Heritage Newcomer Shows Potential

Howie Stettmeyer hasn't been with the Rogers Heritage football team for long, but War Eagle coaches liked what they saw at this weekend's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Stettmeyer, who has never played football and home-schooled, came to Heritage coaches just before the dead period  expressing a desire to play football.

The 6-foor-4, 220-pound senior-to-be  started with the team on Monday, but Heritage coach Perry Escalante said he's already showing some positive flashes.

"He's getting better and better," Escalante said. "He's a big target. We've not had a lot of time to drill with him. But he's getting better running routes, that's the thing … Continue Reading ››

Harrison Wins SW Elite 7-on-7 Showcase

Harrison scored 26 unanswered points to defeat Heritage Hall (Okla.) 26-14 and win the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Saturday at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

The Goblins were the only Arkansas team to reach the semifinals, after Charleston, Fayetteville and Little Rock Christian each lost in the quarterfinals.

While several Arkansas teams didn't go as far in the tournament as expected, the Natural State still had a winning record against out-of-state teams.

In pool play, teams from Arkansas went 34-26 against teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. They were only 9-9 in tournament play, but still finished the weekend with a winning … Continue Reading ››

Top QB Prospects Shine At 7-on-7 Showcase

Charleston quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

SPRINGDALE — There was still plenty of quarterback talent on hand at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase even without the state’s top class of 2016 passer.

Bentonville junior Kasey Ford missed the showcase hosted by Shiloh Christian this weekend because of a summer baseball tournament, but there was nevertheless a wealth of quarterback talent present on Shiloh’s Field Of Champions and Southwest Junior High, including top 2015 in-state quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey.

Here’s a breakdown of … Continue Reading ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Quarterfinal Match Ups

The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase is down to eight teams at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

Of the 18 Arkansas teams that started, four remain in the tournament. The other four teams are from Oklahoma (2), Illinois and Indiana.

Here are the four quarterfinal match ups and start times. All games will be played at Champions Stadium, Shiloh Christian's home field.

Fayetteville vs. Harrison - 1:30 Bixby (Okla.) vs. Gibson Southern (Ind.) - 1:30 Heritage Hall (Okla.) vs. Charleston - 2:00 Aurora Christian (Ill.) vs. Little Rock Christian - 2:00

The only one-seed eliminated so far has been Wynne, the winner of pool C. Wynne is led by … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Atop Another Preseason Poll

NationalHSFootball.com released its preseason top 10 poll for Arkansas Friday.

They chose Bentonville, the reigning 7A State Champion, as the No. 1 team. Here's a look at the complete top 10, as well as each team's record in 2013.

1. Bentonville (11-2) 2. North Little Rock (10-3) 3. Fayetteville (8-3) 4. Conway (9-3) 5. Cabot (12-1) 6. El Dorado (9-5) 7. Greenwood (12-1) 8. Bryant (7-4) 9. FS Northside (3-6-1) 10. Springdale Har-Ber (8-4)

The website mentions Pine Bluff as a team to just miss the cut for the top 10.

Also, NationalHSFootball.com rates the best in-state and out-of-state games.

In-state: North Little Rock at Fayetteville (Sept. 12) Out-of-state: Bentonville vs. Bergen Catholic (Sept. 19)

Henry Delays Retirement From Coaching

Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.
Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.
Darrell Henry didn't stay retired long from coaching. The former Fort Smith Northside head coach is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, where he'll begin his second year. Henry accepted an offer from Pointers head coach Brooks Coatney after Henry resigned in 2012 from Northside, where he coached for 11 years. He was on the sideline with the Pointers Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase … Continue Reading ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play

The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase started Friday with pool play. Thirty-two teams from six different states played seven games to determine the seeding of the single-elimination tournament on Saturday.

Fayetteville was the only team to finish the day undefeated, winning pool B. Heritage Hall (Okla.), Wynne and Bixby (Okla.) won pools A, C and D, respectively.

Here's a look at the entire bracket.

Elite 7-on-7 bracket

Some of the state's biggest prospects are playing in the showcase, including Charleston quarterback Ty Storey, Fayetteville tight end C.J. O'Grady and Wynne quarterback Ross Trail.

Storey is a four-star … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville RBs Lost In 7-on-7 Shuffle

There were no handoffs for Dylan Smith and Hekili Keliiliki to take Friday, neither were there any offensive linemen to deliver blocks and provide holes for them to run through. The world of 7-on-7 football may be suited for offense, but it's not the style of attack that Bentonville's senior running backs prefer. The duo, who combined for 2,188 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns during the Tigers' state championship run last year, were limited to running routes Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian. "I don't really do that much," Smith said. "This is for quarterbacks and receivers to work … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Salvador Sandoval

Springdale senior receiver Salvador Sandoval.
Springdale rising senior receiver Salvador Sandoval could be poised for a breakout senior season after a strong spring semester. Sandoval is one of the best athletes on the team, ranking third in the 40-yard dash (4.57), fourth in vertical jump (32), fourth in shuttle (4.32), fifth in the L-drill (7.06) and eighth in the obstacle course (45.35) during offseason testing. Check out a feature on Sandoval in Thursday’s Springdale Morning News and the rest of the Northwest Arkansas Newspapers. Q: Who’s your funniest teammate? A: … Continue Reading ››

Monk Invited to LeBron Skills Academy

AN BKB BENT FAY 3-1Bentonville guard Malik Monk is one of 80 high school basketball players invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy that begins Wednesday in Las Vegas.

At the four-day event in Las Vegas, he will participate in skill workouts and 5-on-5 games in front of NBA scouts, media and college coaches.

Monk is a five-star recruit and the No. 4 player in the class of 2016, according to ESPN.com. Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com all have him rated as a five-star and top-10 recruit, as well.

Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas and … Continue Reading ››

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