Category Archives: Volleyball

Second Time Around — Bentonville West 2017 Season Preview

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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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Bentonville West's volleyball team may have caught some by surprise when its inaugural season was capped by a trip to the Class 7A state tournament.

While the Lady Wolverines cherished the moment at the time, it just meant the stakes were raised a little higher for the second season.

"Making it into the state tournament in our first year was good for us," West coach Julie Rowan said. "So now, they've been talking about not having that sophomore slump. Last year, Everything positive was positive. Unfortunately, this year the expectation is so much higher.

"We can't use the excuse … Continue Reading ››

Unfinished Business — Bentonville High 2017 Season Preview

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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 battle cry for Bentonville High's volleyball team this season can be found on the top of the Lady Tigers' schedule.

It simply reads "Unfinished Business," and coach Michelle Smith traces its origin to the end of last season, when Bentonville suffered a second-round loss to North Little Rock in the Class 7A state tournament.

"Our seniors didn't have the season last year that they felt they should have had," Smith said. "We underachieved a lot of times. As a coaching staff, we pulled out all the stops, and we were dumbfounded at the state tournament. We were speechless and … Continue Reading ››

State, Regional Tournament Sites Selected

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 the list of schools that earned rights to host regional and state tournaments for winter, spring and some fall sports following Thursday's selection meeting at the Arkansas Activities Association's office in North Little Rock.

Not all tournaments received bids, and the AAA will fill those vacancies at a later date.

Basketball

Region, Feb. 22-25; State, Feb. 27-March 4

Class 7A

State: Van Buren

Class 6A

State: Lake Hamilton

Class 5A

State: Magnolia

Class 4A

North Region: West Fork

South Region: Nashville

East Region: Cave City

State: Nashville

Class 3A

Region 1: Charleston

Region 2: Rose Bud

Region 3: Riverside

Region 4: Prescott

State: Bald Knob

Class 2A

North: Carlisle

South: Magnet Cove

West/Central: Pangburn

State: Quitman

Class 1A

Region 1: Omaha

Region 2: Calico Rock

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School Bidders Announced For Tourneys

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 schools that have submitted bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host state or regional tournaments for this winter, spring and some fall events. The AAA will announce which schools will earn the right to host these tournaments at 2 p.m. Thursday at its office in North Little Rock.

Not all tournaments received bids, and the AAA will fill those vacancies at a later date.

Basketball

Region, Feb. 22-25; State, Feb. 27-March 4

Class 7A

State: Van Buren

Class 6A

State: Lake Hamilton

Class 5A

State: Magnolia

Class 4A

North: Ozark, West Fork

South: Nashville

East: Cave City

State: Nashville

Class 3A

Region 1: Charleston, Jessieville, Mansfield

Region 2: Rose Bud

Region … Continue Reading ››

ALL-NWADG FALL STARS ANNOUNCED

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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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The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette released its annual All-NWADG teams for volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf. The teams were selected based on their performances for the 2016 season. The candidates included athletes from the 12-county region of Western Arkansas. For the complete list of honorees, see the Saturday, Dec. 24 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. There are also photo galleries of the players online at nwadg.com. volleyballteam

Prep Rally #17

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In Prep Rally #17 this week we talk about the 7A state volleyball championship and see photos from Saturday's big game. We also give a shout out to winners at the state tennis championship and take a look back at last Friday night's football games with interviews and photos.

ARPreps.com Tweets of the Week Oct. 24-30

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We're only scratching the surface of the best tweets from NWA players and coaches, so please help us help make this even better by tagging @NWACappy with the next great tweet you see from one of your friends or coaches.

We thank players like Springdale quarterback Layne Hutchins for his support, and are biased in choosing this as the Tweet of the Week:

layne-hutchins We love tweets like this one from Pea Ridge quarterback Jakota Sainsbury, even if it actually appeared in our sister paper, the Pea Ridge Times. Jakota always has … Continue Reading ››

PREP RALLY VIDEO No. 16

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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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NWADG sports writer Vernon Tarver is coming to you from the Class 7A State Volleyball Tournament at Springdale Har-Ber for Thursday's semifinal matches. He also takes a look at the top high school football games across Northwest Arkansas on Friday in Week 9 of the season.  

Prep Rally #15

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Prep Rally #15 takes a look at some of last Friday night's football games with interviews of Fayetteville coach Bill Blankenship and Heritage coach Tony Travis. Also included are action and sideline photos from some of the games we covered Friday.