Prairie Grove’s Laird earns Athlete of the Week honors

Prairie Grove Zeke Laird
Prairie Grove Zeke Laird
Prairie Grove senior quarterback/linebacker Zeke Laird starred on offense, defense and special teams to earn ARPreps.com Athlete of the Week honors.

The first-year starting quarterback accounted for five touchdowns as the Tigers piled up 520 yards during a 61-13 home win against Central Arkansas Christian. Laird was 7-of-9 passing for 156 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for two touchdowns. He also booted six extra points.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Zeke Laird of Prairie … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Springdale High basketball preview

SPRINGDALE HIGH BOYS 'Rebuilding' would be the term best used to describe Jeremy Price's Springdale team this winter. Last year, Price floored a senior-laden club in a loaded 7A-West. The Red'Dogs won their way into the state tournament as a 4-seed, where they knocked off Conway and played eventual state champion Cabot down to the wire on the Panthers' home court. Gone now are those seniors, and a cast of fresh faces will have to carry the load. "We lost, I think, 12 seniors last year," Price said. "It was good having that age and we had a few kids with a little experience, … Continue Reading ››

ARPreps.com’s Tweets of the Week: Nov 14-20

Someone asked about the process behind our Tweets of the Week feature, which is entering its sixth week with the publishing of this post.

It's not an exact science, although we wish there was a better way to find the best tweets from NWA coaches and players each week. We look at rosters and begin searching for each player to see if they have a public Twitter account. Once found, we simply scroll through all of their tweets to try to find something — anything — that's interesting in some way. We cull out all the RTs (retweets) and look at … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High Girls Preview

BENTONVILLE — There's always a certain amount of change that basketball teams deal with year in and year out because of different players, and Bentonville High girls coach Tom Halbmaier is no different in that matter.

"Our team changed a little bit," Halbmaier said. "Whenever you lose some good senior leadership and bring some youth in, there's always going to be a transitional phase. "In terms of the camaraderie and the chemistry, it's there. We just have to get more reps."

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Lauren Hargus, Bentonville junior, works her way around Meredith … <a href=Continue Reading ››

Bentonville High Boys Preview

BENTONVILLE — Nobody is probably more ready to get the regular season started than Bentonville High boys basketball coach Jason McMahan. The Tigers' offseason has been brutal enough.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/MICHAEL WOODS ¥ @NWAMICHAELW Springdale's David Carachure (2) tries to get past Bentonville defender Jordan Hemphill (3) during their game Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Springdale High School.
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Springdale's David Carachure (2) tries to get past Bentonville defender Jordan Hemphill (3) during their game Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Springdale High School.
Jordan Hemphill suffered a broken … Continue Reading ››

Recap: Glen Rose 45, Elkins 13

GLEN ROSE — Elkins had a pair of 100-yard rushers Friday night, and the Elks surpassed 200 yards through the air in their Class 3A state playoff game. Turnovers, however, provided a recurring nightmare for Elkins, which closed out its season with a 45-13 loss to Glen Rose. The Elks threw six interceptions — two of them coming in the end zone to end scoring threats — and had another fumble inside the Beavers' 20. "I don't know how many times we turned the ball over in the red zone," Elkins coach Chad Harbison said. "We had opportunities to score, and we've … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville 31, FS Northside 10 (recap with stats)

Another year, another season of Bentonville in the semifinals. The Tigers (10-2) reached the 7A semifinals for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons with the dominating victory over the Grizzlies (7-3). Bentonville travels to Fayetteville for the 7A semifinals on Friday. One key stat was Bentonville's offense possessing the ball for 30:11 of the 48-minute game. The Tigers simply controlled the ball and never let Northside get any big plays or rhythm on offense. The Tigers ran 72 plays (for 344 yards) while Northside was limited to 43 plays (and 195 total yards). That may be the formula for Bentonville next week … Continue Reading ››

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