Digest for 09-13-13


LOCAL

Ridgway pulls broom on Victory Christian

CAMDEN — Behind Allison Carpenter’s 10 aces, Ridgway Christian organized a 25-16, 25-14 and 25-3 sweep of Victory Christian in high school volleyball Thursday.

Carpenter also had five kills, Brandi Battles and Megan Quarles added eight aces and Babylynn Rosadino made nine assists for Ridgway Christian (4-6, 2-1 AACS South Region).

STATE

Thorvilson joins UALR athletic department

LITTLE ROCK — Four-time Little Rock Marathon winner and reigning Pine Bluff half-marathon champion Leah Thorvilson was named director of development for Arkansas-Little Rock athletics, the school announced Thursday.

Thorvilson was a cross country and track and field standout at UALR from 1999-2002, making the All-South Central Region and All-Sun Belt Conference teams two times each. She won the 2002 Sun Belt cross country title and graduated in 2003.

Among Thorvilson’s accomplishments are winning the CASA Half-Marathon last December in Pine Bluff, competing in the 2012 Olympic Trials and running the fourth-fastest 50-mile time ever for an American women in the 2012 Frisco Railroad Run in Willard, Mo. She holds course records at 17 race sites.

REGIONAL

Brewers best Cardinals

St. Louis — Sean Halton smacked a two-run homer and drove in three in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set on Thursday.

Tyler Thornburg (2-1) fanned six and surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks over six innings for Milwaukee, which dropped the first two tilts of the series.

Jim Henderson gave up a run in the ninth, but still got credited with his 25th save of the year in the triumph.

Joe Kelly (8-4) allowed four runs — three earned — on seven hits and a walk over five frames for the Cardinals, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.

St. Louis is tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central Division.

NATIONAL

Texas Tech upends No. 24 TCU

Lubbock, Texas — Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb threw touchdown passes and Texas Tech beat No. 24 TCU, 20-10, Thursday night in the Big 12 season-opener for both teams.

Kenny Williams had a 50-yard touchdown catch and Brad Marquez hauled in a 19- yarder for the Red Raiders (3-0), who snapped a streak of three straight Big 12 home-opener losses.

Mayfield, the freshman walk-on, had three interceptions but passed for 216 yards and Webb threw for 77 after Mayfield came out of the game late.

B.J. Catalon scored the only touchdown for TCU (1-2) on a 17-yard run.

Last season, Texas Tech beat TCU 56-53 in three overtimes.

Thursday night, a game with little intrigue for three quarters other than the excitement of a fox roaming the sideline, turned downright goofy in the fourth quarter.

TCU had a punt return touchdown called back because of an invalid fair catch and Texas Tech had one negated after DeAndre Washington — celebrating early — dropped the ball at the half-yard line.