In this file photo Bauxite coach Daryl Patton watches as a middle school player throws during practice Monday morning on his school's baseball field.
Bauxite went from a winless season to four victories in 2017, undergoing one of the state's most surprising turnarounds.
Katelyn Tuohy, dominant in cross country and track and field, has been honored as the female national prep athlete of the year.
Shiloh Christian's Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase will continue to thrive despite a new rule passed last summer.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Tate Robards, Broken Arrow quarterback, throws a pass Saturday, July 14, 2018, during the first finals game against Fayetteville in the Southwest Elite 7 on 7 Showcase at Shiloh Christian's Champions Stadium.
David Alexander never blinked when he rolled the dice on a one-play chance to win the Southwest Elite 7on7 Showcase.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/PAUL BOYD Levi Easley, 17, (right) practices team roping with his father, Rod, at the arena behind their house in Lowell. Easley will be competing in the National High School Finals Rodeo beginning Wednesday in Rock Springs, Wyo.
LOWELL -- Levi Easley is just carrying on a family tradition.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF @NWABENGOFF Chad Graham, Elkins wide receiver, catches a pass under pressure from Christion Wise Friday, July 13, 2018, during pool round game in the Southwest Elite 7 on 7 Showcase at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium in Springdale.
Bryan Hutson had to hit the ground running when he accepted the head football coaching position at Elkins late this spring, and he hasn't slowed down much since.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CHARLIE KAIJO Fayetteville wide receiver Connor Flannigan runs the ball during the Southwest Elite 7on7 tournament, Friday, July 13, 2018 at Harmon Stadium in Fayetteville.
Connor Flannigan was quick to show off his passing-catching skills against Ozark on Friday.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Shiloh Christian quarterback Eli Reece looks to pass against Springfield, Mo., Friday, July 13, 2018, during the Southwest Elite 7 on 7 tournament at Champions Stadium at Shiloh Christian in Springdale. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see more photographs from the game.
Bentonville High had to go the full 40 yards to break a tie, and only 40.5 seconds to pull off the feat.
Branson High may not have started great at the inaugural Battle at the Border 7-on-7 football tournament, but it sure finished well.
A pair of 7-on-7 tournaments will give area high school teams plenty of opportunities to pass the football over the next three days.