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BENTONVILLE -- The sport will not change much for Callie Neumann, but the location and the environment in which she will play in for the next four years will definitely be different. The Bentonville High volleyball standout signed her national letter of intent to play at Stephen F. Austin during Thursday's ceremony in Tiger Arena. Neumann, however, will play her games in the sand instead of the gym. Neumann signed to play beach volleyball at the Nacogdoches, Texas, university and became the first Lady Tiger to do such a thing. "I moved here from Florida, so I originally played sand volleyball," Neumann said. "I really feel more at home in the sand. I still love indoor, but I'm more comfortable in the sand and I get to play every position. Indoor is more position-specific -- either front row or back row -- but in the sand, you play everywhere." Neumann, a 5-foot-8 outside hitter, recorded 154 kills while helping Bentonville win the 6A-West Conference and Class 6A state titles. She also recorded 132 digs, 16 aces and 39 blocks this fall. During the offseason, she said her father took her to Texas every weekend to play beach volleyball tournaments, where matches are two-on-two instead of six-on-six in the gym. It was at one of those tournaments where she ran into a coach from Stephen F. Austin. "During one of the beach volleyball tours, the coaches come out and it's a time where we can meet them," Neumann said. "I ended up emailing him because I saw him watching one of my tournaments, then I went and toured the school and really liked it." Neumann was one of four Bentonville student-athletes to sign national letters of intent with NCAA Division I schools. Swimmer Ryan Husband made Auburn his choice, while baseball player Reid Ronan and girls soccer player Olivia Brown elected to sign with Oral Roberts. Husband, one of the state's most heralded swimmers, set the state records in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 39.03 seconds) and the 100 free (45.52) last season and helped the Tigers set two state relay records as a freshman in 2017. He chose Auburn instead of Louisville, Michigan and Penn State, and he believes he will continue to swim the 100 and 200 freestyle in college. "My favorite part of the team was the coaches," Husband said. "What my family thought also played in a role, but in the end, it came down to how I feel. I felt drawn to Auburn, and I could see myself going there and thriving there the best. I felt I could be the most successful there. "I'm keeping with Tigers the rest of my life. That will be nice." Ronan, a relief pitcher with Bentonville last season, said he expects to have a similar position when he arrives at Oral Roberts. The right-hander picked up a win and two saves and struck out 18 batters while allowing just seven hits over 11.2 innings. "With my freshman year, they said I would be a middle relief guy," Ronan said. "They told me I'm not going to redshirt, so it will be fun to go right in there and start working. "I'm going to stay grinding in the weight room. I'm doing the pitching programs they gave me, and also stick to what I'm doing over here. I think it will lead me to great places." Brown is expected to be Bentonville's goalkeeper this spring after seeing limited playing time last year. She believes a successful season with the Lady Tigers will help lead her to go things when she arrives in Tulsa next fall. "I've just got to get back to work," Brown said. "There are no days off. My next job won't only be to help Bentonville win a state title, but I'm going to use it to get some playing time next year. "The coaching staff and the team dynamic, it was just a family. I thought to myself I'm going to grow here and I'm going to prosper in this community."...

11/18/2019

Bentonville High School News

Friday, November 22 7A State Football Quarterfinals Bentonville Tigers v. Catholic Rockets 6:00 Gates Open 7:00 Kickoff $6 Tickets Bentonville Athletic Passes are not accepted for entry BLACK/GOLD Seat passes can be used for Reserved Seating, but not for entry to event RESERVED PARKING PASSES can be used *only AAA Passes are accepted for entry*...

11/18/2019

Bentonville High School News

Tiger Coaches Show Tuesday, November 19 Raising Cane's on Walton 6:30-7:30 Hosted by John McElroy Coaches: Jody Grant (Head Football Coach), Dustin Coon(Strength & Conditioning), Michelle Smith (Head Volleyball Coach) Featured Position Group: Tiger Football Leadership Counsel Featured Team: 6A State Champions - Tiger Volleyball Join us LIVE on site or watch on the TIGER APP or @ gobentonvilletigers.com...

11/18/2019

Bentonville High School News

BLACK & GOLD NIGHT Friday, 11.15 Gates open @ 4:30 Events start @ 5:00 Come out and support the beginning of the Winter seasons - Bentonville Basketball Club, WJHS Cheer, WJHS Dance, WJHS Basketball, FJHS Cheer, FJHS Dance, FJHS Basketball, BHS Cheer, BHS Dance, BHS Wrestling, BHS Basketball, BHS Swim & Dive See Full Schedule in the HUB - BHS Events...

11/15/2019

Bentonville High School News

NEXT LEVEL TIGERS - Signing Celebration Thursday, November 14 - 10:45 @ Tiger Arena ...

11/11/2019

Bentonville High School News

HOT SPRINGS -- Mike Power summed up the Class 6A boys state cross country championship as "a different day and a different course." But the final results remained the same. Power's Bentonville team, led by individual champion Lukas Pabst, edged Fayetteville to win its third consecutive state title and eighth overall during Saturday's races on the Oaklawn Park infield. Bentonville compiled 30 points to 36 for Fayetteville, which was a 13-point turnaround from last week when the Bulldogs claimed the 6A-West Conference by a 37-44 margin at Rogers. Bentonville has edged Fayetteville in the past three state meets by a combined 22 points. "When you have a leader like Lukas Pabst out there and those other guys are hungry to perform, it came down to doing it on the day," Power said. "We knew this was the biggest day on our calendar, and they performed great. "They really wanted it, and it showed in their performance. These guys were focused on the state meet, and if there's one meet you want to win, it's state. I think this course suited our athletes and the type of athletes they are, so it felt pretty good." All five Bentonville runners ran personal-bests over the 5,000-meter course, and four Tigers finished among the top-five runners. That included Pabst, who ran with the early leaders for the first half-mile and made his move before he reached the 1-mile marker. Pabst finished his race in 15 minutes, 21.9 seconds, almost 13 seconds faster than Fayetteville's Carter Betts. A trio of Tigers -- twin brothers Dawson and Dylan Mayberry, and Daniel Graham -- were the next three to cross the finish line within 14 seconds of each other. "We were looking forward to the team win," Lukas said. "We were focused on team runs and everything. I just went out with the pack. When the pace started slowing down, I took it. I knew I did it last week and it worked, so I decided to do it again." Fayetteville and Bentonville each had four runners among the top eight, but Bentonville had 13 points at that point to Fayetteville's 23. Fayetteville had the first No. 5 runner as Gabe Craig finished 13th, but it wasn't enough as Bentonville's fifth runner, Colin Conway, was 17th. Springdale Har-Ber was a distant third with 89 points, while Conway and Bryant closed out the top five with 138 and 149 points, respectively....

11/10/2019

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