Monk Scores 40 in AAU Game

Malik Monk had another stellar performance in an AAU game Friday, scoring 40 points in the Arkansas Wings' 90-88 win in the Peach Jam.

The outing drew attention from ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman. Here are a few of his tweets.

Peters’ Resignation Leaves Vacancy At Gravette

Dustin Peters has elected to step down as Gravette's boys basketball coach in order to become the new girls basketball coach at Scranton.

Peters turned in resignation Monday morning at Gravette, where he had been the last five years. The Lions finished 20-9 last season under Peters, where they finished third in the 4A-1 Conference and reached the Class 4A North Region Tournament.

Peters said it was a family decision that swayed him to taking the new position.

"Ozark called and gave my wife a good job last year, and I want to be living with my wife and kids," Peters said. "It's … Continue Reading ››

New Format Leaves No Room For Error

Fayetteville looked like the top squad at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase through Friday's pool play, finishing a perfect 7-0. And the Bulldogs appeared to be one of the top teams to beat coming out of Saturday's morning session, with easy victories over Van Buren and Rogers Heritage in bracket play.

But one slip up, one off game at the wrong time, can cost you in this tournament. And Fayetteville found that out the hard way Saturday afternoon.

Facing a Harrison team it had previously defeated twice over the summer at other 7-on-7 weekend tournaments, the Bulldogs started slow and couldn't fully … Continue Reading ››

4 Downs With Shiloh Christian RB Chandler Smith

AN FBH-SHILOH PREVIEW I caught up with Shiloh Christian rising senior Chandler Smith (OK, he was sitting down), on Friday at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Shiloh 7-on-7

Smith has played on the Saints' varsity for four seasons. Last season he was injured late and missed Shiloh Christian's playoff game and was held out of spring contact drills.  He has since been cleared and has participated in all the Saints' team camps and 7-on-7s this summer.

First Down: How is your shoulder?

It's doing good. It's completely healed. It was separated and I tore my … Continue Reading ››

Heritage Newcomer Shows Potential

Howie Stettmeyer hasn't been with the Rogers Heritage football team for long, but War Eagle coaches liked what they saw at this weekend's Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

Stettmeyer, who has never played football and home-schooled, came to Heritage coaches just before the dead period  expressing a desire to play football.

The 6-foor-4, 220-pound senior-to-be  started with the team on Monday, but Heritage coach Perry Escalante said he's already showing some positive flashes.

"He's getting better and better," Escalante said. "He's a big target. We've not had a lot of time to drill with him. But he's getting better running routes, that's the thing … Continue Reading ››

Harrison Wins SW Elite 7-on-7 Showcase

Harrison scored 26 unanswered points to defeat Heritage Hall (Okla.) 26-14 and win the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase Saturday at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

The Goblins were the only Arkansas team to reach the semifinals, after Charleston, Fayetteville and Little Rock Christian each lost in the quarterfinals.

While several Arkansas teams didn't go as far in the tournament as expected, the Natural State still had a winning record against out-of-state teams.

In pool play, teams from Arkansas went 34-26 against teams from Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Indiana. They were only 9-9 in tournament play, but still finished the weekend with a winning … Continue Reading ››

Top QB Prospects Shine At 7-on-7 Showcase

Charleston quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase.

SPRINGDALE — There was still plenty of quarterback talent on hand at the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase even without the state’s top class of 2016 passer.

Bentonville junior Kasey Ford missed the showcase hosted by Shiloh Christian this weekend because of a summer baseball tournament, but there was nevertheless a wealth of quarterback talent present on Shiloh’s Field Of Champions and Southwest Junior High, including top 2015 in-state quarterback and Arkansas commit Ty Storey.

Here’s a breakdown of … Continue Reading ››

SW Elite 7-on-7: Quarterfinal Match Ups

The Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase is down to eight teams at Shiloh Christian in Springdale.

Of the 18 Arkansas teams that started, four remain in the tournament. The other four teams are from Oklahoma (2), Illinois and Indiana.

Here are the four quarterfinal match ups and start times. All games will be played at Champions Stadium, Shiloh Christian's home field.

Fayetteville vs. Harrison - 1:30 Bixby (Okla.) vs. Gibson Southern (Ind.) - 1:30 Heritage Hall (Okla.) vs. Charleston - 2:00 Aurora Christian (Ill.) vs. Little Rock Christian - 2:00

The only one-seed eliminated so far has been Wynne, the winner of pool C. Wynne is led by … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville Atop Another Preseason Poll released its preseason top 10 poll for Arkansas Friday.

They chose Bentonville, the reigning 7A State Champion, as the No. 1 team. Here's a look at the complete top 10, as well as each team's record in 2013.

1. Bentonville (11-2) 2. North Little Rock (10-3) 3. Fayetteville (8-3) 4. Conway (9-3) 5. Cabot (12-1) 6. El Dorado (9-5) 7. Greenwood (12-1) 8. Bryant (7-4) 9. FS Northside (3-6-1) 10. Springdale Har-Ber (8-4)

The website mentions Pine Bluff as a team to just miss the cut for the top 10.

Also, rates the best in-state and out-of-state games.

In-state: North Little Rock at Fayetteville (Sept. 12) Out-of-state: Bentonville vs. Bergen Catholic (Sept. 19)

Henry Delays Retirement From Coaching

Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.
Former Northside head coach Darrell Henry is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren.
Darrell Henry didn't stay retired long from coaching. The former Fort Smith Northside head coach is the defensive coordinator at Van Buren, where he'll begin his second year. Henry accepted an offer from Pointers head coach Brooks Coatney after Henry resigned in 2012 from Northside, where he coached for 11 years. He was on the sideline with the Pointers Friday during the Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase … Continue Reading ››

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