Arkansas’ Best Performances Update

NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through April 28, based off of meets that were covered or whose results were included on the website.

Coaches who have athletes with performances that should be included in this group should send the athlete's name (all four names if a relay event is involved) with the time or distance and where the performance took place to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports writer Henry Apple at



Jordan McNair, Jacksonville Lighthouse, 10.58

Zach Jewell, Mena, 10.69

Timothy Stuckey, Texarkana, 10.69

Cameron Grissom, Texarkana, 10.81

Kary Collier, Bentonville, 10.87

Payton Copher, Springdale Har-Ber, 10.87


Zach Jewell, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s McFarlane commits to Kansas JUCO

NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Ishine McFarlane (32) and Kyler Mahar of Springdale celebrate after defeating Rogers Heritage on Friday Jan. 8, 2016 during the game in War Eagle Arena at Rogers Heritage.
Ishine McFarlane (32) and Kyler Mahar of Springdale celebrate after defeating Rogers Heritage on Friday Jan. 8, 2016 during the game in War Eagle Arena at Rogers Heritage.

Springdale senior Ishine McFarlane committed to Allen Community College on Monday and plans to sign with the Kansas junior college in the near future.

The … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Notebook

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Springdale controls its own destiny with two 7A-West games remaining.

Win twice and the Bulldogs (15-5, 9-3) will clinch at least a share of the conference title and the West’s No. 1 seed for the state tournament. Springdale closes the regular season by hosting Fort Smith Southside, which it beat 8-0 in the first half of conference play, then playing at Rogers, which it rallied to beat 2-1 in the teams’ first meeting.

Springdale enters the final week tied in the loss column with Bentonville, but … Continue Reading ››


7A-WEST GIRLS STANDINGS TEAM^OVERALL^CONFERENCE Bentonville^14-4^11-0 Fayetteville^13-3-1^11-1 Rogers Heritage^13-7^6-6 FS Northside^14-7^6-6 Springdale Har-Ber^4-9^4-7 FS Southside^8-9^4-7 Rogers^6-11^3-8 Springdale^2-15-2^0-11 BENTONVILLE Lady Tigers coach Kristina Henry could see both good and bad in her team getting an unexpected day off last week.

Bentonville (14-4, 11-0) had its home game Friday night against Rogers High called off because of inclement weather. That game has now been scheduled for May 9 at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

“It hurts because we could have planned something different as far as training if we knew we weren’t going to play,” Henry said. “We would also prefer not to play on in wet, sloppy conditions.

“On the good side, it allows us to be … Continue Reading ››

Wanted: Home for Bentonville West game

Ah, the growing pains of a first-year football team.

Bentonville West, which begins play next fall, agreed to play a Sept. 9 game against Little Rock Central at War Memorial Stadium. There's just one problem — nobody consulted with Little Rock Catholic about it.

Catholic calls War Memorial Stadium its home field and has top priority over other high schools. The Rockets have scheduled a Sept. 9 home game against Jacksonville, leaving West coach Bryan Pratt and Central coach Scooter Register exploring other options.

Pratt, whose team began spring workouts Monday, said he can't play a Thursday night game that week because his … Continue Reading ››

Mack headlines 6 Springdale signees

NWA Democrat Gazette/TONY REYES Jackson State signee Desiree Mack at Springdale's signing ceremony Friday.

SPRINGDALE — Desiree Mack’s Springdale High volleyball coaches used a unique motivational tactic her sophomore year.

Amanda Williford and Ashlee Kemp kept a folder on the bench with two school logos on separate pages: LSU and a small in-state college. Depending on how Mack was playing, they would hold up a corresponding page.

“I’ve always wanted to go to a Division I school like LSU, so I had to mature and get my attitude right … Continue Reading ››


7A-West SBH 4 4-28   ROGERS HIGH The Lady Mounties broke out of a recent hitting slump in a big way Tuesday afternoon. Rogers (16-7, 7-4 7A-West Conference) hit four home runs, including two by Sarah Hulsey in a 15-0 win over Fort Smith Northside. Rogers coach Mike Harper acknowledged the Lady Bears, who dropped to 1-10 in the 7A-West), isn’t like his team will see against league-leading Bentonville later in the week. But he was encouraged by their approach, after the Lady Mounties were shut out in back-to-back losses to Rogers Heritage and … Continue Reading ››

Prep Track Notebook — April 26

Some of the 7A-West Conference track and field records could be rewritten during this year's conference meet, which is scheduled for Thursday at Fayetteville's Ramay Junior High.

Weather could play a factor this year as storms are scheduled. The other factor is an athlete who is already an automatic qualifier for the state meet being held out in hopes of allowing a teammate an opportunity to qualify.

The most likely record to break is the boys pole vault, which currently stands at 16 feet by Fayetteville's Chris Adams in 1988. Springdale Har-Ber junior Zach McWhorter has already surpassed that mark this season, … Continue Reading ››

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