Digest for 05-17-13


COMMUNITY

Free tennis clinic Tuesdays

The Lee Sports Foundation is hosting a free tennis clinic each Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Bloom Tennis Center, 2101 S. Hickory St.

The clinic will meet every Tuesday until mid-July. Interested persons ages 10 and oder are welcome to come and learn the fundamentals of tennis using the Quick Start Tennis format developed by the United States Tennis Association, as well as working on footwork and strength training.

For more information on the clinic and the Lee Sports Foundation, contact Kenneth Lee at 692-2835.

Register for UAM baseball all-skills camp

MONTICELLO — An all-skills baseball camp at Arkansas-Monticello is scheduled for June 17-20 and is open to children ages 4-14.

Campers will receive instruction in all areas of the game, including hitting, bunting, sliding, baserunning, fielding and throwing. Competitive games will also be played. Instructors will include UAM coaches and players, as well as other area coaches.

Participants ages 4-6 will go from 9-11 a.m. each day, ages 7-10 will go from noon-3 p.m. each day and ages 11-14 will go from 3:30-6:30 p.m. each day. The camp will be held at Weevils Field on the UAM campus with the Indoor Practice Facility also to be used in case of inclement weather.

Camp cost is $50 per participant for ages 4-6 and $80 for all other ages. An additional $10 fee will be assessed for those registering on site.

An online registration form as well as a printable version can be found at www.bollweevilsbaseballcamps.com/index.cfm. Campers will need to bring their own glove, shoes and helmet. A personal bat is also recommended.

For more information, contact coach John Harvey at 870-403-2316.

LOCAL

Liddell, Gardner make top 25 in Decathlon

FAYETTEVILLE — Dollarway’s Joshua Liddell finished 21st in the Arkansas High School Decathlon with 5,057 points.

Liddell was 10th after the Wednesday’s events, when he placed sixth in the 400-meter dash and seventh in the 100. He was seventh in the triple jump and 10th in the 1,500 meters Thursday.

Lavonta Gardner of Star City was 25th overall with 4,796 points. His only top-10 finish in an event came in the 100-meter high hurdles, where he was eighth.

Alex Miles of Rogers Heritage won with 6,875 points. Kelsey Herman of Crossett won the Heptathlon.

STATE

Red Wolves take series opener over Trojans

JONESBORO — Ryan Roberts’ three-run smash over right field in the fourth inning gave Arkansas State enough offense in a 3-2 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday to start a three-game series.

Roberts went 2 for 4 to lead the Red Wolves (26-27). Four others each had a hit for A-State, including Watson Chapel alumnus Collin Massanelli.

For UALR (26-26), Watson Chapel grad Chance Cleveland took the loss after allowing three earned runs on six hits and six strikeouts in eight innings.

Former NASCAR driver Trickle dies at 71

CONCORD, N.C. — Retired race car driver Richard “Dick” Trickle passed away Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.

According to the Lincoln County, N.C., sheriff’s department, the incident occurred at 12:02 p.m. ET at Forest Lawn Cemetery off Highway 150 East in Boger City.

The Lincoln County Communications Center received a call apparently from the victim that “there would be a dead body and it would be his.” Communications Center workers tried to place a return call to the number but did not get an answer.

Trickle achieved much of his success on short-tracks, where he won more than 1,000 races throughout his career, before joining the Winston Cup series and earning rookie of the year in 1989 at age 48. Trickle was winless in 303 starts at the Cup level over a 24-year career. He never won a race on NASCAR’s biggest circuit but had 36 top-10 finishes.

Bradley fires 60 at Byron Nelson

IRVING, Texas — Despite carding a pair of bogeys, Keegan Bradley fired a 10-under 60 on Thursday to grab a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

Bradley, who won this title and the PGA Championship in 2011, had 10 birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his course-record breaking score at the TPC Four Seasons Resort.

Another former major champion, Charl Schwartzel is alone in second place at minus-7.

Robert Karlsson, Ted Potter, Jr. and Harris English share third place at 6- under 64, while Angel Cabrera, Ryan Palmer and Camilo Villegas are another stroke back at minus-5.

— Staff and wire reports