Bentonville Finishes Second In MaxPreps Cup Standings

Bentonville has been denied the opportunity to win a third consecutive MaxPreps Cup title this year.

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit ended Bentonville's run and claimed this year's claim to the nation's top athletic program. Jesuit finished with 1,122 points, while Bentonville had 958 points.

The MaxPreps Cup uses state championship performances and national rankings to determine the nation's top overall high school sports programs, and not all sports are used to determine this rankings. It is determined by ranking all schools that win a state championship or finish second at the state level.

Points are also weighted, rewarding states that have … Continue Reading ››

Timing ‘Perfect’ For Father-Son Retreat

Senior year is crucial for father-son relationships.
It’s often the last chance for the family patriarch to offer advice before a young boy becomes a man, and leaves the nest for college or a career.
That’s why Shiloh Christian coach Jeff Conaway has a retreat for seniors-only and their fathers, just before the blur of their final year of high school begins.
The Saints returned Saturday from this year’s “Father-Son Retreat,” a three-day, two-night stay at War Eagle Resort in Tahlequah, Okla.
“It’s perfect [timing],” Conaway said. “As a young man going into your senior year, you begin to think, ‘What’s next?’ ‘Where am … Continue Reading ››

Southwest Elite 7-on-7: Pool Play Scores

The annual Southwest Elite 7-on-7 Showcase starts Friday with pool play. The 32-team field will play games at Shiloh Christian (the host), Springdale High, Fayetteville High and Rogers High. Saturday's double-elimination tournament will be held entirely on Shiloh's campus.

For a preview of the event, click here.

We will be posting scores from all of the pool play games below.

NOTE: Games were delayed because of weather, so the times listed are when the games were scheduled to be played. The actual start times were later.

9 a.m.

Pool A

Jenks (Okla.) 17, Alma 16

Aurora Christian (Ill.) 20, Elkins 12

Pool B

Bixby (Okla.) 42, Rogers Heritage … Continue Reading ››

Springdale hires new track coach

Adam Bumsted
Adam Bumsted


Springdale hired Adam Bumsted as its girls track and cross country coach on Wednesday.

Bumsted spent the previous eight years coaching the girls teams at Lingle Junior High in Rogers, where he also assisted with the boys track team. He fills the void left by Kim Peek’s resignation and becomes Springdale’s sixth girls coach in seven years, adding his name to a lengthy list Peek, Sarah Cole, Godfrey Siamusiye, Paige Rollins and Moe Henry.

Bumsted’s Lingle girls won the 2015 conference cross country title, while the … Continue Reading ››

Springdale fills coaching vacancy

New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.
New Springdale coach Megan Thompson.


Springdale dipped into the junior-high ranks of another Class 7A school district to fill its varsity volleyball coaching opening Monday.

The Lady Bulldogs hired Megan Thompson, a two-time state champion as a player for Fort Smith Southside and the coach of Kimmons Junior High in Fort Smith for the past five years, to fill the void left by Kylie Moad’s resignation in mid-April.

“It’s definitely been a whirlwind, without a doubt,” Thompson said. “I’m very excited. Looking forward to a … Continue Reading ››

Changes aplenty on Springdale girls staff

Springdale’s girls basketball staff will look drastically different next season.

Lady Bulldogs coach Heather Hunsucker hired Ouachita Baptist assistant Michael Jennings in mid-May to replace Erin Gatling, who wanted to pursue a head-coaching job and accepted the ninth-grade gig at Siloam Springs on Thursday.

Jennings served as an assistant for the last two years at Ouachita, where he was responsible for scouting, game prep, post player development and the Lady Tigers' defense, according to his Ouachita bio.

In addition to Gatling’s departure, both of the programs’ graduate assistants will not return next season. Former Razorback Jhasmin Bowen took a college GA job at … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Lang signs with La. Tech

NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER Kierra Lang, Springdale senior, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Bentonville High.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JASON IVESTER
Kierra Lang, Springdale senior, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, at Bentonville High.


Kierra Lang graduated from Springdale High a little more than two weeks ago, but was back in Bulldog Gym on Monday to announce her college destination.

The all-state point guard faked out the crowd at her signing ceremony by first jokingly committing to Springdale. Moments later, she picked up a Louisiana Tech t-shirt off of the table in front … Continue Reading ››

The Apple Plan — Revisited

Who could have imagined a Class 7A conference with schools from Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale — and no Fayetteville? It would have happened, starting this fall, had the Arkansas Activities Association and the state schools listened to me. Almost four years ago, I wrote an article on an idea that just popped into my head one day. Instead of the current classification cycle — 16 schools in Class 7A and 6A, 32 in Class 5A and 48 in Class 4A — I envisioned a plan using 24 in Class 7A and 6A and 32 schools in Class 5A and 4A. It looked wonderful at … Continue Reading ››

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