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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: Some of college football’s cranky coaches feeling heat

posted: 09/25/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Four weeks into the season, some high-priced college football coaches are already lashing out and taking a familiar path after disappointing performances by their teams.

COMMENTARY: Football: Like old times at Springdale High

updated: 09/24/2016 4:30 a.m. Discuss

SPRINGDALE -- Seemed like old times at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium on Friday, starting with pretty girls in pretty dresses on homecoming night.

Fayetteville vs. Bentonville highlight conference openers in 7A

posted: 09/23/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

There's no better way to begin 7A-West Conference play than Fayetteville vs. Bentonville, two teams who've combined to win six consecutive state championships in Arkansas' largest classification since 2010.

COMMENTARY: Russellville, Springdale return to winning ways

posted: 09/16/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

We've fired up the flux capacitor in Doc Brown's time machine and set the date for Nov. 30, 2002.

Rays of Sonshine Spotlight shines bright on sons of football coaches: Football: Spotlight shines bright on sons of football coaches

posted: 09/16/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

The spotlight shines brightest in football on the quarterback position, where every move and every decision is scrutinized.

Union Christian survives with 8-man football

posted: 09/11/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

I was covering a game in Rogers last year when a fan of the home team complained they had difficultly competing because they were the smallest school in the league.


posted: 09/10/2016 2:53 a.m. Discuss


Russellville rolls past Rogers Heritage

posted: 09/10/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

RUSSELLVILLE -- Russellville did all the damage it needed in the first half against Rogers Heritage Friday.

No. 2 Har-Ber awaits No. 3 team from Missouri

posted: 09/09/2016 1 a.m. Discuss

Please be aware Class 6A in Missouri is similar to Class 7A in Arkansas.

COMMENTARY: Pleading for football without distractions

posted: 09/04/2016 1 a.m. Comment 1

Bear with me while I take a whack at a national story that refuses to die.




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