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Rick Fires

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Rick Fires is a reporter and columnist for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Recent Stories by Rick Fires

COMMENTARY: Football participation demands hard work, commitment

posted: 08/13/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

It’s 8 a.m. in Lamar and I’m watching as a lineman struggles to complete a crab crawl drill while an assistant coach barks encouragement behind him.

Escalera's blast lifts Naturals past Midland

posted: 08/09/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

A day off was apparently all Northwest Arkansas needed.

Hyping, griping part of the conversation about the Razorbacks

posted: 08/06/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

I didn't know what I'd find when my wife suggested (demanded, actually) I clean up the mess around my work area at the house.

Prep Football Report

posted: 08/05/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

LINCOLN -- The grass is up and the gravel is down at Lincoln, where Wolf Pack Stadium is being layered with an artificial surface.

Travelers keep Naturals reeling

posted: 08/01/2017 2:16 a.m. Discuss

SPRINGDALE -- Changing opponents didn't change the outcome for Northwest Arkansas.

Research continues on the effects of concussions

posted: 07/30/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS -- Arkansas and Texas are longtime rivals on the football field, but both programs are on the same team when it comes to player safety.

COMMENTARY: Nontraditional sports provide opportunities for students

posted: 07/30/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

I’ve covered hundreds of high school sporting events through years, but a former player named Kenny stands out.

Seniors still swinging on softball circuit

posted: 07/18/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

ROGERS — Elmer Grove took a big practice swing before he stepped into the batter’s box and lined an opposite-field single.

Athletic directors did dirty work, too

posted: 07/16/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Being a high school athletic director is a tough job in supervising people with different priorities and personalities.

COMMENTARY: Football takes Winn from Pea Ridge to Copenhagen

posted: 07/09/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Dayton Winn once went on a cruise, which, until recently, was the farthest he’d been away from home.

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