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Scottie Bordelon

Scottie Bordelon

Scottie Bordelon is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beats are Springdale High and Springdale Har-Ber. He is a 2015 University of Arkansas graduate.
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Historically, Fayetteville has been known to produce state championship-level boys tennis teams, but coach Darin Phelan has that same feeling about the Lady Purple'Dogs this year. In 2016, he plans to send to the courts one of the strongest girls teams he's had since he's been coaching to compete for conference and possibly state championships. "I'm really excited about the girls program," he said. "We've got a chance to do something fun." Phelan has a solid group of returning players ready to make a run at a state title. Highlighting the team is his No. 1 player from last season, Cam Cupelli. … Continue Reading ››

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 ››

Three schools make Top 15 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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The defending champion was down in the fall, but it’s not out yet.

Bentonville, who was unranked in the MaxPreps Cup standings when the fall sports were completed, vaulted itself to the No. 6 spot after the winter sports were finished and is within striking distance of winning that title a third consecutive year. The two-time defending MaxPreps Cup champion finished fall sports with state titles in girls tennis and girls cross country and a state runnerup in boys cross country.

Bentonville, fueled by its state championships in boys and girls swimming and its runnerup finishes in boys basketball and wrestling, has … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville vaults into MaxPreps Cup standings lead

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 made its move toward becoming the first school to win the MaxPreps Cup — which is awarded to the nation's best high school athletic program — for a second consecutive year. Bentonville-TigersBentonville, which was in a tie for second place through the fall sports season, now has 818 points after the winter sports have been tabulated. Carmel, Ind., the school that was tied with Bentonville, is in second place with 764 points, just six points ahead of fall sports leader Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh, N.C. Rounding out the top 10 schools … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Tied For 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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Defending MaxPreps Cup champion Bentonville is in a tie for second place in the 2014-15 standings through the fall sports. Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons is in the lead with 628 points, while Bentonville and Carmel, Ind., both have 580 points. Hindsdale (Ill.) Central and Sioux Falls (S.D) Lincoln round out the top five with 530 and 468 points, respectively. The MaxPreps Cup standings are tabulated by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state (or section level if there is no state competition) finals. Not all sports are recognized in these standings. Points are also weighted, giving … Continue Reading ››

School Bids For Regional, State Tourneys Announced

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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The following is a list of schools who have made bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host regional and state tournaments in sports other than football. The AAA will announce the host sites at 4 p.m. Thursday at its office in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 25-28 Class 4A North: Lincoln, Ozark, Pottsville South: Mena, Monticello East: Heber Springs, Highland, Pocahontas, Riverview, Trumann Class 3A Region 1: Danville Region 2: Cedar Ridge, Perryville, Rose Bud Region 3: Bergman, Manila Region 4: Centerpoint, Cossatot River, Drew Central, Fordyce, Prescott Class 2A North: Buffalo Island Central, Marmaduke, Pangburn, Sloan-Hendrix South: Gurdon, Parkers Chapel East: Augusta, Carlisle, Mount Ida West: Conway Christian, Westside Johnson County Class 1A Region 1: Scranton Region … Continue Reading ››

NWA Media honors top athletes in fall sports

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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Red Dog Q&A: Caity Townsend + Merscedez Ruiz

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 junior tennis co-captains Caity Townsend (left) and Merscedez Ruiz.
Juniors Caity Townsend and Merscedez Ruiz have become the top tennis players for Springdale High two years after making the team as freshmen.

Ruiz has a 3-3 record in No. 1 singles, while Townsend is 6-0 in No. 2 singles. The duo is 3-2 playing No. 1 doubles together.

They’ve helped Springdale get off to one of its better starts in the last few years, including a win over crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber in August, the first time the Lady Bulldogs … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High Girls Tennis Tang-Less

Paul Nielsen

Paul Nielsen

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Paul Nielsen is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers High, as well as Pea Ridge and Decatur.
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The Lady Mounties tennis team is in a rebuilding mode after winning the last three Class 7A State Championships. But for the first time in four years, Rogers will not have a Tang on the roster. Tiffany Tang has graduated after winning four 7A titles, two singles and two doubles, and four Overall Championships, two singles and two doubles. Tiffany Tang, who is going to school at Rice but not playing tennis, teamed with her sister, Katherine, for the four doubles titles over the past two seasons. But Katherine, who is a junior, is not playing tennis this year and instead is … Continue Reading ››