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LOCAL

Rison wins state title

RUSSELLVILLE — Rison won the 2A State weightlifting championship Saturday at the 21st annual Arkansas High School weightlifting meet held in Russellville.

DeMonte Jones won the 132 pound class. He is now a 3-time state champion.

Todd Bowie placed third in the 259 pound class.

Lady Lions take doubleheader

GRAMBLING, La. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff resumed SWAC softball play with a sweep of a doubleheader Saturday, beating Grambling State 9-3 and 7-2.

UAPB’s Kelsey Ridgeway went 2 for 4 with four RBIs in the first game. She started a four-run first inning with a two-run single and hit a two-run home run in the second, giving the Lady Lions (9-20, 7-1 SWAC) a 6-0 lead.

Heather Leigh and Jasmine Hardwrick each had a single in the win. Reigning SWAC

Five UAPB players each had two hits in the second game: Emilie Gwyn, Leigh, Ridgeway, Sutterfield and Hardwrick. Ridgeway had two doubles, and Sutterfield and Hardwrick eached added one.

Pitcher of the Week Lacie Sutterfield (9-8) gave up three earned runs on 10 hits and struck out two in a complete-game victory in the opener. She worked four innings of the second game and held Grambling State (5-29, 0-9 SWAC) to an earned run on three hits. Leigh pitched the other three innings, allowing an earned run on two hits.

STATE

Razorbacks punch tickets to NCAA meet

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Junior All-American Katherine Grable wins three event titles as the third-seeded Razorbacks scored a program best at an NCAA Regional of 196.950 to clinch a trip to the NCAA Championship meet for the sixth-straight year.

Grable started the meet by matching her career-best marks on the floor and the vault with 9.95’s, each of the marks were worthy of first-place finishes on the events. Grable finished with a season-best 39.650 to win the all-around competition as well.

Arkansas finished second in the meet behind Georgia with a 197.425, and ahead of Arizona State with a 195.700, Oregon State with a 195.375, Boise State with a 195.350 and California with a 195.125

NATIONAL

Serena routs sister Venus

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Serena Williams routed Venus Williams 6-1, 6-2 at the Family Circle Cup on Saturday, the most one-sided match in the sisters’ long rivalry.

Serena Williams won her 14th straight match at the Family Circle. She will play for her second straight tournament title Sunday against the winner of the other semifinal between Jelena Jankovic and Stefanie Voegele later in the day.

This was the first time since 2009 that the Williams sisters were playing each other in a tournament. Serena has won five straight in their series and leads 14-10. Serena said it was encouraging to see her sister reach the semifinals of the WTA tournament after her struggles of the past 18 months dealing with the autoimmune disease Sjogren’s syndrome.