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 4A-1 FINAL FOR REGIONAL TITLE MONDAY

AN BBH-4A NORTH 5-11
Farmington freshman Tyler Gregg allowed just 2 hits and struck out 10 in the Cardinals' 4-0 win against Pottsville on Saturday.
History could be made Monday in Lincoln in the finals of the 4A-North Regional Tournament. Farmington vs. Prairie Grove, a longtime rivalry that seemingly dates back to the Prairie Grove Civil War battle, will go at it possibly for the last time in a meaningful athletic contest at 2:30 p.m. The winner earns the No. 1 seed from the regional at next week's 4A State Tournament … Continue Reading ››

4A NORTH REGIONAL GAMES MOVED

Today's first round games in the 4A-North Regional baseball tournament have been moved from Lincoln and the game times have changed as well. The bracket has been split into two sites today with games at Farmington and Prairie Grove, said Lincoln coach Brad Harris. Games today will be played at 4 and 6:30 to get the tournament back on schedule. Saturday and Monday games will return to Lincoln under the original time. Here is the revised schedule: Prep Baseball 4A-North Regional Tournament Today At Farmington Game 1: Lincoln vs. Pottsville, 4 p.m. Game 2: Farmington vs. Booneville, 6:30 p.m. At Prairie Grove Game 3: Pea Ridge vs. Dover, 4 p.m. Game … Continue Reading ››

SHILOH READY TO OPEN SPRING PRACTICE

Shiloh Christian will return to the 4A-1 Conference this season after two years in the 5A-West.

AN FBH-SHILOH-SILOAM
WR Adler Goode is one of several top returning skill position players for Shiloh Christian this season.
The Saints were 6-4-1 last season and advanced to the 5A state playoffs. A number of top skill position players will return this season, including WR Adler Goode, who is drawing college interest, said coach Josh Floyd. Floyd said the service academies as well as UCA have all stopped in this spring to check in … Continue Reading ››

UPDATE: REGIONAL TOURNAMENTS START FRIDAY; 3A PPD

AN BBH LINC MARRUFO FEATThe state championship push begins tomorrow for Class 4A and below baseball and softball teams as they open regional tournament play across the state.

A number of Northwest Arkansas teams will be in action starting at 10 a.m. and games will be played all day Friday. Saturday's semifinals and Monday's third place and championship games will be at noon and 2:30 both days. The top 4 teams in the 4A and 3A regionals advance to state tournament play next week. The 3A baseball and softball tournaments in … Continue Reading ››

FOOTBALL IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

We haven't officially closed the books on the 2013-14 school year just yet. There are still several weeks left in the spring sports season, including regional and state tournaments. But football is in the air. Next week schools will start spring practices that will set in motion their plans for the fall. In the spring, anything is possible. The 2014 season will have a number of intriguing storylines. Among the  things to keep an eye on: • Springdale Har-Ber will finally have its very own stadium. Progress is being made on getting it ready as we write. They will no longer share Jarrell … Continue Reading ››

Harris Leaving Lincoln

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Lincoln football coach Brad Harris was named Monday as the defensive coordinator at Class 6A Benton. Harris led Lincoln to its most successful season in program history last fall, posting an 11-2 record as the Wolves advanced to the third round of the Class 4A state playoffs before losing to eventual state champion Booneville. Harris, who also serves as the Lincoln baseball coach, will finish out the baseball season before moving to Benton he said last week. Harris’ son, Drew, will also make the move to Benton. Last fall Drew Harris … Continue Reading ››