Digest for 05-24-13


COMMUNITY

SPEED Relays set for Saturday

The Port City SPEED Track and Field Club will host its 11th annual SPEED Relays Saturday at Pine Bluff High School’s Alexander Field.

The 2012 meet attracted approximately 400 youths ages 6-18 from across Arkansas, as well as Memphis and northern Louisiana. A similar attendance is expected this year.

The SPEED Relays are sanctioned by the American Athletic Union and serves as a practice meet for the Arkansas AAU state championship meet, which will be held in June.

Running and field events will begin at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact coach Martin Richards at 329-8478 or Kathy Richards at 329-8491.

Golden Lions Basketball Camp announced

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions Basketball Camp will be open to boys and girls ages 8-18.

The camp is scheduled for June 13-15 at H.O. Clemmons Arena. The cost is $75 for day campers and $105 for overnight campers.

Campers will receive instruction from UAPB coaches and players. Fundamental skills in ball handling, shooting, defense, passing, rebounding and team play will be taught.

For more information contact assistant coach Kenneth Broyles at 575-8717 or assistant coach Eddie McCarter at 575-8637.

LOCAL

UAPB’s Eckwood on Performance Awards watch list

UAPB wide receiver Ladarius Eckwood is one of four SWAC players who were named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for their respective positions.

The winners will be announced Jan. 8, 2014.

During 2012 Eckwood, a senior-to-be from Springdale, ranked fourth in the SWAC in receiving yards per game with 65.6 and led the Golden Lions in every receiving category including receptions (52), receiving yards (787) and touchdowns (six).

Eckwood, along with Southern senior Lee Doss, join 32 top wide receivers in the Football Championship Subdivision vying for the award. All CFPA recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams, according to a press release.

Other candidates from the SWAC include Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell and Southern quarterback Dray Joseph.

Blossoms sign six more for volleyball

MONTICELLO — Arkansas-Monticello volleyball coach Peter Cruz announced the signing of six additional players for his 2013 volleyball team.

The latest signees include outside hitters Kedra Johnson of North Little Rock, Jessica Cuba of Georgetown, Texas, and Kayla Macadlo of Munster, Ind.; middle hitters Tasha Evans of Almont, Mich., and Gabriela Jandotti of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and defensive specialist Frankie Zaragoza of Stockton, Calif. UAM announced four signees in December.

STATE

Arkansas stands tied for 15th in NCAA women’s golf

ATHENS, Ga. — The fifth-ranked Arkansas women’s golf team battled changing conditions on an already-tough course at the NCAA Championship, and the Razorbacks posted a third-round team score of 302 to slip into a tie for 15th with one more round to go.

Arkansas’ Emily Tubert shot a third-round 74 to move into a tie for 45th individually with teammate Victoria Vela. Both went into the clubhouse with a three-round 222.

Southern California is first with a 19-under 845, followed by Duke (873), and a three-way tie among Alabama, Purdue and UCLA (873). Arkansas is shooting 891.

— Commercial Press Services