2018-20 Classifications Announced

The Arkansas Activities Association has announced the classification breakdown of the state's high schools for all sports except football as a result of Proposal No. 9 being passed during the annual meeting of the governing body July 31 in Little Rock.

This will become effective with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. The number beside each school's name is its average attendance in grades 9-11 over a three-year span (estimated in some instances, such as newer schools), and private schools must play one classification higher.

Conference assignments for each school will be announced at a later date.

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Springdale High 2017 Season Preview

Team chemistry was a major talking point throughout coach Meagan Thompson’s first season at Springdale.

A year later, she feels her Lady Red’Dogs are a stronger team thanks to a year of familiarity and offseason experience.

“I feel like our chemistry is a lot better, and even being with me for a full year,” Thompson said. “I know my players really well, and they know each other better and they have more trust. The chemistry on the court is just better, and last year that’s something we kind of struggled with.”

Another reason for optimism this year is returning production. KeKe Turner, who … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Har-Ber 2017 Season Preview

Springdale Har-Ber coach Shyrah Schisler graduated 12 players from a strong senior class after last season’s state finals run – a hit that could set some programs back.

Schisler doesn’t believe that to be the case with hers.

Har-Ber won 29 matches last season by mid-October and finished with a school-record 32 in 2016 before falling to Fayetteville in the state finals. Schisler’s previous two teams set the bar high, but the coach says this group has the same expectations for itself as play opens tonight.

“I think we have young personnel, but personnel that has the same (goals),” Schisler said. “People will … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage volleyball preview

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANTHONY REYES ¥ @NWATONYR Brooklynn Head (27) Rogers Heritage sophomore defends a shot from Jessie Davis (16) Springdale High junior Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 in Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale.
Brooklynn Head (27) Rogers Heritage sophomore defends a shot from Jessie Davis (16) Springdale High junior Thursday Sept. 1, 2016 in Bulldog Gymnasium in Springdale.
ROGERS — Lady War Eagles coach Lindsey Biocic may not have a very experienced team this season, but she likes their work ethic to this point.<br><br> Biocic returns five … Continue Reading ››

Second Time Around — Bentonville West 2017 Season Preview

Bentonville West's volleyball team may have caught some by surprise when its inaugural season was capped by a trip to the Class 7A state tournament.

While the Lady Wolverines cherished the moment at the time, it just meant the stakes were raised a little higher for the second season.

"Making it into the state tournament in our first year was good for us," West coach Julie Rowan said. "So now, they've been talking about not having that sophomore slump. Last year, Everything positive was positive. Unfortunately, this year the expectation is so much higher.

"We can't use the excuse … Continue Reading ››

Unfinished Business — Bentonville High 2017 Season Preview

The battle cry for Bentonville High's volleyball team this season can be found on the top of the Lady Tigers' schedule.

It simply reads "Unfinished Business," and coach Michelle Smith traces its origin to the end of last season, when Bentonville suffered a second-round loss to North Little Rock in the Class 7A state tournament.

"Our seniors didn't have the season last year that they felt they should have had," Smith said. "We underachieved a lot of times. As a coaching staff, we pulled out all the stops, and we were dumbfounded at the state tournament. We were speechless and … Continue Reading ››

Rogers Heritage tennis preview

Emily Dillard returns as the Lady War Eagles tennis coach this season after stepping away from coaching for a year. She has a solid core four returning, even though none are seniors.<br><br> Junior Annie Stribling will likely play No. 1 singles. She caught Dillard's eye even as a freshman. The quartet of Stribling, Abby Snipes, Bernice Portal and Emily Gilchrist are four experienced players, who were on the team when Dillard coached two years ago.<br><br> "Rachel Grom is one who has caught my eye in summer practices," Dillard said. "She's a freshman. I think that means a lot to show that commitment, … Continue Reading ››

Rogers High tennis preview

The Rogers High Lady Mounties may return just one player who qualified for the state tournament, but that hasn't dampened coach Matt Fulton's enthusiasm for this year's group.<br><br> Junior Brittany Matthews qualified for the state tournament in singles last year, but should pair nicely with freshman Caroline Long at No. 1 doubles this season, Fulton said. <br><br> Junior Erica Jaggernauth, who moved to Rogers over the summer from Bixby, Okla., will likely play No. 1 singles. Senior Cameron Barr and three-year litter winner Kayla Haddock will also figure prominently high in the lineup.<br><br> Several talented freshman will also play key roles, too, , … Continue Reading ››

Bentonville West 2017 Season Preview

Bentonville West's boys tennis team started from scratch last summer and came away with its first all-state performer when Hayden Shoemake finished fourth in singles play during the Class 7A state tournament.

The sophomore now becomes the foundation the Wolverines can build upon as they begin their second season.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Hayden Shoemake of Bentonville West earned all-state honors last year — the school's first — and will be the foundation for this year's Wolverine tennis team. NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Hayden Shoemake of Bentonville West earned all-state … Continue Reading ››

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