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Junior high athletics will have a bit of a different feel schedule-wise for Siloam Springs athletics this school year.

Because of schools along the I-49 corridor adding seventh-grade athletics -- including Bentonville, Rogers and Fayetteville most recently -- a more defined conference was established among the area schools, which include Siloam Springs. Springdale was the first of the I-49 districts to have seventh-grade athletics while Siloam Springs has offered it for quite sometime.

Siloam Springs ninth-grade football

2018 schedule

Date^Opponent^Time

Aug. 21^at Pea Ridge (benefit)^6 p.m.

Aug. 30^Springdale Central^7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6^Rogers^7:30 p.m.

Sept. 13^at Fayetteville Purple^7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20^Farmington^7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27^Fayetteville White^7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4^at Springdale Lakeside^7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11^at Springdale Southwest^7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18^Bentonville West^7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25^at Rogers Heritage^7:30 p.m.

Nov. 1^Championship Week^7:30 p.m.

Siloam Springs eighth-grade football

2018 schedule

Date^Opponent^Time

Aug. 30^Springdale Central^5:30 p.m.

Sept. 6^Rogers Elmwood^5:30 p.m.

Sept. 13^at Fayetteville Ramay^5:30 p.m.

Sept. 20^Rogers Lingle^5:30 p.m.

Sept. 27^Fayetteville Woodland^5:30 p.m.

Oct. 4^at Springdale Lakeside^5:30 p.m.

Oct. 11^at Springdale Southwest^5:30 p.m.

Oct. 18^Bentonville Lincoln^5:30 p.m.

Oct. 25^at Rogers Kirksey^5:30 p.m.

Nov. 1^Championship Week^5:30 p.m.

Siloam Springs seventh-grade football

2018 schedule

Date^Opponent^Time

Aug. 30^Springdale Hellstern^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 6^Rogers Elmwood^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 13^at Fayetteville Ramay^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 20^Rogers Lingle^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 27^Fayetteville Woodland^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 4^at Springdale Sonora^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 11^at Springdale Tyson^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 18^Bentonville Lincoln^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 25^at Rogers Kirksey^4:30 p.m.

Nov. 1^Championship Week^5:30 p.m.

Siloam Springs ninth-grade volleyball

2018 schedule

Date^Opponent^Time

Aug. 20^at Gravette^4:30 p.m.

Aug. 21^Farmington^4:30 p.m.

Aug. 23^at Springdale Lakeside^5 p.m.

Aug. 28^at Fayetteville White^5 p.m.

Aug. 30^Springdale George^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 4^Rogers^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 6^at Rogers Heritage^5 p.m.

Sept. 8^at Springdale Southwest Tournament^TBA

Sept. 11^at Bentonville West^5 p.m.

Sept. 13^Fayetteville Purple^4:30 p.m.

Sept. 18^at Bentonville^5 p.m.

Sept. 20^at Springdale George^5 p.m.

Sept. 22^at Fort Smith Junior High Invitational^TBA

Sept. 24^at Huntsville^5 p.m.

Sept. 27^at Springdale Central^5 p.m.

Sept. 29^at River Valley Tournament^TBA

Oct. 2^Springdale Lakeside^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 4^Fayetteville White^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 8^Shiloh Christian^4:30 p.m.

Oct. 9^at Springdale Southwest^5 p.m.

Oct. 11^Bentonville West^4:30 p.m.

Siloam Springs eighth-grade volleyball

2018 schedule

Date^Opponent^Time

Aug. 20^Pea Ridge^6:30 p.m.

Aug. 21^Farmington^6:30 p.m.

Aug. 28^at Rogers Oakdale^6:30 p.m.

Aug. 30^Springdale George^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 4^Bentonville Lincoln^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 5^Fayetteville Woodland^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 10^at Rogers Kirksey^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 11^at Bentonville Fulbright^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 17^at Rogers Lingle^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 18^at Rogers Elmwood^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 24^at Springdale George^6:30 p.m.

Sept. 25^Rogers Kirksey^6:30 p.m.

Oct. 1^at Springdale Central^6:30 p.m.

Oct. 2^Springdale Lakeside^6:30 p.m.

Oct. 8^Fayetteville Ramay^6:30 p.m.

Oct. 9^at Springdale Southwest^6:30 p.m.

Oct. 15^Rogers Oakdale^6:30 p.m.

Oct. 16^at Bentonville Washington^6:30 p.m.

Siloam Springs seventh-grade volleyball

2018 schedule

Date^Opponent^Time (B game/A game)

Aug. 20^Pea Ridge^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Aug. 21^Farmington^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Aug. 28^at Rogers Oakdale^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Aug. 30^Springdale George^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 4^Bentonville Lincoln^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 5^Fayetteville Woodland^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 10^at Rogers Kirksey^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 11^at Bentonville Fulbright^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 17^at Rogers Lingle^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 18^at Rogers Elmwood^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 24^at Springdale Kelly^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Sept. 25^Rogers Kirksey^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Oct. 1^at Springdale Hellstern^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Oct. 2^Springdale Sonora^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Oct. 8^Fayetteville Ramay^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Oct. 9^at Springdale Tyson^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15^Rogers Oakdale^4:30/5:30 p.m.

Oct. 16^at Bentonville Washington^4:30/5:30 p.m.

"It opened up the opportunity to have a seventh-grade conference," said Siloam Springs athletics director Kevin Downing. "We'd had trouble filling a schedule every year."

With all districts now playing seventh-grade athletics, it's changed the landscape on how junior high football, volleyball and basketball will be scheduled.

Football

Seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade football games will all be played on Thursday nights this fall.

Official game-times are still being decided, but it's likely that seventh-grade games will begin around 5 p.m., followed by eighth-grade at 6 p.m. and then ninth-grade at around 7:30 p.m.

Siloam Springs is scheduled to host five three-game football nights on Aug. 30 (Springdale Hellstern, Springdale Central), Sept. 6 (Rogers Elmwood, Rogers High), Sept. 20 (Rogers Lingle, Farmington), Sept. 27 (Fayetteville Woodland, Fayetteville White) and Oct. 18 (Bentonville Lincoln, Bentonville West).

Volleyball

Eighth- and ninth-grade used to be paired up on Monday and Tuesday nights for junior high volleyball. Now seventh- and eighth-grade will play together on Monday and Tuesday nights this fall.

Seventh-grade games will begin around 4:30 p.m., followed by the eighth-grade games around 6:30 p.m. All volleyball home games will be played in the Panther Activity Center.

Ninth-grade volleyball teams are linked up with the varsity schedule for Northwest Arkansas Conference and 6A-West Conference schools. Because Siloam Springs plays in the 5A-West, that means it's ninth-grade team will be playing a NWAC game while its varsity could be playing another 5A-West team and therefore its schedules won't match that of the varsity. Most ninth-grade game times will be 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m.

Basketball

Seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams will be paired up and play together on Monday and Thursday nights this winter, while the ninth-grade will play at a different location from the seventh- and eighth-grade.

Downing said a significant portion of seventh- and eighth-grade basketball home games will be played on the middle school campus at Panther Arena.

Sports on 08/01/2018

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