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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Arkansas team of the week? (9/19/2023)

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Arkansas High School Team of the Week for Sept. 11-17

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Arkansas High School Team of the Week

Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday, September 24, at 11:59 p.m. 

Bentonville Tigers boys cross country

Bentonville had another outstanding finish in Texas, as they claimed the Elite Varsity boys championship in the Lovejoy XC Fall Festival scoring 71 points. The Tigers had a program-best 15:23 team average, while four runners finished in the Top 14 - James American Horse (ninth), Owen Kelley (tenth), Eli Seavey (thirteenth) and Matthew Shelly (fourteenth). 

Buffalo Island Central girls golf

The Lady Mustangs took first place during the match at the Newport Country Club, scoring a 146. Hadlie Goodson was BIC's medalist scoring a 45, while Kendra Towell finished second individually with a score of 49. 

Carlisle Bison football

The Bison defense won in Week 2, but the offense got on a roll against a hot Des Arc squad as Carlisle slipped past the previously undefeated Eagles 27-20 to close out nonconference play 3-1. Kayleb Elliot carried 24 times for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while Holden Jones completed 6-of-7 passes for a score. Defensively, the Bison were led by Gabe Boyle (16 tackles, fumble returned for score) and Luke Petrus (seven tackles).

Episcopal Wildcats girls cross country

Episcopal had an exceptional showing to claim first place in the Arkansas National Guard - Be Your Best - Meet, scoring 17 points. Five Wildcat runners placed in the Top 10 - Ella Gary (second), Lauren Humiston (third), Caroline Brantley (fourth), Stella Cochran (fifth) and Alice McCormick (eighth). 

Fayetteville Bulldogs volleyball

The three-time defending 7A state champions handed top-ranked Fort Smith Southside its first loss since the Purple Dogs defeated them in last year's state finals over 300 days prior, and also swept Rogers. Against Southside, UCA commit Regan Harp was exceptional, finishing with 25 kills, 15 digs and three blocks, while Quincy Schaffer was the unsung hero with 35 assists.

Hot Springs Trojans football

A step forward has been evident in each season under Darrell Burnett, and the Trojans took another one Friday night when they got past Class 7A Little Rock Southwest, led by a very strong defensive performance. Perry Jones (155 yards rushing, two touchdowns) and TJ Brogden (103 total yards, touchdown) powered the offense, while Eli Eggleston (9 tackles, forced fumble, fumble recovery) and Chris Sequin (2 sacks) gave the Southwest offense fits.

Jonesboro Hurricane boys cross country 

The Hurricane finished No. 1 out of 20 teams at the Harding Bison XC Invitational over the weekend. Hudson Copeland led Jonesboro individually, finishing second, while Ben Wewers was sixth and Owen Church ninth. 

Lake Hamilton Wolves football

Having lost so many starters the Wolves expected growing pains to start the season, but Friday's last second win over a quality Mountain Home squad may have been the boost needed to get on a roll in the back half of the regular season. They seem to have found something in junior Hayden Barton at running back, who has carried 55 times for 452 yards and six touchdowns on the year. 

Mayflower Eagles football

Those Eagles notched a crucial victory over Clinton and are 3-0 for the first time since 2018, as well as 1-0 in what looks to be a wide open 4A-4 conference. Sean Graaf broke through a tackle after hauling in a pass from Frankie Fennell for a 53-yard score that ended up sealing the deal for Mayflower.

Rogers Mounties boys golf

The Mounties scored 589 over two days to win the boys team title of the Confidence Classic, squeaking past Fayetteville by a two-stroke margin. Cohen Kinnard was the tournament medalist scoring a 142, Maddock Stephens sixth with a 73 and Noah Regan was ninth with a 150. 

Rogers Mounties girls golf 

The Lady Mounties finished the Confidence Classic at the Bella Vista Country Club with a combined score of 479 over two days. Avery Allen took second place individually with a 155 score, while he Scudder triplets - Kate (159), Anna (160) and Elizabeth (168) each finished individually in the Top 11.

Salem Greyhounds football 

The Greyhounds are 4-0 for the first time since 2012 following last Friday's big non-conference win over previously undefeated Walnut Ridge. Both teams came in averaging around 350 yards per contest on the ground and were held under 200, however Salem's passing game was the difference led by Lukas Downs who threw for two scores.

Wynne Yellowjackets football

Excitement spread across the state for the Yellowjackets last Friday night after they earned their first win. A squad that was not guaranteed to play after last spring's tornadoes devastated the town put together a complete performance and blanked Magnolia 35-0, which was also Clay Totty's first victory as Wynne's head coach. 

--Kyle Sutherland