HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Paul Mainieri has a ready answer for those LSU fans who wonder if the Southeastern Conference tournament is fairly meaningless for his team.
The top-seeded Tigers enter the Southeastern Conference tournament today at Regions Park already having secured an NCAA tournament berth and likely a high seed as well.
As they met this morning for the opener of the 8-team, double-elimination SEC Baseball Tournament at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., there’s no disputing Florida as a team on the rise and Arkansas plummeting.
Yet to Florida Coach Kevin O’Sullivan, it’s bigger than Dallas why his SEC East champion 38-18 overall and 19-11 in the SEC Gators should be apprehensive.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — A benefit, 2-person scramble golf tournament is scheduled for June 7 at Pine Hills Golf Course, according to a news release from Ozarka College.
Proceeds from the 18-hole event will go to the Stone County Education Icon, Margaret Kemp scholarships. Donations to the foundation and golf tourney are tax deductible.
The entry fee is $100 per team, which will cover greens fees, cart and a dinner. The tourney is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. The dinner is set for 6. A benefit auction will also begin at 6.
Lyon College will host six basketball camps during the months of June and July, according to a news release from Coach Kevin Jenkins.
Fundamentals of shooting, ball handling, rebounding, and individual offensive and defensive skills will be taught. The camp will also teach team play with competitions daily. The camps will have favorable coach/player ratios.
NEWPORT — Cave City’s Don Stitcher collected a weekend sweep at two drag strips, according to information provided to the Guard.
On Sunday, Stitcher was the quickest down the line in the footbrake division at Speedy’s Newport Dragway. That was preceded by a Saturday win at Great River Road Raceway in Dyersburg, Tenn.
At Newport, J.R. Nicholb and Joe Williams finished second and third, respectively.
Batesville’s Quincy Simmons won the super pro division ahead of Jason Kizzire and Carey Smothermon.
The White River Roadrunners will hear updates on the Women Can Run Clinic, the Train for 4 Program and proposals for the White River 4-Mile Classic when they meet tonight, Joe Pool said.
The regular monthly meeting at the Citizens Bank Annex is scheduled to start at 7. As always, members and visitors are encouraged to arrive an hour early for a run and walk.
The Roadrunners will also hear a financial statement and discuss past and upcoming races.
The Guard sports department’s policies regarding the publication of youth league baseball, tee-ball and softball scores and highlights, ordinarily published under the headings “Sandlot summary” or “Sandlot,” include the following:
The deadline for submitting scores and other information at the Guard sports desk is 1 p.m. the day after the game.
SOUTHSIDE — The Southside Southerners completed their spring football practice sessions last week and Coach Jon Johnston said things went well.
“It was good. We had a chance to see the upcoming 10th-graders and got to see next season’s team together for the first time,” Johnston said. “We tried different combinations to see what looked good.”
There are plenty of sophomores on the roster, but Johnston said they should fill some voids in critical spots.
Ten Guard-circulation area track and field athletes earned invitations to compete in the Meet of Champions at Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy on Wednesday.
Twelve athletes are invited for each event of the Meet of Champs. The seven classification state champs (1A through 7A) are automatically invited.
Athletes with the next-best five performances in state meets are invited to fill out the field. Athletes are not required to participate.
Bad Boy Promotions has added another fight to the June 13 card, promoter Brandon Foster announced.
Orlando Utsey of Atlanta, Ga., by way of Little Rock, is scheduled to get in the ring for his first professional bout.
Utsey is a 3-time Golden Gloves champion. As of press time, his opponent had not been confirmed.
The card now has a total of eight bouts. Kendrick “The Apostle” Releford is the featured boxer for the main event. Local fighters are also on the card labeled “Night of Future Champs.”