High School Sports - Northwest Arkansas

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First-year Fayetteville Coach ...

First-year Fayetteville Coach Bill Blankenship hasn’t coached on the high school level since 2005, but the former University of Tulsa coach has several key players to rely on to help make the transition easier. The Bulldogs, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s preseason No. 1 team in Class 7A as well as the state’s overall top 10, return several key players from last season’s team that won 14 games and captured its third state championship in the past five years.

Robinson junior Nathan ...

Robinson junior Nathan Page was the Senators’ leading receiver last season, catching 44 passes for 731 yards and 8 touchdowns. Coach Todd Eskola said his group of receivers, which includes former Little Rock Parkview quarterback Koilan Jackson, is ready for great things. “The talent is there,” Eskola said.

Little Rock McClellan ...

Little Rock McClellan running back Pierre Strong rushed for 2,248 yards and 30 touchdowns last season for the Crimson Lions, earning him a spot on the All-Arkansas Preps preseason team.

Fayetteville players celebrate ...

Fayetteville players celebrate their 28-7 win Dec. 5 over Springdale Har-Ber in the Class 7A state championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Heritage quarterback Trey ...

Heritage quarterback Trey Kitterman (left) tries to fight off Fort Smith Northside defender Tanner Cross on Oct. 9, 2015, at David Gates Stadium in Rogers.

Zaine Holley of ...

Zaine Holley of Pea Ridge runs the ball near the end zone against Prairie Grove on Oct. 16 at Blackhawk Stadium in Pea Ridge.

Alma Quarterback Noah ...

Alma Quarterback Noah Dotson attempts a pass June 10 during the Championship game of the 7-on-7 Classic at Little Rock Christian High School.

Quarterback Luke Hales ...

Quarterback Luke Hales of Greenwood jumps over a Benton defender on his way to a first down during a game in 2015.

Taylor Powell of ...

Taylor Powell of Fayetteville scrambles out of the pocket Oct. 16, 2015, against Har-Ber at Wildcat Stadium in Springdale.

Greenwood senior quarterback ...

Greenwood senior quarterback Luke Hales is expected to share time under center with junior Connor Noland as the Bulldogs, ranked preseason No. 1 in Class 6A by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, try to win their first state title since 2012.

Vilonia running back ...

Vilonia running back Cody Mitchell (center) is brought down by several Sylvan Hills defenders during a game last season. The Bears return fi ve defensive starters from a team that finished 6-4 and gave up nearly 29 points per game in 2015.

Pulaski Academy junior ...

Pulaski Academy junior quarterback Layne Hatcher passed for 4,667 yards and 55 touchdowns last year. The Bruins, who enter the season ranked No. 1 in Class 5A by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, have won back-to-back state titles and are riding a 27-game winning streak.

Nashville’s Darius Hopkins ...

Nashville’s Darius Hopkins fights for extra yardage during the Scrappers’ 39-20 victory over Prairie Grove in the Class 4A championship game in December. Hopkins is one of 11 starters returning for the Scrappers as they look to defend their Class 4A title.

Coach Mark Kehner ...

Coach Mark Kehner (left) talks to his team during Monday’s practice. He leads a Glen Rose team coming off a 10-3 season. The team is led by a senior quarterback and an experienced offensive line.

Fayetteville High golfer ...

Fayetteville High golfer Anna Karen Witte reacts as she just misses a putt Tuesday during a triteam match with Rogers Heritage and Siloam Springs at Paradise Valley golf course in Fayetteville.

England Coach Terry ...

England Coach Terry Farmer

Decatur Bulldogs run ...

Decatur Bulldogs run through defensive drills Wednesday at Bulldog Stadium.