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SW Elite 7-on-7: Quarterfinal Match Ups

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase is down to eight teams at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

Of the 18 Arkansas teams that started, four remain in the tournament. The other four teams are from Oklahoma (2), Illinois and Indiana.

Here are the four quarterfinal match ups and start times. All games will be played at Champions Stadium, Shiloh Christian's home field.

Fayetteville vs. Harrison - 1:30 Bixby (Okla.) vs. Gibson Southern (Ind.) - 1:30 Heritage Hall (Okla.) vs. Charleston - 2:00 Aurora Christian (Ill.) vs. Little Rock Christian - 2:00

The only one-seed eliminated so far has been Wynne, the winner of pool C. Wynne is led by … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Atop Another Preseason Poll

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
NationalHSFootball.com released its preseason top 10 poll for Arkansas Friday.

They chose Bentonville, the reigning 7A State Champion, as the No. 1 team. Here's a look at the complete top 10, as well as each team's record in 2013.

1. Bentonville (11-2) 2. North Little Rock (10-3) 3. Fayetteville (8-3) 4. Conway (9-3) 5. Cabot (12-1) 6. El Dorado (9-5) 7. Greenwood (12-1) 8. Bryant (7-4) 9. FS Northside (3-6-1) 10. Springdale Har-Ber (8-4)

The website mentions Pine Bluff as a team to just miss the cut for the top 10.

Also, NationalHSFootball.com rates the best in-state and out-of-state games.

In-state: North Little Rock at Fayetteville (Sept. 12) Out-of-state: Bentonville vs. Bergen Catholic (Sept. 19)

Henry Delays Retirement From Coaching

Rick Fires

Rick Fires

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Rick Fires is a sports reporter and columnist for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale Har-Ber, as well as Lincoln and Prairie Grove.
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Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.
Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.
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 ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
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.

Elite 7-on-7 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.

Storey is a four-star … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville RBs Lost In 7-on-7 Shuffle

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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There were no handoffs for Dylan Smith and Hekili Keliiliki to take Friday, neither were there any offensive linemen to deliver blocks and provide holes for them to run through. The world of 7-on-7 football may be suited for offense, but it's not the style of attack that Bentonville's senior running backs prefer. The duo, who combined for 2,188 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during the Tigers' state championship run last year, were limited to running routes Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian. "I don't really do that much," Smith said. "This is for quarterbacks and receivers to work … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Salvador Sandoval

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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AN FBH-SDALE SANDOVAL
Springdale senior receiver Salvador Sandoval.
Springdale rising senior receiver Salvador Sandoval could be poised for a breakout senior season after a strong spring semester. Sandoval is one of the best athletes on the team, ranking third in the 40-yard dash (4.57), fourth in vertical jump (32), fourth in shuttle (4.32), fifth in the L-drill (7.06) and eighth in the obstacle course (45.35) during offseason testing. Check out a feature on Sandoval in Thursday’s Springdale Morning News and the rest of the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. Q: Who’s your funniest teammate? A: … Continue Reading ››

WATN: McNair Recalls Wild Playoff Game

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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AN WATN MCNAIR
Michael Woods Former Shiloh Christian standout Cole McNair is back in Fayetteville and working as a producer for his family's insurance company.
FAYETTEVILLE — The scoreboard at Junction City went dark just before the start of the 1999 playoff game against Shiloh Christian. Probably a good thing it did. It couldn’t have kept up with the blur of scoring changes that occurred seemingly every few seconds during the game. Shiloh Christian’s 70-64 win that night is regarded by many as the greatest high school football game ever played in … Continue Reading ››

Pulaski Academy wins Shootout of the South

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
Andrew Hutchinson
C. J. O'Grady makes a catch during action at the  7-on-7  Shootout of the South in Little Rock, June 21, 2014. (Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CHRIS BRASHERS)
C. J. O'Grady makes a catch during action at the 7-on-7 Shootout of the South in Little Rock, June 21, 2014. (Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CHRIS BRASHERS)
Pulaski Academy defeated Fayetteville 30-28 to win the 7-on-7 Shootout of the South Saturday afternoon in Little Rock.

Bruins quarterback Will Hefley won the Top Gun Award as the best quarterback in the tournament. Hefley … Continue Reading ››

Shiloh Opening Drew Plenty Of Interest

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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Jeff ConawayBen Mayes, the president of Shiloh Christian School, said Tuesday that more than 40 coaches from more than 20 states applied for the head football coaching position. Mayes said after an exhaustive search, the list of candidates was whittled down to 8, then down to three finalists, then finally one as Jeff Conaway was formally introduced as the Saints' new coach. At Tuesday night's introduction at the school, Mayes stressed repeatedly that Conaway, who was a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh for 4 seasons under former coach Josh Floyd, was "the right  … Continue Reading ››

Conaway Named New Shiloh Christian Coach

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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Jeff Conaway, a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian, was named the Saints' head coach on Tuesday.
Jeff Conaway, a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian, was named Tuesday as the Saints’ new head football coach. Conaway replaces former coach Josh Floyd, who was hired two weeks ago as the new football coach at Hewitt-Trussville, Ala. Conaway has been the head coach at Greene County Tech in Northeast Arkansas, where he compiled a 26-37 record, including 2-8 last season. The Eagles earned two playoff appearances in Conaway’s six seasons. “After an exhaustive … Continue Reading ››