SEARK athletes dot All-Star rosters


The Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star baseball and softball games next month will include six Southeast Arkansas athletes who’ve played in state championship games within the last two seasons.

Stuttgart right fielder Dontrell Brown and Fordyce pitcher Cole Johnson, who led their teams to state title games last weekend, are among five baseball players from the area named All-Stars for 2013. The others include White Hall’s Tyler Zuber and Woodlawn’s Bret Boyd, pitchers who helped their teams win championships in 2012, and Monticello’s Will Naron.

Rachel Box and Sydnee Clark are coming off back-to-back softball state championships for White Hall, and both are named All-Stars along with Sheridan’s Allison Stipes and Monticello’s Ashleigh White.

Doubleheaders in both sports will be played June 18 at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, kicking off four days of All-Star activities on the campus.

Zuber pitched more innings (54) than anyone else on White Hall’s staff this season and went 4-0 for the season. He had a 1.69 ERA and struck out 98, while 612 of his 999 pitches were strikes. He struck out 14 in a 5A state first-round victory against Beebe.

Johnson performed in the clutch for 3A state runner-up Fordyce at the plate and on the mound. His double in the 11th inning lifted the Redbugs to their first state final.

Boyd was a mainstay for the Bears, who followed up their state title with a 7-2A East District championship this spring. Brown and Naron were standouts on the 4A level.

Zuber will play for the West team. Johnson, Brown, Boyd and Naron will gear up for the East.

In softball, Clark finished the season 19-4 with a 0.90 ERA and seven shutout wins. She struck out 158 in 147 1/3 innings.

Box led the Lady Bulldogs with a .494 batting average and 11 home runs. She also had 28 runs batted in.

They will play for the West along with Stipes, who batted .421 through the regular season. Stipes’ future Arkansas-Monticello teammate, White, .hit 403 with two home runs for Monticello High, and will play for the East.

All-Stars for soccer also have been named. Omar Macias of Warren will play for the East boys team, and White Hall coach Dexter Barksdale was named an assistant coach for the West girls team.

The soccer games are scheduled for June 19 at UCA. That will be followed by the basketball games on June 20 and the football game on June 21.