Bentonville’s Lunney Announces Retirement

BENTONVILLE — Barry Lunney has coached his last football game at Bentonville, as well as his career.

Lunney announced his retirement as head coach and assistant athletic director, less than two months after the Tigers won their second consecutive Class 7A state championship at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

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He made the announcement — first to his coaching staff, then to his players — Monday afternoon at the Tiger Athletic Complex.

Bentonville’s 24-21 state championship victory over Fayetteville in December capped a 10-year tenure at the school for Lunney, whose teams … Continue Reading ››

Updated 4A-1 Conference standings

The second round of games in the 4A-1 Conference are under way and there were several key games played Friday night.

The Huntsville girls rallied in the final 11 seconds to knock off Prairie Grove 40-38. The Lady Eagles trailed by 3 points 38-35 before Miranda Campbell hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. After a Prairie Grove miss, Campbell rebounded and drove down to hit a 14-foot jumper for the win. The victory kept Huntsville tied atop the league standings with Berryville, which routed Shiloh Christian on Friday.

On the boys side, Huntsville eeked out a narrow road win over … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Boys Power Rankings

Bentonville's Malik Monk against Springdale.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.



Previous Rank: 1

Record: 10-5; Conference: 4-0

Last Week: W, 52-45 at Springdale; W, 63-30 vs Rogers

This Week: at Heritage, Fayetteville

Bentonville is winning by an average margin of 22.8 points in 7A-West play, with the Springdale game the only victory decided by fewer than 15 points. The Tigers will round out the first half of conference play with games against three probable playoff teams, but … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Power Rankings

Fayetteville's Pink Jones against Har-Ber.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.


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Previous Rank: 1

Record: 13-5; Conference: 5-0

Last Week: W, 62-46 vs Har-Ber; W, 49-30 at Heritage

This Week: Rogers, at Bentonville

Fayetteville just keeps rolling. The Lady Bulldogs have won three of their last four games by double digits and should finish the first half of conference play 6-1, at worst. It’s becoming more and more apparent how much depth and athleticism the team has. … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Wins Hendrix Dive Meet

Springdale High won the dive meet in impressive fashion at the Hendrix Invitational in Conway on Friday.

Cadi Stair won the individual title, while fellow Springdale divers Anna Spaulding and Julia Chandler finished third and fourth, respectively, to pave the way for Springdale to take home the team title. The trio had already qualified for the state dive meet prior to the weekend.

The Springdale swim team competed at Hendrix on Saturday and recorded 19 personal bests. Senior Lauren Lamaestra won the 100 backstroke.

The Bulldogs will compete in the Bentonville Invitational at the Jones Center on Thursday.

Boys: Northside 58, Springdale 50

FORT SMITH — The final three minutes of Springdale High's crucial game at Fort Smith Northside featured their fair share of drama Friday.

Springdale coach Brad Stamps was whistled for a technical at a key juncture with less than three minutes left, then the game was momentarily halted as a Springdale trainer was escorted off the bench.

On the court, Tevin Brewer scored 20 points as Northside locked up a big 58-50 home victory in … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Northside 69, Springdale 49

Aahliyah Jackson and Kira Shepard each scored 19 points to lead Northside to a wire-to-wire 69-49 win over Springdale High.

It was the fourth straight win for the Lady Bears (18-1, 4-1), while shorthanded Springdale (10-8, 1-4) dropped its fourth in a row. The Lady Bulldogs were without their starting backcourt of junior Kierra Lang (ankle) and senior Ja'Vonda Daniels (flu) for the second straight game and couldn't overcome an early 15-4 Northside lead.

But … Continue Reading ››

Officials Make Correction

FORT SMITH- Officials in the Rogers Heritage-Fort Smith Southside boys game Tuesday night made a mistake, but they caught it just in time. Heritage's Connor Hirsh hit the front end of a one-and-one, but teammate Chris Coover was whistled for a foul late in the first half. Officials did not allow Hirsh to shoot his second free throw, but awarded the ball to Southside. However, officials caught the error during halftime and awarded Hirsh his second free throw, which he made to give the War Eagles a 24-19 lead, to start the second half. Federation rules state that is a correctable error … Continue Reading ››

Boys: Bentonville 52, Springdale 45

Malik Monk.
SPRINGDALE — The Bulldog Gym crowd reached a crescendo when Chris Owens scored to tie the game at 36 midway through the fourth quarter.

It was the first time Springdale High pulled even with Bentonville all night. Malik Monk made sure it was the last.

Monk finished an alley-oop dunk with authority moments later, then came up with a steal and threw down a reverse, double-clutch jam on the next possession to quiet the Springdale fans and put Bentonville back in command.

That short spurt sparked the Tigers to … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Bentonville 56, Springdale High 22

Peyton Taylor scored a game-high 16 points to lead Bentonville to a blowout win at Springdale High and help avenge a last-second nonconference loss on a buzzer-beater in December.

Taylor was efficient on the offensive end and provided a lift for the Lady Tigers (11-6, 2-2), who had to play the final three-plus quarters of their 47-45 loss to Springdale in the Neosho (Mo.) Holiday Classic without her after an injury.

Madison Brittain and Jordan Martin each added 13 for Bentonville, which shot 51 percent.

Springdale (10-7, 1-3) struggled mightily on offense without its starting backcourt of junior Kierra Lang (ankle) and senior … Continue Reading ››

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