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Leading Off App Spotlight

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Recess

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Tweet of the Week

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Letter from the Editor

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2012 NWA Football Preview

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We scour the app store so you don’t have to.

Puzzles, trivia and other stuff to keep you from doing your homework.

The best of what’s going on @PulseNWA.

What is “Pulse” anyway?

A school from the 7A-West has won the last five state championships. Which team has the inside track on the crown this season? And what’s in store for the two conference newcomers?

Not the News

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Popcorn Previews

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professionally designed magazine, with big pictures and smooth page-flipping (hence the name Flipboard). Flipboard mixes in other feeds with your social networks like Sports, News and Technology, as well as “Flipboard Picks” cool stuff that the Flipboard folks find around the Internet, from a photoblog of beach scenes to a list of ways to improve your grilled cheese sandwichs. It’s completely customizable, so if facebook is old news for you, it’s gone. Not quite on a twitter?

Not a problem. You can search the app for whatever your interests are, and Flipboard pretty much designs You Magazine. Flipboard also boasts radio and video channels, so you can access the latest ESPN.com videos or listen to a hand-picked music genre, all in the same app. Did we mention it’s free? If you’re an iPhone or Android user wishing you had the cool magazine-style apps of your friend’s iPad, this is as good as it gets on a mobile device. And did we mention it’s free?

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RECESS 1. What Arkansas high school has won the most state championships all-time? A. Bentonville B. Pine Bluff C. Fort Smith Southside D. Little Rock Central 2. Which NFL team’s real life players were featured as the fictional “Gotham Rogues” in the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises? A. Dallas Cowboys B. Pittsburgh Steelers C. New York Giants D. Chicago Bears

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3. How many feet long is a regulation football field, including the end zones? A. 100 B. 360 C. 520 D. 1,000

4. What is the name of the former Friday Night Lights TV star who starred in the films John Carter, Battleship and Savages in 2012? A. Taylor Kitsch B. Ryan Gosling C. Nicolas Cage D. Tom Hardy

Games & Trivia

5. Which of the following isn’t a real penalty in the NFL? A. Horsecollar tackle B. Crack-back block C. Clear path foul D. Tripping 6. Who is the only athlete to play in both a Super Bowl (football) and a World Series (baseball)? A. Bo Jackson B. Jim Thorpe C. Michael Jordan D. Deion Sanders

7. What is the Arkansas high school record for touchdown passes in a season? A. 59 B. 64 C. 77 D. 82 8. How many points does an NFL defense get for blocking an extra point and returning it to the opposite end zone? A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 6


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3. Points for a safety

1. It’s flipped to start the game

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2. Football Intermission

6. Picked off a pass 9. Reigning 7A state football champions

4. Site of football state championship games

10. Points for a touchdown

7. Name of this publication

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8. Rogers Heritage mascot

14. Line to cross for a touchdown

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6. D, Deion Sanders 7. C, 77 (Thomas Thrash, Pulaski Acad.) 8. B, 2 points

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4. A, Taylor Kitsch, and what terrible movies 5. C, Clear path foul (NBA rule)

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1. D, Little Rock Central 2. B, Pittsburgh Steelers 3. B, 360 feet (120 yards)

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DITOR E E H T M O R F

irst things first, thanks for reading. Hopefully if you found this column, you’re enjoying the first ever issue of Pulse. If nothing else it should entertain you while you wait in line for the iPhone 5. Spoiler alert, Siri still doesn’t do your homework or laundry. Pulse is an exciting new publication because the content is audience-driven. We want to write what you want to read. The target is high schoolers in Northwest Arkansas, and we’re going to have high schoolers in Northwest Arkansas writing for us. Pulse won’t be a list of homework tips or afternoon specials, it’ll be something worth consuming. Part ESPN The Magazine, part The Onion, part Seventeen We’ll cover anything from TV to fashion to sports to snowcones. If you don’t think reading is fun, don’t worry, there will be plenty of pictures. Something for everyone. If you have something high school-related you want to hear about and we’re not writing about, tweet us @PulseNWA and the story will find its way back to you. Add it all up and it’s a one-ofa-kind publication that you can be apart of, whether it’s by writing or tweeting us photos or telling us

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what we’re doing wrong. We’re all friends here. PulseNWA represents the six biggest high schools in Northwest Arkansas: Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers Heritage, Rogers High, Springdale Har-Ber and Springdale High. That’s some 4,500-something opinions total, and we want to hear all of them. This will be an evolving project that continually adapts as we strive to live up to our namesake. We want to reflect the pulse of the people, and as the people part of the equation, it is your responsibility to keep us in line. We’re going to strive to make Pulse a forum for two-way interaction, not a once-a-month tabloid that we print and don’t care if you ever read or not. We’ll publish this about every three weeks, but we’re developing a website to complement our twitter feed so that we’re pretty much pulsing all the time. After all, what good is anything without a steady pulse? Matt Watson is the editor of Pulse, and can be reached via twitter @PulseNWA with questions, comments, complaints or recipes.


NWA BIG SIX FOOTBALL 2012 SCHEDULES BENTONVILLE DATE

OPPONENT

8/31

KC ROCKHURST

9/7

Broken Arrow

9/14

SOUTH PANOLA

9/21

FAYETTEVILLE SITE

DATE

OPPONENT

HOME

8/30

Away

HAR-BER DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

DATE

OPPONENT

MEMPHIS UNIV. SCHOOL HOME

8/31

Webb City

Away

8/31

FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE HOME

9/7

Jefferson City

Away

9/7

Columbia Rock Bridge

Away

9/7

FORT SMITH NORTHSIDE HOME

HOME

9/14

MUSKOGEE

HOME

9/14

FORT SMITH SOUTHSIDE HOME

9/14

HARRISON

Springdale Har-Ber*

Away

9/21

VAN BUREN*

HOME

9/21

BENTONVILLE*

HOME

9/21

Siloam Springs*

9/28

SILOAM SPRINGS*

HOME

9/28

Springdale*

Away

9/28

Rogers Heritage*

Away

9/28

SPRINGDALE HAR-BER* HOME

10/5

Rogers*

Away

10/5

ROGERS HERITAGE*

HOME

10/5

VAN BUREN*

HOME

10/5

Fayetteville*

Away

10/12

ROGERS HERITAGE*

HOME

10/12

Rogers*

Away

10/12

Siloam Springs*

Away

10/12

Bentonville*

Away

10/19

Van Buren*

Away

10/19

SILOAM SPRINGS*

HOME

10/19

ROGERS*

HOME

10/19

SPRINGDALE*

10/26

Springdale*

Away

10/26

SPRINGDALE HAR-BER* HOME

10/26

Fayetteville*

Away

10/26

Van Buren*

Away

11/2

FAYETTEVILLE*

HOME

11/2

Bentonville*

11/2

SPRINGDALE*

HOME

11/2

ROGERS*

HOME

ROGERS

SITE

HERITAGE

Away

SITE

HOME Away

HOME

SPRINGDALE

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

DATE

OPPONENT

SITE

8/31

Mountain Home

Away

8/31

BATESVILLE

HOME

9/7

TAHLEQUAH

HOME

9/7

TULSA CENTRAL

HOME

9/14

Fort Smith Northside

Away

9/14

Bixby

Away

9/21

SPRINGDALE*

HOME

9/21

Rogers*

Away

9/28

Van Buren*

Away

9/28

FAYETTEVILLE*

HOME

10/5

BENTONVILLE*

HOME

10/5

Siloam Springs*

Away

10/12

Fayetteville*

Away

10/12

VAN BUREN*

10/19

Springdale Har-Ber*

Away

10/19

Rogers Heritage*

10/26

SILOAM SPRINGS*

HOME

10/26

BENTONVILLE*

11/2

Rogers Heritage*

Away

11/2

Springdale Har-Ber

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HOW THE

WEST WAS WON NWA’S NeW FOOtbALL DOmINANCe The northwest corner of the state has produced the last five state champs in Arkansas’s highest classification, but just three titles in 30 years before that. What’s changed?

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[HOW THE WEST WAS WON] Arkansas high school football history has been dominated by schools from Little Rock, Pine Bluff, El Dorado and Fort Smith. When the calendar turned 2000, history went out the window. The long time population centers with the older schools in the state boast the all-time records when it comes to state championships – no current 7A/6A West football team is in the top 10 in titles – but the northwest corner of the state has been hogging all the success in the past decade. Since 2001, there have been two state champs from Little Rock in the highest classification, two from Fort Smith, and seven from Washington and Benton Counties. Fayetteville has two state championships in school history, both since 2007. Bentonville has three, all coming since 2001. Springdale Har-Ber won its first title in 2009 in just its fourth season of competition. Springdale High has the longest record of success, with titles in 1969, 1982 and 1989, and 2005. The easy answer is population – from Fayetteville to Bentonville, the area population approached jumped 33 percent from 2000 to 2010. More citizens means more football players. “We’ve got great numbers this year – when you’ve got 160 kids and you’re trying to find 22, you’ve got a shot at being successful,” said Daryl Patton, head coach at Fayetteville. But it takes more than quantity to bring quality, and it Northwest Arkansas has found both on the football field. “Population growth, and the em-

phasis from the schools to be good athletically – that can be from facilities, to paying the coaches,” Patton said. “A lot of people here, you move in and half your team is getting private workouts or gym memberships on the side. “There is a lot of competition and a lot of people realizing there is competition just to play – they’re going to do everything they can to give their kids a chance.” Patton’s Fayetteville team is the defending 7A champion in part due to the drive of the players within the program to outdo each other – several Bulldogs have gone to position camps across the country, and work out upwards of 10 times per week during the summer. “They’re going to get private lessons, going to quarterback camps, football camps all across America – these guys want to be good, and once you get some tradition, and I think we’ve got that now, you don’t want to be the team to break it and go backwards.There’s pressure to work hard,” Patton said. But how did that tradition spring up so quickly? Bentonville coach Barry Lunney, who watched the area grow up from Fort Smith where he won four state titles at Southside before coming north to win two more with the Tigers, said the competition within schools for players just to get on the field is the byproduct of the rivalry between schools and communities. “Their came a time where the coaching in our league was good, and the coaching brought the level of ball up from top to bottom. Northwest Arkansas became a nice

RICHEY MILLER CLEAR CHOICE PHOTO Brice Gahagans helped Fayetteville run past Bentonville in the state finals, the second straight finals matchup between the two 7A-West foes.

place to live, and the growth started to happen 15 years ago or so, and Walmart really started to take off with J.B. Hunt and Tyson,” Lunney said. “But for football, the facilities were on par with everybody else’s at that point. There were outstanding coaches though, and everybody in the different communities really supported the athletic programs, especially football. “Once one started having

some success on a statewide basis – Northside was going through their height at that time in the 80s and early 90s, and then Southside started winning championships – the other teams they were playing upped the antes, and they hired more staff, more people, and it just started going.” With the growing talent pool, the community support and the financial health of the region, the schools

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north of Fort Smith started to develop aesthetically how they hoped to develop competitively. The combination of it all transformed Northwest Arkansas to a football-rich region with no signs of slowing down. “Then they started building better facilities, redoing stadiums, putting in turf fields. It really started in the communities, and they desired to have good athletic programs that could compete,” Lunney said. “The competition between communities through football just evolved. While it began to evolve, then people wanted to move in to those programs so their kids could be apart of it. “Was it the big business that brought it all together? That certainly helped, but the league started taking off well before that. It’s continued to improve, and everybody’s pushing each other to keep getting better.”

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RICHEY MILLER CLEAR CHOICE PHOTO Springdale High helped kick off a run of Western division dominance with a 2005 state title.

RICHEY MILLER CLEAR CHOICE PHOTO Springdale Har-Ber won the 2009 state championship in its fourth year as a program after splitting from Springdale High.


BENTONVILLE TIGERS The Bentonville Tigers only lost one game in 2010-11 combined, but it happened to be their last game last season in a highprofile overtime loss in the state championship. That’s all in the past though, as the Tigers started out with three impressive non-conference wins against teams from

out of state by a combined 85-21. Bentonville has all the pieces to make its third consecutive trip to Little Rock for the state final, led by an experienced defensive unit and a playmaker at tailback in Tearris Wallace.

FAYETTEVILLE BULLDOGS The champs are still the champs until somebody beats them, and it didn’t take long for the Fayetteville Bulldogs to get beat. Twice. The defending champion Bulldogs opened the season with two losses against teams from Tennessee and Missouri, but bounced back in a big way in

their first game at Harmon Field. Fayetteville has the offensive firepower to compete with anyone with senior signalcaller Austin Allen, and three University of Arkansas commits in Allen and defensive stars Alex Brignoni and Brooks Ellis.

HAR-BER WILDCATS

Springdale Har-Ber is just three years removed from a state championship, but the Wildcats have been overshadowed by their two neighbors that have been to the title game two years in a row. Har-Ber has gone 5-2 or 6-1 in conference each of the previous five seasons, but the the Wildcats fell short of the state

semifinals for the first time since 2006 last season. Har-Ber opened the 2012 season with two losses in the state of Missouri, but it’s the games at the end of the season that the Wildcats judge their season by. They’re hoping defense does win championships this December.

HERITAGE WAR EAGLES

Rogers Heritage fans won’t look kindly back on the 2011 season that saw their War Eagles finish winless in conference, but there is reason for enthusiasm in 2012. Junior quarterback Josh Qualls was thrown into the fire as a sophomore starter, and the War Eagles started another eight sophomores on defense last season.

Qualls passed for close to 2,500 yards and tallied 24 touchdowns, numbers that should only improve this season. Heritage opened the season with three non-conference wins, two more victories than the War Eagles totaled all of last season, so it’s clear that Heritage is a team on the rise.

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ROGERS MOUNTIES

In their second year in the option offense, the Mounties look like they’ve got some things figured out. Rogers stumbled to a 2-8 record last season as they installed new offensive schemes, but the Mounties are off to a 3-0 start in 2012 like their cross-town counterparts at Heritage. Senior quarterback Nick Wary heads the option attack, and Rogers put up 147

points in its first three wins to start the season the right way. Rogers may do things differently than other teams in the high-flying, pass-heavy 7A/6A West, but a possession offense can act as a good defense to throw fasterpaced offenses out of rhythm and give the Mounties a chance to make some noise this season.

SILOAM SPRINGS PANTHERS

Welcome to the state’s most competitive football conference, Siloam Springs. The Panthers jumped from 5A to 6A in 2012, and in doing so were grouped in the 7A/6A West with the most successful programs in Arkansas in the last decade. And despite its size, it’s not like Siloam was dominating the 5A-West either - the

Panthers last made the 5A playoffs in 2008. There will surely be growing pains, but the good news for the 2012 team and for the program is that after facing the gauntlet that is the 7A/6A-West conference schedule, the Panthers will compete in the 6A playoffs and should benefit in the long term by playing a higher level of competition.

SPRINGDALE BULLDOGS

It’s been seven years now since the “Year of the Dog,” and the Bulldogs have been in a constant fight to regain prominance ever since. Second-year coach Shane Patrick took over a team that started 0-6 last season, but the Bulldogs progressed in season to win three of their final four games and

VAN BUREN POINTERS

Van Buren is the other new addition to the 7A/6A West this season along with Siloam Springs, and the Pointers at least have a subtler transition coming from the 7A/6A Central. But Van Buren opened the season with a non-conference tilt against rival and 5A powerhouse Alma and was crushed 47-21,

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sneak in the playoffs. In 2012, the Springdale opened the season with two shutouts, winning by a combined 76-0, before losing at Bixby (Okla.). Running back Deandre Murray provides a spark out of the backfield for a revamped offense hoping to keep up with the team from the other side of town this year.

and then followed that opening loss with another defeat at the hands of 4A Poteau (Okla.). The Pointers released some frustrations on a weak JA Fair team with a 42-point shutout in Week 3, but they still have plenty of work to do before competing against the best 7A teams in the state.


NOT THE NEWS: more HEADLINES: No one attends welcome home party for teen who comes out of 7-year coma, despite announcement on MySpace Cafeteria food not that good, guy says “Looks don’t matter, it’s what’s inside that counts,” says no high schooler ever Source: Students “not really feeling” tests, homework this year

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NWA high schools cancel basketball season, institute second football season In a first-of-its-kind decision, representatives from each high school in Northwest Arkansas unanimously voted Tuesday to cancel the upcoming 201213 basketball season in favor of a second football season per school year. “Representatives? We just took a show of hands from the entire school, and every single person

raised his hand without even thinking about it,” said one area basketball coach, who wished to remain anonymous as he raised his hand to vote for more football. The rising popularity of football in the United States, from the NFL down to college to the high school ranks, has captured the attention of fans of all sports.

“Don’t get me wrong, basketball’s great. At our school we actually canceled every single sport except football, and we’re meeting later this week to discuss tabling our academic curriculum too so that students can just concentrate on playing or watching football year-round,” the coach said.

Source: Fayetteville High to change colors to orange and white to match construction signs With a massive and ongoing overhaul of campus going on at Fayetteville High School, the Bulldogs have decided to temporarily change their colors to orange and white to match the all of the construction signs and barrels. School officials say teachers and students had grown tired of their traditional purple clashing

with all of the orange signs, so they made the decision to try to go with the flow and blend in with the construction, as a new school and basketball gymnasium are being built, while the football field and parking lots were updated during the summer.

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