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Bentonville Finishes Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

Henry Apple

Henry Apple

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.
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Bentonville has been denied the opportunity to win a third consecutive MaxPreps Cup title this year.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit ended Bentonville's run and claimed this year's claim to the nation's top athletic program. Jesuit finished with 1,122 points, while Bentonville had 958 points.

The MaxPreps Cup uses state championship performances and national rankings to determine the nation's top overall high school sports programs, and not all sports are used to determine this rankings. It is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level.

Points are also weighted, rewarding states that have … Continue Reading ››

Springdale athletes earn state, conference accolades

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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NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Springdale's Ryann Goodsell competes in the discus on Thursday, April 29, 2016, during the 7A-West conference track meet at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville.
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Springdale's Ryann Goodsell competes in the discus on Thursday, April 29, 2016, during the 7A-West conference track meet at Ramay Junior High in Fayetteville.


Springdale had 14 spring-sport athletes who earned player of the year, all-state or all-conference recognition in baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer and track and field.

In track and field, senior Ryann Goodsell was named … Continue Reading ››

7A Championship: Bentonville 12, NLR 1

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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The Bentonville softball team beat North Little Rock 12-1 in five innings to claim the Arkansas Class 7A state championship. It is the Lady Tigers' first softball state title in school history.

7A Boys Championship: Bentonville 2, Springdale 0

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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The Bentonville boys soccer team beat Springdale 2-0 to claim the Class 7A state championship Friday, May 20, 2016, in Fayetteville. It is the Tigers' third straight state title.

7A Girls Championship: Bentonville 3, Cabot 0

Andrew Hutchinson

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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The Bentonville girls soccer team beat Cabot 3-0 to claim the Class 7A state championship Friday, May 20, 2016, in Fayetteville.

7A-West Boys Notebook

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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SPRINGDALE

Springdale controls its own destiny with two 7A-West games remaining.

Win twice and the Bulldogs (15-5, 9-3) will clinch at least a share of the conference title and the West’s No. 1 seed for the state tournament. Springdale closes the regular season by hosting Fort Smith Southside, which it beat 8-0 in the first half of conference play, then playing at Rogers, which it rallied to beat 2-1 in the teams’ first meeting.

Springdale enters the final week tied in the loss column with Bentonville, but … Continue Reading ››

7A-WEST GIRLS SOCCER

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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7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS TEAM^OVERALL^CONFERENCE Bentonville^14-4^11-0 Fayetteville^13-3-1^11-1 Rogers Heritage^13-7^6-6 FS Northside^14-7^6-6 Springdale Har-Ber^4-9^4-7 FS Southside^8-9^4-7 Rogers^6-11^3-8 Springdale^2-15-2^0-11 BENTONVILLE Lady Tigers coach Kristina Henry could see both good and bad in her team getting an unexpected day off last week.

Bentonville (14-4, 11-0) had its home game Friday night against Rogers High called off because of inclement weather. That game has now been scheduled for May 9 at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

“It hurts because we could have planned something different as far as training if we knew we weren’t going to play,” Henry said. “We would also prefer not to play on in wet, sloppy conditions.

“On the good side, it allows us to be … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Notebook

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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Screen Shot 2016-04-24 at 5.35.39 PM SPRINGDALE A 7-0 start afforded Springdale a two-game lead in the 7A-West standings, but losses in two of the last three games have knocked the Bulldogs into a tie for first with Bentonville. The Bulldogs (14-4, 8-2) face the Tigers on Tuesday in a game that could wind up deciding the conference champion. Springdale beat Bentonville 5-0 at home in the teams’ first meeting thanks to five goals by senior Leo Araujo. A sprained ankle kept Araujo, who has a team-best 13 goals, out of a 3-0 … Continue Reading ››

7A-WEST GIRLS

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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Bentonville Kristina Henry has seen opposing teams bunch several players around the goal in hopes of keeping Bentonville from scoring, but that’s not the way Fort Smith Northside did against the Lady Tigers last week. The Lady Bears put the game solely on their defense and placed nine of their 11 players near the box, which forced Bentonville (13-4, 10-0) to take longer shots than usual. “I’ve seen some teams do that, but not that deliberately,” Henry said. “It was definitely a test for our players, and it was causing them to get frustrated. I just kept telling them if we scored one … Continue Reading ››

GIRLS 7A-WEST NOTEBOOK

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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7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS TEAM^OVERALL^CONFERENCE Bentonville^11-4^8-0 Fayetteville^9-3-1^7-1 Rogers Heritage^9-4^5-3 FS Northside^8-5^4-4 Springdale Har-Ber^3-7^3-5 Rogers High^6-8^3-5 FS Southside^6-8^2-6 Springdale^2-11^0-8 BENTONVILLE A trip to Tulsa over the weekend didn’t help Bentonville’s record, but it may pay off dividends down the road.

The Lady Tigers (11-4, 8-0) played three of Oklahoma’s largest schools and came with losses. Bentonville was shut out against Tulsa Union (3-0) and Broken Arrow (2-0), then dropped a 3-2 decision to Jenks.

“It runs the record, but I thought we played well,” coach Kristina Henry said. “The girls responded well and we were able to work on some things when we were under pressure and had to force the issue. I think we … Continue Reading ››