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.
The Arkansas Activities Association's board of directors denied Helena-West Helena Central's appeal Sunday afternoon to remain a member of the 4A-2 Conference during the 2018-20 reclassification cycle.
The AAA board of directors normally meets to hear such appeals just before the AAA holds its annual meeting of the governing body, which takes place at noon Monday in Little Rock.
Central will now move into the 4A-8 Conference for the next two years. The school wanted to remain in the 4A-2 and have Stuttgart make the move to the 4A-8.
From 2000-07, Central remained a member of a Southeast conference (4A-Southeast through 2005, while … Continue Reading ››
Dalton Johnson, a 16-year-old rising junior at Prairie Grove High School, has won four state titles in bass fishing on junior and high school circuits in Arkansas. He teamed up with Reese Jones of Rogers High to win three state championships this past season and finish 11th at the Bassmaster High School National Championship at Kentuky Lake in June.
There were two players we focused in on for ARPreps.com Athlete of the Week honors, but Farmington's Tyler Gregg had a pitching performance that put the senior over the top.
In addition to hitting for considerable power during recent games, Gregg fired a perfect game during a 13-0 victory over Clarksville. He needed just 56 pitches, including 39 strikes, to surrender all 15 batters he faced. That included … Continue Reading ››
Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Southside High School in Fort Smith and a high school prep historian. A native of Pine Bluff, he has been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … while he was in high school.
UPDATED Feb. 19 12:05 p.m. - Corrects Conway-Bryant tiebreaker.
With one week left, all but two playoff berths have been clinched, but where those teams will be seeded will be decided over the next two games. Here is a brief (but not comprehensive) look at playoff scenarios and potential seeding for the two 7A conferences:
7A-Central Boys – North Little Rock has earned a first-round bye and will clinch the 1 seed with … Continue Reading ››
Rogers High junior Hannah Martin set the Class 5A-7A state girls indoor high jump record — twice.
During Saturday's meet at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Martin broke the record by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches. She then raised the bar an inch and cleared 5-7 to break the record she had just set.
It broke the previous mark set 20 years ago by Fayetteville's Keely Yarbrough.
For her performance, Martin is the ARPreps.com Athlete of the Week.
Here's a look at other top performances from the past week: