All posts by Chip Souza

Chip Souza is the sports editor of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Benton County schools. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas. He has earned numerous writing awards in both states.

ALL-NWADG FALL STARS ANNOUNCED

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette released its annual All-NWADG teams for volleyball, cross country, tennis and golf. The teams were selected based on their performances for the 2016 season. The candidates included athletes from the 12-county region of Western Arkansas. For the complete list of honorees, see the Saturday, Dec. 24 edition of the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. There are also photo galleries of the players online at nwadg.com. volleyballteam

RECAP: PEA RIDGE 30, SHILOH CHRISTIAN 13 W/STATS

Pea Ridge took a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter and made it stand up for a 30-13 win over Shiloh Christian. The win wrapped up the No. 2 playoff seed for the Blackhawks, who will host Arkadelphia in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs next week. Drew Winn rushed for 124 yards on 11 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns, including a 73-yard touchdown run on the Blackhawks' second offensive play. Zaine Holley added 79 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns for Pea Ridge (9-1, 6-1). Shiloh Christian (8-2, 5-2) trailed 15-7, but pulled within 15-13 … Continue Reading ››

BENTONVILLE 38, ROGERS HERITAGE 14 W/FULL STATS

Bentonville wasn't flashy, but the Tigers didn't need to be in a 38-14 mercy-rule win against Rogers Heritage on Friday. The Tigers (7-2, 5-1 7A-West) scored on all five first-half possessions, and added a defensive touchdown to built a 38-0 halftime lead. Heritage scored two late touchdowns against a running clock, both set up by Bentonville turnovers. With the win, Bentonville is in line to share the 7A-West Conference title, but still likely finishes no higher than third in the conference playoff seedings due to point differentials with Fayetteville and Springdale Har-Ber. This likely means for the first time since byes were … Continue Reading ››