Bentonville West's boys tennis team started from scratch last summer and came away with its first all-state performer when Hayden Shoemake finished fourth in singles play during the Class 7A state tournament.
The sophomore now becomes the foundation the Wolverines can build upon as they begin their second season.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Hayden Shoemake of Bentonville West earned all-state … Continue Reading ››
The second time around should provide a smoother transition for Bentonville West's golf teams this fall, but it won't come without its share of challenges.
For instance, Wolverines coach Curt Yarrington had to cut players off his boys team before the season started.
"I'm carrying 15 boys," Yarrington said. "That aspect of it, as far as evaluating, has been a little harder. Of course, that's the worst part of coaching is making cuts, no matter what the sport."
West has four of its top players return from the inaugural, and that group is led by Sam O'Brien. The junior took part in last … Continue Reading ››
Jacob Winkel became Rogers Heritage's first golfer to qualify for the Overall State Golf Tournament last season, but now coach Jay Gilstrap is hoping his team can become a contender as well.<br><br>
Senior Matt Cochran and junior Logan Rumsey are the lone holdovers, who played in the top five a year ago. Gilstrap is also excited about several underclassmen, who could develop into top flight golfers.<br><br>
"Matt's a lefty, who's got a great personality for the game," said Gilstrap, who starts his 10th season with the War Eagles boys and 28th as a golf coach. "Logan is a player I saw as … Continue Reading ››
Rogers High boys golf coach Marcus Alexander can't help but be excited for the upcoming season. The Mounties return four of their top five and the lone newcomer posted the low score at the recent Springdale Bulldog Invitational.<br><br>
Freshman Andrew Fakult fired a five-under par67 to earn medalist honors and lead the Mounties to the team victory as well with
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Most high school teams enter an upcoming season with holes to fill, which are usually caused by graduation.
Bentonville's girls tennis team is no exception, but the voids the Lady Tigers must fill are more than coach Nick Nersesian first anticipated. This time, graduation isn't the only culprit.
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Bentonville High's girls golfers appeared to be headed toward a rebuilding phase this fall.
The Lady Tigers lost three starters from last year's state runnerup team, including Class 7A state individual champion Kate Robertson and all-state player Maddie Weston. If that wasn't enough, there weren't any girls trying out to fill those voids and left the numbers even smaller.
Lilly Thomas, who … Continue Reading ››
By this time, the AAA archives are pretty bare of state tournament programs. The archives did have a few overall tournament programs during this period, but the rest were provided by Fort Smith sportswriter/historian Leland Barclay and myself.
1992 was the last year of the Overall Tournament. After that, the AAA went to a State Finals format where every championship game was played at one site. It has been at Barton Colesium in Little Rock, the Pine Bluff Convention Center, Verizon Arena in North Little Rock and the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Unfortunately, there are some really good programs from this era … Continue Reading ››
The only item from 1979 at the AAA archives was the 1979 Boys Overall Program. That was the year that Class B Parkdale shocked the state by winning the Overall, the first small school to do so.
Also, by the late 1970s, the state tournaments began to move away from Barton Coliseum and move to various sites all over the state. Even the Boys Overall Finals would move to the Farris Center at Central Arkansas.
There are a few missing programs I would like to have, besides all of the 1979 season. For example, the Class AAAA state tournament program would be … Continue Reading ››