Some of the 7A-West Conference track and field records could be rewritten during this year's conference meet, which is scheduled for Thursday at Fayetteville's Ramay Junior High.
Weather could play a factor this year as storms are scheduled. The other factor is an athlete who is already an automatic qualifier for the state meet being held out in hopes of allowing a teammate an opportunity to qualify.
The most likely record to break is the boys pole vault, which currently stands at 16 feet by Fayetteville's Chris Adams in 1988. Springdale Har-Ber junior Zach McWhorter has already surpassed that mark this season, … Continue Reading ››
NOTE: These are the state's best performances in high school outdoor track meets through April 25, based off of meets that were covered or whose results were included on the ar.milesplit.com website.
Coaches who have athletes with performances that should be included in this group should send the athlete's name (all four names if a relay event is involved) with the time or distance and where the performance took place to Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports writer Henry Apple at email@example.com.
A 7-0 start afforded Springdale a two-game lead in the 7A-West standings, but losses in two of the last three games have knocked the Bulldogs into a tie for first with Bentonville.
The Bulldogs (14-4, 8-2) face the Tigers on Tuesday in a game that could wind up deciding the conference champion. Springdale beat Bentonville 5-0 at home in the teams’ first meeting thanks to five goals by senior Leo Araujo.
A sprained ankle kept Araujo, who has a team-best 13 goals, out of a 3-0 … Continue Reading ››
Kristina Henry has seen opposing teams bunch several players around the goal in hopes of keeping Bentonville from scoring, but that’s not the way Fort Smith Northside did against the Lady Tigers last week.
The Lady Bears put the game solely on their defense and placed nine of their 11 players near the box, which forced Bentonville (13-4, 10-0) to take longer shots than usual.
“I’ve seen some teams do that, but not that deliberately,” Henry said. “It was definitely a test for our players, and it was causing them to get frustrated. I just kept telling them if we scored one … Continue Reading ››
The defending champion was down in the fall, but it’s not out yet.
Bentonville, who was unranked in the MaxPreps Cup standings when the fall sports were completed, vaulted itself to the No. 6 spot after the winter sports were finished and is within striking distance of winning that title a third consecutive year. The two-time defending MaxPreps Cup champion finished fall sports with state titles in girls tennis and girls cross country and a state runnerup in boys cross country.
Bentonville, fueled by its state championships in boys and girls swimming and its runnerup finishes in boys basketball and wrestling, has … Continue Reading ››
Charleston defensive coordinator Brett Hobbs was hired in the same role at Springdale on Friday.
Hobbs is a Springdale alum and played for legendary coach Jarrell Williams before graduating in 2000 and continuing his career at Arkansas Tech. He played against Springdale head coach Zak Clark while Clark was at Fayetteville and then again when Clark transferred to UCA.
As a coach, Hobbs won two state championships in three years at Charleston after previously serving as Van Buren’s defensive coordinator for five years.
“We’ve kept in contact and he has a tremendous work ethic,” Clark said. “He’s a great guy and he’s done … Continue Reading ››