1975 Fayetteville State Champs To Be Honored

In the 1975 Arkansas high school basketball season, Fayetteville cut down the nets for what was then the Class AAA state championship. While it was wasn't the school's first state title - as the Purple Bulldogs had previously won a championship way back in 1948 - this team was in many ways the trendsetter for what would become a tradition-rich program for years to come.

Joe Kretschmar, the Arkansas High School Hall of Fame coach who passed away at the age of 75 in 2009. took over as head coach at Fayetteville in 1966 and had already established the Bulldogs as a consistent … Continue Reading ››

Star City girls win 100th straight conference game

The Star City girls' basketball team beat Monticello 70-30 Tuesday night to clinch the 4A-8 conference championship.

The win was also the Lady Bulldogs' 100th consecutive conference win.

Star City's last conference loss came more than seven years ago, when it lost to Dumas on Jan. 11, 2008.

According to the Arkansas Activities Association record book, that is by far the longest conference winning streak in Arkansas girls basketball history. The second-longest was a 47-game streak by Alpena from 2007-2012.

Updated district tournament pairings

Here are the current updated district tournament pairings after games were postponed following Monday's wintry blast:

District Basketball Tournament Schedules

4A-1 Conference

At Shiloh Christian

Wednesday

Girls

Game 1: Lincoln vs. Gravette, 4 p.m.

Game 3: Pea Ridge vs. Shiloh Christian, 7 p.m.

Boys

Game 2: Lincoln vs. Berryville, 5:30 p.m.

Game 4: Gentry vs. Gravette, 8:30 p.m.

Thursday

Girls

Game 5: Berryville vs. Winner Game 3, 4 p.m.

Game 7: Gentry vs. Winner Game 1, 7 p.m.

Boys

Game 6: Prairie Grove vs. Winner Game 4, 5:30 p.m.

Game 8: Shiloh Christian vs. Winner Game 2, 8:30 p.m.

Friday

Girls

Game 9: Huntsville vs. Winner Game 7, 4 p.m.

Game 11: Prairie Grove vs. Winner Game 5, 7 p.m.

Boys

Game 10: … Continue Reading ››

7A-West Girls Power Rankings

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Bentonville's Jordan Martin.
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West girls basketball power rankings.

1. FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE

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Previous Rank: 1

Record: 23-1; Conference: 9-1

Last Week: W, 57-46 vs Bentonville; W, 61-45 at Heritage

This Week: Rogers, at Springdale

The Lady Bears are rolling. They’ve won nine straight and their only blemish the entire year was the conference opener at Fayetteville. Hard to see anything stopping their momentum during conference play.

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7A-West Boys Power Rankings

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Northside's Shakari Jones (right).
Here’s a new edition of the 7A-West boys basketball power rankings.

  1. BENTONVILLE


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Previous Rank: 1

Record: 15-6; Conference: 9-1

Last Week: W, 56-54 at Northside; W, 60-39 at Har-Ber

This Week: Springdale, at Rogers

Technically, Bentonville hasn’t clinched the conference title yet. But for all intents and purposes, barring any unforeseen slippage, the Tigers locked it up last week with two huge road wins, hanging on to beat a hot Northside team and routing Har-Ber for the second time in … Continue Reading ››

Most tourney slots for 7A, 6A taken

Though there are still two weeks (and four games) left in the regular season, most of the spots for the 7A and 6A state tournaments have been secured.

In Class 7A, 9 boys teams and 8 girls teams know they will be playing in the postseason. In Class 6A, 8 teams in both the boys and girls division have postseason berths. That means only 3 or 4 slots per division are still available.

Here is a look at who is in and what a few teams have to do to wrap up a postseason berth. (Standings through Feb. 13 games are  Continue Reading ››

Boys: Fayetteville 60, Springdale 40

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Fayetteville's C.J. O'Grady.
SPRINGDALE — Josh Breathitt stood in the corner of the court in front of the Springdale High bench during pre-game warmups and made 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

Not much changed during the game for Breathitt. Or Fayetteville.

The Bulldogs knocked down 9 of 14 from 3-point range to out-gun Springdale and pull away in the second half for an impressive 60-40 road win.

Junior Payton Willis scored a game-high 14 for Fayetteville, while Breathitt scored 13 and knocked down all three of his 3-pointers to help lead the hot-shooting … Continue Reading ››

Girls: Fayetteville 70, Springdale 36

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Fayetteville's Lauren Holmes (right).
Sophomore Lauren Holmes scored a game-high 21 points as Fayetteville dominated from start to finish in a 70-36 blowout win to finish off a season sweep of Springdale High.

Fayetteville (17-6, 9-1), which clinched a playoff spot earlier in the week, put together a strong performance coming off a loss at Fort Smith Northside and a narrow win against Fort Smith Southside in its previous two games.

Fayetteville’s defense gave Springdale (11-12, 2-8) issues all night, especially senior center Lauren Schuldt, who finished with 13 points … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Hires New Coordinators

New Springdale High football coach Zak Clark made two big additions to his staff Wednesday.

The Bulldogs hired Fort Smith Southside co-defensive coordinator Leroy Hood as their new defensive coordinator, along with hiring Fayetteville offensive line coach and run-game coordinator Bryant Davis as their co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

“Very excited to add two outstanding coaches at SHS,” Clark said Thursday night. “I've known Leroy for a long time and have admired his work ethic and rapport with kids. He's a guy the kids will be excited to play for. He's earned the opportunity to be a DC and we're excited … Continue Reading ››

Brauburger, Schaller victorious in Florida

Bentonville senior golfers Hanna Brauburger and Wade Schaller took top honors Tuesday in the  Golf to Paradise—First Tee Champions Challenge in Naples, Fla.

Hanna Brauburger and Wade Schaller

The pair went on to compete in the ACE Group Classic Official Pro-Am Wednesday at TwinEagles Golf Club. Brauburger and Schaller were part of a foursome that won the Pro-Am with an official score of 51. Brauburger also won the Women’s Long Drive competition for the day.

Invited to represent The First Tee of Northwest Arkansas, Brauburger and Schaller competed in the playoff event Monday. … Continue Reading ››

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