As the weather starts to turn cooler in Northwest Arkansas the focus for high school sports fans shifts to basketball. Basketball in the state of Arkansas has become one of the most competitive sports in the state and the 2016-2017 season should be no different. Mascot Media is proud to start basketball coverage for the year with an exciting matchup between the Rogers Heritage War Eagles and the Siloam Springs Panthers.

Rogers Heritage Coach Tom Olsen comes into his 9th year at Heritage with a talented group of players. The non conference schedule is a tough road for the War Eagles in order to get ready for a tough stretch of conference games in the 7-West play. The non conference slate includes Farmington, Siloam Springs, and Greenwood. All of those are teams that have had success over the past few years in the post season and will be a good test for Heritage team anxious to start the season in a winning fashion.

The players that will be counted on for the War Eagles this season should make this group a dangerous team to play. Junior Seth Stanley will play both the guard and forward positions and can really affect a game with his scoring and ball handling. Ty Olsen is the emotional leader of the team and should provide a spark with his leadership. Will Moss is another guard that will quietly fill up the box score with close to double-double production.

Coach Tim Stewart leads his Siloam Springs Panthers a year after being a quarterfinalist in the state playoffs. Siloam Springs will only have one starter returning from last season but are not short of leaders on this Panthers team. Panthers’ fans should look for forwards Josh Hunt and Harrison Kretzer to set the tone on the court. Noah Karp is the one returning starter from last season and will be counted on to produce some points.

The Panthers are facing a difficult nonconference slate as well. Siloam Springs will play Rogers Heritage, Bentonville West, and Huntsville. The Panthers are in a difficult conference with El Dorado and Benton calling the 6-A West home. Panthers’ fans should expect to see a talented group that will push even the most talented teams to the limits. Monday night will be a good test for both the Panthers and the War Eagles to see how far each have come. Be sure to catch the game on the Rogers Heritage War Eagles official app.