Springdale Baseball, Softball Standouts Sign

Four recent Springdale High graduates signed with in-state colleges Wednesday.

Softball standout Maegan Kelley inked with North Arkansas College, while the baseball trio of Trevor Beadle, Austin Solberg and Zach Stith signed with Ecclesia College.

“I think all three kids got significantly better in a short amount of time,” Springdale baseball coach Shohn Doty said. “I saw a ton of growth in a year. I really believe (Ecclesia) coach (Derrion) Hardie did a great job of recognizing these guys aren't what they're going to be even another year from now.”

Beadle was a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, catching every inning of his … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 4) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

NOTE: The following is the fourth part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A basketball, baseball and softball, as well as the mixed districts inside those two classes.

There is a lot of mystery that could surround the thought of mixing the state's Class 4A and 3A schools placing them into districts, the result of Proposal No. 4 being passed during the Arkansas Activities Association's annual meeting with the governing body.

The thought behind this was to cut down on travel, and the only … Continue Reading ››

Stamps Takes Fayetteville Assistant Job

STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR Brad Stamps, Springdale head coach, call out to his team against Shiloh Christian Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale. Springdale won 68-39.
STAFF PHOTO ANTHONY REYES • @NWATONYR
Brad Stamps, Springdale head coach, call out to his team against Shiloh Christian Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 in Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale. Springdale won 68-39.
Springdale High head boys basketball coach Brad Stamps is headed home to coach at his alma mater after being hired as Fayetteville’s assistant coach Thursday.

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US Basketball invites Monk to Training Camp

Bentonville standout Malik Monk is among 24 high school and college players to earn invitations to the US Basketball U19 World Championship Team men's training camp. AN BKH-NORTH-BENTMonk, a 6-foot-4 rising senior guard, will head to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for the camp, which runs from June 12-26 and is used to determine the 12-man roster for the United States' U19 team. There will be two days with two practices each day once training camp begins before the team roster will be announced. More on this story will be in … Continue Reading ››

Arkansas Track Contingent Bound For Albuquerque

Arkansas will send its largest group of high school track and field athletes west this week to compete in the 40th annual Great Southwest Track and Field Classic.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/Michael Woods --05/07/2015--w@NWAMICHAELW... Cabot pole vaulter Tori Weeks clears the bar during the girls pole vault Thursday at the 7A State Championship track and field meet in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/Michael Woods --05/07/2015--w@NWAMICHAELW... Cabot pole vaulter Tori Weeks clears the bar during the girls pole vault Thursday at the 7A State Championship track and field meet in Fayetteville.
A total of 15 will … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 3): The 2016-18 reclassification cycle

NOTE: The following is the third part of a series focusing on the 2016-18 reclassification cycle and how it will affect schools throughout the state. This will address Class 3A and 4A football. If there was ever a group that needed an entire overhaul as far as its conference structure goes, it's those schools who play Class 3A football. Simply put, there are too many schools having to make lengthy trips that could be avoided with a different alignment. Cedarville coach Kevin Lea said his team left on a charter bus at 11:30 a.m. and reached Mountain View at 5 p.m., with a … Continue Reading ››

Looking Ahead (Part 2) — The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

NOTE: The following is the second part in a series concerning the next reclassification cycle and how it could affect schools. This one focuses on those in Class 5A and 6A schools. Will it be East/West or North/South? It's probably the biggest question for those involved with the 16 Class 6A football teams in the 2016-18 reclassification cycle.  As mentioned in the first part of this series, the Class 6A teams will not be in mixed conferences with the Class 7A for the first time since the 2010-11 season. Now comes time to figure out how they will be split into their respective … Continue Reading ››

Looking ahead (Part 1): The 2016-18 Reclassification Cycle

Another year of high school sports is officially in the books, and there is still three more months before the next one begins. Still, it didn't take long for some people to look beyond next season, especially when the Arkansas Activities Association released the classification numbers for the 2016-18 cycle on April 30. These numbers — consisting of a school's average number of students in grades 9-11 over a three-year span — determine a school's classification for those two school years. The next cycle marks the beginning of Bentonville West and a consolidated Jacksonville-North Pulaski high school, marking some of the noticeable … Continue Reading ››

Bill Niven Retires

Bill Niven's 44-year coaching career has come to an end as the Decatur girls coach is retiring. Niven coached boys basketball for over 40 years before coaching girls for the first time at Decatur. Along the way, Niven won a boys state championship at Hope, turned around a struggling Rogers High Mounties program in the 1990s, coached the Razorbacks of Texarkana High and took Green Forest’s boys to the state tournament for the first time in 15 seasons in 2008.

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