charleston, Fayetteville and Little Rock Christian each lost in the quarterfinals.
While several Arkansas teams didn't go as far in the tournament as expected, the Natural State still had a winning record against out-of-state teams.
In pool play, teams from Arkansas went 34-26 against teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. They were only 9-9 in tournament play, but still finished the weekend with a winning … Continue Reading ››
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.
SPRINGDALE — There was still plenty of quarterback talent on hand at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase even without the state’s top class of 2016 passer.
Bentonville junior Kasey Ford missed the showcase hosted by Shiloh Christian this weekend because of a summer baseball tournament, but there was nevertheless a wealth of quarterback talent present on Shiloh’s Field Of Champions and Southwest Junior High, including top 2015 in-state quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey.
Darrell Henry didn't stay retired long from coaching.
The former Fort Smith Northside head coach is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, where he'll begin his second year. Henry accepted an offer from Pointers head coach Brooks Coatney after Henry resigned in 2012 from Northside, where he coached for 11 years.
He was on the sideline with the Pointers Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase … Continue Reading ››
The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase started Friday with pool play. Thirty-two teams from six different states played seven games to determine the seeding of the single-elimination tournament on Saturday.
Fayetteville was the only team to finish the day undefeated, winning pool B. Heritage Hall (Okla.), Wynne and Bixby (Okla.) won pools A, C and D, respectively.
Here's a look at the entire bracket.
Some of the state's biggest prospects are playing in the showcase, including Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady and Wynne quarterback Ross Trail.