Greatest Pros No. 5: Bill Dickey

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Sport: Baseball

Position: Catcher

High School: Searcy

College: Little Rock College

Professional Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)

Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954; 14-time World Series champion as a player or coach; 11-time All-Star; jersey No. 8 is retired by the New York Yankees

Dickey was the backbone of eight of the New York Yankees’ World Series, playing alongside baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.

He made the All-Star game 11 times between 1928-1943 before leaving baseball to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 6: Willie Roaf

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Sport: Football Position: Offensive Tackle High School: Pine Bluff College: Louisiana Tech Professional Teams: New Orleans Saints (1993-2001); Kansas City Chiefs (2002-05) Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012; six-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1990s and 2000s All-Decade Team

Coming out of Louisiana Tech, Roaf was drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the eighth overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft.

He made an immediate impact as one of the game’s most dominant offensive tackles. In 1994, just his second year in the league, he was named First-Team All-Pro. He repeated the … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 7: George Kell

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Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Swifton College: Arkansas State Professional Teams: Philadelphia Athletics (1943-46); Detroit Tigers (1946-52); Boston Red Sox (1952-54); Chicago White Sox (1954-56); Baltimore Orioles (1956-57) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; American League batting champion in 1949; 10-time All-Star

Kell had a very successful career in Major League Baseball after playing at Arkansas State.

He had a career batting average of .306 and has an AL batting title to his name. In 1949, his .3429 average barely edged Ted Williams’ .3427 average. A 2-for-3 performance at … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Coaches Take Their Game To Mali

School is finally ended, but it's back to class for Bentonville's boys basketball coaches — on the other side of the world. Head coach Jason McMahan and assistants Brandon Cole, Bobby Stadel and BrianBpkZzwbCIAAUrs6.jpg-large Matchell left Saturday for Mali, Africa, to run a skills/evaluation camp. The four coaches will get to work with the top 50 to 60 players in a country that is, to put it mildly, poor. There is an abundance of talent there, but there aren't enough coaches to provide the training and skill development for these players. The camp is … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 8: Cortez Kennedy

Cortez Kennedy 8. Cortez Kennedy

Sport: Football

Position: Defensive Tackle

High School: Rivercrest

College: Miami (Fla.)

Professional Teams: Seattle Seahawks (1990-2000)

Notable: Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012; NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1992; five-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1990s All-Decade Team; jersey No. 96 is retired by the Seattle Seahawks

After a standout career at Miami (FL), the Seattle Seahawks selected Kennedy with the third overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft.

He then spent his entire 11-year career in Seattle, collecting 668 tackles and 58 sacks. He also forced 11 fumbles, recovered six … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 9: Sidney Moncrief

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Position: Guard

High School: Little Rock Hall

College: Arkansas

Professional Teams: Milwaukee Bucks (1979-90); Atlanta Hawks (1990-91)

Notable: Two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year; five-time NBA All-Star; jersey No. 4 is retired by the Milwaukee Bucks

Many people in Arkansas remember Moncrief as one of “The Triplets” that led Arkansas to the 1978 Final Four, but he also had a successful NBA career.

He was the back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984 and played in the All-Star game five times.

Moncrief averaged 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 10: Cliff Harris

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Sport: Football

Position: Safety

High School: Des Arc

College: Ouachita Baptist

Professional Teams: Dallas Cowboys (1970-79)

Notable: Two-time Super Bowl champion; four-time First-Team All-Pro; NFL 1970s All-Decade Team; inducted into the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 2004.

In 10 seasons with the Cowboys, Harris intercepted 29 passes, with at least two in every season. His best season came in 1977, when he picked off quarterbacks five times and was named a first-team All-Pro for the second time.

For the first half of his career, he was also a kick and punt returner. He … Continue Reading ››

Who are Arkansas preps’ greatest pros?

PrepPros Did you know eight professional hall of fame players graduated from Arkansas high schools?

It was a difficult task selecting the 10 best professional players who played high school sports in The Natural State. A diverse panel of reporters and spectators came up with the list we will unveil over the course of the next week.

Our list is packed with talented athletes. It was so packed, in fact, the honorable mention list includes:

- Little Rock Parkview's Keith Jackson Sr., a Super Bowl champion and six-time Pro Bowl tight end in the … Continue Reading ››

NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULES HAVE INTERESTING MATCHUPS

AN FBH-WEBB-HARB 09-07 The 2013-14 school year hasn't even ended for some students (how are those snow days looking now, right?) and already we are looking ahead to when school and prep football returns.

The start of a new scheduling cycle is always interesting because teams are playing different opponents, especially in nonconference. These games are, for the most part, two-year agreements.

It's interesting the number of teams playing out-of-state opponents in nonconference games this coming season.

For instance:

• Bentonville will play teams from three different states in nonconference. The Tigers will take on Kansas … Continue Reading ››

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