Stuttgart, Camden Fairview hire coaches

Two Arkansas high school football programs made coaching hires this week. Stuttgart hired Kevin McCarn from Melbourne, according to the Stuttgart Daily Leader. McCarn was a former assistant coach with the Ricebirds, including in 2012 when Stuttgart won a state championship game. McCarn replaces Billy Elmore, his former boss who was hired as head coach at West Memphis earlier this month. McCarn will also be the Ricebirds' athletics director. Melbourne was 9-3 in McCarn's only year on the job. Camden Fairview also filled its head coaching vacancy this week, hiring Mike Cox from Hamburg. Cox, who will also serve as athletics director, spent three seasons … Continue Reading ››

Soccer Coaches Address Controversy

Boys soccer coaches in the 7A/6A-West cleared the air and presented a united front Monday following a controversy regarding buffer games for red cards. The issue came to a head last week after Springdale added a game with Harrison to absorb a red card by Orsy Gonzalez, who was sent off during a conference game with Fayetteville. The move was made to make Gonzalez eligible for its conference showdown with Springdale Har-Ber, but the Arkansas Activities Association stepped in and ruled Gonzalez ineligible for the matchup. Earlier in the year, Rogers added a game with Huntsville after two of its players received … Continue Reading ››


After a day of shuffling and reshuffling state tournament games because of rainouts and graduations, the AAA has released its updated state tournament pairings. Here are the revised pairings for state tournaments involving Northwest Arkansas teams. Softball Class 7A At City of Colleges Park, Conway Friday Game 1: Rogers High, No. 4 West, vs. Fort Smith Southside, No. 5 Central, 12 p.m. Game 2: Fort Smith Southside, No. 4 Central, vs. Bryant, No. 5 West, 2:30 p.m. Game 3: Conway, No. 3 Central, vs. Rogers Heritage, No. 6 West, 12 p.m. Game 4: Springdale Har-Ber, No. 3 West, vs. Mount Saint Mary, No. 6 Central, 2:30 p.m. Saturday Game 5: North … Continue Reading ››


The Class 7A state softball tournament in Conway has been delayed one day due to heavy rains in Central Arkansas. The tournament will now start on Friday with semifinals pushed to Monday. Here is the revised schedule: Friday, May 16th Game 1    12:00        Field 3        Rogers vs. Ft Smith NS Game 3    12:00        Field 5        Conway vs. Heritage Game 2    2:30        Field 3        Ft Smith SS vs. Bryant Game 4    2:30        Field 5        Har-Ber vs. Mount St Mary’s Saturday, May 17th Game 5    12:00        Field 5        North Little Rock vs. Winner Game 1 Game 6    12:00        Field 3       … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas, Arkansas State On SEC Network

Arkansas State can't get on the field with Arkansas, but the policy won't prevent the two schools from appearing on TV together. Arkansas State and Arkansas will appear in back-to-back games Sept. 6 when the new SEC Network televises six football games involving SEC schools. The Red Wolves will play Tennessee at 11 a.m. followed by Nicholls State (La.) at Arkansas at 3 p.m. Other games on the lineup include Florida Atlantic at Alabama at 11 a.m., Eastern Michigan at Florida at 3 p.m., Sam Houston State at LSU and Lamar at Texas A&M, both at 6:30 p.m. An overflow channel … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Owens Visits Oral Roberts

Chris Owens (Springdale 24) flies past the Northside defense and lays it in. Springdale High shooting guard Chris Owens traveled across the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line for a college visit Wednesday. The 6-foot-3 class of 2015 prospect visited Oral Roberts, making the trip to Tulsa to check out the Summit League program coached by head coach Scott Sutton and assistant Sean Sutton, sons of former Arkansas and Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton. The Golden Eagles have made five NCAA Tournament … Continue Reading ››

The Two Sides Of Celebration

Bentonville's softball players had the right to be a little giddy after Tuesday's big game at the Tiger Athletic Complex. The celebration was on moments after Lady Tigers claimed a 4-2 victory over Van Buren. They had just won the 7A/6A-West Conference championship in a game coach Kent Early called "a heavyweight battle" and earned the league's No. 1 seed in the Class 7A State Tournament. The Bentonville players formed a big group outside their dugout, and it was all fun and games as they gathered behind Morgan Vaughan and Emma Kinsey as they were being interviewed by an area television reporter. … Continue Reading ››


Back in the days when I played sports, and dinosaurs frolicked on the prairie, surgeries to the knees and elbows were considered career-ending. If you blew an ACL, your athletic career was done. Forever.
Tommy John
This illustration shows how ulnar collateral ligament, or Tommy John surgery is performed.
I played baseball only through the age of 15 because we didn't have a high school program back then at the tiny school I attended. I played men's softball for many years. I never personally knew anyone who had ulnar collateral ligament surgery, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Adds New Football Coaches

There are two new faces on Springdale High's football coaching staff this spring. Greg Tiner will coach tight ends and fullbacks after 20 years at Monticello, including the last four as head coach of the Class 4A school. Jacob Gill was hired as safeties coach after spending four years at Siloam Springs, including the last two as co-defensive coordinator for the 6A Panthers. Tiner has an extensive background at Monticello. Continue Reading ››

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