FAYETTEVILLE — The East All-Star volleyball team’s fast start surprised their coach, and it might have made the difference.
“The girls surprised me with how aggressive they were at the start,” Coach Vickie Gatewood said. “I don’t know if it was because we were up at 7:30 in the mornings, but they were so quiet and shy during our morning and afternoon practices, and it seemed to take a little while for them to get going.”
Led by Nettleton’s Allison Wyatt and Cave City’s Rachel Roebuck, the East struck quickly and hard en route to a 3-1 victory over the West.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — The University of Arkansas director of athletics has granted the Razorbacks’ leading scorer a release from his basketball scholarship so he can speak to other schools.
Jeff Long said in a statement Monday that junior guard Rotnei Clarke was granted a release after completing the necessary requirements. However, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Clarke will be required to contact the UofA againt with the school he intends to transfer to before his release is officially granted.
Lyon College recognized award and contest winners at the end of the school’s basketball camp for junior and senior boys last week.
Listed by divisions here are the winners with their awards and contests they won:
Derek Nunally, outstanding camper; Riley Jenkins, most valuable player, 3-point, 2-ball layup and obstacle course champion; Dalton Casey, Scot Award; Garrett Wooldridge, 1-on-1 champion; Spencer Reaves-Nunally-Griffin McCown, 3-on-3 champs; Reaves, free-throw and hot shot champ
POCAHONTAS — Batesville Citizens Bank split a doubleheader with the Northeast Arkansas Cyclones here Monday.
The home team won 6-0 as Curtis Durham pitched a 2-hitter, striking out 10 along the way.
“He pounded the strike zone and did a great job,” Batesville Coach Aaron Thornton said. “I understand he’s going to be junior at Pocahontas (High School) this fall.”
The Bankers won the 5-inning nightcap 12-5 Blake VanWinkle and Mason Neaville provided two hits and Jacob Rawlings pitched the win.
FAYETTEVILLE — When the East All-Stars started hitting, they didn’t stop.
That was Fred Denison Jr.’s quick assessment of the East-West All-Star doubleheader here Monday night. The West won the opener 4-1. The East took the nightcap 12-5.
“We really had some great defensive plays, and the big thing is we finally started hitting ball in the second game,” Denison, an East All-Star assistant coach, said. “It was a great experience with some great kids. We had a big time.”
This spring, Denison completed his 17th season of directing Southside High School’s softball program.
It wasn’t a difficult call for Hannah Huff or Kali Foreman, and tonight became a busy one for Guard-circulation area athletes in Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games.
The Batesville High School athletes were called on when original selections for the volleyball and soccer games, scheduled for tonight on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, could not or chose not to participate.
LOCUST GROVE — Sometimes, the old saying says it best.
“We’d rather be lucky than good,” Mike Wagster said, laughing, as he reached to shake the hand of flagman Chris Ellis at the Batesville Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Jared Wagster, Mike’s son, had just won the National Recovery Specialist Street Stock title and its $5,000 paycheck. He won when Jeremy Russell and Richie Tosh spun out going into turn 2 of the 40th and last lap.
NEWPORT — Batesville Citizens Bank went 2-2 against Zone 2 American Legion baseball foes over the weekend, getting swept by Paragould Glen Sain at the North Complex on Friday, then bouncing back to sweep Newport on Saturday.
Glen Sain won 8-4 and 9-5. The Bankers took two 5-inning run-rule decisions in Newport, 14-0 and 15-3.
“We didn’t play very well on Friday,” Citizens Bank Assistant Coach Aaron Thornton said. “Saturday we rebounded, did what we needed to do and won like we should have.
Awards were handed out Friday at the close of the second and final session of the Pioneer Trailblazer Football Camp at Batesville High.
The top award-winners are: outstanding campers — seventh-grader Ethan Huff, eighth-grader Zach Langston and ninth-grader John Howard; and punt, pass and kick champions — seventh-grader Kylan Robinson, eighth-grader Sam Stalker and ninth-grader Jorge Romero.
The contest winners are: 40-yard dash, vertical jump and longest pass — Justin Gallant; shuttle agility run — Riley Caraway; longest punt and kick — Romero.
The Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games are scheduled to get off to an earlier start this year in Fayetteville, and a trio of locals plan to help the easterners jump to a fast start.
Hillcrest High School’s Samantha Blevins is slated to play for the East in tonight’s two East-West All-Star softball games in Bogle Park on the University of Arkansas campus. Southside’s Fred Denison Jr. is on the coaching staff, and Haley Mourer, a Southside player, is a manager.
The first White River Elementary Basketball Camp is scheduled for July 11-14 at Cedar Ridge High School in Newark, camp officials announced.
The camp is for boys and girls entering grades 4-6 and will run from 8:30-noon each day. The cost is $50 and each camper will receive a T-shirt. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on July 11.
The campers will be instructed on the fundamentals of dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding and defense. Competitions, including free throws, layups, hot shot and obstacle course, will be held each day.
Southside’s Alexus Lawellin is a member of the 14-and-under Arkansas Heat softball team which recently won the USSSA Pitch for the Cure Tournament, held in northwest Arkansas, according to information provided to the Guard.
Lawellin helped the Heat, a Paragould-based team, as they defeated Missouri Smash 14-1, Missouri Dirt Dogs 9-2, Oklahoma Boomer Sooners 5-2, St. Louis Cardinal Crush 1-0, AVB Misfits 15-1 and St. Louis Chaos 3-2.
The Heat suffered a 5-4 loss to St. Louis Espirit, but won the championship with a 13-2 victory in the rematch.