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.
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 ››
Jimmy Carter is an award-winning sports reporter for NWA Media. His primary beat is Springdale High. He also covers Huntsville and Greenland. He is a Tulsa native and a University of Arkansas graduate.
Six Springdale High athletes were recognized in a signing ceremony Friday in Bulldog Gym.Cory Stewart (tennis) signed with the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, Neal Parsons (football) signed with Hendrix and Chelsea Baldwin (softball) signed with Ecclesia College. Marlen Reynoso (volleyball) is headed to Newbury College in Newbury, Mass., while the Bulldog soccer duo of Orsy Gonzalez and Bryan Lemus are headed to Missouri to Neosho County Community College and Crowder Community … Continue Reading ››
Fayetteville defensive back Dre Greenlaw won't practice this spring after suffering a broken foot.
Greenlaw, who is verbally committed to Arkansas State, told Hawgs Illustrated he suffered the injury and required surgery last month. He expects to be able to play in some of the team's camps this summer.
As a junior, Greenlaw recorded 104 tackles and five interceptions for the Bulldogs. He scored touchdowns on a kickoff return, a punt return, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Fayetteville is scheduled to play its spring game May 30 at Harmon Field.
West Memphis has hired Billy Elmore from Stuttgart as its new football coach.
Elmore is a two-time state champion, winning titles at Class 4A Stuttgart in 2012 and Class 3A Glen Rose in 2007. Elmore has a career record of 81-53 at Stuttgart, Arkadelphia and Glen Rose.
Elmore will succeed Lanny Dauksch, who went 116-41-1 and won eight conference championships in 13 seasons with the Blue Devils. Dauksch was hired as the school's athletics director last month.
West Memphis is looking for a new football coach after Lanny Dauksch resigned to become the school's athletics director.
Dauksch has been one of the state's most successful coaches the last two decades. He was a combined 179-56-3 and won 13 conference championships during a 19-year career at McGehee and West Memphis.
McGehee won state championships in 1998 and 1999 under Dauksch. West Memphis finished state runner-up three straight seasons from 2003-05 and the Blue Devils won eight consecutive conference championships from 2004-11.
Prior to McGehee, Dauksch was a longtime assistant coach to … Continue Reading ››