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Northwest Arkansas schools dominate MaxPreps Cup field

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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Northwest Arkansas had three of the state's five top finishers in the MaxPreps Cup standings for the 2014-15 school year, according to Monday's announcement.

Bentonville, which became the first school in the country to win back-to-back MaxPreps Cup titles, was an overwhelming winner after corrections were made in the point totals. Bentonville finished with 1,202 points after originally being announced with 1,092 points in the original release.

Pulaski Academy was a distant second with 418 points, followed by Fayetteville with 404, Siloam Springs with 388 and Lake Hamilton with 332.

Pulaski Academy, a Class 5A school, won state championships in football and girls … Continue Reading ››

New Proposals Await Schools’ Vote

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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The following is a list of proposals that school representatives will vote on during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body, which will be held next month in Little Rock. Proposal No. 1 — If passed, swimming would be split into three classifications: 7A, 6A and remaining schools, effective next season. This proposal has Mountain Home written all over it. It came from Activity District 1-East and claims that Class 6A schools have "no chance at success at the state level whatsoever" because it competes against 7A schools. The AAA board of directors recommend "Do Not Pass" by a 12-5 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Baseball, Softball Standouts Sign

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Jimmy Carter

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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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Four recent Springdale High graduates signed with in-state colleges Wednesday.

Softball standout Maegan Kelley inked with North Arkansas College, while the baseball trio of Trevor Beadle, Austin Solberg and Zach Stith signed with Ecclesia College.

“I think all three kids got significantly better in a short amount of time,” Springdale baseball coach Shohn Doty said. “I saw a ton of growth in a year. I really believe (Ecclesia) coach (Derrion) Hardie did a great job of recognizing these guys aren't what they're going to be even another year from now.”

Beadle was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, catching every inning of his … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 4) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

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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NOTE: The following is the fourth part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A basketball, baseball and softball, as well as the mixed districts inside those two classes.

There is a lot of mystery that could surround the thought of mixing the state's Class 4A and 3A schools placing them into districts, the result of Proposal No. 4 being passed during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body.

The thought behind this was to cut down on travel, and the only … Continue Reading ››

Looking Ahead (Part 2) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

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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NOTE: The following is the second part in a series concerning the next reclassification cycle and how it could affect schools. This one focuses on those in Class 5A and 6A schools. Will it be East/West or North/South? It's probably the biggest question for those involved with the 16 Class 6A football teams in the 2016-18 reclassification cycle.  As mentioned in the first part of this series, the Class 6A teams will not be in mixed conferences with the Class 7A for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Now comes time to figure out how they will be split into their respective … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 1): The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

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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Another year of high school sports is officially in the books, and there is still three more months before the next one begins. Still, it didn't take long for some people to look beyond next season, especially when the Arkansas Activities Association released the classification numbers for the 2016-18 cycle on April 30. These numbers — consisting of a school's average number of students in grades 9-11 over a three-year span — determine a school's classification for those two school years. The next cycle marks the beginning of Bentonville West and a consolidated Jacksonville-North Pulaski high school, marking some of the noticeable … Continue Reading ››

State Championship Matchups

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Andrew Hutchinson

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Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.
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Here is a list of all state title games and the time they'll be played.

All of the games will take place on the University of Arkansas campus. Baseball games will be at Baum Stadium, softball games at Bogle Park and soccer games at Razorback Field.

Baseball

7A - Conway vs. Bentonville (Fri., 3 p.m.)

6A - Benton vs. Sheridan (Sat., 3 p.m.)

5A - Harrison vs. White Hall (Sat., 12:30 p.m.)

4A - Arkadelphia vs. Star City (Fri., 10 a.m.)

3A - Mayflower vs. Fordyce (Sat., 10 a.m.)

2A - Magnet Cove vs. Ouachita (Fri., 5:30 p.m.)

1A - Armorel vs. Taylor (Fri., 12:30 p.m.)

Softball

7A - North Little … Continue Reading ››

New reclassification numbers causes changes in schools

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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The Arkansas Activities Association released the numbers for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle Thursday. Here are some of changes that will take place, beginning in the fall of 2016. Class 7A — The emergence of Bentonville West causes West Memphis to drop to Class 6A. Because of the Bentonville split, Springdale High will now be the state's largest school in attendance, with a three-year average of 2440.33 students in grades 9-11. Class 6A — The new schools are West Memphis and Jacksonville, which will consolidate with Class 5A North Pulaski. Alma and Little Rock Parkview will drop out. Class 5A — Alma is back in … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Maegan Kelley

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 senior Maegan Kelley.
Here’s a Q&A with Springdale High senior third baseman Maegan Kelley.

Kelley is hitting .465 with two home runs and 16 RBIs, all team-highs and career-highs.

Check out a feature on her in tomorrow’s Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Do you have any pre-game rituals, pre at-bat rituals or routines at the plate?

I don't really do anything before I bat except watch and time. But before the game, I have Mountain Dew. We have to talk like rednecks before every game.

Who’s probably the funniest person on the team?

I don’t … Continue Reading ››

State, Regional Tournament Host Sites Announced

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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The Arkansas Activities Association has chosen the following locations as host sites for state and regional tournaments Thursday afternoon at its office in North Little Rock. They are as follows: BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Pottsville South: Monticello East:  Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Rose Bud Region 3: Manila Region 4: Fordyce Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central South: Parkers Chapel East: Mount Ida West:  Johnson County Westside Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region 2: Hillcrest Region 3: Bradford Region 4: Emerson State, March 3-7 Class 7A: Springdale Har-Ber Class 6A: Siloam Springs Class 5A: Greene County Tech Class 4A: Ozark Class 3A: Cossatot River Class 2A: Pangburn Class 1A: Kirby at Nashville BASEBALL Region, May 8-11 Class 4A North: Dover East: Pocahontas South: Malvern Class 3A Region 1: Lavaca Region 2: Bald Knob Region … Continue Reading ››