AAA announces mixed conference districts

The Arkansas Activities Association board of directors approved and announced its list of mixed conference districts for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle. The mixed conference districts will be utilized for regular-season play in volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and soccer in hopes of cutting down travel for schools. Schools will return to their respective conferences for postseason tournaments. Schools that wish to change their district assignments will need to send their appeal to the AAA office by Sept. 10. Class 5A/6A:  District 1 — Alma, Clarksville, Farmington, Greenwood, Harrison, Russellville, Siloam Springs District 2 — Batesville, Beebe, Greenbrier, Morrilton, Mountain Home, Searcy, Vilonia District 3 — Blytheville, Forrest … Continue Reading ››

Waldron wins AAA appeal; Genoa Central denied

Waldron superintendent Gary Wayman expressed great relief as he returned to his school from the Arkansas Activities Association office in North Little Rock. Waldron took its conference appeal before the AAA board of directors, and it was approved by a unanimous decision. Waldron, currently in the 4A-7 Conference, will swap places with Pulaski Robinson and move to the 4A-4 for the 2016-18 reclassification cycle. "It's a good day for our school," Wayman said Thursday afternoon. "We wanted the move, and Pulaski Robinson wanted the move. It's going to help us a bunch." Waldron has its travel cut by one-third over the next two … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Scrimmage Tidbits

Here are some observations and highlights from Springdale’s nearly two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning.

  • Junior running back Lucky Bannavong was absent Saturday because of a family issue, so that meant extra reps for junior Erick Mendez and sophomore Jasey Medina. Mendez has looked really good the last two big scrimmages and Medina has a ton of potential. He should be a feature back once he adjusts to varsity ball and hits the designated hole more consistently. Just listen to what coach Zak Clark had to say in the video above. High praise.

  • Senior quarterback Jack Lindsey was … Continue Reading ››

Pulaski Academy incorporates ‘rugby’ style

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --12/4/14-- Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley (right) talks with quarterback Will Hefley  Thursday during practice at War Memorial Stadium.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/STATON BREIDENTHAL --12/4/14-- Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelley (right) talks with quarterback Will Hefley Thursday during practice at War Memorial Stadium.

Pulaski Academy plans to add another wrinkle to its already unique offense this season, according to The Washington Post.

The Bruins, who are famous for being the team that rarely punts and usually attempts onside kicks, has installed a new "rugby" style … Continue Reading ››

Five Schools Place Appeals With AAA

Five schools in the state have appealed their conference and classification assignments for the 2016-18 cycle and will take their appeals before the Arkansas Activities Association's board of directors.

The appeals will be heard Aug. 20 at the AAA office in North Little Rock, beginning at 1 p.m.

The following is a list of schools that have filed appeals and what they will petition before the board:

• Lead Hill — wants to be moved from the 1A-Northwest Conference (currently a six-team league that includes Alpena, Decatur, Haas Hall Bentonville, Kingston and Omaha) and moved to the 1A-East (currently a six-team league that … Continue Reading ››

Alma, Van Buren Install New Turf

A pair of schools in the River Valley will be playing on new turf this season.

Alma and Van Buren have installed a new playing surface at their stadiums and have kept up with the progress on Twitter.

The 2015 season will be the Airedale's first on artificial turf, as they were the largest school in the state still playing on grass. Alma brings Arkansas' total to 67 high schools playing on turf.

According to Leland Barclay, a total of nine schools will have new turf this season.

The Pointers began installing their turf Aug. 4.

Northwest Arkansas schools dominate MaxPreps Cup field

Northwest Arkansas had three of the state's five top finishers in the MaxPreps Cup standings for the 2014-15 school year, according to Monday's announcement.

Bentonville, which became the first school in the country to win back-to-back MaxPreps Cup titles, was an overwhelming winner after corrections were made in the point totals. Bentonville finished with 1,202 points after originally being announced with 1,092 points in the original release.

Pulaski Academy was a distant second with 418 points, followed by Fayetteville with 404, Siloam Springs with 388 and Lake Hamilton with 332.

Pulaski Academy, a Class 5A school, won state championships in football and girls … Continue Reading ››

FS Southside working on special teams

NWA Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS • @NWAMICHAELW The Fort Smith Southside Rebels football team runs drills Wednesday August 5, 2015.
The Fort Smith Southside Rebels football team runs drills Wednesday August 5, 2015.

Fort Smith Southside coach Jeff Williams spent the first few days of fall practice working on special teams play. The Rebels, who won the 7A-West Conference title last season, lost both their kicker and punter from that team.

"That's been the big emphasis," Williams said. "We are breaking in new people and trying to get … Continue Reading ››

Busy Summer for Lady Bulldogs

Springdale's Ryann Goodsell (left) and Chasidee Owens.
Springdale's Ryann Goodsell (left) and Chasidee Owens.

The start of Springdale High’s basketball season is still three months away, but it’s been an eventful summer for the Lady Bulldogs, highlighted by two players picking up offers and the hiring of former Razorback Erin Gatling as an assistant coach.

Rising seniors Ryann Goodsell and Chasidee Owens have picked up offers over the course of the last two months, while several other players have had college programs express interest.

The combination of making the hire and fielding … Continue Reading ››

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