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Rogers High Preview

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Paul Boyd is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Rogers Heritage, as well as West Fork and Gentry.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Hannah Martin, Rogers senior, reaches for a ball Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 during practice at Rogers High School.
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Hannah Martin, Rogers senior, reaches for a ball Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 during practice at Rogers High School.
ROGERS — New Rogers High volleyball coach Christina Lawrence likes her team's offense, but defense needs some work as the Lady Mounties work toward their season-opening benefit match in a little over a week.

Juniors Hannah Martin, Emily Harris and Kassidy Wall … Continue Reading ››

Springdale High Volleyball Preview

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Scottie Bordelon is a sports reporter for NWA Media covering Springdale High and Springdale Har-Ber. He previously worked in Fort Smith, where his beat was Northside High School. He is a University of Arkansas graduate.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Megan Thompson, head volleyball coach for Springdale High School, sets the schedule Monday Aug. 8, 2016 for volleyball practice at the school. This is Thompson first year as head coach for the Lady Bulldogs.
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Megan Thompson, head volleyball coach for Springdale High School, sets the schedule Monday Aug. 8, 2016 for volleyball practice at the school. This is Thompson first year as head coach for the Lady Bulldogs.
  One aspect of the Springdale High volleyball job Meagan Thompson … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Finishes Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

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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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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 ››

Fayetteville Volleyball Preview

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Vernon Tarver is a sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Fayetteville, as well as Farmington and Elkins sports.
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Fayetteville High School head volleyball coach Jessica Phelan speaks with her team at the start of practice Thursday, August 4, 2016, inside the practice gym at the high school in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Fayetteville High School head volleyball coach Jessica Phelan speaks with her team at the start of practice Thursday, August 4, 2016, inside the practice gym at the high school in Fayetteville.
Fayetteville enters the 2016 high school volleyball season with the target square on its collective back. The Lady Bulldogs finished 34-3 … Continue Reading ››

Springdale fills coaching vacancy

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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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New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.
New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.


Springdale dipped into the junior-high ranks of another Class 7A school district to fill its varsity volleyball coaching opening Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs hired Megan Thompson, a two-time state champion as a player for Fort Smith Southside and the coach of Kimmons Junior High in Fort Smith for the past five years, to fill the void left by Kylie Moad’s resignation in mid-April.

“It’s definitely been a whirlwind, without a doubt,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited. Looking forward to a … Continue Reading ››

Mack headlines 6 Springdale signees

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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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NWA Democrat Gazette/TONY REYES Jackson State signee Desiree Mack at Springdale's signing ceremony Friday.


SPRINGDALE — Desiree Mack’s Springdale High volleyball coaches used a unique motivational tactic her sophomore year.

Amanda Williford and Ashlee Kemp kept a folder on the bench with two school logos on separate pages: LSU and a small in-state college. Depending on how Mack was playing, they would hold up a corresponding page.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a Division I school like LSU, so I had to mature and get my attitude right … Continue Reading ››

Three schools make Top 15 in MaxPreps Cup standings

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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 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 ››

Springdale’s Moad resigns

Jimmy Carter

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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STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Kylie Moad, Springdale head coach, checks the score in the third set against Rogers Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale. Rogers won in straight sets.
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Kylie Moad, Springdale head coach, checks the score in the third set against Rogers Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 at Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale. Rogers won in straight sets.


Kylie Moad resigned Tuesday morning following two years as Springdale’s volleyball coach.

Moad took a high school science teaching job in … Continue Reading ››

State, Regional Tournament 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 following are the locations who were rewarded state and regional tournament sites by the Arkansas Activities Association during Thursday's meeting in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 24-27 Class 4A North:         Prairie Grove South:        Dumas East:         Riverview Class 3A Region 1:    Lavaca Region 2:    Cedar Ridge Region 3:    Yellville-Summit Region 4:    Centerpoint Class 2A North:         Sloan-Hendrix South:        Lafayette County East:        Hazen West:         Quitman Class 1A Region 1:    Alpena Region 2:    Bay Region 3:    Greers Ferry West Side Region 4:    Caddo Hills State, March 1-5 Class 7A:     Cabot Class 6A:     Russellville Class 5A:     HS Lakeside/Hot Springs (Bank of the Ozarks Arena) Class 4A:     Malvern Class 3A:     Jessieville Class 2A:     Marmaduke Class 1A: … Continue Reading ››

Bidders for state, regional tournaments 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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Here are the schools who have made bids to the Arkansas Activities Association to host state or regional tournaments for the spring and fall 2016 sports seasons. The AAA will announce which schools will receive the rights to bid on those tournaments Thursday at its office in North Little Rock. BASKETBALL Region, February 24-27 Class 4A North: Clinton. Lincoln, Prairie Grove South: Dumas, Malvern, Nashville East: Riverview Class 3A Region 1: Lavaca. West Fork Region 2: Cedar Ridge, Jessieville Region 3: Bergman, Hoxie, Yellville-Summit Region 4: Centerpoint, Drew Central, Smackover Class 2A North: Sloan-Hendrix South: Lafayette County, Parkers Chapel East: Carlisle, Hazen, Magnet Cove West: Eureka Springs, Quitman Class 1A Region 1: Alpena, County Line Region 2: Bay, … Continue Reading ››