Springdale Har-Ber handed coach Sandy Wright her 500th career victory with a 58-44 win over Van Buren on Saturday. It was the season-opener for Har-Ber, which placed three players in double figures.
Wright hopes to build another winner at Har-Ber after losing eight seniors from a team that finished 20-10. Three of those players were starters, including forward Bailey Schalk and guards Paige Redmond and Carlye Bohannon, who are both playing in college this season. Schalk was a three-year starter who decided not to continue her basketball career in college.
Bentonville's defense had a reason to be tired Friday night.
North Little Rock's offense wound up with 82 plays and kept the ball for more than 34 minutes in its Class 7A state playoff quarterfinal game at Tiger Stadium, but the Tigers' defense found its second wind at the right moment.
Bentonville didn't give up another yard after North Little Rock had a first-and-10 at the Tigers 13, and that allowed the Tigers to hang on for a 28-21 victory.
"Our defense stepped up at the end," Bentonville coach Jody Grant said. "We talked to them on that fourth down and told them … Continue Reading ››
Devon Young scored a team-high 10 points to lead a balanced Springdale offense, but the Bulldogs’ efforts on the defensive end were what keyed a 51-31 win over Mountain Home in their home opener.
Senior guard David Carachure added eight points for Springdale (2-0), one of four players to score eight or more. But he really made his mark on the defensive end, holding Mountain Home go-to guard Howie Wehmeyer, who scored a game-high 15, to just four points in the second half, denying the ball and playing the passing lanes for steals or playing great one-on-one defense when Wehmeyer did … Continue Reading ››
SPRINGDALE — Kierra Lang finally started playing basketball without her knee brace in early November.
The reason was simple.
“Coach (Erin Gatling) made it strong enough to where I thought that I could take it off and play without it,” said Lang, who has battled patella injuries the last two years. “Once I let let loose with that, I really got to get into rhythm and get confidence back.”
Lang’s quickness was evidence. So was her confidence, especially when she hit a corner 3-pointer with 1:39 left that put Springdale up for good as it clawed out a 54-47 home win over Mountain … Continue Reading ››
Springdale Har-Ber survived a major scare in a playoff game Friday after beating Conway by 30 points in Week 3.
Tyler Blackston scored on a 37-yard pass play with 1:07 left to play to give Har-Ber a 20-17 victory over Conway at Wildcat Stadium. Har-Ber (10-1) advanced to the state semifinals at home against Fort Smith Southside, which surprised Cabot 35-25.
Blackston also scored on a short touchdown run for Har-Ber, which fell behind 17-13 to Conway in the fourth quarter. Har-Ber regained the lead oN its final drive of the night, when Blackston scored on a pass over the middle from … Continue Reading ››
Fayetteville barely, barely survived a tough Bryant Hornet team on Friday. The Bulldogs were outplayed for the first half but stormed back with tough defense in the 2nd half.
Questionable officiating nearly cost the Bulldogs late, but a Nick Scalise interception saved the day in the final minute.
Fayetteville moves on to play rival Bentonville in the semis.
BENTONVILLE — Tim Fernandez came up with a key defensive play for the second straight week and helped Bentonville hold on for a 28-21 victory over North Little Rock in Class 7A state playoff quarterfinal action Friday night.
Fernandez, a senior defensive end, sacked North Little Rock quarterback Corvasea Cooney for a 5-yard loss on a fourth-and-11 play from the Bentonville 14 with under 2 minutes remaining. The Tigers (10-1) then ran out the clock, thanks to Jacob Clark's 16-yard run on a third-and-6 play.
Bentonville, which hosts Fayetteville in semifinal action next week, led 28-7 at halftime. Logan Darby scored twice … Continue Reading ››
BETWEEN THE LINES Pea Ridge running back Zaine Holley has rushed for over 1,600 yards in the Blackhawks ground-oriented attack. … Pea Ridge will rotate quarterbacks Cole Wright and Jakota Sainsbury, who are combining for around 125 yards passing a game. … Bradley Beavers leads the Blackhawks’ defense in tackles with over 140. … A Pea Ridge victory would mark the third time in the last four seasons that the Blackhawks have won 10 games. … Pea Ridge is riding a four-game winning streak. … Robinson … Continue Reading ››
BETWEEN THE LINES The two teams have met five times since 2006, with Bentonville sporting a 4-1 edge in the series … The two teams met in a Class 7A semifinal game last year at War Memorial Stadium, with Bentonville earning a 42-10 victory … They share two common opponents in … Continue Reading ››