Looking ahead (Part 1): The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

Another year of high school sports is officially in the books, and there is still three more months before the next one begins. Still, it didn't take long for some people to look beyond next season, especially when the Arkansas Activities Association released the classification numbers for the 2016-18 cycle on April 30. These numbers — consisting of a school's average number of students in grades 9-11 over a three-year span — determine a school's classification for those two school years. The next cycle marks the beginning of Bentonville West and a consolidated Jacksonville-North Pulaski high school, marking some of the noticeable … Continue Reading ››

Bill Niven Retires

Bill Niven's 44-year coaching career has come to an end as the Decatur girls coach is retiring. Niven coached boys basketball for over 40 years before coaching girls for the first time at Decatur. Along the way, Niven won a boys state championship at Hope, turned around a struggling Rogers High Mounties program in the 1990s, coached the Razorbacks of Texarkana High and took Green Forest’s boys to the state tournament for the first time in 15 seasons in 2008.

6A State Title: Sheridan 10, Benton 9



FAYETTEVILLE - Sheridan held off a seventh-inning rally by Benton to win the Class 6A state championship Saturday evening at Baum Stadium.

The Yellowjackets led 10-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but a three-run home run by Brinson Williams with two outs pulled the Panthers within 10-9.

Despite the five-run inning, Sheridan stuck with its starter, Tyler Allen, who struck out Colby Johnson to end the rally.

Sheridan controlled the game from the start, scoring three runs in the first thanks to a two-run single by Hunter Hicks and an RBI single by Lathan Wylie.

Benton responded … Continue Reading ››

5A State Title: Harrison 2, White Hall 1



FAYETTEVILLE - Two runs in the first inning was all Harrison needed to win a state championship Saturday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

Hunter Humphrey and Silas Huskey had back-to-back RBI singles to give the Goblins a lead and Drew Fitzgerald turned in a gem on the mound to give the Goblins a 2-1 win over White Hall in the Class 5A state title game.

White Hall starting pitcher Daniel Sprinkle, last year's 5A state championship MVP and Auburn signee, was given a 1-0 lead thanks to Kirk Baugh's two-out home run in the first, but he couldn't … Continue Reading ››

3A State Title: Mayflower 6, Fordyce 1



FAYETTEVILLE - A little over a year after an EF4 tornado ripped through its town, Mayflower will return home from Baum Stadium with a state championship trophy.

Tyler Godwin threw a complete game and struck out 10, leading the Eagles to a 6-1 win over Fordyce in the Class 3A state title game. He was named the game's MVP.

Mayflower got on the board first, with three runs in the third. Tyler Herrin's single scored two runs and Godwin followed with an RBI single.

The Redbugs got a run back in the fourth thanks to an RBI groundout … Continue Reading ››

7A State Title: Bentonville 6, Conway 5



FAYETTEVILLE - A pair of three-run innings was enough for Bentonville to win the Class 7A baseball state championship Friday night at Baum Stadium.

The Tigers scored three runs in the second and third innings and Kasey Ford threw a complete game en route to a 6-5 win over Conway. It is Bentonville's second baseball title, with the other coming in 2002.

After a passed ball plated one run, Blake Werner it a two-run single to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the second.

Conway got a run in the fourth, but a balk, RBI single by … Continue Reading ››

1A State Title: Armorel 10, Taylor 0



FAYETTEVILLE - Armorel needed only six innings to claim the Class 1A baseball state championship.

Nash Winters' RBI single with two outs in the sixth gave Armorel a 10-0 run-rule win over Taylor Friday afternoon at Baum Stadium.

The hit capped a 4-for-4, 2-RBI game for Winters, but Ashton Kennedy was named the game's MVP. Kennedy gave up two hits and faced 19 batters, one over the minimum, while striking out four.

Andrew Lannon's two-out RBI single in the first got things going for Armorel, who added three in the second, three in the third, one in the … Continue Reading ››

4A State Title: Star City 4, Arkadelphia 3



FAYETTEVILLE - Tye Brown's two-out single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth gave Star City its first baseball state championship in school history Friday.

The play beat Arkadelphia 4-3 and ended the Badgers' quest for a third straight state title.

Arkadelphia got on the board first, with an RBI double by Austin Bethell in the second, but the Bulldogs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

Austin Powell's RBI single tied the game, then William Wynn scored on a wild pitch to take the lead.

The lead lasted until the … Continue Reading ››

Lindsey, Williams Provide Spring-Game Highlights

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER --Springdale High School's Jack Lindsey makes a pass Thursday May 21, 2015 during the Bulldogs' spring scrimmage.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER --Springdale High School's Jack Lindsey makes a pass Thursday May 21, 2015 during the Bulldogs' spring scrimmage.
SPRINGDALE — Jack Lindsey enrolled at Springdale High on March 10.

It didn’t take the Fayetteville quarterback transfer long to figure out receiver Kyler Williams had the potential to be a go-to target.

That’s exactly what Williams was Thursday night during the Bulldogs’ spring game, catching four passes for 157 yards, including … Continue Reading ››

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