S Lady Bulldogs claim victory in scrimmage match against Lady Spartans

BENTONVILLE — In a pre-season volleyball scrimmage Aug. 2, the Decatur Lady Bulldogs chalked up their first win for 2018 when they faced the Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy Lady Spartans at Spartan Gym in Bentonville. Since taking over the Decatur team last May, coach Tajie Turner has moved the program in a different direction than in previous seasons. "The team has really improved in practice so far this summer," said Turner. "I have four exceptional players that I plan on rotating through the lineup that can play any position. But my entire team has shown they understand volleyball and are ready to commit to the sport, to the team and to each other." Continue Reading »

S Ortiz to takeover Decatur football program

DECATUR -- When Sheldon McKinzie took a coaching position for the Gravette Lions in late June, new athletic director Toby Conrad found himself without a football coach for the upcoming Decatur Bulldogs season. As luck would have it, in less than a week, Conrad found himself with not only a new head football coach but also a new high school math teacher. James Ortiz accepted the football and teaching position on June 30 and will begin the pre-season football practice in early August. He comes to the Decatur program from Pea Ridge, where he was an assistant coach for nine years. Continue Reading »

S Area cardiologist discusses sudden cardiac arrest symptoms with high school coaches

ROGERS -- Hank Gathers was one of the best men's college basketball players in the country and likely headed for the NBA following graduation from Loyola Marymount, but the 23-year-old collapsed and died of sudden cardiac arrest while playing in 1990. Continue Reading »

S Coaches cautioned against MRSA threat

ROGERS -- It's been almost a decade since Casey Russell told his football coaches at Gravette his back hurt too badly to practice. It was September 2009 and the Gravette junior was experiencing severe back pain that he thought came from a routine hit on the football field. A few days later, his case turned out to be anything but routine. Continue Reading »