Week 10 Storylines

Barton got things started with a 30-14 win over Rose Bud on Tuesday and Week 10 rolls on Thursday and Friday.

Thursday's slate features 49 games, followed by 53 games on Friday, all of which can be found on our Week 10 scoreboard. Scores will be updated periodically throughout the night.

Here are some story lines to keep an eye on during Friday's games.

Wild, Wild (7A) West

Nine conferences across the state have essential conference title games in the final week of the regular season, but none have a situation quite like the 7A-West.

Four teams currently sit atop the standings, with … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Jessica Salas

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Springdale senior Jessica Salas.
Springdale High senior Jessica Salas is heading into the 7A state cross country meet fresh off a fourth-place finish at the 7A-West Conference meet last week.

Salas, Springdale’s top runner, ran a 19:42.8 at the conference meet and hopes to record a top-five state finish while bettering the personal-record 19:35 she ran at the event last year. She won her season-opening meet at Shiloh Christian.

Check out a feature on Salas in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

If you could run cross country at any … Continue Reading ››

Week 10 Springdale Football Notes

Springdale coach Shane Patrick.
Some pre-Rogers High game notes.

  • Last game of the year for both teams. Winner avoids a last-place conference finish. Rogers is a seven-point favorite, per Hootens. But the majority of people in this week’s NWA Media poll will pick Springdale to win. Obviously neither of those will really matter Friday night.

  • Should be a high-scoring game. Rogers has the worst pass defense (182.3 yards per game) in the conference. Springdale quarterback Fuller Chandler leads the conference with 2,098 yards. Springdale has the worst run defense … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Basketball Primer

Bentonville guard Malik Monk.
It’s finally November and high school basketball is only a few weeks away.

Here’s an early school-by-school breakdown of 7A-West boys teams as season openers get closer.



2013-14 Record: 19-6 Conference: 12-2 (T-1st) State: Semifinals

Returning Starters: 3

Key Returnees G Malik Monk, Jr., 6-3 (22.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 70 3-pointers) F Tyler Robinson, Jr., 6-4 (5.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 60.4% FG) F Daniel Head, Sr., 6-3 (2.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 55% FG) F Ben Smith, Sr., 6-9 (4.6 … Continue Reading ››

Roundtable: Previewing The 7A-West’s Huge Week 10

Fayetteville quarterback Taylor Powell (left) and Bentonville quarterback Kasey Ford.
Four questions for four writers breaking down a pivotal week 10 in the 7A-West.

1. Fort Smith Northside and Fort Smith Southside wasn't viewed as a high-stakes game at the beginning of the year, but is now a huge showdown with a lot on the line. Who you got and why?

Jimmy Carter (Springdale beat writer)Southside has the best defense in the conference, but Northside’s is also very good and has several playmakers, which doesn’t bode well … Continue Reading ››

Conference Championship Scenarios

NOTE: This is not a post about playoff seeding possibilities. It only looks at conference champion possibilities. If there is a three-way tie in which head-to-head match ups still yields a three-way tie, then all three are considered conference champions (and the No. 1 seed is determined by a tie breaker). However, if there is a tie atop of the standings and the head-to-head match ups yield a clear champion, then that team is considered the conference champion (and will also earn a No. 1 seed in the playoffs). For a complete breakdown of all playoff scenarios, click here.

The … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Football By The Numbers

Springdale cornerback Ced Oliver closes in on Southside receiver Andrew Barley.
Springdale dropped to 0-9 on Friday in a 36-3 loss to Fort Smith Southside.

Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the Bulldogs.

2,098 — Passing yards for junior quarterback Fuller Chandler this season after throwing for 120 on Friday. He leads the 7A-West.

1,039 — Receiving yards for senior Salvador Sandoval this season after catching three passes for 19 yards Friday. He leads the 7A-West in yards, catches (62) and touchdowns (8).

605 — Receiving yards for senior Chris Owens this season … Continue Reading ››

A Lot On The Line Friday Night

Several adjectives could be affixed to Friday's 4A-1 showdown as Shiloh Christian visits Pea Ridge for the first time in the new Blackhawks Stadium.

For the Blackhawks, the game could be billed as the Road to Redemption. Last season Pea Ridge was 1-9 and had to forfeit two games. The Blackhawks had some key injuries and never seemed to get it going after the loss of an exceptional senior class from the year before, including star RB Dayton Winn.

Shiloh Christian could use the "back where we belong" theme. The Saints dominated Class 4A for three straight years from 2008-10, winning three … Continue Reading ››

Week 10 Playoff Scenarios

Walter Woodie | Special to NWA Media

Class 7A/6A


Bentonville, Fayetteville, Northside and Southside are tied for 1st with a 5-1 record. All four teams will get a home playoff game – the winners get a 1st round bye and a 2nd round home game while the losers will host a 1st round game.

That sets up a two-game showdown Friday for the top 4 seeds – Fayetteville at Bentonville, Northside at Southside. That will decide seeds 1-4. All four teams can be the 1-2-3-4 seeds depending on the outcomes.

There are only 4 scenarios:

Northside & Bentonville win – Bentonville 1, Northside 2, Fayetteville … Continue Reading ››

Northwest Arkansas’ Playoff Possibilities

With just one week remaining in the regular season, here are how football teams in Northwest Arkansas stand as far as playoff possibilities go.


Bentonville: Can finish as high as No. 1 seed and earn first-round bye with a win over Fayetteville and a Fort Smith Northside win over Fort Smith Southside. Can finish as low as No. 4 seed with a loss to Fayetteville and a Northside win, but host a first-round playoff game.

Fayetteville: Can finish as high as No. 1 seed and earn first-round bye with a win over Bentonville and a Southside win over Northside. Can finish as … Continue Reading ››

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