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Chip Souza

Sports Editor at NWA Media
Chip Souza is the sports editor of the four daily newspapers in Northwest Arkansas. His primary beat is Shiloh Christian. He is a native of East Texas with more than 30 years of sports writing experience in Texas and Arkansas.

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Junction City 38, Hazen 6

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Junction City allowed only 157 yards in its 38-6 win over Hazen in the Class 2A championship game.

The Dragons’ 40th consecutive win gives them their third straight title and fifth in seven years. It is the fourth-longest winning streak in state history.

JaQwis Dancy, a Louisiana Tech commit, was selected as the game’s most valuable player after rushing for 139 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries. He also had a 67-yard punt return for a touchdown.

Randall Holyfield completed 6 of 10 passes for 130 yards, while Keyundra Evans caught three passes … Continue Reading ››

4A State Title Game Recap

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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Warren cruised to a 48-14 win over Mena to claim the Class 4A state championship Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.

Here is a look back at the Lumberjacks' win.

Stiff Defense by Warren

Warren's defense did not allow Mena's offense to get going until the Lumberjacks pulled their starters in the fourth quarter.

Through two and a half quarters, the Bearcats had five first downs, including two just before the half when Warren was playing a somewhat prevent-defense.

After that, the Lumberjacks had already enforced the mercy rule and pulled its starters, allowing Mena to score a pair of touchdowns and finish the game … Continue Reading ››

3A State Title Game Recap

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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Charleston used a touchdown in the final minute of the game to beat Smackover 33-26 Friday night at War Memorial Stadium to claim the Class 3A state championship

Here is a look back at the Tigers' win.

Perfect Again

The win capped another perfect season for Charleston, as the Tigers finished with a 14-0 record in 2014.

Last year, Charleston went 15-0 en route to the 3A title, meaning the Tigers now own a 29-game winning streak.

That is the second-longest active winning streak in the state, trailing only Junction City's 39-game streak. The Dragons could extend its streak to 40 games with a win … Continue Reading ››

Warren 48, Mena 14

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Kilay Cox’s 6-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter triggered the mercy rule in Warren’s 48-14 win over Mena in the Class 4A championship game.

It was Cox’s fourth score of the game. He finished with 214 yards and five touchdowns on 35 carries and was selected as the game’s most valuable player.

Mena (12-3) managed only five first downs before the Lumberjacks (12-3) enforced the mercy rule. The Bearcats went three-and-out three times and Warren’s defense forced three turnovers.

Arkansas State wide receiver commit Jaylon Marshall caught five passes for 106 yards … Continue Reading ››

Charleston 33, Smackover 26

Andrew Hutchinson

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
Andrew Hutchinson is a multimedia sports reporter for NWA Media.

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LITTLE ROCK (AP) – Ty Storey’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Taylor King with 17 seconds left gave Charleston a 33-26 win over Smackover in the Class 3A championship game.

It is the Tigers’ fifth state title in school history and third in four years.

Storey, an Arkansas signee, accounted for all but 17 yards of Charleston’s offense and was selected as the game’s most valuable player.

He completed 24 of 38 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 153 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries.

King finished with 101 yards … Continue Reading ››

3A State Final – Live Blogging

Walter Woodie

Walter Woodie is a social studies teacher at Van Buren High School and an high school prep historian who been covering high school sports in Arkansas since 1984 … when he was in high school.

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9:54 p.m. -- Thanks for joining me and others on the live blog. Thanks to NWA Media Sports Editor Chip Souza for saying yes to this. It was a blast. Time to head back to Fort Smith and prepare for ACT test monitoring in the morning. Good night. 9:51 p.m. -- A little early but I think it will be safe to predict that Charleston's Ty Storey will be the game's MVP. A well earned choice by the way. Give this Smackover team credit. They would have made a worthy champion as well. But the difference in the game was Storey. He … Continue Reading ››

Coaching Search Q&A With Springdale AD Wayne Stehlik

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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.

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Springdale High is in the midst of a coaching search to fill the head coaching vacancy left by Shane Patrick’s resignation in late November.

Here is a Q&A with Springdale Public Schools athletic director Wayne Stehlik on the progress of the search to fill the position.

Here is a list of candidates who had applied as of Thursday.

Check for a story on the coaching search in Friday’s Northwest Arkansas Newspapers.

NWA Media: Where are you at in the process?

Wayne Stehlik: We’re getting phone calls from lots of interested coaches, having conversations with some. Then we have some coaches that are putting their … Continue Reading ››

Springdale Football Head Coaching Applicants

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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.

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Here are the 11 candidates who had applied for the Springdale High football head coaching vacancy as of Thursday afternoon.

This list does not include potential candidates who have not formally applied yet.

Check tomorrow's Northwest Arkansas Newspapers for a story on the coaching search.

Les Boyum

Current: South Gibson County, Tenn., assistant coach

Past: Arkansas Tech OL coach

Jeff Broyles

Current: Stigler, Okla. line coach

Past: Poteau, Okla. head coach

Kole Carpenter Current: Cave City defensive coordinator Past: Dardanelle assistant Duane Friesen Current: N/A Spencer Hill Current: Highland head coach Bryan Hutson Current: Paris head coach Marcus Jones Current: Siloam Springs defensive coordinator Past: Benton head coach, Camden Fairview defensive coordinator Brent Marley Current: Victory Christian, Okla., head coach Farrell Shelton Current: Eureka, … Continue Reading ››

Springdale’s Chandler To Transfer To Har-Ber

Jimmy Carter

Sports Reporter at NWA Media
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.

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AN FBH-ALMA-SDALE
Fuller Chandler
Springdale High all-conference quarterback Fuller Chandler turned in paperwork to transfer to crosstown rival Springdale Har-Ber on Wednesday morning.

Chandler is expected to transfer to Har-Ber following the end of the fall semester, pending the paperwork being approved. He already lives in Har-Ber’s school district and was attending Springdale as part of the law academy.

Chandler becomes the third high-profile Bulldog boys athlete to transfer in the last seven months, including the second to Har-Ber. Senior point guard Tereke Eckwood leads the Wildcats’ basketball team a year after … Continue Reading ››