Sports Community/Digest for May 22


COMMUNITY

Port City SPEED to host 10th annual relays Saturday

Port City SPEED will celebrate its 10th anniversary with its 10th annual SPEED Relays on Saturday at Pine Bluff High School.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last year’s event drew about 250 athletes from across Arkansas and had a total attendance of about 500, including fans.

SPEED has trained close to 400 athletes ages 5-19 to compete in track and field on a national level. The organization will be recognized during the morning worship service at Bethany Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1923 South Olive, during its 10:45 a.m. Sunday service. Former athletes, parents and coaches are invited to celebrate the occasion on that weekend.

DIGEST

Pine Bluff girl to compete in Discovery Open

Nicole Coopersmith of Pine Bluff was selected to compete in the 13-year-old age division of the Nick Bollettieri Discovery Open, June 1-4 at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The first-year, elite singles-only event will feature 32 of the best 11-, 13- and 15-year-old players in the world, with each boys and girls age group winner receiving one free week of camp evaluation and the overall top player earning a year-long scholarship to attend IMG Academies.

The school has developed 10 world No. 1 players, including Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Jim Courier, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

Harris named honorable mention All-Southland performer

CONWAY — Central Arkansas left fielder Ethan Harris was named honorable mention All-Southland Conference in baseball Monday.

Harris, a junior from White Hall, leads the Bears and is second in the Southland in RBIs with 46. He is third on the team with 54 hits and is tied for second with four home runs.

UCA (25-28) will play Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the conference tournament at Texas State. The Bears won 16 conference games, most since moving to Division I in 2007.

Arkansas to install new video display

FAYETTEVILLE — A new video display to the North end zone scoreboard inside Reynolds Razorback Stadium will be installed through a partnership between the University of Arkansas and LSI Industries.

The 16-mm video display will be one of the biggest in college football, according to a press release, measuring at 38 feet-by-167 feet. That will almost double the dimensions of the current video board. The display will give the stadium a true high definition video display area with the actual width exceeding HD resolution.

Golden Bears beat Hogs twice in regional final

BERKELEY, Calif. — Top-seeded California avenged a semifinal loss to Arkansas by beating the Razorbacks 10-2 and 7-0 in the championship round of the NCAA Berkeley Regional.

The two losses ended Arkansas’ season at 29-28. Arkansas needed to beat Cal only once in the final round to advance to the Super Regional, the best-of-three series before the Women’s College World Series.

California will play at Washington in the Super Regional.