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Smith relishes opportunity as new Greenwood AD

By Richard White

There was an epidemic going around Sebastian County this past spring, a very peculiar bug that seemed to infect only athletic directors. Jerry Cecil of Greenwood and Jim Rowland of Fort Smith both tendered their resignations after decades of loyal service to their respective school districts.

Both positions have since been filled, leading to yet another high profile vacancy when University of Arkansas at Fort Smith (UAFS) Athletic Director Dustin Smith resigned his job to succeed Jerry Cecil as Greenwood's new Director of Athletics Operations.

Cecil served Greenwood Public Schools for 31 years, the last 17 as Athletic Director. He was also an assistant superintendent and former high school principal with the district. Under his leadership, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs captured 27 team state championships, 23 individual state championships, were state runner-ups 29 times, and earned...continued

GHS Two-Sport Star Commits To Arkansas

Athletic season passes now available for purchase

By Richard White

Greenwood high school and junior high athletic event passes for the upcoming school year are still available for purchase Monday through Friday at the district administration office located at 420 North Main Street in Greenwood. The office is open weekdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm.

All-sports passes are $45 each and provide admittance to all regular season sporting events, whether junior high or high...continued

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Football Schedule Released As Season Draws Near

Football schedule released as season draws near

By Richard White

With the end of the AAA dead period, and with this year's FASDOGS program winding down, Greenwood High School Head Coach Rick Jones released the 2016 summer football schedule last week.

Once again expectations are high for the Bulldogs, ranked #1 in Class 6A by Hooten's Arkansas Football preview magazine. The 'Dogs will also be playing in a new league this fall, the 6A West, which includes...continued

GHS two-sport star commits to Arkansas

By Richard White

Greenwood High School junior Connor Noland didn't want to needlessly drag out the college recruitment process, so he ended the drama early, announcing last week that he would attend the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He declared his intentions on his 17th birthday.

Of course, GHS fans are ecstatic over his choice, but they are perhaps even happier that Noland still has two seasons of high school football and baseball remaining as a Bulldog. Before his prep playing days...continued

Smith Relishes Opportunity As New Greenwood AD


Athletic Season Passes Now Available For Purchase

Football Not The Only GHS Sport Gearing Up

Football not the only GHS sport gearing up

By Richard White

While it's natural for the hearts of Greenwood fans to beat a little faster this time of year in anticipation of another championship run on the gridiron by their beloved Bulldogs, several other GHS sports teams are prepping for their seasons as well.

Some will play this fall, while others are just starting pre-season drills to compete during the spring semester. The following is a brief update on these other sports, excluding basketball and wrestling, which are considered to be winter sports, although basketball is pretty much a year-long activity...contunued

GHS Linksters Open 2016 Season

GHS linksters open 2016 season

By Richard White

Head Coach Ronnie Williams and his two GHS golf teams have already opened their 2016 campaign, playing at Springdale Country Club last Tuesday, August 2nd, and earlier this week in Mountain Home at Big Creek Country Club. Many of his players are inexperienced, but there is talent and the promise of a bright future.

"They're young, but they've come a long way, and I'm proud of them," said Williams. "I think by next year we'll have a chance to win it," referring to yet another state golf title...continued

Grant Morgan Getting Noticed On The Hill

Grant Morgan getting noticed on The Hill

By Richard White

Earlier this year, Greenwood's Grant Morgan followed in the footsteps of older brother Drew, becoming an Arkansas Razorback. A senior, Drew had a standout season in 2015 and returns as the Hogs' top wide receiver this fall. But little brother is making some noise of his own in pre-season drills at linebacker...continued

GHS Golfer Headed To Pebble Beach In September

GHS golfer headed to Pebble Beach in September

By Richard White

Greenwood High School golfer Sydnie Gamble has earned an opportunity to play on one of the world's great golf courses next month when she travels to California to take part in the 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. She will be joined by Will Gibson of Fort Smith Southside...continued

Scrimmage Features Too Many Mistakes

Scrimmage features too many mistakes

By Richard White

This past Monday’s GHS scrimmage at Fayetteville was quite revealing, but not in a good way. According to Bulldogs' Head Coach Rick Jones, his team performed poorly, though they played better toward the end against probably the best 7A team in the state.

Despite an abrupt and unexpected coaching change late last spring, the Fayetteville Purple Dogs are picked #1 in 7A by Hooten's Arkansas Football, and are favored to...continued

GHS Volleyball Opens Against 7A Competition

GHS volleyball opens against 7A competition

By Richard White

While the 2016 season marks the beginning of a new conference slate for the Greenwood Lady Bulldogs, Head Coach Jennifer Golden has done her best to maintain a high level of competition early in the season, scheduling four consecutive Class 7A opponents.

Reclassification by the Arkansas Activities Association led to the combining of Classes 5A and 6A in volleyball, a move that will surely benefit 6A teams like Greenwood...continued

GHS Netters Open Season Against Northside, Van Buren

GHS netters open season against Northside, Van Buren

By Richard White

Head Coach Ken Hamilton and his GHS tennis teams opened their 2016 campaign last Tuesday, August 16th, at Van Buren, easily dominating the Pointers. Greenwood lost just two matches, one girls and one boys match.

"It was the first time we've beaten Van Buren in several years," said Hamilton, who expects his teams to compete well this fall in the new conference tournament format and at the state level...continued

Jr. 'Dogs Have Good Skill Players; Need Depth Up Front

Jr. 'Dogs have good skill players; need depth up front

By Richard White

After requesting a transfer from the varsity staff to junior high head coach, Shannon Rhea is set to begin his second season at the helm of the Junior Bulldogs, and he has quite an opening act to follow.

Last fall the Jr. 'Dogs went unbeaten (9-0) and won their third consecutive River Valley Conference title, extending their current winning streak to 27 games...continued

GHS Golfers Face Multiple Opponents

GHS golfers face multiple opponents

By Richard White

The Greenwood High School golf teams have been busy through the first week-and-a-half of the new school year, facing a host of foes including Fort Smith Southside, Alma, Springdale, and Dover, and the results have been quite favorable to the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs...continued

QBs, Defensive Line May Carry Young Bulldogs Early In 2016

QBs, defensive line may carry young Bulldogs early in 2016

By Richard White

As usual, the Greenwood Bulldogs enter the high school football season with high expectations. Nearly every prep gridiron pundit across the state believes that Greenwood and Pine Bluff are head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition in Class 6A, just as they were last fall...continued

Bulldogs Survive Tough Battle With Grizzlies
Greenwood 33, Northside 25

New Season, Same Results for Jr. Dogs
Greenwood 28, Alma 12

New season, same results for Jr. Bulldogs

By Richard White

The 2016 football season is now underway, and it seems that very little has changed for the Greenwood Junior High Bulldogs. After finishing 2015 with a perfect record (9-0), Head Coach Shannon Rhea and his squad opened their new campaign last Thursday with a 28-12 victory over Alma, extending the team's impressive winning streak to 28 games...continued

Bulldogs survive tough battle with Grizzlies, 33-25

By Richard White

The Greenwood Bulldogs kicked off their 2016 season with yet another win over a Class 7A school last Friday, traveling down Highway 71 to Fort Smith and defeating the Northside Grizzlies, 33-25. The visitors led 26-8 in the second quarter, and appeared to be on task for an easy victory, but the home standing Grizzlies had a different idea...continued

Bulldogs Make It 5-In-A-Row Over Southside
Greenwood 56, Southside 34

Winning Streak Continues After Wild Win Over Shiloh
Greenwood 21, Shiloh Christian 20

Talented GHS Volleyball Squad Off To A Fast Start

Talented GHS volleyball squad off to a fast start

By Richard White

The Greenwood Lady Bulldogs' volleyball team has been busy, to the point of exhaustion. Just two weeks into the new school year the GHS girls have already played more than a dozen matches, including tournament play, crafting a 10-3 overall mark. The sports website Max Preps currently has Greenwood ranked fourth overall in the state...continued

GHS Linksters Win Over Siloam Springs, Van Buren

GHS linksters win over Siloam Springs, Van Buren,

By Richard White

The Greenwood High School golf teams both notched victories over Siloam Springs and Van Buren in the past two weeks, improving to 5-0 (boys) and 4-1 (girls) on the season. Head Coach Ronnie Williams and his players take on Fort Smith Southside on Thursday at Ben Geren golf course for 18 holes, then host Russellville next Monday for nine holes at Vache Grasse Country Club...continued

GHS Tennis Splits With Ft. Smith Schools
Article By: Richard White

GHS tennis splits with Ft. Smith schools

By Richard White

Coach Ken Hamilton and his GHS netters suffered their second rainout of the young season last week when their home matches with Lake Hamilton and Siloam Springs were washed out on August 29th. They will be made up in October.

But sandwiched around the rainout were a pair of matches with both Fort Smith schools, Southside and Northside. Greenwood split with their Sebastian County neighbors...continued

Pair of juniors lead Bulldogs to win over Mavericks

By Richard White

Quarterback Connor Noland and running back Kenny Wood, both juniors, were the offensive stars for the Greenwood Bulldogs last Friday in their 56-34 win over the Fort Smith Southside Mavericks. It was the fifth straight win for Greenwood over Southside, and the 10th consecutive victory for the Class 6A 'Bulldogs over 7A teams...continued

Winning streak continues after wild win over Shiloh

By Richard White

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. That's an axiom the Jr. Saints of Shiloh Christian should know well. But if they needed a reminder, they got one last Thursday night at Smith-Robinson Stadium. Trailing 20-6 with 12 minutes to play, the Greenwood Jr. Bulldogs rallied to pull out a crazy 21-20 victory over the Saints, extending their winning streak to an incredible 29 games...continued

Bulldogs Make It 12-In-A-Row Over Alma
Greenwood 35, Alma 12

After long delay, 'Dogs hand Alma 12th straight loss

By Richard White

Greenwood hosted Alma last Friday at Smith-Robinson Stadium, as the two long-time rivals played their final non-conference game of the season in a fairly snappy two hours, 15 minutes. The problem was that the game kicked off more than two-and-a-half hours late at 9:32 p.m...continued

Bulldogs Rolled To Third Straight Mercy Rule Win
Greenwood 42, Siloam Springs 0

9th Grade vs Kimmons

Bulldogs Mercy Rule El Dorado Wildcats
Greenwood 49, El Dorado 21

Bulldogs mercy rule El Dorado Wildcats, 49-21

By Richard White

The Greenwood Bulldogs improved to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in 6A West conference play last Friday night with a 49-21 mercy rule victory over the El Dorado Wildcats. Having split their two previous games, both in post-season play, it was the first time the two schools had met in the regular season. El Dorado fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in league play...continued

Winning Streak Ends With Loss To Chaffin Cougars
Chaffin 27, Greenwood 11

Winning steak ends with loss to Chaffin Cougars

By Richard White

It was bound to happen, and last Thursday the 30-game winning streak by Greenwood Junior High finally came to an end. Playing at Jim Rowland Stadium on the campus of Fort Smith Southside High School, the Jr. Bulldogs (3-1) fell 27-11 to the Chaffin Cougars.

Prior to last week, Greenwood had not lost a game since falling to Alma in the 2013 season opener. But turnovers by the offense...continued

Bulldogs Open League Play With Resounding Win Over Texarkana
Greenwood 55, Texarkana 10

Bulldogs open league play with resounding win over Texarkana

By Richard White

Despite a somewhat rocky start, the Greenwood Bulldogs (4-0) quickly returned to form after falling behind 10-7 in their 6A West conference opener last Friday at Smith-Robinson Stadium. Texarkana (1-3) was in town, coming off a 28-20 win over Class 5A Camden-Fairview the week before, but the Razorbacks and Bulldogs had never before met on the gridiron. And after Friday's results, Texarkana likely won't be in the mood for a rematch any time soon...continued

Jr. Bulldogs Accomplish 30/30 Against Rams
Greenwood 30, Ramsey 0

Jr. Bulldogs accomplish 30/30 against Rams

By Richard White

After an open date in week three of the regular season, the Greenwood Junior Bulldogs (3-0) picked up right where they left off, defeating Fort Smith Ramsey last Thursday night in Jim Rowland Stadium at Southside High School. The 30-0 shutout victory also extended their impressive winning streak to 30 games, now spanning parts of four seasons...continued

Jr. 'Dogs hang on against Kimmons Raiders, 13-12

By Richard White

A week after seeing their 30-game unbeaten streak snapped on the road by the Chaffin Cougars, the Greenwood Junior Bulldogs returned to their winning ways last Thursday at home against the Fort Smith Kimmons Raiders, but just barely. After taking a 13-0 lead in the first half, the Jr. 'Dogs hung on for a narrow 13-12 River Valley Conference victory...continued

Bulldogs rolled to third straight mercy rule win

By Richard White

The Greenwood Bulldogs improved to 6-0 last Friday night with an impressive 42-0 road victory over the Siloam Springs Panthers. It was also the third consecutive mercy rule win over 6A West Conference foes, including two earlier triumphs over Texarkana and El Dorado. The 'Dogs sit atop the league standings, tied with Russellville...continued

Bulldogs Getting Closer To League Title After 41-25 Victory
Greenwood 41, Benton 25

Bulldogs getting closer to league title after 41-25 victory

By Richard White

The Greenwood Bulldogs, ranked #1 in 6A all season, have still not reached their potential, according to Head Coach Rick Jones. The Top Dog said as much to his team after last Friday's 41-25 conference win over the visiting Benton Panthers, and that's bad news for the rest of Class 6A...continued

Bulldogs Hold Off Determined Cyclones
Greenwood 27, Russellville 24

Bulldogs hold off determined Cyclones

By Richard White

Both Greenwood and Russellville entered last Friday's conference contest unbeaten (6-0, 3-0), and the 6A West showdown more than lived up to its pre-game hype. After building an early 18-point lead, the Bulldogs found themselves battling a resurgent group of Cyclones in the second half before holding on for a 27-24 victory.

The 'Dogs now move on to host Benton (5-2, 3-1) this coming Friday in another critical league matchup. Given the remaining...continued

Jr. Bulldogs Fall To Solid Harrison Team
Harrison 27, Greenwood 3

Jr. Bulldogs fall to solid Harrison team, 27-3

By Richard White

The Harrison Junior Goblins (8-0) will likely finish the season unbeaten and win the league title in their first year as members of the River Valley Conference. A very solid Harrison team made the long trip to Greenwood last Thursday and handily defeated the Jr. Bulldogs, 27-3.

While Greenwood (5-2) is hoping to finish strong with wins over Van Buren and Alma in the final two weeks, Harrison seems poised to complete a perfect season with games...continued

Jr. Bulldogs Blitz Darby Rangers
Greenwood 33, Darby 7

Jr. Bulldogs blitz Darby Rangers, 33-7

By Richard White

The Greenwood Junior High Bulldogs are now 2-0 since their 30-game winning streak ended with a loss to Fort Smith Chaffin on September 29th. After narrowly beating the Kimmons Raiders the following week, 13-12, the Jr. 'Dogs had a much easier time last Thursday on the road against the Darby Rangers, winning handily, 33-7, keeping Greenwood in the hunt for a fourth straight league title...continued

Bulldogs Trounce Sheridan; 6A West Title Up For Grabs
Greenwood 52, Sheridan 13

Bulldogs trounce Sheridan; 6A West title up for grabs

By Richard White

All will be made clear in the 6A West with the conclusion of the regular season this coming Friday when Greenwood (9-0, 6-0) hosts the Lake Hamilton Wolves. The Wolves (6-3, 5-1) threw a monkey wrench in the works last week by upsetting Benton (5-4, 3-3), while the Bulldogs methodically overcame a slow start to crush the Sheridan Yellowjackets, 52-13.

"That's the way it goes," said GHS Head Coach Rick Jones, referring to...continued

Bulldogs Close Out Perfect Regular Season, Eyeing State Title
Greenwood 47, Lake Hamilton 10

Bulldogs close out perfect regular season, eyeing state title

By Richard White

Every season Head Coach Rick Jones and his Greenwood Bulldogs set three goals for themselves. First, win their opening game. Second, win the conference championship. And third, win the state championship. After last Friday's 47-10 home victory over Lake Hamilton, the 'Dogs have reached their first two goals and are now focusing on claiming the 6A state title on December 3rd...continued

Bulldogs Overcome Improved Wildcats
Greenwood 20, El Dorado 3

Bulldogs overcome improved Wildcats, 20-3

By Richard White

When the Greenwood Bulldogs traveled to El Dorado on the last day of September, the Wildcats were playing shorthanded, missing a couple of their top players due to injury. The Bulldogs won the game 49-21, invoking the 35-point mercy rule in the second half. But the rematch last Friday at Smith-Robinson Stadium was much closer, with the home team claiming a much smaller 20-3 victory...continued

Bulldogs Advance To State Championship Game
Greenwood 31, Pine Bluff 30

'Dogs survive Zebras, 31-30, move on to 6A title game

By Richard White

Three teams have dominated Arkansas 6A football in recent years, Pine Bluff, El Dorado, and Greenwood. El Dorado has won four championship since 2009, while Pine Bluff has won the last two. Greenwood joined the classification in 2012 and promptly won the state title, despite being the smallest school in 6A...continued