WATN: Former Foes Teamed Up At UA

By Paul Boyd NWA Media Allyson Twiggs Dyer and Blair Savage-Lansden were tied together because of basketball for several years, but they have taken different paths later in life. The two were bitter rivals in high school, but became teammates at Arkansas.
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Twiggs Dyer put her basketball career behind her quickly after Arkansas lost to Washington in the NCAA Tournament in 1995. “I left my shoes in the hotel room in Seattle,” she said. “I was done. I had played a ton of basketball, and it was a great … Continue Reading ››

WATN: McNair Recalls Wild Playoff Game

Michael Woods Former Shiloh Christian standout Cole McNair is back in Fayetteville and working as a producer for his family's insurance company.
FAYETTEVILLE — The scoreboard at Junction City went dark just before the start of the 1999 playoff game against Shiloh Christian. Probably a good thing it did. It couldn’t have kept up with the blur of scoring changes that occurred seemingly every few seconds during the game. Shiloh Christian’s 70-64 win that night is regarded by many as the greatest high school football game ever played in … Continue Reading ››

WATN: Springdale Baseball’s Improbable Title Run

Courtesy Photo Springdale Bulldogs 1998 state championship team
BY RICK FIRES NWA MEDIA SPRINGDALE — There was a time when Springdale High’s baseball team was the best in the state. Although the program has seen hard times the past few years, and is currently without a coach, that wasn’t always the case. In 1992, Springdale reached the state finals before losing 6-3 to a Pine Bluff team that featured a junior center fielder who hit a home run in the game. His name is Torii Hunter, who is in his 16th year in … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Among Bass Pro Shop Tournament Field

Bentonville's boys basketball team will join seven other teams from across the country to compete in the 31st annual Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions.

The three-day event will be held Jan. 15-17 at the JQH Arena on the Missouri State caAN BKB-BENT-HERTmpus in Springfield, where last year's tournament had more than 10,000 people in attendance. A number of NBA and college players have participated in the tournament in previous years, including Lamar Odom, John Wall and Tyler Hansbrough.

Because the tournament is held in the middle of … Continue Reading ››

Pulaski Academy wins Shootout of the South

C. J. O'Grady makes a catch during action at the  7-on-7  Shootout of the South in Little Rock, June 21, 2014. (Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CHRIS BRASHERS)
C. J. O'Grady makes a catch during action at the 7-on-7 Shootout of the South in Little Rock, June 21, 2014. (Special to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/CHRIS BRASHERS)
Pulaski Academy defeated Fayetteville 30-28 to win the 7-on-7 Shootout of the South Saturday afternoon in Little Rock.

Bruins quarterback Will Hefley won the Top Gun Award as the best quarterback in the tournament. Hefley … Continue Reading ››

Shiloh Opening Drew Plenty Of Interest

Jeff ConawayBen Mayes, the president of Shiloh Christian School, said Tuesday that more than 40 coaches from more than 20 states applied for the head football coaching position. Mayes said after an exhaustive search, the list of candidates was whittled down to 8, then down to three finalists, then finally one as Jeff Conaway was formally introduced as the Saints' new coach. At Tuesday night's introduction at the school, Mayes stressed repeatedly that Conaway, who was a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh for 4 seasons under former coach Josh Floyd, was "the right  … Continue Reading ››

Conaway Named New Shiloh Christian Coach

Jeff Conaway, a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian, was named the Saints' head coach on Tuesday.
Jeff Conaway, a former offensive coordinator at Shiloh Christian, was named Tuesday as the Saints’ new head football coach. Conaway replaces former coach Josh Floyd, who was hired two weeks ago as the new football coach at Hewitt-Trussville, Ala. Conaway has been the head coach at Greene County Tech in Northeast Arkansas, where he compiled a 26-37 record, including 2-8 last season. The Eagles earned two playoff appearances in Conaway’s six seasons. “After an exhaustive … Continue Reading ››

Post Spring 7A-West Outlook

Now that spring football has come and gone and school is done for the year, let's have some fun and do a little early forecasting with the 7A-West Conference. A quick disclaimer, I reserve the right to change this up a bit once we get a better look at these teams in 7-on-7 drills and summer practices! 7A West Conference 1) Bentonville - The defending champs deserve the top spot until someone knocks them off. There's plenty of talent to replace, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, but even more talent returns. 2) Fayetteville - A quick exit from the playoffs has … Continue Reading ››

Greatest Pros No. 1: Brooks Robinson

Brooks Robinson Cover 1. Brooks Robinson

Sport: Baseball Position: Third Base High School: Little Rock College: None Professional Teams: Baltimore Orioles (1955-77) Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983; two-time World Series champion; American League MVP in 1964; 18-time All-Star selection; 16-time Gold Glove Award winner; MLB All-Century Team; jersey No. 5 retired by the Baltimore Orioles

Considered by many to be the best third baseman in baseball history, Robinson was selected as the best professional athlete from an Arkansas high school by a panel of reporters and spectators.

Playing his entire 23-year career with the Baltimore … Continue Reading ››

4 Questions Facing Springdale Basketball

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Springdale senior point guard TreShawn Gause.
The first few weeks of summer have been eventful for Springdale High's boys basketball program. And not in a good way. All-state senior point guard Tereke Eckwood (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg) transferred to crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber, while promising junior forward Drake Wymer (3.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg) transferred to Fayetteville. Continue Reading ››

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