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.
The Lady Tigers (26-1, 13-0) tied a school record for victories in a single season with their 3-0 victory Tuesday over Rogers Heritage, as well as clinched the 7A-West Conference title and the league’s No. 1 seed for the Class 7A state tournament.
There’s just one thing left for Bentonville to do before the regular season is over, and the Lady Tigers have never done it before: complete an unblemished run through conference play.
Bentonville will try to complete that run Thursday with a home game against … Continue Reading ››
The Lady Mounties broke out of a recent hitting slump in a big way Tuesday afternoon.
Rogers (16-7, 7-4 7A-West Conference) hit four home runs, including two by Sarah Hulsey in a 15-0 win over Fort Smith Northside.
Rogers coach Mike Harper acknowledged the Lady Bears, who dropped to 1-10 in the 7A-West), isn’t like his team will see against league-leading Bentonville later in the week. But he was encouraged by their approach, after the Lady Mounties were shut out in back-to-back losses to Rogers Heritage and … Continue Reading ››
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.
Har-Ber rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat Springdale 8-7 on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs led 7-4 after scoring five runs in the top of the seventh.
“It was a good game,” Har-Ber coach Lynn Lawson said. “We had two teams working hard to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for state. It is going to come down to the last games of the conference season as to who makes the tournament and who does not.”
The Lady War Eagles bounced back from their first 7A-West Conference loss, but it took a while.
Heritage (12-6, 6-1 7A-West Conference) led Springdale Har-Ber only 2-1 and even trailed 1-0 for a bit on Tuesday. Lady War Eagles coach Tiffany Taylor even admitted to being a little anxious. But Heritage finally broke the game open with an eight-run fifth inning aided by four walks and a hit batsman.
“I think we left maybe 12 runners on base,” Taylor said. “It was nice to finally be … Continue Reading ››
Senior Maddie Massanelli tossed a five-hitter and allowed just one runner past second base to lead Rogers High to a 4-0 win over Bryant on Saturday morning at Veterans Park.
The Lady Mounties (13-5) manufactured a run in the bottom of the first, then added three more in the third aided by a Bryant error and that was plenty for the Crowder College signee.
Massanelli struck out two and walked just one. Bryant (11-7) only mounted one major scoring threat, loading the bases in the sixth inning on three singles. But Massanelli induced an infield pop-up to end that inning.
Bentonville coach Kent Early was not surprised by hits being held to a minimum during the Lady Tigers’ 2-1 victory Tuesday over Rogers High.
“Both of us have quality pitchers,” Early said. “We’re more than one-deep, and Rogers has two in (Maddie) Massanelli and (Alex) McManus. I spoke briefly to Massanelli after the game and told her I have a ton of respect for her.
“I was very complimentary of her and what she did. She kept us off-balance. We hit pop up after pop up after pop … Continue Reading ››
Coach Ashlee Kemp called this year’s Springdale High softball team the most talented one she’s had in her tenure with the program.
But the Lady Bulldogs (1-10, 0-3 7A-West) haven’t produced yet and now are facing the remainder of the season without their only experienced pitcher after junior Erika Ramirez abruptly quit Saturday in the midst of a tournament in Harrison.
Springdale lost 18-0 at home against Fayetteville on Tuesday. The Lady Bulldogs struggled without Ramirez, with Braden Merideth and Bethany Counts, a duo which had only pitched … Continue Reading ››
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