Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor Chip Souza hosts the weekly Prep Rally video cast.
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette sports editor Chip Souza hosts the weekly Prep Rally video cast and takes a look at baseball, softball, soccer state tournament champions.
Tayler Estrada, a former soccer standout at Bentonville High and at Kansas, will head Friday to Sweden to begin a venture in women’s professional soccer.
Tayler Estrada isn't ready for her soccer career to be over, even though her time as a collegiate player has already come to a close.
Pitching and extra-base hits dominated Tuesday's Arkansas All-State Showcase baseball game.
Sheridan’s Nicole Tompkins slides in with the winning run ahead of Greenwood pitcher Kaila Cartwright’s tag in the Lady Yellowjackets’ 3-2 victory Saturday in the Class 6A state softball championship at Bogle Park in Fayetteville.
Tompkins scores winning run on bang-bang play at homePosted: May 21, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Nicole Tompkins was forced to backtrack to third base when she saw Sarah Moore's grounder head toward the second baseman.
Rogers senior Jessie Ramirez (left) celebrates after scoring one of his three goals Saturday as the Mounties defeated Springdale Har-Ber 5-3 for the Class 7A boys soccer state championship at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Under an overcast sky, Rogers High Coach Steve Peck kept his sunglasses on long after the Class 7A boys soccer state championship was decided.
Bentonville High freshman Sydney Suggs (left) celebrates with senior Emma Welch on Saturday after scoring the opening goal of the Class 7A state championship match against Cabot at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Sydney Suggs could see the corner kick coming her way, and she knew it was up to her after she realized her Bentonville High teammate didn't have a chance at the ball.
FAYETTEVILLE -- The Vilonia Eagles soared to their first state championship in 19 years Saturday afternoon.
Spring Hill players celebrate a 5-0 victory over Conway St. Joseph to capture the school’s first Class 2A state baseball championship at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville on Saturday.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Spring Hill came up with the clutch hits on a damp Saturday afternoon. Conway St. Joseph did not.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Freshman Lindsey Downs fired a three-hitter to lift Taylor to a 3-0 victory over Scranton in the Class1A state softball championship game at Bogle Park.
Macy Ratliff (left) and Kristen Hurst of Rison celebrate after defeating Spring Hill Saturday, May 20, 2017, during the 2A State Championship softball game at Bogle Park in Fayetteville
FAYETTEVILLE -- Rison refutes the adage it's hard to beat a team three times in one season.
Pottsville’s Abbie Cain lets out a yell after the final out of the Lady Apaches’ 11-3 victory Friday night over Nashville in the Class 4A state softball championship in Fayetteville.
FAYETTEVILLE — Pottsville took advantage of error-prone Nashville to build a big lead early on its way to an 11-3 victory Friday night in the Class 4A state softball championship at Bogle Park.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Hot Springs coach Cory Sturdivant came into Saturday's 5A championship match expecting a classic, and he got just that.
De Queen players celebrate their 4-1 win over Valley View in the 5A state softball championship game Friday at Bogle Park in Fayetteville.
Cheering in the press box by journalists is unprofessional and absolutely prohibited at many sporting events throughout the country.
Umpires Laurie Adkins (from right), James Bryan and Chad Hipps await the start of the Class 3A state championship baseball game Friday at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Adkins became the first female umpire to call an Arkansas state championship baseball game.
Adkins first female to umpire state baseball finalPosted: May 21, 2017 at 1 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Laurie Adkins does not consider herself to be a pioneer.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Dardanelle used a second-half adjustment to help turn the Class 4A state boys soccer final into a rout Saturday afternoon at Razorback Field.
Eli Jackson of Siloam Springs (left) celebrates with fans after scoring his third goal Friday in the Panthers’ 4-0 victory over Mountain Home for the Class 6A state championship in Fayetteville. The Panthers set a single-season school record with 21 victories on their way to a second consecutive state title.
The Siloam Springs boys soccer team went a stretch this season where it struggled to score goals -- 11 straight games where it had two or less.
Siloam Springs junior Audrey Maxwell (right) hugs junior Megan Hutto after scoring on an assist from Hutto on Friday against Russellville at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.
The floodgates opened for Siloam Springs' girls soccer team in the second half, and the Lady Panthers rode the waves to another state title.
Harding Academy starting pitcher Peydon Harlow leaps with joy after the Wildcats captured the Class 3A state title with a 5-0 victory over Greenland at Baum Stadium on Friday.
Harding Academy took advantage of six Greenland errors, and junior Peydon Harlow tossed a five-hitter to lead the Wildcats to a 4-0 victory for the Class 3A state baseball title Friday at Baum Stadium.
Bentonville celebrates after beating North Little Rock 11-3 on Friday for the Class 7A state softball championship at Bogle Park in Fayetteville. The championship was Bentonville’s second consecutive.
Morgan Nelson didn't get to participate when Bentonville High won its first Class 7A state softball championship last year.
Springdale Har-Ber players gather Friday after their loss to Cabot in the Class 7A state championship baseball game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos for more photographs from the game.
The key hits that set Springdale Har-Ber's state finals run in motion last week eluded it Friday morning against Cabot.
Shiloh Christian players Amos Yarbrough (18) and Connor Clark embrace Friday after falling to Nashville in the Class 4A state championship baseball game at Baum Stadium in Fayetteville. Visit nwadg.com/photos for more photographs from the game.
Nashville makes key plays to win second state titlePosted: May 20, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.
Off the bat, Connor Clark appeared to have an RBI single.
A weather delay did not stop the Harrison girls soccer team from winning its second consecutive Class 5A state championship.
It was the Amalie Gunn show Friday afternoon at Razorback Field.
Played at Razorback Field in Fayetteville
Both Sheridan and Jonesboro have their share of positives to boast about this season.
Baseball State Finals
De Queen's Josie Vaught (right) clings to Jessicca Williams on Friday after the final out against Valley View in the Class 5A state softball championship at Bogle Park in Fayetteville.
De Queen De Champs.
After falling behind 4-1, the Rose Bud Lady Ramblers scored the final five runs to defeat the Bald Knob Lady Bulldogs to win the Class 3A state softball championship Friday at Bogle Park.
Woodlawn (34-1) putting away Taylor, 13-1, earlier this month worried Bears coach Tommy Richardson as the teams again met in the class 1A finals Friday evening.
Rogers High's Alex Balderas (10) has been a standout for the Mounties in the midfield as a distributor this season, after earning all-state honors as a junior. He has been a key to help Rogers High to its first state finals berth.
Rogers High senior Alex Balderas doesn't lead his team in goals scored, but he's a huge reason why the Mounties are able to put the ball into net and a driving force that's led the Mounties to their first state finals appearance.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/J.T. WAMPLER Emma Welch is one of seven Bentonville High seniors who hope to close out their careers with their second straight Class 7A state girls soccer championship today as the Lady Tigers take on Cabot at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.
If Kristina Henry noticed a hole in Bentonville High's girls soccer lineup over the past four years, there is a good chance that Emma Welch was considered the one to fill the void.
Blake Thompson eyes third base Saturday during the 7A State baseball semifinal game against Fayetteville. Har-Ber is playing for its first state championship today.
SPRINGDALE — When Springdale Har-Ber’s Blake Thompson takes the field at Baum Stadium today, it won’t be the senior outfielder’s first time.
Greenland junior Austin Anderson has helped the Pirates earn their first trip to the Class 3A state baseball championship game since 2002. The Pirates will take on Harding Academy at 12:30 p.m. today in Baum Stadium.
Greenland seeking first state baseball championshipPosted: May 19, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.
GREENLAND -- Will McGinnis was just a kid the first time he walked on the field at Baum Stadium.
Shiloh Christian junior leadoff man Connor Clark is one of the hottest hitters in the state heading into the Saints’ game against Nashville in today’s Class 4A State Championship.
Hot-hitting Saints junior sports lucky fishing hat before gamesPosted: May 19, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE -- Spotting Connor Clark before today's 4A State Championship at Baum Stadium will be easy: He'll be the Shiloh Christian player not wearing a Saints' cap.
Jordan Gartman (24) and her Bentonville High teammates return to the Class 7A state championship game against North Little Rock today at Bogle Park. Gartman had a two-run double in last year’s 12-1 victory over North Little Rock in the championship game.
BENTONVILLE -- Jordan Gartman is a country music fan who is just as comfortable in cleats as she is in cowboy boots.
Allie Hensley of Clinton held a 139-point lead after Day 1 of the state high school heptathlon and pulled away in the final round of events Thursday to win the competition with 4,393 points.
CABOT -- It was a three-year climb, but Clinton senior Allie Hensley made it to the top of Arkansas high school heptathlon ladder.
Marquel McKinney of Gosnell hurt his leg Wednesday during the state high school decathlon but still managed to hold on and win by 255 points over Adrian Broadus of Bentonville.
CABOT -- Marquel McKinney wasn't sure if he could complete the Arkansas high school decathlon Wednesday night at Panther Stadium.