Fayetteville’s Lauren Holmes (from left) (athlete of the year), Bentonville Haas Hall’s Tori Willis (newcomer of the year) and Fayetteville’s Rebecca Boushelle (runner of the year)
GIRLS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR LAUREN HOLMES, FAYETTEVILLE
ZACH McWHORTER, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER
Springdale High’s Leo Araujo (left) (player of the year) and Springdale High’s Jose Vega (newcomer of the year)
LEO ARAUJO, FAYETTEVILLE
Fayetteville’s Hannah Davis (from left) (player of the year), Siloam Springs’ Brent Crenshaw (coach of the year) and Bentonville’s Merrill Leak (newcomer of the year)
HANNAH DAVIS, FAYETTEVILLE
Bentonville’s Maddy Prough (from left) (player of the year), Bentonville’s Kent Early (coach of the year) and Rogers High’s Alex McManus (newcomer of the year).
MADDY PROUGH, BENTONVILLE
Springdale Har-Ber’s Brady Patrick (from left) (player of the year), Shiloh Christian’s Moe Henry (coach of the year) and Springdale High’s Andrew Roach (newcomer of the year).
BRADY PATRICK, SPRINGDALE HAR-BER
Fayetteville football coach Daryl Patton talks to his team Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, during a practice at War Memorial Stadium.
Daryl Patton spoke publicly for the first time Friday since his sudden resignation as head football coach at Fayetteville on May 12.
It is completely normal for a football coach to see wide eyes from his newest players when spring drills began, and Bryan Pratt saw his fair share of them earlier this month.
FAYETTEVILLE Even with a talented roster expected back from last season’s Class 7A state championship team, the Purple Bulldogs are no different than any other team in that several holes will need to be filled before next fall.
Taylor Powell, Fayetteville quarterback, tosses the ball back to a referee Nov. 6 at Harmon Play Field in Fayetteville. The Bulldogs will open their football season at home Sept. 2 against Blue Springs (Mo.) North.
Class 7A Bentonville High Tigers
FAYETTEVILLE -- The football coaching vacancy at defending state champion Fayetteville has drawn several of the top coaches in Arkansas.
Former Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton was hired Thursday as the new head football coach at Bauxite.
Springdale Har-Ber expects to have a new girls varsity basketball coach by the end of next week.
Poyen’s Lathan Wylie, playing for the South team, leaps to pull in a wild throw from the catcher as Greenbrier’s Cody McKnight safely steals second base for the North team Tuesday during the first inning of the Central Arkansas All-Star Game at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The South defeated the North 8-3.
Logan Honeycutt knows that change is coming in his baseball future. But for now he is making the most of the present.
BASKETBALL Arkansas-Oklahoma State set for Jan. 28 FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ basketball team will play at Oklahoma State on Jan. 28 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, the SEC office announced Tuesday.
Magnolia players pile on the infield after beating Sylvan Hills 4-1 to win the Class 5A state championship Saturday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
Magnolia sacrifices effectively to cap title runPosted: May 22, 2016 at 2:29 a.m.
Magnolia's most effective offense Saturday afternoon was the sacrifice.
Booneville’s Trent Wooldridge (right) is tagged out at home by Horatio’s Cole Boyd to end a Bearcats’ threat during Saturday’s Class 3A state title game. The Lions put an end to Booneville’s 10-game winning streak with a 7-0 victory.
Baseball fans from Horatio arrived at Baum Stadium Saturday wearing shirts that read "Feed the Fire."
Woodlawn came up with only one hit Saturday morning but it did not deter the Bears from winning their fourth state title in the last nine years.
Baserunner Maggie Hicks (right) is greeted by Corbin Talbert after scoring a run for Sheridan in Saturday’s Class 6A state softball final at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. The Lady Yellowjackets beat Benton 6-0 to win the title after losing in the championship game the past two seasons.
Sheridan champions for first time since 1999Posted: May 22, 2016 at 2:25 a.m.
Colby Norman was caught between third base and home plate, and an ensuing rundown seemed imminent.
Lady Red Hawks battle back from 4-run deficit in 7th to take improbable victoryPosted: May 22, 2016 at 2:23 a.m.
Concord was four runs ahead and one out away from winning the Class 1A softball title Saturday afternoon at Bogle Field.
It was a Class 3A three-peat.
Harrison coach Chris Pratt directs his team against Pulaski Academy Saturday, May 21, 2016, during the Class 5A state championship game at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.
Harrison is once again the top girls' soccer team in Class 5A.
A dejected Haley Borgeteien-James of Gentry reacts to a fourth Central Arkansas Christian goal during the Lady Mustangs’ 4-1 victory in the Class 4A girls championship Saturday in Fayetteville.
Central Arkansas Christian exacted some revenge in the Class 4A state girls soccer final Saturday afternoon at Razorback Field.
The Dardanelle boys won their first state soccer title in their first attempt, and the Sand Lizards left no doubt about who is best in Class 4A.
Hot Springs' first state soccer title didn't come easily, but it came suddenly.
Benji Mahan, Fayetteville interim head football coach, speaks Friday during first period action of the Purple and White Scrimmage on of the Purple and White Scrimmage at the high school.
FAYETTEVILLE -- A laid-back night of football capped off spring practice for Fayetteville on Friday at Harmon Stadium, as the team closed out spring drills with its annual Purple-White Game.
Bentonville senior goalkeeper Ben Barron makes a save during the Tigers’ 2-0 victory over Springdale on Friday during the Class 7A boys soccer state championship game at Razorback Field in Fayetteville. It was Bentonville’s third consecutive title.
SPRINGDALE -- The 7A-West's co-Most Valuable Players had a one-on-one showdown early in the 7A boys state championship match at Razorback Field on Friday.
Junior Lauren Holly (left) of Bentonville celebrates after scoring past Cabot freshman goalkeeper Maggie Martin in the Class 7A girls soccer championship game Friday at Razorback Field in Fayetteville. Bentonville won its fourth girls title in five years.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Lauren Holly was supposed to have two teammates help her rush the net as Victoria Mitchell launched a shot.
Siloam Springs players celebrate after a goal in Friday’s 2-0 victory over Russellville in the Class 6A boys soccer championship game at Razorback Field in Fayetteville. Siloam Springs won the boys and girls 6A titles Friday.
Boys claim 6A title after near missesPosted: May 21, 2016 at 2:32 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Siloam Springs has won its share of state championships in boys soccer in recent years, but the Panthers have found the Class 6A title an elusive target since moving up in class in four years ago.
Rachel Prochazka (left) of Russellville tries to steal the ball from Audrey Maxwell of Siloam Springs during Friday’s Class 6A girls soccer state championship game.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Audrey Maxwell saw the open goal and fired away as hard as she could.
Sometimes there’s no better motivation than a humiliating loss.
Keelah Griffith (far left) is grabbed by her Bentonville teammates after hitting a three-run home run in Class 7A state softball championship game against North Little Rock at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. The Lady Tigers beat the Lady Charging Wildcats 12-1.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The only thing Bentonville couldn't do Friday afternoon was drench Coach Kent Early with the contents of its water cooler after winning the school's first state softball championship.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Vilonia relinquished the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Jordan Ward made sure Mena was to repeat as Class 4A state softball champions Friday night.
Tamara Strawn didn't need a refresher course on the Benton and Sheridan softball rivalry when she took over the Lady Yellowjackets program in the summer of 2014, but today she'll get a chance to make her mark.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Hector was a strike away from its first softball state championship. But in barely a blink of an eye, it was Spring Hill won its second consecutive title.
Bryant left fielder Evan Lee connects for a two-run home run against Conway Friday, May 20, 2016, during the Class 7A state championship game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville.
Seniors Jackson, Lee carry Bryant by ConwayPosted: May 21, 2016 at 2:12 a.m.
Zach Jackson and Evan Lee are going to feel right at home at Baum Stadium.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Gunner Gilbert stepped off the back of the pitcher's mound and adjusted his cap, then climbed back and toed the rubber.
Jonesboro pitcher Skyler Boyle (right) gets a hug from Tate Snider after holding league rival Mountain Home to just three hits in the Hurricane’s 8-1 victory in the Class 6A state championship game.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Everything was working for Jonesboro senior left-hander Skylar Boyle on Friday morning, especially the Hurricane's defense.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Armorel put an exclamation point on the end of its 2016 season Friday when they blasted Viola 13-1 in a five-inning mercy-rule victory at Baum Stadium to capture their second consecutive Class 1A state championship.