Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and 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.
DARDANELLE — The numbers Connor Reece put up Friday night were staggering, but he did it in only half the allotted time.
Shiloh Christian's senior quarterback, however, completed 18 of 21 passes for 427 yards and six touchdowns and guided the Saints to a 49-28 victory over Dardanelle in Class 4A state playoff quarterfinal action at Keenan Field.
Reece hit five different receivers, with a trio of receivers hauling in five passes apiece. Both Jake Nelson and Jaret Russ surpassed 100 yards receiving, while Russ, Broc Berus and Blake Thomson each had two touchdown catches.
Sophomore Lexi Richards and senior Haley Richards continue the legacy of Richards sisters at Shiloh Christian. All four have made impacts on the Lady Saints' volleyball program, and Lexi is the last of the sisters.
To learn more about the Richards sisters, click here to read the full feature from today's Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Check out highlights from Rogers Heritage at Shiloh Christian volleyball on Aug. 25, 2016. The defending Class 4A state champion Lady Saints won their season opener 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-17).
For a full recap of the match, click here.
Be sure to check out NWADG reporter Scottie Bordelon's analysis on Springdale's performance.
SPRINGDALE — Zak Clark didn’t see the 2010 Shiloh Christian team that won its third consecutive state championship behind quarterback Kiehl Frazier. And despite the Springdale High coach’s Bulldogs beating Shiloh Christian 20-7 during the varsity portion of a benefit game on Tuesday night, Clark had high praise for this year’s version of the Saints.
“I wasn’t around for their last state championship run … but it’s the best Shiloh team that I’ve seen,” Clark said.
Specifically, Clark was impressed by senior quarterback Connor Reece and senior … Continue Reading ››
Scottie Bordelon is a sports reporter for NWA Media covering Springdale High and Springdale Har-Ber. He previously worked in Fort Smith, where his beat was Northside High School. He is a University of Arkansas graduate.
Shiloh Christian’s Blue/Gold Game on Friday was about “the fans, as much as anything,” but Saints coach Jeff Conaway still viewed it as a chance to improve.
“We’ve been going up against the same offense and same defense for two weeks, so we were just kind of showing things off,” Conaway said. “That’s what tonight was for. We’ll evaluate the film and we’ll make some corrections and get better, but we’re not going to go over the top on this one.”
For the most part, it was “ones vs. ones” with the first team offense going up … Continue Reading ››
The loss of nine seniors — including six starters — off its first state championship team should mean Shiloh Christian volleyball is rebuilding this season.
Unfortunately for the rest of the 4A-Northwest Conference, that isn’t the case. The Lady Saints simply reloaded and once again should be the team to beat in 2016.
Third-year coach Nathan Bodenstein led the Lady Saints to a runner-up finish in his first season and followed that up with last year’s Class 4A championship.
“We’ve experience a lot of good things, so now the pressure is on,” Bodenstein said. “Expectations are set high, which is not a bad … Continue Reading ››
Senior year is crucial for father-son relationships.
It’s often the last chance for the family patriarch to offer advice before a young boy becomes a man, and leaves the nest for college or a career.
That’s why Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway has a retreat for seniors-only and their fathers, just before the blur of their final year of high school begins.
The Saints returned Saturday from this year’s “Father-Son Retreat,” a three-day, two-night stay at War Eagle Resort in Tahlequah, Okla.
“It’s perfect [timing],” Conaway said. “As a young man going into your senior year, you begin to think, ‘What’s next?’ ‘Where am … Continue Reading ››