The Lady Bulldogs (27-2), winners of 19 straight, are three wins away from a state championship. They won the 7A-West with the program’s ninth undefeated conference championship run. They earned a bye into the quarterfinals and will take on the Conway (4th-Central)/Springdale Har-Ber (5th-West) winner at 4 p.m. on Friday.
A win Friday will put Fayetteville in the Saturday’s semifinals at 6 p.m. There, the Lady Bulldogs could play either Rogers (3rd-Central), Mount St. Mary (6th-Central) or Little Rock Central, which received a bye by finishing second in the 7A-Central.
Central is responsible for one of the Lady Bulldogs’ two losses this season when the Lady Tigers defeated Fayetteville 63-59 in the second game of the season on Nov. 26. Fayetteville avenged the loss by beating Central 51-49 at the Bulldog Classic on Dec. 10.
Fayetteville’s boys earned the No. 4 seed from the 7A-West and will open against Conway (5th-Central) at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The winner advances to the quarterfinals to face North Little Rock (1st-Central) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
The Bulldogs (13-13) closed out the regular season with six consecutive wins behind the continued strong play of seniors Tyler Roth and Caleb Finney. The difference during the streak has been defense and the contributions of Brennon Lewis, Quinn Schach, Jon Conley and Collin Cooper, among others.
Spring Has Sprung
The season begins this week for all spring sports.
The Bulldogs’ baseball team heads to Texas for a tournament that could feature as many as six games. It starts with two games Thursday in Allen, Texas, with the opener against Rockwall-Heath at 5 p.m. and the nightcap against host Allen at 7:30 p.m. Other games will be played at McKinney (Texas) Boyd High.
Softball also opens on Thursday, but much closer to home. Coach Jason Shirey’s Lady Bulldogs travel Siloam Springs for a varsity/JV doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. On Friday, they’ll host Farmington in the home opener in another V/JV doubleheader that begins at 5 p.m.
Both boys and girls soccer teams open their season on Thursday at a Fort Smith tournament. The Lady Bulldogs play Northside at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs take on Bryant at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Both track squads begin the outdoor season Thursday at the YTiming Invitational in Fayetteville. The meet consists of running events only.