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 ››
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'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 … Continue Reading ››
The second time around should provide a smoother transition for Bentonville West's golf teams this fall, but it won't come without its share of challenges.
For instance, Wolverines coach Curt Yarrington had to cut players off his boys team before the season started.
"I'm carrying 15 boys," Yarrington said. "That aspect of it, as far as evaluating, has been a little harder. Of course, that's the worst part of coaching is making cuts, no matter what the sport."
West has four of its top players return from the inaugural, and that group is led by Sam O'Brien. The junior took part in last … Continue Reading ››
Jacob Winkel became Rogers Heritage's first golfer to qualify for the Overall State Golf Tournament last season, but now coach Jay Gilstrap is hoping his team can become a contender as well.<br><br>
Senior Matt Cochran and junior Logan Rumsey are the lone holdovers, who played in the top five a year ago. Gilstrap is also excited about several underclassmen, who could develop into top flight golfers.<br><br>
"Matt's a lefty, who's got a great personality for the game," said Gilstrap, who starts his 10th season with the War Eagles boys and 28th as a golf coach. "Logan is a player I saw as … Continue Reading ››
Rogers High boys golf coach Marcus Alexander can't help but be excited for the upcoming season. The Mounties return four of their top five and the lone newcomer posted the low score at the recent Springdale Bulldog Invitational.<br><br>
Freshman Andrew Fakult fired a five-under par67 to earn medalist honors and lead the Mounties to the team victory as well with
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Most high school teams enter an upcoming season with holes to fill, which are usually caused by graduation.
Bentonville's girls tennis team is no exception, but the voids the Lady Tigers must fill are more than coach Nick Nersesian first anticipated. This time, graduation isn't the only culprit.
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Bentonville High's girls golfers appeared to be headed toward a rebuilding phase this fall.
The Lady Tigers lost three starters from last year's state runnerup team, including Class 7A state individual champion Kate Robertson and all-state player Maddie Weston. If that wasn't enough, there weren't any girls trying out to fill those voids and left the numbers even smaller.
Lilly Thomas, who … Continue Reading ››
By this time, the AAA archives are pretty bare of state tournament programs. The archives did have a few overall tournament programs during this period, but the rest were provided by Fort Smith sportswriter/historian Leland Barclay and myself.
1992 was the last year of the Overall Tournament. After that, the AAA went to a State Finals format where every championship game was played at one site. It has been at Barton Colesium in Little Rock, the Pine Bluff Convention Center, Verizon Arena in North Little Rock and the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Unfortunately, there are some really good programs from this era … Continue Reading ››