Digest for 05-01-13


COMMUNITY

PBHS sports banquet set for May 7

First United Methodist Church will be the site for the Pine Bluff High School sports banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. May 7.

Tickets are on sale for $10 each at the school’s Dunaway Fieldhouse. The banquet includes an all-you-can-eat buffet from Corky’s.

Cal Ripken-rules tourney at Regional Park

Regional Park will play host to the Battle of the Best league/all-star baseball tournament, May 31-June 2.

Cal Ripken Baseball rules will be enforced in the tournament. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games.

Age groups include 8-under, 10-under, 12-under and 13-under.

For more information, call 870-370-0317.

LOCAL

No classification changes in area for ’14-16

None of the public high schools in The Commercial’s coverage area will change classifications for the Arkansas Activities Association’s 2014-16 reclassification cycle, according to numbers released by the AAA on Tuesday.

But two schools nearly moved up one class. Watson Chapel, which moved down from 6A to 5A in the fall of 2010, is the second-largest 5A school (34th largest in state) with an enrollment of 771.67. Monticello, which moved from 5A to 4A this past fall, is the largest 4A school and 65th largest overall with 485.67.

Pine Bluff, a 6A school, remains the largest in the coverage area with 998.33, followed by Sheridan (6A) with 951.33. Watson Chapel is third-largest in the area.

Among notable changes for 2014-16: Helena-West Helena Central, which was in the largest classification under the B-AAAA system in the 1990s with more than 900 students, will drop from its current 5A to 4A in the current 1A-7A system with 456.33; Farmington will move from 4A to 5A; and Lake Village and Marianna will drop from 4A to 3A.

The moves are expected to cause a shuffle in area conferences such as the 2-4A, 8-4A and 8-3A (6-3A for football).

Quiatchon named All-GAC honorable mention golfer

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello freshman Pamela Quiatchon was named to the All-Great American Conference Honorable Mention women’s golf team Monday. She is UAM’s first-ever all-conference women’s golfer.

Quiatchon, of Oxnard, Calif., won two tournaments this year, the Bison Fall Classic and the Natural State Golf Classic. She also was the top individual finisher in dual team meets with Ouachita Baptist and Southern Arkansas.

She averaged 82.63 per round.

NATIONAL

Report: Hunter’s son seeks $40 million in lawsuit

One of Torii Hunter’s sons is seeking up to $40 million in damages from those who accused the son of sexual assault, USA Today reported, citing attorneys for Darius McClinton-Hunter.

A grand jury declined to indict McClinton-Hunter in February after a girl who made the allegations against him recanted her statement that he and three other boys from Prosper (Texas) High School forced them to have sex. According to the defendant’s attorney Larry Friedman, there is the possibility of legal action against the Prosper Police Department for investigating a crime that didn’t exist after the accuser took back her complaint, USA Today reported.

Torii Hunter, a Detroit Tigers outfielder, is originally from Pine Bluff.

— Commercial Press Services