High School Sports - Northwest Arkansas

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Warren quarterback Hayden ...

Warren quarterback Hayden Lassiter practices Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock in preparation for Friday night’s Class 4A championship game against Pea Ridge. Lassiter has passed for 3,097 yards and rushed for 1,049 yards this season. He also plays safety on defense, stars on the Lumberjacks’ basketball and baseball teams, and is a two-time Class 4A state golf champion.

Little Rock Fair’s ...

Little Rock Fair’s Kris Bankston (32), a 6-8 senior, will lead the War Eagles into this week’s Jammin’ For Jackets tournament.

First-year Pea Ridge ...

First-year Pea Ridge Coach Stephen Neal talks with his team during the Blackhawks’ practice at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock on Tuesday. Pea Ridge will make its first appearance in a state title game Friday night at 7 p.m. when it faces Warren.

Bentonville West’s Gabe ...

Bentonville West’s Gabe Hornsby (3) dunks over Huntsville’s Alex Pemberton on Tuesday at Wolverine Arena in Centerton.

Mount Ida coach ...

Mount Ida coach Michael White

Fayetteville players celebrate ...

Fayetteville players celebrate after the Bulldogs’ victory over North Little Rock in the Class 7A championship game at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. It was the Bulldogs’ second consecutive state title and fifth overall.

Pulaski Academy players ...

Pulaski Academy players hold up the championship trophy after the Bruins won their third consecutive state title by knocking off Wynne 55-16 in the Class 5A fi nal on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Russellville players celebrate ...

Russellville players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Greenwood in the Class 6A championship game Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The Cyclones claimed their first state title since the Arkansas Activities Association instituted its modern playoff system in 1968.

Russellville quarterback Cole ...

Russellville quarterback Cole Fulsom, who passed for 249 yards and 2 touchdowns and rushed for 75 yards, was named the game’s MVP.

Emma Wisdom (5) ...

Emma Wisdom (5) of Rogers High goes up for a shot while Kelsey Richmond (3) of Ozark, Mo., defends Saturday.

Russelville's Caleb Stokes ...

Russelville's Caleb Stokes makes a catch as Greenwood's Caleb Fowler closes in for the tackle during the 6A Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Wynne Coach Chris ...

Wynne Coach Chris Hill and his undefeated Yellowjackets will get another crack at Pulaski Academy today in the Class 5A state championship game. The Yellowjackets lost 35-21 to the Bruins in Week 2 last season and 38-28 in the 2014 final.

Russellville quarterback Cale ...

Russellville quarterback Cale Fulsom (above) has completed 215 of 327 passes for 2,582 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. His favorite target, Caleb Stokes, has caught 68 passes for 950 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Fayetteville Coach Bill ...

Fayetteville Coach Bill Blankenship is doused by players after winning the Class 7A state title in his first season with the Bulldogs.

Pea Ridge defenders ...

Pea Ridge defenders Mike Mahoney (45), Trevor Hyman (80) and Seth Trammell (72) celebrate after sacking Shiloh Christian quarterback Connor Reece during Friday’s game at Blackhawks Stadium in Pea Ridge. The Blackhawks won 30-24 to advance to next week’s Class 4A state championship game.

Warren receiver Keemontrae ...

Warren receiver Keemontrae McKnight (left) makes a catch at the goal line in front of Prairie Grove defender Clay Fidler during Friday’s game at Tiger Stadium in Prairie Grove. McKnight had 143 yards on 6 catches for the Lumberjacks, who won 48-28 and will face Pea Ridge for the Class 4A title.

Hunter Heller (45) ...

Hunter Heller (45) of Greenwood stalks Siloam Springs quarterback Luke Lampton Oct. 7 at Panther Stadium in Siloam Springs.

Drew Winn of ...

Drew Winn of Pea Ridge falls into the end zone for a touchdown as Austin Hix of Shiloh Christian defends Friday at Blackhawks Stadium in Pea Ridge. The Blackhawks won 30-24 and will face Warren in the 4A State Championship.

Isaac Disney (2) ...

Isaac Disney (2) of Prairie Grove hauls in a pass over D’Shawn Jackson of Warren on Friday at Tiger Stadium in Prairie Grove.

Treylon Burks (13) ...

Treylon Burks (13) of Warren makes a catch as Isaac Disney (2) and Stone Bryant (33) of Prairie Grove defend Friday at Tiger Stadium in Prairie Grove.

Luke Waller (16), ...

Luke Waller (16), Fayetteville High defensive back, returns an interception for a touchdown Friday against North Little Rock at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock.

Fayetteville Highs Kester ...

Fayetteville Highs Kester Olson (32) shakes North Little Rock’s Wynton Ruth as he returns a fumble for a touchdown during the second half Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The Fayetteville Bulldogs ...

The Fayetteville Bulldogs celebrate winning the 7A state title Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.

North Little Rock ...

North Little Rock Coach Jamie Mitchell endured a few rough outings during the early stages of the 2015 season, his first with the program, but he eventually got the Charging Wildcats on the right path. Now in his second year, Mitchell has North Little Rock one victory away from winning its first state championship since the district’s former high schools, Ole Main and Northeast, merged in 1990.