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Hill signs with Ohio State as high school coach noticeably absent

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Photo by Gavin Lesnick North Little Rock’s K.J. Hill signed with Ohio State Wednesday.

North Little Rock standout receiver K.J. Hill signed with Ohio State University Wednesday without his high school coach, Brad Bolding, present. Rumors have swirled about Bolding’s job status for weeks, and his absence at the school’s signing day event was telling.
While North Little Rock School officials are mum on Bolding’s stratus, Hill and his stepfather Montez Peterson made it clear any alleged wrongdoing by Bolding didn’t include the recruitment of Hill contrary to rumors that have circulated on social media.
“They swear [Bolding] gave me money, but I didn’t get any money,” Hill told a throng of reporters shortly after he inked with the defending national champion Buckeyes. “That’s what they say. “People say he gave me money … I don’t know what the real situation is,” Hill says. “It’s all good, though.
“I’m not worried. People swore I couldn’t sign, but it is all good.”
North Little Rock’s silence and Hill’s decommitment from Arkansas last month has only fueled speculation that Hill’s recruitment is tied to Bolding’s troubles.
“Everything that we have done as parents and K.J. has done have been on the up … Read more >

NLR Star Hill feared for his life during bus crash

A day after a wild pregame bus accident that hospitalized an assistant coach, North Little Rock star receiver K.J. Hill is glad to be alive.
“I ain’t gonna lie, I  thought we were going to die,” Hill said Friday. “Everybody thought we were going to die. We were going so fast, it was slow. It puts things into perspective. You never know which game might be your last.”
North Little Rock athletic director Gary Davis to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Thursday night that the bus carrying the offense to a pregame meal at a local church was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 40 at the JFK exit just before 4 p.m. The defensive bus was already at the church, but the offensive and junior varsity bus lagged behind.
An accident had already occurred and offensive coordinator Blake Pizan was driving the bus and was trying to avoid the cars. Hill, who was one 31 players who weren’t injured, was seated in the back.
“I felt the bus skirting across the road, and I looked up. [Pizan] said, ‘Everybody hang on,’” Hill said. “We barely missed another bus and were on two wheels because we were going so fast. Then, … Read more >

PA football team featured in Eastbay video, gets visit from Cowboys player

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DeMarco Murray visited Pulaski Academy football coach Kevin Kelley and his players during a recent workout and shoot for Eastbay.

Pulaski Academy football got a dose of more national exposure this week when online sporting goods company Eastbay highlighted the Bruins’ unique philosophy in a feature called Preparation Nation.
The video, posted on YouTube includes footage of PA players working out using tires, platforms and pushing a pickup truck. There are also soundbites from coach Kevin Kelley describing PA’s philosophy that includes no punting and onside kicks on most every kickoff. Kelley also touches on the upbeat tempo the Bruins employ that includes snapping the ball as soon as the referee whistles the ball in play.
A cool twist comes around the halfway point of the video when Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray walks on to the field after Kelley tells his team “We’ve got a guy that came to us because he is always looking for that extra edge — DeMarco Murray.” Murray participates in some of the drills with the team and encourages the players. He also is interviewed and admits he hasn’t seen anything like PA’s approach to football.
Kelley is a lifelong Cowboys fan, … Read more >

The Top 10 Prep Football Head-Coaching Jobs in Arkansas

Josh Floyd sent waves through the Arkansas prep football world last week, resigning at power program Shiloh Christian to take the Hewitt-Trussville head coaching job in the Birmingham, Alabama area.
Floyd is the latest coach to guide the Saints to dominance, and as the school conducts a quick nationwide search, I’m sure the opening has caused many Arkansas coaches to pause even with the late timing.

With the tradition the Saints have as well as the facilities and resources, it has to be considered one of the better jobs in the state. That made me wonder what are The Top 10 prep football jobs in Arkansas? Here is that list.

This list is based on a school’s tradition, financial support, commitment to winning, facilities, pay and responsibilities other than coaching football.

1. Bentonville — Currently the Tigers have the best mix of top-flight facilities, talent, support and numbers that would allow most coaches a chance to win a state title yearly. However, Bentonville may not be on top long as the district is gaining another high school in 2016. The addition of Springdale Har-Ber in 2006 proved catastrophic to the Springdale High School football program, which had been one of … Read more >

Mayflower baseball team searched for teammate’s jeresey in rubble

As a tornado barreled toward Mayflower, Davis Gaffney faced a dilemma. His parents told he and his five siblings they could take two belongings with them to the tornado shelter. Gaffney, a ninth-grade baseball player, chose his baseball glove and iguana.
Unfortunately, the glove and pet were about all Gaffney had left after the tornado ripped through his house. As the family sifted though the rubble, Gaffney was unable to find his game jersey.
Mayflower coach Joe Albritton sent a text to his players asking them to help Gaffney and Garrett Taylor, whose family also lost their house, salvage personal items, including game uniforms.
Players and parents, coaches and wives spent hours searching. Albritton found the Nike jersey, which had just a small hole in it.
“I didn’t realize the the house had a second story,” Albritton says. “It was across the road in a pond. That’s where I found [the jersey].”
Gaffney, who plays on the JV squad but suits up for varsity games, was touched by how his teammates chipped in.
“It was just awesome to know they cared that much,” Gaffney says.
Gaffney proudly wore the jersey Tuesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park when the Eagles played Vilonia … Read more >