NWA Fall Sports Notebook — Week 5

Bentonville High

While Bentonville’s girls golf team enjoyed its first state championship Wednesday in Conway, coach Lindsey Davis was already looking ahead and liking what she saw.

That’s because the Lady Tigers’ top four golfers should be back next season. Lilly Thomas and Chloe Ellis are juniors this year, while Kinslee Miller is a sophomore and Sydney Billington is a freshman.

“I look to the future, and it looks bright,” Davis said.

Thomas, who moved to Bentonville from Heber Springs in December, and Miller each earned all-state honors with their performances. Thomas finished with a two-day total of 158, while Miller shot a 163 and was praised by Davis for her steady play throughout the tournament.

Ellis missed all-state honors by three strokes, but it was her play that helped Bentonville clinch the state title. While she struggled with her nerves and shot a 96 during Tuesday’s opening round, she responded with an 88 and helped the Lady Tigers shoot seven strokes better than they did Tuesday.

“We had talked at length, and I knew the girls were disappointed,” Davis said after Bentonville finished one stroke behind Rogers High in Tuesday’s round, which also served as the 7A-West Conference tournament. “I thought the girls could do it, and I felt confident in them as far as outlasting the rest of the field.

“We had a lot of confidence, but we also went back out there and made sure we supported Chloe as she finished her round. She kept her composure, and she played steady. All the girls did a fantastic job.”

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

Rogers High

Lady Mounties tennis coach Matt Fulton has guided teams to three state titles and he sees plenty of similarities in this year’s ground.<br><br>

Junior Erica Jaggernauth is undefeated at No. 1 singles and will be the top seed in next week’s 7A-West Conference tourament. She gives Rogers a hope for a state individual title just like the previous state team title winners had in former standout Tiffany Tang, Fulton said.<br><br>

“This team is probably a little deeper,” Fulton said. “I think we have a solid team that create points and contend for a conference and state championship.”<br><br>

“Take out Tiffany Tang, this team could be the best because they have the potential to get more points.”<br><br>

The Lady Mounties have a 13-1 record with one match left in their regular season, but the format changes for championship play. Teams will now have to choose their top two singles players and top two doubles teams to compete in next week’s 7A-West Conference tournament.<br><br>

Fulton said he has as many as 14 solid players on his team, which helps in match play during the regular season. But his top two lines in singles and doubles can compete with anybody, too, Fulton said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Brittany Matthews and Caroline Long has split two matches with Fayetteville’s No. 1 doubles team. Rogers’ No. 2 doubles team of Cameron Barr and Kayla Haddock is unbeaten. Junior Lauren Henley moved into the No. 2 singles spot midway through the season and could get a mid-level seed at the conference tournament.<br><br>

Fayetteville has more state tournament experience, but Fulton said his team has been successful this season.<br><br>

Matthews lost in the quarterfinals of the singles draw a year ago, while Jaggernauth moved from Bixby, Okla., where she finished second in the 6A state tournament at No. 2 singles as a sophomore.<br><br>

— Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB

Springdale Har-Ber golf

Har-Ber’s girls golf team finished in seventh place overall at the class 7A state golf tournament Wednesday. The Lady Wildcats finished 14 strokes ahead of eighth-place Bentonville West.

Kailey Fender shot 107 and 99 to finish with a total score of 206 in two rounds. Abbey Ott carded scores of 105 and 102, finishing with a 207. As a team, Har-Ber shot a total score of 644.

The Lady Wildcats’ seventh-place finish was good for fourth among 7A-West schools. The boys state golf tournament will begin Oct. 2 at the Fayetteville Country Club.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie

Springdale High cross country

Springdale’s cross country teams thrived in Berryville last weekend. The Red’Dogs and Lady Red’Dogs both finished in second place overall at the event:

This weekend, Springdale will compete in the annual Chile Pepper Festival at Agri Park in Fayetteville. Last year, Springdale’s boys finished in 64th place overall while the girls placed 65th.

– Scottie Bordelon • @NWAScottie
Bentonville West

In its second year of existence, West’s girls golf team managed to reach the second round of the Class 7A state tournament.

The field is cut after Tuesday’s opening round, and the Lady Wolverines finished eighth to survive the cut and play another day. West finished eighth with a two-day team score of 658.

Palak Ojha, the Lady Wolverines’ top player for the past two seasons, finished with a 95-93—188 over the two days, which was good enough for a tie for 15th. Cierra Boren, who just took up the sport in May, improved her score by eight strokes over the second round and finished with a 220 over two days.

Molly Myers also showed improvement over the second round, cutting six strokes off her opening round.

— Henry Apple • @NWAHenry

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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