Digest for 1-5-12


LOCAL

Mickens’ career high leads Boll Weevils

ADA, Okla. — Dayton Mickens scored a career-high 21 points in leading Arkansas-Monticello to a 69-59 men’s basketball victory over East Central late Thursday evening.

Mickens, a junior, also had six rebounds, three assists, three blocked shots and a steal.

UAM (7-4, 2-3 Great American Conference) never trailed.

UAM will play at Southeastern Oklahoma State today.

STATE

Ark. Sports Hall of Fame class named

LITTLE ROCK — Three people with strong ties to West Memphis are among eight who will be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame on March 8.

Marcus Brown and Sonja Tate played high school basketball in West Memphis, and Jeremy Jacobs owns Southland Greyhound Park in the eastern Arkansas city.

Also in the 2013 class are former University of Arkansas golfer Stacy Lewis, former UA track standout Frank O’Mara, former basketball coach Don Nixon, former Arkadelphia high school football coach John Outlaw and former golf coach Wyn Norwood.

The third-leading scorer in Murray State history, Brown was the No. 2 scorer in the country in his senior year. He played briefly in the NBA and ended his 13-year pro career as the Euroleague’s all-time leading scorer.

Still the leading scorer at Arkansas State with 2,312 points, Tate is an assistant coach on the women’s basketball staff there. Her 820 points during the 1992-93 season is a school record. Five times, she scored 40 or more in a game.

Marks hired as A-State assistant strength coach

JONESBORO — Lee Marks was named assistant director of strength and conditioning at Arkansas State, football coach Bryan Harsin announced Friday.

Marks, a running back at Boise State from 2002-05 while Harsin on the staff there, spent the past season as South Dakota State’s running backs coach. He helped the Jackrabbits to a 9-4 record and a first-round victory over Eastern Illinois in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

NATIONAL

Chiefs hire Reid as coach, fire Pioli as GM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Chiefs hired recently fired Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid on Friday, the same day Kansas City let go general manager Scott Pioli.

The team did not release terms of the contract, but Reid will take over a team that finished 2-14 this season after dealing with his own struggles to win in his 14th season in Philadelphia.

Pioli was the general manager the past four seasons.

— Staff and wire reports