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.

FLOYD RESIGNS AT SHILOH, HEADED TO ALABAMA

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File Photo -- Josh Floyd, who led Shiloh Christian to 4 state championships in 10 seasons, resigned Thursday to accept a coaching position in Alabama.
Josh Floyd, who won 99 games and 4 state championships at Shiloh Christian over a 10-year span, announced his resignation Thursday to accept a similar position at Class 7A Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama. Floyd, who starred at Shiloh as a quarterback under Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, continued the winning tradition that Malzahn started at the Springdale-based Christian school. The Saints won a Class 3A state … Continue Reading ››

BEST OF THE BEST SPRING ATHLETES

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Ty Tice, Prairie Grove senior, is one of the many spring athletes that will be recognized on the All-NWA Media teams starting Sunday, June 1
At the conclusion of each sports season, NWA Media members gather to select the best players in every sport recognized by the Arkansas Activities Association for its All-NWA Media teams. It's one of the most enjoyable things we do all year. So many times we only see players during their performances on the field, court or in the pool. We get just a few minutes … Continue Reading ››

SHILOH HELMETS HAVE BLING; SHIMER WALKING ON AT ARKANSAS

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Staff Photo Tony Reyes The new Shiloh Christian football helmets feature a more shiny, glittery gold color.
Shiloh Christian football coach Josh Floyd didn't want to say his team's new football helmets are "glittery," but they have a definite amount of bling to them with a metalic look The Saints for years have worn a matte finish gold helmet. But the new Riddell helmets glisten with silvery glitter in the gold paint, making them very similar to those worn by Notre Dame. "We wanted a little different look and … Continue Reading ››

REVISED STATE TOURNAMENT PAIRINGS

After a day of shuffling and reshuffling state tournament games because of rainouts and graduations, the AAA has released its updated state tournament pairings. Here are the revised pairings for state tournaments involving Northwest Arkansas teams. Softball Class 7A At City of Colleges Park, Conway Friday Game 1: Rogers High, No. 4 West, vs. Fort Smith Southside, No. 5 Central, 12 p.m. Game 2: Fort Smith Southside, No. 4 Central, vs. Bryant, No. 5 West, 2:30 p.m. Game 3: Conway, No. 3 Central, vs. Rogers Heritage, No. 6 West, 12 p.m. Game 4: Springdale Har-Ber, No. 3 West, vs. Mount Saint Mary, No. 6 Central, 2:30 p.m. Saturday Game 5: North … Continue Reading ››

REVISED 7A STATE SOFTBALL SCHEDULE

The Class 7A state softball tournament in Conway has been delayed one day due to heavy rains in Central Arkansas. The tournament will now start on Friday with semifinals pushed to Monday. Here is the revised schedule: Friday, May 16th Game 1    12:00        Field 3        Rogers vs. Ft Smith NS Game 3    12:00        Field 5        Conway vs. Heritage Game 2    2:30        Field 3        Ft Smith SS vs. Bryant Game 4    2:30        Field 5        Har-Ber vs. Mount St Mary’s Saturday, May 17th Game 5    12:00        Field 5        North Little Rock vs. Winner Game 1 Game 6    12:00        Field 3       … Continue Reading ››

IS TOMMY JOHN SURGERY AN ‘ELBOWDEMIC’?

Back in the days when I played sports, and dinosaurs frolicked on the prairie, surgeries to the knees and elbows were considered career-ending. If you blew an ACL, your athletic career was done. Forever.
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This illustration shows how ulnar collateral ligament, or Tommy John surgery is performed.
I played baseball only through the age of 15 because we didn't have a high school program back then at the tiny school I attended. I played men's softball for many years. I never personally knew anyone who had ulnar collateral ligament surgery, … Continue Reading ››

ALL 4A-1 FINAL FOR REGIONAL TITLE MONDAY

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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.

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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 ››