New reclassification numbers causes changes in schools

The Arkansas Activities Association released the numbers for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle Thursday. Here are some of changes that will take place, beginning in the fall of 2016. Class 7A — The emergence of Bentonville West causes West Memphis to drop to Class 6A. Because of the Bentonville split, Springdale High will now be the state's largest school in attendance, with a three-year average of 2440.33 students in grades 9-11. Class 6A — The new schools are West Memphis and Jacksonville, which will consolidate with Class 5A North Pulaski. Alma and Little Rock Parkview will drop out. Class 5A — Alma is back in … Continue Reading ››

Northwest Arkansas’ Track Leaders

The leaders have been updated through the 4A-1 Conference meet held Tuesday: Boys 100 Adler Goode (Sr.), Shiloh Christian$^10.80 Joey Saucier (Sr.), Rogers Heritage$^10.88 Keson Payton (Sr.), Bentonville$^10.92 Sydney Walker (Jr.), Prairie Grove$^10.97 Hunter Casebolt (Jr.), Elkins$^11.08 John David Horn (So.), Siloam Springs$^11.08 200 Joey Saucier (Sr.), Rogers Heritage$^22.01 Sydney Walker (Jr.), Prairie Grove$^22.20 Colter Clemence (Sr.), Bentonville^22.45 Adler Goode (Sr.), Shiloh Christian$^22.46 Zach Burton (Sr.), Springdale High^22.52 Brandon Shaw (Jr.), Rogers Heritage^22.84 400 Aaron Featherston (Sr.), Springdale Har-Ber$^49.81 Peyton Powell (Sr.), Springdale Har-Ber$^50.40 Billy Horton III (Jr.), Bentonville^50.82 Trey Coulter (So.), Fayetteville^51.23 Sydney Walker (Jr.), Prairie Grove^51.34 Taylor Michael (Jr.), Bentonville^51.37 800 TJ Sugg (Jr.), Springdale Har-Ber$^1:56.06 Jessie Ramirez (So.), Rogers High$^1:59.57 Miguel Contreras (Jr.), Bentonville$^2:00.76 Jordy Garcia (Jr.), Springdale High^2:01.87 Braden Sims (Sr.), Rogers High^2:01.98 Noah Antony … Continue Reading ››

10 Springdale Athletes Sign

Springdale's Chris Owens
SPRINGDALE — Basketball standouts Chris Owens and TreShawn Gause highlighted a 10-athlete signing ceremony at Springdale High on Tuesday morning.

Owens signed with Pittsburg State, while Gause inked with Eastern Arizona College.

Owens will move on after a stellar two-sport career for the Bulldogs, highlighted by earning all-state basketball honors his junior and senior seasons. As a junior, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged a team-high 12.6 points for Springdale’s Class 7A state runner-up team. This year, he averaged 20.3 points and 6.7 rebounds, both team-highs.

Several schools came into … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Standouts Set For AAU Action

Springdale's Tyler Garrett and Chasidee Owens.
A number of Springdale High boys and girls basketball players are set to play for high-level AAU basketball teams this spring and summer.

Rising sophomore Tyler Garrett is playing on the Arkansas Wings Elite 15-and-under team after being brought up to play the final three varsity games for the Bulldogs as a freshman this spring. The 5-foot-10 guard scored 10 points in his high-school debut, then started both of Springdale’s state tournament games.

Senior Kyler Mahar is playing on the 17U Northwest Arkansas Wings Elite … Continue Reading ››

A look into the 7A-West Conference track meet

If everything goes as planned Thursday, there should be some interesting stories to tell when the 7A-West Conference track and field champioAN RUN-SDALE INVITnships take place at the Tiger Athletic Complex in Bentonville. The weather forecast at the moment appears to be fantastic, but hey, this is Arkansas. It can change in a heartbeat. Keep in mind that what I might write about may not even have a chance to transpire. The biggest reason is many athletes who have automatically qualified for a certain event at the Class 7A state meet will … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Maegan Kelley

Springdale senior Maegan Kelley.
Here’s a Q&A with Springdale High senior third baseman Maegan Kelley.

Kelley is hitting .465 with two home runs and 16 RBIs, all team-highs and career-highs.

Check out a feature on her in tomorrow’s Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Do you have any pre-game rituals, pre at-bat rituals or routines at the plate?

I don't really do anything before I bat except watch and time. But before the game, I have Mountain Dew. We have to talk like rednecks before every game.

Who’s probably the funniest person on the team?

I don’t … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Yani Bravo

Springdale senior Yani Bravo.
Here’s a Q&A with Springdale High senior Yani Bravo.

Bravo is a team captain for the Lady Bulldogs and has excelled since moving from forward to defender early in the season. She has scored two goals and has two assists this season. She will sign with Ecclesia College soon.

Check out a feature on Bravo in Sunday’s Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Is there any special reasoning behind wearing No. 9?

I honestly wanted No. 3, but since was forward they were like, ‘No, 3’s for a defender.’ But I … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Daniels Signs

AN BKG-BENT-SDALE 007 Springdale High senior Ja’Vonda Daniels signed with Independence (Kan.) Community College on Wednesday.

The 5-foot-9 guard played an integral role in turning around the Springdale program during her career. She was a three-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs and led the team in scoring this year, averaging 11.2 points per game while playing both guard spots. She will play shooting guard at the next level after choosing the junior college program following a visit to the campus.

“I just felt good when I went on the visit,” Daniels said. “It helped … Continue Reading ››

Red Dog Q&A: Zach Burton

Springdale senior Zach Burton.
Senior Zach Burton is arguably the most well-rounded student-athlete at Springdale High.

Burton was voted a team captain and earned all-conference honors in football, contributed in basketball and was named the boys track MVP as a junior. He’s also been voted STUCO president and Color’s Day king by his classmates. And he earned a full academic scholarship to Ohio State.

Check out a feature on Burton in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Football, basketball or track? Which is your favorite?

Man, that’s the toughest question I always get asked. I … Continue Reading ››

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