Lady Bears, Grizzlies sweep Central

Northside’s girls and boys soccer teams took a pair from Little Rock Central on Thursday night in 6A-Central play. The Lady Bears defeated the Lady Tigers on penalty kicks, after Central had tied the game with five minutes left. Northside (5-3, 1-1) took a 1-0 lead on Madelline Davidson’s goal early in the second half. The Lady Bears goalkeeper Debbie Rangel correctly read Central’s final two attempts, stopping them both. Northside won the boys game, 2-1, though they had some terrible first half luck. Central took a 1-0 lead when a deep ball bounced off of Mickey Zambrana and the wind took it across the goal. Northside (6-3, 1-1) tied it on Jarvin Nieto’s goal, and Luis Paredes scored the winning goal with just under five minutes left to play. Northside will will host Catholic on March 26....


Northside’s Smith to coach in Jordan Brand Classic

On the heels of winning another state championship for Northside Lady Bears basketball, coach Rickey Smith received another prestigious honor. Not only that, but he will have the opportunity to meet one of his idols. Smith was selected to coach in the Jordan Brand Classic, an all-star game involving several of the top high school senior girls basketball players in the nation, on April 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. The game is expected to be televised on one of the ESPN networks. Last Friday, Smith won his seventh state title at Northside as the Lady Bears claimed the 6A championship with a dramatic 36-34 win against Bentonville. “Nike contacted me last week and asked if I would like to coach it,” Smith said. “I said yes, but I wanted to wait until after the state tournament to release it; I didn’t want any distractions for the team or for the kids last week. “But I am really, really excited for the opportunity to work with Nike, and it’s such a prestigious event. ... I’m very, very honored to be selected, but I think it’s a reflection of our program and all the success we’ve had and the tradition of our program.” Smith is one of three coaches for one of the teams, which is designated as the Home Team and will wear white jerseys, playing against the Away Team, which will wear black jerseys. He will be joined by coaches Monique Brown and Emez Oliver, both of whom coach high school teams in Detroit, Mich. Players on the team Smith will be coaching hail from Detroit, as well as from Allen, Texas, Columbus, Ohio, and Santa Cruz, Calif. They will be going to several of the elite college programs in the country including South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Baylor and Notre Dame. The Jordan Brand is a division of Nike and is named after legendary NBA great Michael Jordan, whom Smith said is expected to be in Las Vegas attending the game. “Any opportunity to meet and be involved in anything with Michael Jordan is a lifelong dream for me,” Smith said. “He was my childhood hero growing up and I just loved his killer instinct and passion, so just to be able to meet him and to coach in his game, that is a really, really tremendous honor for me.” Also on Wednesday, Smith disclosed that the Lady Bears, which went 28-1 this past season, finished No. 11 in the final nationwide girls basketball poll put together by USA Today. It was the highest ranking for Northside since 2002, when the Lady Bears finished third in the nation after winning their fourth consecutive state title. “That’s a tremendous honor for our kids,” Smith said. “It’s the second-highest finish in the history of our program. ... For us to be the 11th ranked team in the nation, considering how many high schools across the country there is, I’m just very proud of our kids, and proud of Northside High School, that says a lot about our high school, says a lot about the city of Fort Smith and even the respect level of basketball the state of Arkansas garners.”...


NHS drops opener to Bryant

Northside soccer coach Mauricio Maciel spent a little extra time with his team following Tuesday’s 6A-Central opener with Bryant. There was no yelling. He didn’t raise his voice. But he believes he delivered the message following a surprising 2-1 loss. The defending 6A champs were a tad late on just about everything they did, Maciel said. “We were late to our markings,” he said. “We just seemed to be a step behind. That’s something you can correct. But you have to come out and practice hard.” Northside missed an early chance to score when Luis Paredes’ goal was taken off the board via an offsides penalty. Bryant (2-2-1, 1-0) scored the game’s first goal at the 11:34 mark on J.J. Giron’s goal. But Northside (5-3, 0-1) quickly tied the game less than two minutes later on a penalty kick. Junior Christian Chavez slipped one past keeper Martin Ramirez with 9:49 left to play in the half. “I thought it was a very physical game, and there were some calls that could have gone either way, on both sides, and that was a key,” Maciel said. “We knew coming in Bryant would be physical. But with the roster we have, I believe we can go down there and win at their place the next time we play them.” Maciel changed goalies at the half, only because he thought senior Juan Rivera was more physical. “Mickey Zambrana played the first half,” he said. “I thought Juan was just a little more physical.” Tied at 1, Bryant broke through for the go-ahead goal via Grant Jacuzzi’s header in the 60th minute. “I don’t think this group will panic,” Maciel said. ”(But) have to be better at marking; we have to play with intensity. That’s what I told them.” The Grizzlies travel to Little Rock on Thursday to play Central. Bryant 6, Northside 0 GIRLS — The Bryant Lady Hornets defeated Northside on Tuesday, 6-0. The Lady Bears (4-3, 0-1) travel to Central on Thursday. Senior Alyssa Fason got the scoring going with a goal at the 33:44 mark of the first half. Ashton Inman’s goal with 13:51 left in the first half gave the visitors a 2-0 lead. Byant (4-0, 1-0) added to its lead at the 31:41 mark when Madison Humbard’s header found a crease. Rachel Studdard and Grace Carmack added second half goals....


Lady Bears edged by Bryant in 6A-Central opener

A pitching duel between Northside and Bryant was decided by the winning pitcher — at the plate. Gianni Hulett’s RBI single with two out in the bottom of the ninth broke a scoreless game and gave Bryant a 1-0 win against the Lady Bears in both teams’ 6A-Central opener Tuesday in Bryant. Hulett went 3-for-4 on offense. She also pitched nine scoreless innings, allowing eight hits and striking out 11. Northside pitcher Cailin Massey gave up six hits in a complete-game performance. She struck out two. At the plate for the Lady Bears (4-3, 0-1), Kylie Templemeyer went 2-for-3 and Danessa Teague went 2-for-4. ...


Grizzlies cap remarkable run through state with 6A title, 44-41

A shot from half-court to end the first half was the difference in Friday’s 6A boys championship game between Northside and Bryant. However, it was another shot late in the game that turned out to be even more important. Javion Releford’s deep 3-point basket from the left corner with 1:10 left broke a tie score. Releford also hit two foul shots in the closing seconds as the Northside Grizzlies won their second state title in three seasons, capping a dramatic run through the 6A tourney by downing the Hornets 44-41 at Bank OZK Arena. “Three weeks ago, nobody was talking about Fort Smith Northside, which I liked that,” Grizzly coach Eric Burnett said. “I told (the players) nobody was talking about us going into the state tournament and that’s cool. “I said we were going to ride under the radar; just take care of business one game at a time. ... When the state tournament started, they were on a mission and I think we beat four really good teams to win this title.” The title was the 11th in school history, and the second one in three seasons. Two years ago, the Grizzlies defeated North Little Rock for the 7A championship and went back to the 7A title game last season before NLR returned the favor. Even more improbable was the fact that the Grizzlies (21-11) went into this season without the services of last year’s statewide player of the year, Isaiah Joe. The team also went 2-4 at home and finished 6A-Central play at 8-6, good for the fourth seed out of the conference going into the state tournament. But the Grizzlies opened state by beating Bentonville West before knocking off two higher-seeded squads in Fayetteville and Conway. Northside was also the last team to beat Bryant, which was in the 6A-Central opener, as the Hornets had reeled off 15 straight wins entering Friday, before the Grizzlies prevailed again. “You look at our away record (in conference), and we went 5-2, and the two games we got beat were by one point,” Burnett said. “So I told them, we are built for this stage right here when it comes to state tournament time because we make our non-conference season so dang hard, and when it gets to this time of the year, they’ve seen everything. ... These guys really stepped up.” Releford’s 3 came when Northside, which had led 35-27 through three quarters, was held to four points over the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. In the meantime, the Hornets rallied to tie it at 39-all. But on the next trip down the court, Releford received a pass deep in the left corner, and the senior guard came up clutch, getting the shot to drop to put Northside back in front, 42-39. Up to that point, Releford had been held scoreless. “Coach B has a lot of confidence in me to put me in that position to knock down that shot, so I felt like that shot was (important) for me to knock down,” Releford said. After the Hornets scored on a put-back to cut the Grizzlies’ lead to one entering the final minute, Releford drew a foul with 8.5 seconds left, going to the line in a one-and-one situation. Releford was able to hit both shots for a three-point lead. The Hornets came back down the court and released a potential tying 3, but the shot was missed. Northside junior center Jaylin Williams grabbed his 16th and final rebound on the day as the buzzer sounded, allowing the Grizzlies to celebrate. Williams finished the game leading all scorers with 20 points to go with those 16 boards as he was named the game’s MVP. He also went 9-of-17 from the field, even making a 3. It was sweet redemption for Williams, who missed most of last season’s 7A title game loss to North Little Rock due to an injury. “Missing last year’s state finals game hurt me a lot, and I knew I wanted to get back here and show what I couldn’t do last year,” Williams said. “This year meant a lot to us as a team and everybody that went to the finals last year.” Northside set the tone early Friday by jumping out to a 9-0 lead, with Jaylin Williams scoring six of those points. “I told them the first team that settles down and starts playing their game was going to be the team that had the advantage,” Burnett said. “We did a little something different to start out this game, to isolate Jaylin down on the block where there was no backside help, and he was able to finish a couple of buckets for us, kind of got us going and we were able to kick those jitters out and relax and start playing.” The Grizzlies held Bryant to single digits in the opening two quarters and ended the first half with a dramatic flourish, as senior point guard Jermualle Norwood’s desperation shot from mid-court hit nothing but net, giving Northside a 25-14 halftime advantage. “That gave us some momentum going into the second half because they had just made a run, and when (Norwood) hit that shot, that was big for him,” Burnett said. “He has worked his tail off these last couple of weeks getting himself ready, and I was so glad for him to finish out his final game like that.” Khalen Robinson and Camren Hunter had 11 points apiece to lead Bryant (24-5)....


Wolfenbarger’s game-winning shot caps wild comeback as Lady Bears claim 7th state title

Last weekend, the Northside Lady Bears capped an improbable comeback with a triple-overtime win in the 6A semifinals. The Lady Bears found a way to top that in Friday’s 6A state championship game. Jersey Wolfenbarger’s 15-foot jumper hit nothing but net as time expired as Northside — which trailed 34-29 with 57 seconds left — ended the game on a 7-0 run to stun Bentonville, 36-34, at Bank OZK Arena. “I’m proud of our kids; they had the mental fortitude to stay in there and I’ll give them credit, in the huddles, they were a lot more positive than I was,” Northside coach Rickey Smith said. “It was just one of those nights that you dream about, so just thankful for these kids. “Every little possession just bounced our way late. ... They just stepped up big, they’re winners; we could have lost that game so easily, but they just found a way to get it done.” Northside (28-1) also won its seventh state championship since 1999, all under Smith. The Lady Bears’ previous state title was in 2013. “I lost my father a few years ago, and we raised greyhound dogs as a kid growing up and every dog that we had that was good, he named it ‘Seven,’ so I’ve been chasing it for a long time, I really have and I wish they could be here to see it,” Smith said. “I’m just proud for my kids, they work so hard and we’ve got a lot of rings, I just wanted these kids to get one.” The Lady Bears, who rallied from a 11-point second-half deficit to eventually beat Fayetteville in triple overtime in last Saturday’s semifinals, were down for much of Friday’s game, including seven early in the fourth quarter. Northside was down by five, 34-29, with 57 seconds left after Bentonville’s Natalie Smith hit two free throws. Wolfenbarger, who nearly single-handedly kept Northside in the game, did so again seconds later when she hit a 3-pointer, cutting the Lady Bear deficit to two. Northside then forced a turnover on an inbounds pass attempt, and tied the score with 25 seconds left as junior Jazz Coleman received a pass down low for the finish. Once again, Bentonville turned the ball over as Lady Bear sophomore Tracey Bershers forced a travel near the basket with 10 seconds left, giving Northside one last chance. The Lady Bears then called time out. “We have a sideline press attack, where we try to score,” Smith said. “Our biggest thing was we didn’t want to throw the ball away. “I felt like we had the momentum, and I said the game was ours now. If we either take the last shot or get overtime, I said we’re winning this one, because I felt like we could get it.” In the triple-overtime semifinal win against Fayetteville, Northside had a chance to win it both at the end of regulation and at the end of the first overtime. But Wolfenbarger made sure there wasn’t another overtime game in the cards. She took the inbounds pass from teammate Sara Bershers and sprinted past half-court with seconds ticking away. Wolfenbarger then barely got inside the 3-point line before releasing a shot with her right hand. The ball landed through the net as time ran out, and Wolfenbarger was immediately engulfed by her teammates. “I was just thinking, ’Hey, this is the last final seconds, my team needs points and I’ve got to go score,” Wolfenbarger said. “I love my teammates, they’re my family now and I wanted them to experience something as special as this so they can remember it forever. ?(When the shot went through) I was just trying to find a teammate to hug. ... It was really special because for them to pick me up when I’ve been down or always had my back, this was my chance to give it back to them.” It wasn’t the first time Wolfenbarger rescued her teammates. With Northside trailing 15-5 in the second quarter and struggling to get shots, Wolfenbarger scored eight straight points to close out the first half to get the Lady Bears within striking distance. She hit a 3, made two foul shots, then grabbed an offensive rebound and got a 16-footer to fall while being fouled in the closing seconds. Wolfenbarger then finished off the three-point play with a free throw with 3.5 seconds remaining, as Northside went into the locker room trailing by two, 15-13. “At that point, we came into the locker room with some confidence and a little momentum,” Smith said. “We were down 15-5 and we don’t know what to run offensively. ... But when you’ve got one like (Wolfenbarger), she’s special and she can (come through).” Northside finally pulled even midway through the third quarter, 19-all, on a jumper from Bershers. But Bentonville reeled off seven straight points, and nine of the next 11, to build a 28-21 lead going into the fourth. Wolfenbarger got Northside within two, 29-27, on a jumper with more than four minutes left. Bentonville answered with a basket on the other end; then went up five on two occasions. As it turned out, the Lady Bears had one more improbable comeback left in them. “I thought (Friday) was more improbable, because at least last Saturday we were scoring,” Smith said. Wolfenbarger, named the game’s MVP, led all scorers with 21 points. She made two 3's and went 7-of-7 from the free-throw line, as Northside made all 11 of its free-throw attempts. Avery Hughes had 18 points to lead Bentonville (26-4), also making three 3's....


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BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/29/2018

NHS Grizzlies roll in Coke Classic opener

NHS GRIZZLIES ROLL IN COKE CLASSIC OPENER | Playing for the first time this season in front of their hometown crowd, the Northside Grizzlies put...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/28/2018

NHS Lady Bears improve to 10-0 with win

NHS LADY BEARS IMPROVE TO 10-0 WITH WIN | The Northside Lady Bears raised their record to 10-0 after a 63-39 win Thursday against Skyline (Mo....


STAFF | 12/28/2018

Foot disability doesn’t stop Northside’s Edwards from wrestling

FOOT DISABILITY DOESN’T STOP NORTHSIDE’S EDWARDS FROM WRESTLING | Despite competing for less than two years, Northside senior Brenden Edwards has taken to the sport o...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/27/2018

NHS Lady Bears fend off late Greenwood rally to stay perfect on season

NHS LADY BEARS FEND OFF LATE GREENWOOD RALLY TO STAY PERFECT ON SEASON | In the opening quarter of Thursday’s game, the Northside Lady Bears couldn’t miss a shot. The nex...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/21/2018

Northside boys win big against Pointers

NORTHSIDE BOYS WIN BIG AGAINST POINTERS | The Northside Grizzlies bounced back from a tough loss to West Memphis on Friday with a win on Satur...


STAFF | 12/16/2018

NHS girls remain undefeated with road win

NHS GIRLS REMAIN UNDEFEATED WITH ROAD WIN | Four players each had 12 points as the Northside Lady Bears remained undefeated on the season follow...


STAFF | 12/15/2018

Wolfenbarger helps keep No. 1 ranked Lady Bears unbeaten

WOLFENBARGER HELPS KEEP NO. 1 RANKED LADY BEARS UNBEATEN | There were some big plays made by Northside sophomore point guard Jersey Wolfenbarger at last week’s...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/11/2018

NHS boys claim fifth place at Missouri tourney

NHS BOYS CLAIM FIFTH PLACE AT MISSOURI TOURNEY | The Northside Grizzlies placed fifth at this weekend’s Blue Springs (Mo.) Tournament after posting a...


STAFF | 12/9/2018

Lady Bears dig deep, fend off Moore, 57-53

LADY BEARS DIG DEEP, FEND OFF MOORE, 57-53 | After starting the season by posting five generally dominating wins, it was time for the Northside L...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/8/2018

NHS boys bounce back with win on Friday

NHS BOYS BOUNCE BACK WITH WIN ON FRIDAY | After dropping the opening-round game at the Blue Springs (Mo.) Tournament on Thursday, the Northsid...


STAFF | 12/8/2018

NHS Lady Bears roll in second half to big win to begin ToC

NHS LADY BEARS ROLL IN SECOND HALF TO BIG WIN TO BEGIN TOC | A late second-quarter outbreak of points gave the Northside Lady Bears some breathing room at halfti...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/7/2018

NHS Lady Bears repeat as Great 8 champs

NHS LADY BEARS REPEAT AS GREAT 8 CHAMPS | For the second straight season, the Northside Lady Bears claimed the championship of the Great 8 Cla...


STAFF | 12/2/2018

NHS Lady Bears, Grizzlies pick up two straight wins to begin tourneys

NHS LADY BEARS, GRIZZLIES PICK UP TWO STRAIGHT WINS TO BEGIN TOURNEYS | The Northside Lady Bears will get the chance to win their second straight Great 8 Classic tournament...


STAFF | 12/1/2018

Files highlight BOP tennis list

FILES HIGHLIGHT BOP TENNIS LIST | t was another outstanding season for a pair of area girls tennis players, Northside’s Kate Files and...


STAFF | 11/25/2018

Bryant ends NHS Grizzlies’ season in 7A semifinals

BRYANT ENDS NHS GRIZZLIES’ SEASON IN 7A SEMIFINALS | In the first half of Friday’s 7A semifinal, Northside’s defense forced Bryant to punt the ball five ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/24/2018

NHS returns to Bryant with bigger things at stake

NHS RETURNS TO BRYANT WITH BIGGER THINGS AT STAKE | Friday’s forecast for the 7A semifinal between Northside and Bryant calls for a 90 percent chance of...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/23/2018

Rone a force up front for Grizzlies

RONE A FORCE UP FRONT FOR GRIZZLIES | Raytel Rone won’t be sleeping in on Thanksgiving Day. At 9 a.m., Rone and his Northside teammates...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/22/2018

Smith earns 600th win at NHS in Lady Bears’ season opener

SMITH EARNS 600TH WIN AT NHS IN LADY BEARS’ SEASON OPENER | Northside girls basketball coach Rickey Smith achieved two milestones in the Lady Bears’ season open...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/21/2018

Northside clears quarterfinal hurdle, on to 7A semis

NORTHSIDE CLEARS QUARTERFINAL HURDLE, ON TO 7A SEMIS | Indeed, the third time was the charm for the Northside Grizzlies last week. After having lost in ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/21/2018

NHS LB turns in phenomenal defensive performance in Grizzlies’ playoff win

NHS LB TURNS IN PHENOMENAL DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCE IN GRIZZLIES’ PLAYOFF WIN | In just his second season of playing football, Northside linebacker Anthony “Boo” Travis continues t...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/20/2018

Northside’s Bershers signs with UT-Rio Grande Valley

NORTHSIDE’S BERSHERS SIGNS WITH UT-RIO GRANDE VALLEY | Sara Bershers’ original intention was to attend college and play basketball closer to home. Howev...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/20/2018

Grizzlies make third straight 7A quarterfinals appearance

GRIZZLIES MAKE THIRD STRAIGHT 7A QUARTERFINALS APPEARANCE | The Grizzlies were able to shut down a solid Van Buren offensive attack in a 35-0 win at Mayo-Thomps...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 11/14/2018

NHS girls prepare for upcoming season with benefit against Howe

NHS GIRLS PREPARE FOR UPCOMING SEASON WITH BENEFIT AGAINST HOWE | Among the things Northside coach Rickey Smith likes about his squad entering a new season, balance a...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/14/2018

 NHS rolls past Van Buren in 7A playoffs

NHS ROLLS PAST VAN BUREN IN 7A PLAYOFFS | Three plays into Friday’s 7A opening-round playoff against Van Buren, Northside came up aces both de...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/10/2018

VB, NHS set for rematch to begin 7A playoffs

VB, NHS SET FOR REMATCH TO BEGIN 7A PLAYOFFS | When Van Buren and Northside squared off in early September, it seemed as if a postseason rematch wa...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/9/2018

Northside’s Wise bounces back with big win against SHS; eyeing deeper playoff run

NORTHSIDE’S WISE BOUNCES BACK WITH BIG WIN AGAINST SHS; EYEING DEEPER PLAYOFF RUN | Contrary to popular belief, Northside senior quarterback Derrick Wise didn’t pick up his nickname “D...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/8/2018

NHS turns in “solid” performance in win against archrival

NHS TURNS IN “SOLID” PERFORMANCE IN WIN AGAINST ARCHRIVAL | Sitting on the desk in the office of Northside coach Mike Falleur was the trophy awarded to the winn...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/7/2018

NHS makes it three straight against city rival, 23-13

NHS MAKES IT THREE STRAIGHT AGAINST CITY RIVAL, 23-13 | Though they scored a second-quarter touchdown, the Northside Grizzlies were still trying to find an ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/5/2018

Home playoff at stake in latest renewal of ‘Battle of Rogers Avenue’

HOME PLAYOFF AT STAKE IN LATEST RENEWAL OF ‘BATTLE OF ROGERS AVENUE’ | A conference championship won’t be at stake when Southside and Northside renew the annual “Battle of...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/2/2018

NHS falls to Cabot

NHS FALLS TO CABOT | Northside dropped its third straight game as the Grizzlies were defeated at Cabot, 35-23, in 7A-Cent...


STAFF | 10/28/2018

NHS senior safety brings out big hits

NHS SENIOR SAFETY BRINGS OUT BIG HITS | Greg Washington may be the undisputed vocal leader on the Northside defense. The senior safety’s ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 10/26/2018

Three inducted into NHS Hall of Honor

THREE INDUCTED INTO NHS HALL OF HONOR | Three individuals were part of the newest class of inductees into the Northside High School Hall of ...


STAFF | 10/21/2018

No. 1 NLR runs past Grizzlies, 40-3

NO. 1 NLR RUNS PAST GRIZZLIES, 40-3 | Even though the rain stopped during the first half at Mayo-Thompson Stadium, points continued to pou...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/20/2018

NHS welcomes in No. 1 ranked NLR

NHS WELCOMES IN NO. 1 RANKED NLR | Last week was a tough one for Northside, which was unable to hang on to a 21-7 second-half lead in a...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/19/2018

Conway rallies to defeat NHS

CONWAY RALLIES TO DEFEAT NHS | Things were looking good for Northside early in the second half as the Grizzlies built a 21-7 lead o...


STAFF | 10/14/2018

Northside’s Adkins enjoys moving the opposition on the line

NORTHSIDE’S ADKINS ENJOYS MOVING THE OPPOSITION ON THE LINE | Northside’s Josh Adkins doesn’t mind being aggressive on the football field. Adkins, the Grizzlie...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/12/2018

Defense helps set tone in Northside’s home win

DEFENSE HELPS SET TONE IN NORTHSIDE’S HOME WIN | Northside’s offense certainly did its part in last week’s 40-14 win at Mayo-Thompson Stadium against...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/10/2018

NHS picks up big home win against Catholic

NHS PICKS UP BIG HOME WIN AGAINST CATHOLIC | Northside was more than ready to get back to Mayo-Thompson Stadium following a five-week absence. ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/6/2018

Lady Wampus Cats too much for Lady Bears at home

LADY WAMPUS CATS TOO MUCH FOR LADY BEARS AT HOME | Northside coach Matt Waack feels like his Lady Bears are on the verge of competing with the elite te...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/5/2018

Home at last, NHS to face LR Catholic

HOME AT LAST, NHS TO FACE LR CATHOLIC | A bye week, weather issues, a rain-shortened loss and a much-needed win. That all happened in the...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/5/2018

Northside’s Files claims 6A-Central singles title

NORTHSIDE’S FILES CLAIMS 6A-CENTRAL SINGLES TITLE | After mainly dominating her foes all season long, things didn’t come quite as easy for Northside’s K...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/3/2018

Northside picks up conference road win

NORTHSIDE PICKS UP CONFERENCE ROAD WIN | Northside picked up a big 6A-Central road win at Mount St. Mary on Tuesday, as the Lady Bears won in...


STAFF | 10/3/2018

Northside’s McDougal makes emphatic return to state

NORTHSIDE’S MCDOUGAL MAKES EMPHATIC RETURN TO STATE | Northside’s Addison McDougal originally preferred playing soccer over tennis. “I played tennis pr...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/2/2018

NHS survives Bryant in five sets

NHS SURVIVES BRYANT IN FIVE SETS | Northside appeared to be on its way to a home sweep after the Lady Bears took the first two sets Tue...


STAFF | 10/1/2018

Northside bounces back with win at LR Central

NORTHSIDE BOUNCES BACK WITH WIN AT LR CENTRAL | Coming off their rain-shortened loss to Bryant last week, the Northside Grizzlies could not afford t...


STAFF | 9/30/2018

Grizzlies’ Adams transitions smoothly to cornerback

GRIZZLIES’ ADAMS TRANSITIONS SMOOTHLY TO CORNERBACK | Most of the time, passes aren’t thrown in the direction of Northside cornerback Tyriq Adams. When...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/28/2018

NHS tennis teams prepare for 6A-Central tournament

NHS TENNIS TEAMS PREPARE FOR 6A-CENTRAL TOURNAMENT | Northside and Southside’s tennis players got a sneak preview of the surroundings for next week’s 6A-...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/26/2018

NHS coach moves on from rain-shortened loss

NHS COACH MOVES ON FROM RAIN-SHORTENED LOSS | It was not the scenario Northside envisioned in its highly anticipated 7A-Central opener last week a...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/26/2018

Lady Bears happy to finally be off the road

LADY BEARS HAPPY TO FINALLY BE OFF THE ROAD | A cozy home schedule down the stretch may help the Northside Lady Bears as they head for the 6A-Cent...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 9/25/2018

NHS falls to Bryant in rain-shortened game

NHS FALLS TO BRYANT IN RAIN-SHORTENED GAME | Northside suffered its first loss of the season on Friday in a game which didn’t even make it to hal...


STAFF | 9/23/2018

 Grizzly tailback packs plenty of toughness

GRIZZLY TAILBACK PACKS PLENTY OF TOUGHNESS | He may not look like your prototypical running back. Eli Bolton goes 5-foot-7 and weighs 150 poun...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/21/2018

NHS posts conference road win at Cabot

NHS POSTS CONFERENCE ROAD WIN AT CABOT | The Northside Lady Bears came away with a four-set win on the road at Cabot in 6A-Central action on ...


STAFF | 9/20/2018

Northside’s Hindley picking up pace as cross country runner

NORTHSIDE’S HINDLEY PICKING UP PACE AS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER | It’s not how you start, so the saying goes, but where you end up. Braeden Hindley’s cross country...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 9/19/2018

NLR 3, Northside 0

NLR 3, NORTHSIDE 0 | The Lady Bears were swept at home Thursday in 7A-Central action to North Little Rock, 26-24, 25-14, ...


STAFF | 9/17/2018

NHS QB did it all in win against Van Buren last week

NHS QB DID IT ALL IN WIN AGAINST VAN BUREN LAST WEEK | Northside senior quarterback Derrick “Deuce” Wise did a little bit of everything in last week’s game...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/12/2018

Conway 3, Northside 0

CONWAY 3, NORTHSIDE 0 | The Lady Bears suffered their first 6A-Central defeat on Tuesday with a three-set loss to Conway (25...


STAFF | 9/12/2018

SHS Mavs moving forward to this week’s game

SHS MAVS MOVING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK’S GAME | The old football coaches adage, “teams tend to improve the most between the first and second week of...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 9/12/2018

Grizzlies’ Hindley wins Fort Smith Invitational

GRIZZLIES’ HINDLEY WINS FORT SMITH INVITATIONAL | Braeden Hindley didn’t exactly fall out of the sky for coach Jeff Lewis. It only seems that way. ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 9/9/2018

Wise has a big night as Northside moves to 3-0

WISE HAS A BIG NIGHT AS NORTHSIDE MOVES TO 3-0 | Although Northside was able to move the ball offensively in last week’s win against Greenwood, there...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/8/2018

NHS wins home opener; remains tied for first atop 6A-Central

NHS WINS HOME OPENER; REMAINS TIED FOR FIRST ATOP 6A-CENTRAL | It’s still early but the top of the 6A-Central standings already have a Fort Smith flavor. The No...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/7/2018

NHS seek to build off of resounding wins

NHS SEEK TO BUILD OFF OF RESOUNDING WINS | Last week, both Northside and Van Buren registered resounding wins against a pair of area rivals. ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/7/2018

Bolton’s big second half lifts Northside to 2-0 start

BOLTON’S BIG SECOND HALF LIFTS NORTHSIDE TO 2-0 START | Northside senior tailback Eli Bolton played sparingly in the Grizzlies’ season opener two weeks ago,...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/5/2018

Northside wins 7A-Central opener on road

NORTHSIDE WINS 7A-CENTRAL OPENER ON ROAD | The Northside Lady Bears won their 7A-Central opener on Thursday, defeating Bryant on the road in fo...


STAFF | 9/1/2018

Northside Grizzlies grind out big win against Greenwood Bulldogs

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES GRIND OUT BIG WIN AGAINST GREENWOOD BULLDOGS | Whenever Greenwood got within striking distance, Northside seemed to always have an answer. After...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/1/2018

NHS welcomes in new-look Greenwood squad

NHS WELCOMES IN NEW-LOOK GREENWOOD SQUAD | When Greenwood and Northside squared off last season, the Bulldogs clearly had the edge in experienc...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/31/2018

Watching Northside football games from the press box way of life for Blaylock

WATCHING NORTHSIDE FOOTBALL GAMES FROM THE PRESS BOX WAY OF LIFE FOR BLAYLOCK | Watching countless Northside football games from the press box at Mayo-Thompson Stadium has become a...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/26/2018

Northside Grizzlies aiming higher in 2018

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES AIMING HIGHER IN 2018 | An invigorating run to end last season has the Northside Grizzlies thinking they will go even furthe...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/26/2018

Northside Grizzlies’ returning right tackle poised for even bigger things

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES’ RETURNING RIGHT TACKLE POISED FOR EVEN BIGGER THINGS | One thing which stands out about Northside senior right tackle Stevie Young might be his long arms. ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/26/2018

Northside scores 56 first-half points en route to blowout win

NORTHSIDE SCORES 56 FIRST-HALF POINTS EN ROUTE TO BLOWOUT WIN | Before Northside’s offense could even get onto the field for Friday’s season opener, the Grizzlies w...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/25/2018

Har-Ber 3, Northside 0

HAR-BER 3, NORTHSIDE 0 | Jayci Carpenter and Mackenzie White had 11 kills each to pace Har-Ber to a 25-20, 25-9, 25-14 sweep ...


STAFF | 8/24/2018

Northside Grizzlies kick off new season on Zero Week

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES KICK OFF NEW SEASON ON ZERO WEEK | On the heels of last season’s unexpected run to the 7A quarterfinals, Northside’s players have anxio...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/24/2018

Northside cornerback Tabut sharpening mind, skills

NORTHSIDE CORNERBACK TABUT SHARPENING MIND, SKILLS | Northside cornerback Elijah Tabut knows he has the physical tools to flourish at that position. O...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/23/2018

Inaugural Zero Week set to kick off in Arkansas

INAUGURAL ZERO WEEK SET TO KICK OFF IN ARKANSAS | Beginning this season, and in just a few more days, kickoff time comes early for several high school...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/19/2018

 Slow-starting Southside Mavs roll past Northside Lady Bears

SLOW-STARTING SOUTHSIDE MAVS ROLL PAST NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS | There’s no substitute for real volleyball matches. And, though Tuesday’s benefit match between No...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 8/17/2018

Fort Smith Northside coach pleased with team entering 2018 season

FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE COACH PLEASED WITH TEAM ENTERING 2018 SEASON | Northside coach Matt Waack undoubtedly has been pleased with how his Lady Bears have progressed ente...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/15/2018

NHS Grizzlies wrap up another solid week of practice

NHS GRIZZLIES WRAP UP ANOTHER SOLID WEEK OF PRACTICE | Once Northside’s football team returned to campus from their three-day retreat at Fort Chaffee exact...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/11/2018

Northside players learn about trust, accountability at Fort Chaffee retreat

NORTHSIDE PLAYERS LEARN ABOUT TRUST, ACCOUNTABILITY AT FORT CHAFFEE RETREAT | On a typically hot August afternoon, the Northside Grizzlies football team convened, as they have ge...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/5/2018

Healthy Willis a boost for Northside Lady Bears

HEALTHY WILLIS A BOOST FOR NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS | An encouraging sign for Northside volleyball coach Matt Waack going into the upcoming season has bee...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/2/2018

Former Northside standout has a hand in guiding several college and NBA players

FORMER NORTHSIDE STANDOUT HAS A HAND IN GUIDING SEVERAL COLLEGE AND NBA PLAYERS | Growing up in Fort Smith, Rodney Perry undoubtedly wanted to be a successful basketball player, whic...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 6/16/2018

 Northside, Alma square off in summer league action

NORTHSIDE, ALMA SQUARE OFF IN SUMMER LEAGUE ACTION | One thing Alma coach Kevin Edwards wanted to see from his Airedales squad in the extended summer lea...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 6/13/2018

2018 Northside Grizzlies energized after late-season push

2018 NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES ENERGIZED AFTER LATE-SEASON PUSH | A dose of late-season momentum helped get the Northside Grizzlies through their off-season, includin...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/31/2018

Northside’s Green signs with EOSC

NORTHSIDE’S GREEN SIGNS WITH EOSC | Sidney Green was still undecided on a college even after wrapping up her softball career at Northsid...


STAFF | 5/25/2018

Northside scores early and often as Grizzlies claim 7A championship

NORTHSIDE SCORES EARLY AND OFTEN AS GRIZZLIES CLAIM 7A CHAMPIONSHIP | To reach the 7A championship match, Northside needed a combination of legerdemain and magic in the ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/21/2018

NHS Grizzlies face Rogers for 7A soccer title

NHS GRIZZLIES FACE ROGERS FOR 7A SOCCER TITLE | For the third time in six seasons, the Northside Grizzlies will be playing for a state soccer champi...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/18/2018

 Northside’s Forsey contributing to Grizzlies’ postseason run

NORTHSIDE’S FORSEY CONTRIBUTING TO GRIZZLIES’ POSTSEASON RUN | When it comes to his job description playing sweeper, Northside senior Jason Forsey gets right to th...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/17/2018

Promise keeper

PROMISE KEEPER | Eric Flores laid out to try and deflect the soccer ball, but he could see quickly that it was out o...


CHIP SOUZA | 5/16/2018

Flores’ play in goal helps lift Northside into 7A state title game

FLORES’ PLAY IN GOAL HELPS LIFT NORTHSIDE INTO 7A STATE TITLE GAME | Not only was Northside goalkeeper Eric Flores dealing with two tough opponents at the 7A state socce...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/15/2018

State title games set for NHS boys soccer

STATE TITLE GAMES SET FOR NHS BOYS SOCCER | The Arkansas Activities Association officially announced the times for this weekend’s state champion...


STAFF | 5/14/2018

Forsey, Iturriago lift Northside to finals

FORSEY, ITURRIAGO LIFT NORTHSIDE TO FINALS | Northside keeper Eric Flores had a vision. Saturday, it came true. “This past fall, I was at t...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 5/14/2018

Northside boys win dramatic OT games at 7A tourney

NORTHSIDE BOYS WIN DRAMATIC OT GAMES AT 7A TOURNEY | Last season, Northside’s season came to a sudden end with an overtime loss in the 7A quarterfinals,...


STAFF | 5/12/2018

Rogers 8, Northside 0

ROGERS 8, NORTHSIDE 0 | The Lady Bears’ season came to an end in Thursday’s opening round of the 7A State Tournament in Cabo...


STAFF | 5/11/2018

Northside Lady Bears fall to Har-Ber, 2-1

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS FALL TO HAR-BER, 2-1 | Anna Ybarra deserved a better fate. So did her gritty teammates. Har-Ber’s Erica Orellana Agui...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 5/11/2018

Pointers put away Grizzlies, 12-1, in 7A state tourney

POINTERS PUT AWAY GRIZZLIES, 12-1, IN 7A STATE TOURNEY | The Van Buren Pointers counted on three-run innings on Thursday afternoon in their opener of the Cla...


LELAND BARCLAY | 5/11/2018

It hasn’t been an easy season for the Northside Lady Bears

IT HASN’T BEEN AN EASY SEASON FOR THE NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS | It hasn’t been an easy season for the Northside Lady Bears. They have dealt with various injuries...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/10/2018

 NHS runners part of inaugural cross country team at UA-Rich Mountain

NHS RUNNERS PART OF INAUGURAL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM AT UA-RICH MOUNTAIN | Northside cross country runners and twin sisters Marlenne and Miriam Mendez, recently signed letters...


STAFF | 5/9/2018

Northside assistant girls soccer coach still has a love for the game

NORTHSIDE ASSISTANT GIRLS SOCCER COACH STILL HAS A LOVE FOR THE GAME | Alan Judkins didn’t grow up playing soccer or even cultivating a passion for the sport. Now, he h...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/7/2018

Northside freshman stuns Southside

NORTHSIDE FRESHMAN STUNS SOUTHSIDE | Southside goalie Salomon Amador played the game of his life Friday. For two hours, he fended off one...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 5/5/2018

Northside Lady Bears rally to win home finale

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS RALLY TO WIN HOME FINALE | On Northside’s Senior Night, it was a freshman who gave the Lady Bears a win. Down to her last st...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/5/2018

Southside Mavs grind out 3-1 win over Northside Lady Bears

SOUTHSIDE MAVS GRIND OUT 3-1 WIN OVER NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS | There are no easy games at Northside’s Mayo-Thompson Stadium. Not for the Southside Mavericks gir...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 5/5/2018

Flores flourishing as goalkeeper for contending Grizzlies

FLORES FLOURISHING AS GOALKEEPER FOR CONTENDING GRIZZLIES | It has always been a life-long mission for Eric Flores to prove people wrong, to prove that he belon...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 5/4/2018

Cabot 10, Northside 0

CABOT 10, NORTHSIDE 0 | The Lady Bears were held to two hits in a 7A-Central loss Tuesday at Cabot. Northside (6-11, 4-9)...


STAFF | 5/2/2018

Northside earns split of marathon 7A-Central doubleheader

NORTHSIDE EARNS SPLIT OF MARATHON 7A-CENTRAL DOUBLEHEADER | It was a long night of softball Friday night at Northside’s Grizzly Field. Both ends of a 7A-Cent...


STAFF | 4/29/2018

 Key two-out triple dooms Northside Grizzlies, 9-1

KEY TWO-OUT TRIPLE DOOMS NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES, 9-1 | Khaden Washington was a pitch or two from doing to North Little Rock what he did earlier this month....


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/28/2018

Hat trick from Mendez fuels Northside Grizzlies’ home win

HAT TRICK FROM MENDEZ FUELS NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES’ HOME WIN | Before Friday, Northside senior forward Luis Mendez had only one career varsity goal. Now, Mendez...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/28/2018

Har-Ber 4, Northside 1

HAR-BER 4, NORTHSIDE 1 | The Hard-Ber Wildcats defeated the Northside Grizzlies, 4-1, Thursday in nonconference play. Josh Jo...


STAFF | 4/27/2018

Northside’s Evans inks to play volleyball at Hendrix

NORTHSIDE’S EVANS INKS TO PLAY VOLLEYBALL AT HENDRIX | Former Northside volleyball standout Alexis Evans will continue her playing career. On Thursday, ...


STAFF | 4/27/2018

Conway 14, Northside 3

CONWAY 14, NORTHSIDE 3 | Conway broke Northside’s three-game winning streak with a 7A-Central win on Tuesday. Chloe Ray do...


STAFF | 4/25/2018

Northside LB signs with Merchant Marine Academy

NORTHSIDE LB SIGNS WITH MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY | Former Northside linebacker Cole Eddins has always expressed an affinity for the ocean, in particula...


STAFF | 4/25/2018

Conway 12, Northside 2

CONWAY 12, NORTHSIDE 2 | The Northside Grizzlies suffered a 12-2 loss to Conway on Tuesday in 7A-Central play. Grant Joh...


STAFF | 4/25/2018

Northside’s Green determined to make one final trip to state

NORTHSIDE’S GREEN DETERMINED TO MAKE ONE FINAL TRIP TO STATE | Already during her senior year at Northside, Sydney Green has helped the Lady Bear volleyball and ba...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/24/2018

Catholic fights off Northside

CATHOLIC FIGHTS OFF NORTHSIDE | Little Rock Catholic hung on to win another one-run game over Northside on Friday. Catholic follo...


LELAND BARCLAY | 4/23/2018

Northside athletes sign with college programs

NORTHSIDE ATHLETES SIGN WITH COLLEGE PROGRAMS | A pair of Northside athletes recently signed to continue their respective careers at the next level....


STAFF | 4/22/2018

Grizzlies’ Maciel seeks consistent play in final weeks

GRIZZLIES’ MACIEL SEEKS CONSISTENT PLAY IN FINAL WEEKS | The Northside Grizzlies dropped a disappointing 3-2 decision to Bryant last week, giving the Hornets...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/19/2018

Northside uses team effort to sweep Mount St. Mary

NORTHSIDE USES TEAM EFFORT TO SWEEP MOUNT ST. MARY | Fresh off winning their first 7A-Central game of the season Tuesday, the Northside Lady Bears wanted...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/19/2018

Northside’s Perry signs with Arkansas State

NORTHSIDE’S PERRY SIGNS WITH ARKANSAS STATE | Northside senior shortstop Jaleyia Perry didn’t want to rush things while making her decision to pla...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/17/2018

Scrivner, Grizzlies closing in on postseason play

SCRIVNER, GRIZZLIES CLOSING IN ON POSTSEASON PLAY | Like the Johnny Cash song, “I’ve Been Everywhere,” Jackson Scrivner had traversed Florida, Alabama, ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/16/2018

Best of Preps wrestlers announced

BEST OF PREPS WRESTLERS ANNOUNCED | An Arkansas state champion wrestler is among those who were selected for the Best of Preps wrestling...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/15/2018

Northside drops close one to Bryant

NORTHSIDE DROPS CLOSE ONE TO BRYANT | The Bryant Hornets rallied for a 7-4 win over the Northside Grizzlies on Thursday. Northside (6-1...


STAFF | 4/13/2018

Van Buren blanks Northside

VAN BUREN BLANKS NORTHSIDE | Van Buren 14, Northside 0 Chase Moore went 3-for-4 with three doubles and two RBIs and Bryson Pat...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/12/2018

Mavs foil Bears

MAVS FOIL BEARS | Kelly Carson did her thing on Tuesday night. But none of that matters when you have as much balance ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/11/2018

Southside gets big hits in win against Northside

SOUTHSIDE GETS BIG HITS IN WIN AGAINST NORTHSIDE | Both Northside and Southside had the same amount of hits in Tuesday’s 7A-Central softball game — eig...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/11/2018

Northside edges rival, 6-4

NORTHSIDE EDGES RIVAL, 6-4 | Northside made sure Tuesday’s game with Southside was over before the home partisans had a chance to...


STAFF | 4/11/2018

Alma rallies to beat Northside

ALMA RALLIES TO BEAT NORTHSIDE | The last out of a baseball game is always the hardest. Just ask Alma shortstop Garon Taylor. T...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/10/2018

Scrivner a gem for Northside Grizzlies

SCRIVNER A GEM FOR NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES | Players on teams with losing records often get overlooked, but not Jackson Scrivner. Scrivner is ...


RICK FIRES | 4/9/2018

 All-stars named to Preps basketball team

ALL-STARS NAMED TO PREPS BASKETBALL TEAM | How good is the Best Of River Valley 2018 boys basketball team? Good enough to beat a few college...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/8/2018

NHS freshman guard Wolfenbarger receives offer from Arkansas

NHS FRESHMAN GUARD WOLFENBARGER RECEIVES OFFER FROM ARKANSAS | Northside point guard Jersey Wolfenbarger, who made her way into the starting lineup as a freshman t...


STAFF | 4/7/2018

Grizzlies move into first place in 7A-Central

GRIZZLIES MOVE INTO FIRST PLACE IN 7A-CENTRAL | Northside opened 7A-Central play with a tough loss to Bryant on penalty kicks. Ever since that de...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 4/6/2018

Cabot 11, Northside 0

CABOT 11, NORTHSIDE 0 | The Lady Bears dropped to 0-4 in 7A-Central play with a loss at Grizzly Field on Thursday. Norths...


STAFF | 4/6/2018

Cabot 11, Northside 9

CABOT 11, NORTHSIDE 9 | The Cabot Panthers built an 11-1 lead, then had to hold their breath before escaping Hunt’s Park wit...


STAFF | 4/6/2018

Washington shuts down NLR; Grizzlies win 2-1

WASHINGTON SHUTS DOWN NLR; GRIZZLIES WIN 2-1 | The Northside Grizzlies beat the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats on Wednesday to improve their 7...


STAFF | 4/5/2018

NHS teams post sweep at NLR

NHS TEAMS POST SWEEP AT NLR | Northside’s soccer teams posted a sweep on the road at North Little Rock in 7A-Central play Wednesda...


STAFF | 4/5/2018

Holt stays hot in Greenwood’s 10-5 win over Northside

HOLT STAYS HOT IN GREENWOOD’S 10-5 WIN OVER NORTHSIDE | Peyton Holt actually made two outs in Thursday’s 10-5 win over Northside at Hunts Park. But the b...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 4/2/2018

Hogs signee lifts young Grizzlies back to title game

HOGS SIGNEE LIFTS YOUNG GRIZZLIES BACK TO TITLE GAME | Shortly after having played in the Class 7A boys state championship game on March 8 in Hot Springs, ...


TIM COOPER | 4/1/2018

Conway 8, Northside 2

CONWAY 8, NORTHSIDE 2 | Jordan Wicks did it all for Conway on Friday. He drove in three runs with three hits and pitched a c...


STAFF | 3/31/2018

Fort Smith Northside boys hand Conway its first loss

FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE BOYS HAND CONWAY ITS FIRST LOSS | Northside’s boys soccer team handed a previously undefeated Conway squad its first loss of the seaso...


STAFF | 3/31/2018

Northside’s Maciel burning candle at both ends

NORTHSIDE’S MACIEL BURNING CANDLE AT BOTH ENDS | It’s been a busy spring for Northside soccer coach Mauricio Maciel. The veteran Northside coach is c...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 3/29/2018

NHS teams split 7A-Central doubleheader

NHS TEAMS SPLIT 7A-CENTRAL DOUBLEHEADER | Northside’s soccer teams split a 7A-Central doubleheader Monday in Little Rock. The Grizzlies imp...


STAFF | 3/28/2018

Northside Grizzlies edged by Catholic

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES EDGED BY CATHOLIC | The Northside Grizzlies (5-11, 1-2) dropped a 2-1 decision to Catholic on Monday in 7A-Central play....


STAFF | 3/27/2018

Northside wins two more games in Florida

NORTHSIDE WINS TWO MORE GAMES IN FLORIDA | Northside made it four straight wins in Florida. The Grizzlies posted two more wins on Tuesday at...


STAFF | 3/21/2018

NHS baseball wins twice

NHS BASEBALL WINS TWICE | he Northside Grizzlies baseball team took two games Monday in a tournament at the Walt Disney Wide W...


STAFF | 3/20/2018

Northside Lady Bears’ rally falls short in 6-5 home loss

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS’ RALLY FALLS SHORT IN 6-5 HOME LOSS | It was not the start to 7A-Central play Northside coach Kelly Nickell had anticipated from her Lady ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/16/2018

Confidence grows for Northside senior defensive stopper

CONFIDENCE GROWS FOR NORTHSIDE SENIOR DEFENSIVE STOPPER | Before and during her first-ever game as a Northside freshman soccer player, Kennedy Barnett was pre...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/14/2018

NHS drop 7A-Central openers

NHS DROP 7A-CENTRAL OPENERS | Bryant scored runs in each of the first four innings, building an 8-0 lead by the third in spoiling ...


STAFF | 3/14/2018

Grizzlies open 7A-Central soccer campaign today

GRIZZLIES OPEN 7A-CENTRAL SOCCER CAMPAIGN TODAY | Northside boys soccer coach Mauricio Maciel isn’t worried about the team’s 2-2-1 start to the season...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 3/14/2018

 Northside Grizzlies lost a pair of games at the Northwest Tournament in Texas

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES LOST A PAIR OF GAMES AT THE NORTHWEST TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS | The Northside Grizzlies lost a pair of games at the Northwest Tournament in Texas on Thursday. Ja...


STAFF | 3/12/2018

Ozark 16, Northside 14

OZARK 16, NORTHSIDE 14 | The Lady Hillbillies outlasted the Lady Bears on Wednesday. Katie McCormick was 3-for-5 with three R...


STAFF | 3/10/2018

Grizzlies beaten

GRIZZLIES BEATEN | The Northside Grizzlies lost a pair of games Friday in the Northwest Texas Tournament. Haltom City d...


STAFF | 3/10/2018

NLR stops Northside Grizzlies’ repeat bid for 7A title

NLR STOPS NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES’ REPEAT BID FOR 7A TITLE | When they entered Bank of the Ozarks Arena on Thursday, the Northside Grizzlies were banking on hist...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/9/2018

Northside’s Joe named Gatorade Player of the Year

NORTHSIDE’S JOE NAMED GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR | Despite coming up short in a bid to repeat as 7A state champions, Northside senior guard Isaiah Joe ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/9/2018

Northside Grizzlies face NLR again with 7A championship on line

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES FACE NLR AGAIN WITH 7A CHAMPIONSHIP ON LINE | Northside senior point guard Isaiah Joe summed it up best when asked about the Grizzlies returning t...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/8/2018

NHS-NLR 7A title game rematch set for Thursday; other state dates set

NHS-NLR 7A TITLE GAME REMATCH SET FOR THURSDAY; OTHER STATE DATES SET | Last year when Northside beat North Little Rock for the 7A boys championship, the game was played on...


STAFF | 3/5/2018

 Northside Lady Bears’ season ends in 7A semifinals

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS’ SEASON ENDS IN 7A SEMIFINALS | Late in the third quarter of Saturday’s 7A semifinal, the Northside Lady Bears began making a comeba...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/5/2018


FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 78, FAYETTEVILLE 54 | Fort Smith Northside (21-9) scored 23 unanswered points — 12 by Javion Releford — during a span of s...


TIM COOPER | 3/4/2018

Northside moves to 2-0 with shutout win

NORTHSIDE MOVES TO 2-0 WITH SHUTOUT WIN | Hailey Upton threw a five-inning shutout and also went 3-for-3 at the plate as the Northside Lady Be...


STAFF | 3/4/2018

Northside Grizzlies use decisive first quarter to roll in 7A semifinal win

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES USE DECISIVE FIRST QUARTER TO ROLL IN 7A SEMIFINAL WIN | It wasn’t even the end of the first quarter before Northside fans started thinking about planning a ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/4/2018

Fast start sends Northside back to title game

FAST START SENDS NORTHSIDE BACK TO TITLE GAME | Eric Burnett could clearly be heard as he yelled "I want more" during the early stages of Fort Smith...


HENRY APPLE | 3/4/2018

Conway slips away from Northside, reaches title game

CONWAY SLIPS AWAY FROM NORTHSIDE, REACHES TITLE GAME | Fort Smith Northside girls coach Rickey Smith used the right strategy to get back into the Class 7A ...


HENRY APPLE | 3/3/2018


CONWAY 54, FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 43 | After Fort Smith Northside applied its press, Conway applied Asiyha Smith. Smith, a 5-7 junior, s...


TIM COOPER | 3/3/2018

Bentonville's cold spell aids Fort Smith Northside

BENTONVILLE'S COLD SPELL AIDS FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE | Rickey Smith didn't like what he saw when Bentonville High's girls hit three field goals in the firs...


HENRY APPLE | 3/3/2018


FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 63, BENTONVILLE 53 | The Lady Bears (26-3) ensured a 7A-Central matchup in next week's championship game by clipping the ...


TIM COOPER | 3/3/2018

Lady Bears rally in extra frames to win opener

LADY BEARS RALLY IN EXTRA FRAMES TO WIN OPENER | Northside’s Hannah Entrekin forced extra innings in the Lady Bears’ season opener with an RBI double...


STAFF | 3/3/2018

Northside’s Joe scores 32 in return to the court

NORTHSIDE’S JOE SCORES 32 IN RETURN TO THE COURT | Senior guard Isaiah Joe made an authoritative return to the court Thursday as he poured in 32 points...


STAFF | 3/3/2018

Lady Bears defeat Bentonville to reach 7A semifinals

LADY BEARS DEFEAT BENTONVILLE TO REACH 7A SEMIFINALS | Northside Lady Bears coach Rickey Smith knew his team needed to shoot better in order to win Friday’...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/3/2018


FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 56, ROGERS 37 | Junior post player Sara Bershers scored 16 points and the Lady Bears (25-3) never trailed on their w...


TIM COOPER | 3/2/2018

NHS’ Williams could be ‘X-factor’ in 7A state tourney

NHS’ WILLIAMS COULD BE ‘X-FACTOR’ IN 7A STATE TOURNEY | There’s no question that Northside has the shooters to get the Grizzlies back in position to repeat ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 3/1/2018

NHS coach seeking to continue success

NHS COACH SEEKING TO CONTINUE SUCCESS | Last season was quite a successful one for the Northside Grizzlies, even though the ending was a bit...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 2/28/2018

The Grizzlies have some arms and a speedy, power-hitting center fielder heading into the 2018 season

THE GRIZZLIES HAVE SOME ARMS AND A SPEEDY, POWER-HITTING CENTER FIELDER HEADING INTO THE 2018 SEASON | The Grizzlies have some arms and a speedy, power-hitting center fielder heading into the 2018 season...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 2/26/2018

SHS boys beat NHS in season finale; NHS girls get share of 7A-Central title

SHS BOYS BEAT NHS IN SEASON FINALE; NHS GIRLS GET SHARE OF 7A-CENTRAL TITLE | Sure, the Southside Mavericks knew they were going to be playing a Northside squad which already kne...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 2/26/2018

 Northside senior Carey counted on as Lady Bears begin playoff push

NORTHSIDE SENIOR CAREY COUNTED ON AS LADY BEARS BEGIN PLAYOFF PUSH | It was a play simply called “Special.” Conceived by Northside Lady Bear assistant coach Merrill M...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 2/23/2018

 Friendly rivals Cobin, Murdock seek to make impact at final state swim meet

FRIENDLY RIVALS COBIN, MURDOCK SEEK TO MAKE IMPACT AT FINAL STATE SWIM MEET | Jevonn Cobin and Micah Murdock both swim for rival high schools, Cobin for Northside and Murdock for...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 2/22/2018

Cabot beats buzzer, Northside

CABOT BEATS BUZZER, NORTHSIDE | CABOT 45, FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 44 CABOT -- Senior center Noah Allgood drove the baseline and made...


MIKE SMITH | 2/21/2018


FS NORTHSIDE 56, CABOT 30 | The thirdranked Lady Bears (23-3, 11-2 7A-Central) led by 10 after the first quarter then kept exten...


JEFF REED | 2/21/2018

NHS girls stay in three-way tie for first

NHS GIRLS STAY IN THREE-WAY TIE FOR FIRST | With one more regular-season game remaining, the Northside Lady Bears remain in a three-way tie for ...


STAFF | 2/21/2018

Buzzer-beater forces a three-way tie atop the 7A-Central

BUZZER-BEATER FORCES A THREE-WAY TIE ATOP THE 7A-CENTRAL | The Lady Bears’ dramatic 45-43 win Friday against North Little Rock on Sara Bershers’ buzzer-beater ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 2/20/2018

Northside uses extra time to its advantage

NORTHSIDE USES EXTRA TIME TO ITS ADVANTAGE | Four tenths of a second was added to the clock at the end of the game, and that was all that Fort Sm...


WALTER WOODIE | 2/17/2018

First-place Northside Grizzlies get win at Conway

FIRST-PLACE NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES GET WIN AT CONWAY | Despite not having their leading scorer, the Northside Grizzlies continued to take care of business ...


STAFF | 2/14/2018

NHS squads roll on Homecoming

NHS SQUADS ROLL ON HOMECOMING | Friday night, the 7A-Central leading Northside Grizzlies had relatively little trouble in their Home...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 2/12/2018

FS Northside 66, FS Southside 61

FS NORTHSIDE 66, FS SOUTHSIDE 61 | Isaiah Joe scored 23 points, including a perfect 17-of-17 from the foul line, to lead the Grizzlies ...


STAFF | 1/28/2018

Northside holds off Southside for 66-61 win

NORTHSIDE HOLDS OFF SOUTHSIDE FOR 66-61 WIN | Shots were tough to fall for the Northside Grizzlies in Friday’s rivalry game against Southside. ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 1/27/2018

Northside 74, Southside 38

NORTHSIDE 74, SOUTHSIDE 38 | GIRLS - Northside’s newcomers didn’t take very long to indoctrinate themselves into their first expo...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 1/27/2018

NLR gets revenge against Northside

NLR GETS REVENGE AGAINST NORTHSIDE | North Little Rock got a bit defensive against Fort Smith Northside on Friday night, and Charging Wil...


ERICK TAYLOR | 1/22/2018

North Little Rock tops Northside in 5OT thriller

NORTH LITTLE ROCK TOPS NORTHSIDE IN 5OT THRILLER | NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- Kennady Tucker faced her share of ups and downs Friday night, but after 2 hours...


TIM COOPER | 1/21/2018

Joe comes alive for Northside

JOE COMES ALIVE FOR NORTHSIDE | Isaiah Joe scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as Fort Smith Northside (12-5, 3-...


MIKE SMITH | 1/13/2018

Northside gets boost from bench

NORTHSIDE GETS BOOST FROM BENCH | FORT SMITH -- Rickey Smith has used his bench mainly to wear other teams down or mop up after a blow...


WALTER WOODIE | 1/10/2018

Northside 80, Central 57

NORTHSIDE 80, CENTRAL 57 | Fort Smith Northside (11-5, 2-0 7A-Central) took the lead for good late in the first half, and pulle...


STAFF | 1/10/2018

Balanced Northside takes down Bryant

BALANCED NORTHSIDE TAKES DOWN BRYANT | FORT SMITH -- Fort Smith Northside had too many weapons for Bryant to stop. The Hornets scrapped ...


WALTER WOODIE | 1/6/2018

Grizzlies’ Joe breaks 39-year-old record

GRIZZLIES’ JOE BREAKS 39-YEAR-OLD RECORD | There’s more to Isaiah Joe’s game than 25-foot 3-pointers. The University of Arkansas commit put ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 1/2/2018

Fort Smith Northside 70, Charleston 41

FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 70, CHARLESTON 41 | Fort Smith Northside (9-5) was held just a 17-15 lead in the first quarter. Isaiah Joe took over aft...


STAFF | 1/2/2018

Former Northside standout Norwood to play in Rose Bowl for Oklahoma

FORMER NORTHSIDE STANDOUT NORWOOD TO PLAY IN ROSE BOWL FOR OKLAHOMA | When 2017 began, Tre Norwood had plans to play football for the University of Louisville. As a ne...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 1/1/2018

Joe’s dunk ignites Northside Grizzlies past Charleston Tigers

JOE’S DUNK IGNITES NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES PAST CHARLESTON TIGERS | Northside didn’t have the same fire Saturday evening as they did against the previous night against ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 12/31/2017

Hall 72, Northside 71

HALL 72, NORTHSIDE 71 | FORT SMITH — Isaiah Joe finished with a tournament-record 45 points for Fort Smith Northside, but it...


STAFF | 12/31/2017

Hog commit takes center stage for tourney

HOG COMMIT TAKES CENTER STAGE FOR TOURNEY | For the last several years, the arrival of the Fort Smith Coca Cola Classic has coincided with the o...


DUDLEY DAWSON | 12/28/2017

FS Northside 66, Bentonville High 40

FS NORTHSIDE 66, BENTONVILLE HIGH 40 | Javion Releford and Isaiah Joe scored a combined 35 points to power the defending state champion Gri...


RICK FIRES | 12/13/2017

FS Northside locks down TofC title

FS NORTHSIDE LOCKS DOWN TOFC TITLE | FORT SMITH -- Fort Smith Northside slowed it down and found efficient shots to pull away when it mat...


HAROLD MCILVAIN | 12/11/2017

Northside boys crowned champs at Mo. tournament

NORTHSIDE BOYS CROWNED CHAMPS AT MO. TOURNAMENT | The Northside Grizzlies claimed the championship at the Blue Springs (Mo.) Tournament on Saturday, d...


STAFF | 12/11/2017

Northside Lady Bears claim Tournament of Champions title

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS CLAIM TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS TITLE | When Northside and Van Buren squared off previously, the Lady Pointers won in overtime in last seaso...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 12/11/2017

Basketball Northside Lady Bears claim Great 8 title

BASKETBALL NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS CLAIM GREAT 8 TITLE | ROGERS -- Fort Smith Northside came into the First National Bank of NWA Great 8 Classic minus a coup...


PAUL BOYD | 12/3/2017

Northside Grizzlies lose nail-biter in Little Rock tournament

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES LOSE NAIL-BITER IN LITTLE ROCK TOURNAMENT | Northside’s boys dropped a pair of games this weekend at the Battle on Barrow Road held at Little Ro...


STAFF | 11/26/2017

Joe, Grizzlies outlast Fayetteville in overtime

JOE, GRIZZLIES OUTLAST FAYETTEVILLE IN OVERTIME | FORT SMITH -- To the surprise of no one Fayetteville and Fort Smith Northside delivered another clas...



Northside Lady Bears survive Greenwood in ‘physical’ contest

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS SURVIVE GREENWOOD IN ‘PHYSICAL’ CONTEST | GREENWOOD — Northside girls coach Rickey Smith was happy and relieved at the same time following the...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/21/2017

'Rusty' Wildcats blank Grizzlies

'RUSTY' WILDCATS BLANK GRIZZLIES | Sputtering offensively for the game's first 22 minutes, senior quarterback David Chapple helped brin...


TIM COOPER | 11/19/2017

Northside Grizzlies’ late-season run comes to a close

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES’ LATE-SEASON RUN COMES TO A CLOSE | NORTH LITTLE ROCK — For nearly one half, the Northside Grizzlies stood toe to toe with the state’s N...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 11/19/2017

FS Northside stuns Har-Ber

FS NORTHSIDE STUNS HAR-BER | SPRINGDALE -- Derrick Wise did it all for Fort Smith Northside, and the Grizzlies needed everything ...


CHIP SOUZA | 11/11/2017

Grizzlies corral Mavericks, earn playoff berth

GRIZZLIES CORRAL MAVERICKS, EARN PLAYOFF BERTH | FORT SMITH -- All season long, Fort Smith Northside coach Mike Falleur has been looking for a comple...


WALTER WOODIE | 11/5/2017

Northside loss sets up must win situation next week

NORTHSIDE LOSS SETS UP MUST WIN SITUATION NEXT WEEK | FORT SMITH -- When the game was on the line, Cabot kept converting third downs. The Panthers rush...


WALTER WOODIE | 10/29/2017

Rogers High 3, Fort Smith Northside 1

ROGERS HIGH 3, FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE 1 | The Lady Mounties saw a 24-19 fourth-set lead wiped away, but they persevered for a hard-fought 3-1 ...


PAUL BOYD | 10/25/2017

Northside falls 49-23 to North Little Rock

NORTHSIDE FALLS 49-23 TO NORTH LITTLE ROCK | A successful trick play helped Northside grab the early lead at North Little Rock on Friday. But ...


STAFF | 10/22/2017

NLR runs rampant against Northside

NLR RUNS RAMPANT AGAINST NORTHSIDE | Senior quarterback David Chapple ran for three touchdowns and threw for 171 yards in unbeaten North ...


ROBERT YATES | 10/21/2017

Conway downs Fort Smith Northside

CONWAY DOWNS FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE | FORT SMITH -- For most of the season, Conway's offensive attack has been fueled by running back Mich...


WALTER WOODIE | 10/14/2017

Northside rally falls shorts against Catholic

NORTHSIDE RALLY FALLS SHORTS AGAINST CATHOLIC | Northside fell behind 17-0, but a late rally fell short as the Grizzlies dropped a 34-28 decision at...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 10/8/2017

Grizzlies come up short

GRIZZLIES COME UP SHORT | After racing to a 17-0 lead, the Little Rock Catholic Rockets came up with enough big plays to hold ...


JEFF REED | 10/7/2017

Northside cruises past LR Central

NORTHSIDE CRUISES PAST LR CENTRAL | FORT SMITH -- Fort Smith Northside grounded the Little Rock Central offense in the second half, then...


WALTER WOODIE | 9/30/2017

Hornets jump on Grizzlies

HORNETS JUMP ON GRIZZLIES | FORT SMITH -- Bryant shifted into cruise control after building a three-touchdown lead in the first ...


WALTER WOODIE | 9/23/2017

NHS gets back on track with home sweep

NHS GETS BACK ON TRACK WITH HOME SWEEP | On the heels of dropping three straight 7A-Central matches and a showdown with Southside looming, No...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/20/2017

Northside fall to Zebras on road, 14-7

NORTHSIDE FALL TO ZEBRAS ON ROAD, 14-7 | The Northside Grizzlies were edged, 14-7, on the road at Pine Bluff on Friday. Pine Bluff scored ...


KEVIN TAYLOR | 9/17/2017

Technical Issues in Pine Bluff

TECHNICAL ISSUES IN PINE BLUFF | Tonight's broadcast of Grizzly football from Pine Bluff is experiencing technical issues involving c...


NORTHSIDE TV | 9/15/2017

7A-Central leading Conway defeats Northside

7A-CENTRAL LEADING CONWAY DEFEATS NORTHSIDE | Northside nearly staved off getting swept in Tuesday’s 7A-Central volleyball match against the team ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 9/13/2017

Wise leads Northside past Van Buren

WISE LEADS NORTHSIDE PAST VAN BUREN | FORT SMITH -- Junior quarterback Derrick Wise showed his play-making ability Friday night for the Fo...



Noland powers Greenwood past FS Northside

NOLAND POWERS GREENWOOD PAST FS NORTHSIDE | GREENWOOD -- It is only the first week of the season, but Greenwood is already in midseason form -- ...


WALTER WOODIE | 9/2/2017

Northside Grizzlies tasked with replacing several standouts in ’17

NORTHSIDE GRIZZLIES TASKED WITH REPLACING SEVERAL STANDOUTS IN ’17 | There were plenty of good things in 2016 for the Northside Grizzlies. They finished second in the...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/27/2017

Northside wins season opener

NORTHSIDE WINS SEASON OPENER | LAVACA — Despite winning the first set of its season opener, Northside coach Matt Waack wanted to se...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/22/2017

FS Northside tops Heritage in scrimmage

FS NORTHSIDE TOPS HERITAGE IN SCRIMMAGE | ROGERS -- Fort Smith Northside edged Rogers Heritage in a controlled scrimmage Monday night, thanks ...


PAUL BOYD | 8/22/2017

Challenging season-opening schedule awaits Northside

CHALLENGING SEASON-OPENING SCHEDULE AWAITS NORTHSIDE | Northside will get tested very early in the second season under coach Matt Waack. The Lady Bears,...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/20/2017

Veteran Northside girls’ coach encouraged by team’s off-season

VETERAN NORTHSIDE GIRLS’ COACH ENCOURAGED BY TEAM’S OFF-SEASON | Last season may not have been a vintage one for Northside Lady Bear basketball coach Rickey Smith. ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/11/2017

Storylines to watch as football approaches

STORYLINES TO WATCH AS FOOTBALL APPROACHES | High school football practices are already underway for several teams, and the rest will begin its w...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/5/2017

Northside Lady Bears seek to take next step in 2017

NORTHSIDE LADY BEARS SEEK TO TAKE NEXT STEP IN 2017 | By all accounts, it was a successful inaugural season for Northside volleyball coach Matt Waack. ...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 8/3/2017

Three Grizzly Sophomores named to 2020 AR Watchlist

THREE GRIZZLY SOPHOMORES NAMED TO 2020 AR WATCHLIST | 2020 Watch List Ahmad Adams – Bryant – ATH Corey Alexander – LR Parkview – QB/ATH Austin Bailey –...


JASON KILBURN | 8/2/2017

Grizzlies take on bootcamp

GRIZZLIES TAKE ON BOOTCAMP | Grizzlies have reported to Ft. Chaffee! #bootcamp #GIgrizz...


STAFF | 7/31/2017

Former Northside player signs with Crowder

FORMER NORTHSIDE PLAYER SIGNS WITH CROWDER | Former Northside Lady Bear forward Maegan Bandimere signed Monday to play college basketball at Crow...


STAFF | 7/18/2017

Former coach, continues championship ways

FORMER COACH, CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP WAYS | Johnny Mason really can’t explain it. Regardless of what sport he is coaching, winning championship...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 7/10/2017

Where are they now: Tamika Kursh

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: TAMIKA KURSH | In rare moments of down time, longtime Fort Smith Northside girls basketball coach Rickey Smith allo...



Northside coach reflects on title

NORTHSIDE COACH REFLECTS ON TITLE | For nearly four months now, members of the Northside Grizzlies’ basketball team are still basking in...


BUCK RINGGOLD | 7/2/2017

Northside’s Brown at center of East win

NORTHSIDE’S BROWN AT CENTER OF EAST WIN | CONWAY — Northside’s Hayden Brown was at the center of the offensive explosion for the East in Frida...


LELAND BARCLAY | 6/25/2017

Joe sizzles at Bud Walton Arena

JOE SIZZLES AT BUD WALTON ARENA | FAYETTEVILLE — Fort Smith Northside senior guard and Arkansas commit Isaiah Joe was raining 3-pointe...


DUDLEY DAWSON | 6/23/2017

Grizz schedule for Charleston 7 on 7

GRIZZ SCHEDULE FOR CHARLESTON 7 ON 7 | 9:25-9:45 @ Field 1 vs. Ozark 10:15-10:35 @ Field 1 vs. Elkins 11:05-11:25 @ Field 2 vs. Pea Ridge...