Mother Nature helped keep the theme of the White River Water Carnival with a gentle sprinkle here and there Saturday at The Course at Eagle Mountain.
However, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the 90 golfers that participated in the J.K. Southerland golf tournament. When all was said and done, the team of Lindsey Castleberry, Randy Cross and Rodney Griffin took the top prize.
Tyson John has been selected as Lyon College’s new women’s soccer coach filling the void left by former coach Chris McNaughton, who left to join the coaching staff of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
For the past two seasons, John has been the women’s head soccer coach of FC Fredericksburg of the United Soccer League.
The Minnesotan and Kenyans kept their hold on the White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race championships.
Leah Thorvilson, who came to Arkansas for college, defended the women’s title while collecting her third Classic championship here Saturday. Her first came in 2004.
James Cheruiyot, who traveled considerably farther for his undergraduate work, followed up countrymen Peter Kosegei, Kogo Hillary and Jacob Rotich by winning his first Classic crown. Kosegei won last year. Hillary won in 2006. Rotich set the course record in 2004.
Five of the seven area high schools that play golf will also tee off the season Monday, and the action will include some proven stars.
Scheduled to play Monday are Cave City, Concord, Izard County, Melbourne and Hillcrest.
Cave City is to join Calico Rock and Melbourne at Cooper’s Hawk Golf Course, Melbourne’s home course. Izard County and Shirley are slated to get together at Mountain Ranch Golf Club in Fairfield Bay. Concord and Hillcrest are scheduled to get together with Greers Ferry West Side at Tannenbaum Golf Club in Drasco.
Opening day for the first of the fall Arkansas high school sports is Monday, and the Batesville High golf program will see another first.
When the Lady Pioneers and Pioneers host the Mountain Home and Paragould teams at The Course at Eagle Mountain, it will be the first time in 31 years that the local golfers won’t be coached by Dennis Butler. The Batesville native has decided to give up coaching duties while continuing to work for his alma mater (1968) as a JAG (Jobs for America’s Graduates) Specialist.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Arkansas running back Broderick Green will not have to sit out a season after transferring from Southern California.
The University of Arkansas athletic department confirmed Thursday that the NCAA has cleared Green to play.
When Green said in November he was leaving USC, he said it was to be with his ailing grandmother in Little Rock. UofA Coach Bobby Petrino said the school worked with Green’s family to request a waiver “based on his personal circumstances” and that the NCAA granted it.
AUBURN, Ala. — Neil Caudle doesn’t chat with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn much about the weather or the latest hot TV show.
Hobbies? They really don’t come up.
The dinner-table conversations when Malzahn has Caudle and other players over have gone something like this:
“The first time he mentions football, his wife will nip that in the bud,” Caudle said. “After that, he doesn’t have a whole lot to say. He definitely has a one-track mind.”
Before ever stepping on the course, one of the defending champions expressed mixed feelings about the new White River 4-Mile Classic Road Race course.
“I tried and failed twice to set the course record in Batesville, so when I heard about the change I was like, ‘Crap, now I won’t get my revenge,’” Leah Thorvilson said, laughing, during a telephone interview last week.
MELBOURNE — Free physicals for Melbourne football players will be available Saturday, Melbourne Athletic Director Tim Massey said.
The physicals are for junior and senior high players, grades 7 through 12, and will be administered at Dr. Adam Gray’s office in Melbourne from 8-11 a.m.
JONESBORO (AP) — Arkansas State will play Virginia Tech in football in 2011.
The Hokies will host the Red Wolves on Sept. 17, Arkansas State announced Wednesday.
ASU Athletic Director Dean Lee said the school signed a $1 million contract to play Virginia Tech.
The teams last played in 2002, when the Hokies beat Arkansas State 63-7 in Steve Roberts’ first game as ASU’s coach.
CONWAY (AP) — Defensive end Larry Hart is one of nine Central Arkansas players on the preseason All-Southland Conference first team, which was announced Wednesday.
Hart, the league’s defensive player of the year in 2008, was joined on the first team by teammates: Nick Cowger, junior fullback; Lane Freiwald, senior offensive lineman; Will Merritt, senior offensive linemen; Taylor Scott, senior defensive lineman; James Lancaster, senior linebacker; Derrick Boyd, senior defensive back; Pieri Feazell, senior defensive back; and Anthony Gambles, senior defensive back.