S Gravette Lions participate in Siloam Springs football camp

SILOAM SPRINGS — The football team camp hosted by Siloam Springs on Thursday night proved to be a big hit. The Panthers hosted Benton County neighbor Gravette and Washington County's Farmington for a two-hour evening workout session at Panther Stadium on Thursday. The teams had to deal with warm temperatures at the start of the team camp but, by the time it was over, the sun had dipped behind the press box and shade enveloped a good bit of the field. "It was pretty hot at 6 (p.m.) when we started, but it's a pretty good deal," said Siloam Springs head coach Bryan Ross. "We've got most of our kids here. A few people could show up and watch and it's a good deal." Gravette head coach Bill Harrelson was particularly impressed with the football facility in Siloam Springs, which will be entering its third season of operation. "We've got great weather and an unbelievable facility," Harrelson said. "This is the first time I've been in this stadium. I think it's my favorite stadium. It's really nice, and we really appreciate (Siloam Springs) Coach (Bryan) Ross having us over here, and we're getting a lot of reps and it's a lot of fun for our kids." Continue Reading »

S Bulldogs gain valuable game experience during West Fork team camp

WEST FORK — The Decatur Bulldog senior boys' team traveled south July 12 and 14 to participate in the off-season West Fork team camp. The Bulldogs played a series of two three-game matchups with several of its old 2A rivals such as Mountainburg and Eureka Springs. Continue Reading »

S Former Gentry star Still works in health care

GENTRY — Dick Johnson witnessed dozens of amazing athletes in 25 years as a football coach and administrator. Former Fayetteville Bulldogs Ronnie Brewer Jr., Blake Parker, Wallace Spearmon and Ben Tschepikow are just a few. But it was during his brief stint at Gentry when he coached what he calls the best of the bunch — Rick Still. "He is truly one of the most gifted athletes I ever coached," Johnson said. "He was such a pure athlete." Johnson recalls Still "bowling a 200" the first time he picked up a bowling ball and how he was "a great golfer right off the bat." At 6-foot, 200 pounds, Still shined in three sports for the Pioneers and was a three-year starter as a left-handed quarterback under Johnson. Continue Reading »