By Dave Perozek
BENTONVILLE -- Bentonville is one of numerous Arkansas school districts taking the plunge into online video games as a sanctioned high school activity.
The School Board voted 6-0 on Tuesday to establish esports programs at Bentonville High and West High schools following a presentation on the topic by school officials.
Esports is organized, competitive online gaming between individuals or teams. The Arkansas Activities Association approved esports as a new activity for the state in January. More than 100 schools in Arkansas started esports in the spring, said Bentonville athletic director Scott Passmore.
Other big districts in Northwest Arkansas -- including Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville -- either have adopted or are preparing to adopt esports as well, Passmore said.
To continue learning about the growth of esports in high schools, visit the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
By Dudley E. Dawson
One of my favorite work weekends of the summer arrives Friday and Saturday with the annual Southwest Elite Classic 7-on-7.
It's a good time to check out the flavor of local high school teams. Usually, a few Razorback prospects are on hand at fields at Shiloh Christian, Springdale and Fayetteville high schools.
While it may not be 11-on-11 football, it serves a purpose, per Shiloh Christian head coach Jeff Conaway.
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