Sports Digest/Community for April 26, 2012


BENTONVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello, the regular season champion and the No. 1 seed in this weekend’s conference championship tournament, received eight all-conference selections, as announced by the Great American Conference.

UAM had three first team selections, three second team selections and two honorable mentions.

Highlighting UAM’s honorees is senior Kayla Jackson, who was selected as the league’s pitcher of the year in addition to earning first team all-conference honors as pitcher and second team honors as a first baseman. The Hallsville, Texas native led the league in the regular season in wins (27), earned run average (1.13), strikeouts (164) and opponent batting average (.171). She also ranks in the top 10 of seven different offensive categories, including the league’s top runs batted in total of 40.

Also making the first team from UAM is third baseman Sara Matthews. Also a Hallsville, Texas native, Matthews was voted as the league’s inaugural freshman of the year after hitting .346 in 48 games. Junior outfielder Maggie Sands (Ferris, Texas) wraps up UAM’s list of first team all-conference honorees

In addition to the league’s pitcher of the year and freshman of the year, UAM’s Alvy Early was named the GAC’s inaugural coach of the year after leading UAM to its 15th winning season in program history and 14th season of at least 30 wins. Early is in his 16th season as the head coach for the Cotton Blossoms, and currently sports a career record of 594-290-2.

TCW Wrestling stars come to Pine Bluff

TCW Wrestling will bring its family friendly brand of professional wrestling to the Pine Bluff Convention Center on May 5 with a lineup that includes four wrestling legends and regional favorites.

The event, called “Bash at the Bluff,” will feature nine matches taped for statewide television distribution on ME-TV Arkansas and worldwide viewing through TCW’s website www.traditionalwrestling.com.

Action begins at 7 p.m.

Pine Bluff native Tim Storm, who is the current TCW International champion, will defend his title against wrestling great Mat Borne, competing in his clown alter-ego “Boink” the Clown.

The event will also feature an appearance by famous wrestling diva Tammy “Sunny” Stitch.

Tickets are available online at TCW’s website, at the PBCC box office or Record Rack in Pine Bluff.

VIP front row tickets are $25 while second and third row seats are $15. General admission is $10.