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.
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.
Senior Carson Johnson has been one of Springdale’s leaders in the Bulldogs’ best season since the school district split in 2006.
The leadoff-hitting infielder is batting .422 with 16 stolen bases, 13 RBIs and a gaudy .677 on-base percentage. He is a four-year starter, three-year leadoff hitter and committed to Warner, Okla.-based Connors State in November.
Here’s a Q&A with Johnson. Read a feature on him in Thursday’s Northwest Arkansas-Democrat Gazette.
Springdale Har-Ber beat Foley, Ala., 10-1 Monday night in its first game of the Gulf Coast Classic in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Brady Patrick struck out 12 in six innings to earn the victory for Har-Ber (3-1). Blaze Brothers, Caleb Kimbel and Brandon Still each had two hits for the Wildcats while Brothers, Adam Scoggins and Caleb Grace drove in two runs apiece.
Har-Ber continues tournament play today with games at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Stater Kasey Ford of Bentonville is congratulated Friday, May 22, 2015, after recording the final out of the fourth inning against Conway during the Class 7A state championship game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos to see … Continue Reading ››
Mason Mitchell shook off a few early jitters and finished strong to lead Rogers High to a 4-1 win over Mountain Home on Saturday in the Best Sports Classic at Veterans Park.
The junior right-hander, making his first varsity start, tossed a complete game four-hitters and allowed just two base runners over the final three innings. He allowed one unearned run, struck out five and walked three.
Rogers coach Matt Melson said Mitchell did the job by changing speeds and keeping the Bombers off-balance.
"His change-up was really effective," Melson said. "His arm speed on that was very good. That's what I … Continue Reading ››
Sophomore Jacob Morris drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to lead Rogers Heritage to a 6-5 win over Little Rock Central on Friday in the Best Sports Classic.
Heritage (2-1) scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for the win. With the game tied 5-5, Morris hit a ground ball up the middle and the Central second baseman's throw to the plate was late as the winning run scored.
Trailing 5-4, the War Eagles loaded the bases on two hit batsman and an intentional walk to Noah Guill. Ethan Gates then drew … Continue Reading ››
Henry Apple is a veteran sports reporter for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. His primary beat is Bentonville, as well as Gravette and topics that include state schools and the Arkansas Activities Association. During the spring, he handles high school track in Northwest Arkansas. He is a lifelong Arkansas resident.
Rogers boys track coach Carlton Efurd liked the way his team performed at the indoor state meet, which could lead to a strong effort outdoors.
The Mounties aren't as strong in the distance … Continue Reading ››