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Prep Wrestling Bentonville West team preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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/MICHAEL WOODS •
Stephen Fox from Bentonville High School, (grey jersey) and Ben Bickle from Rogers High, compete Saturday, December 19, 2015 in the championship match in the 113 pound division at the Bentonville High School wrestling tournament.
Bentonville West wrestling coach Aaron Wise believes his Wolverines will surprise some people in just their second year.<br><br> West finished in the top 10 at the Class 6A-7A state tournament in its inaugural season without a senior on the roster. But Wise is looking for even bigger things.<br><br> Zach Ireland, the defending … Continue Reading ››

Prep Wrestling Fayetteville team preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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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  Nika West likes the direction his Fayetteville team is headed in his second season.<br><br> The Purple Bulldogs return all but three from last year's team, which finished just one point out of the top 10 in the Class 6A-7A state tournament. But they are still relatively young with just three seniors this year.<br><br> "We've got kids working hard and trying to pay attention to basic details," said West, who led Springdale Har-Ber to state team titles in 2012 and 2016. "Guys are learning and being coachable. We've taken huge steps to get to where we want to be."<br><br> Senior Brady Arroyos is the … Continue Reading ››

Prep Wrestling Rogers High team preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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
Jake Turner (top), Rogers sophomore, against Bailey Fry of Fort Smith Southside, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at King Arena in Rogers. Turner was the 6A-7A state runner-up at 126 last year as a freshman. Turner now competes at 138.
  Rogers High returns just two medalists from last year's team which finished sixth at the Class 6A-7A state tournament, but the Mounties return one of the top wrestlers in the state in Jake Turner.<br><br> Turner is coming off an outstanding sophomore season in which he went 55-1 … Continue Reading ››

Prep Wrestling: Springdale High team preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF
Isaac Ponce (top) of Springdale and Thai Ta of Fort Smith Southside compete in the 106 weight class final Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, during the Big West Conference wrestling tournament at Wolverine Arena in Centerton. Ponce won the match.
Springdale High wrestling coach Josh Rivers is looking for his team to take another step forward this season. <br><br> The Red Bulldogs finished seventh at the Class 6A-7A state tournament last season, just 15 points out of a top-five finish Rivers thought was plausible. They will take … Continue Reading ››

PREP WRESTLING: Springdale Har-Ber preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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/MICHAEL WOODS @NWAMICHAELW
Har-Ber's Brendan Davis and Bentonville's Scott Lome compete in the 113 pound division Saturday February 4, 2017 during the Dual State Wrestling Meet at Van Burn High School.
Springdale Har-Ber finished second in the Class 6A-7A state wrestling tournament a year ago, but coach Eric Nolan is excited for his Wildcats to a make another run at a state championship. <br><br> "What I like about our team is I like where we are in all 14 weight classes," Nolan said. "I'm pretty confident in our guys … Continue Reading ››

PREP WRESTLING: Rogers Heritage team preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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/ANDY SHUPE
Chance McCrary (center) of Rogers Heritage pins Cameron Pitchford of Cabot Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, during the 126-pound championship match of the Fayetteville Bulldog Invitational at Fayetteville High School. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the meet.
  The War Eagles return three state finalist led by senior Chance McCrary, the defending champion at 152, but coach Doug Freeman is anxious to see the progress several others have made.<br><br> Rogers Heritage finished fourth in the Class 6A-7A state tournament keyed mainly by the work of four finalists. … Continue Reading ››

PREP WRESTLING: Bentonville High preview

Paul Boyd

Paul Boyd

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/BENJAMIN KRAIN --2/18/17--
Cash Jones, from Bentonville, left, defeated Logan Sloss, from Russellville in the State Wrestling Finals of the 145 6A-7A classification on Saturday at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.
The defending Class 6A-7A state champion Bentonville Tigers return eight state medalists led by senior Cash Jones, who will be searching for his third individual wrestling title.<br><br> That alone should excite coach James Rappe in his second year, but he's also mixing in some young but talented athletes at lower weights, too.<br><br> Rappe has also lined up … Continue Reading ››

New 2018-20 Conference Alignments 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 released its conference alignments for all sports but football Tuesday following a meeting of its board of directors.

These conference alignments are a result of Proposal No. 9 being passed July 31. These become effective at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Class 6A

Central — Bryant, Cabot, Conway, Fort Smith Northside, Fort Smith Southside, Little Rock Catholic/Mount St. Mary, Little Rock Central, North Little Rock

West — Bentonville, Bentonville West, Fayetteville, Rogers, Rogers Heritage, Springdale, Springdale Har-Ber, Van Buren

Class 5A

East — Greene Co. Tech, Jonesboro, Marion, Mountain Home, Nettleton, Paragould, Searcy, West Memphis

Central — Beebe, Jacksonville, Little Rock Hall, Little … Continue Reading ››

2018-20 Classifications 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 announced the classification breakdown of the state's high schools for all sports except football as a result of Proposal No. 9 being passed during the annual meeting of the governing body July 31 in Little Rock.

This will become effective with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The number beside each school's name is its average attendance in grades 9-11 over a three-year span (estimated in some instances, such as newer schools), and private schools must play one classification higher.

Conference assignments for each school will be announced at a later date.

Class 6A 1. … Continue Reading ››

State Well-Represented 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 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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Three Arkansas schools have made their way into the top 10 in the MaxPreps Cup standings upon completion of the winter sports. 3/11/17 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON Fayetteville’s Jasmine Franklin, left front, MVP Sasha Goforth (2) center front and Kylee Coulter, front right, and their team hold up the trophy after defeating North Little Rock during their Class 7A State Championship Basketball game Saturday in Hot Springs. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STEPHEN B. THORNTON
Fayetteville’s Jasmine Franklin, left front, MVP Sasha Goforth (2) center front and Kylee Coulter, front right, and … Continue Reading ››