Sports Digest/Community for 7-19-12


Community

Ravens registration begins July 27

The Ravens pee-wee football team will start registration for players and cheerleaders at 5 p.m. July 27 at Belair Elementary School.

Refreshments will be served. Registration will continue through Aug. 30.

Contact Jerry Mack at 692-0722 or Karl Johnson at 718-2614 for more information.

Ridgway Christian will hold football meeting

There will be a football meeting for boys in grades 7-12 at 6 p.m. on July 23 in the chapel at Ridgway Christian School to discuss the possibility of starting a football program at the school.

All parents are invited to attend the meeting to discuss the program and to meet new athletic director Trent Young. Young will address students and parents about the program as well as other important matters of interest.

LOCAL

UAPB’s Broughton listed as second-best in SWAC

Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball center Daniel Broughton was ranked the second-best SWAC player in an online story on SB Nation’s Mid-Major Madness.

Broughton, who will be a junior this coming season, was the Golden Lions’ third-leading scorer at just more than 10 points per game. He’s ranked only behind Grambling State’s Quincy Roberts.

“He could rebound and play defense,” the article reads. “And he did most of his damage coming off the bench. Only one problem with Broughton: he also did damage to other players, as in he is a foul machine!”

SB Nation is an online sports blog site. The article is posted on: www.midmajormadness.com.

Murray signs with CBC

White Hall High School’s Shanice Murray signed a softball scholarship with Central Baptist College on Tuesday.

Murray missed this past high school season with White Hall due to a knee injury she suffered during the basketball season.

PB Braves seeded fifth for regional tournament

The Pine Bluff Braves begin play in the Southwest Texas Regional on Friday when they play the San Antonio Titans at 2 p.m. The tournament will be held in Katy, Texas.

The tournament is part of the National Baseball Congress qualifying and the Braves are 17-0 this season.

The Braves are seeded fifth in the six-team tournament, which also includes the Houston Hurricanes, the Austin Gold Sox, the Katy Collegians an the Seguin Expos.

Allison, Grandy named to preseason All-SLC teams

CONWAY — Seth Allison, of Stuttgart, and Jesse Grandy, of Pine Bluff, were two University of Central Arkansas players who were named to the preseason All-Southland Conference football team on Tuesday.

Allison was a first-team preseason selection and recorded a team-high 110 tackles for the Bears last season, which was also fifth in the conference.

Grandy caught 49 passes for 788 yards and nine touchdowns for UCA last year.

STATE

Nixon named USATFA athlete of the week

INDIANAPOLIS — University of Arkansas’ Gunnar Nixon has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning gold in the decathlon and achieving a new American Junior record of 8,018 points at the recent World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Nixon’s gold medal was the first ever American World Junior victory in the event. His score of 8,018 points beat the previous American Junior record set by current Arkansas teammate Kevin Lazas at the 2011 USA Junior Championships by a mere two points.

Nixon, a freshman at the University of Arkansas, entered the final event of the decathlon trailing Australia’s Jake Stein by 86 points. Nixon needed to finish 14 seconds ahead of Stein in the 1,500-meters to win the gold. He responded with a fast final lap and ran an eventual personal best time of 4:22.36.

NATIONAL

Jackson State football player dies of cancer

JACKSON, Miss. — Jackson State offensive lineman Vincent Jones died Monday evening after a long battle against cancer.

Jones was a freshman last season at his hometown university.

“Vincent was a wonderful young man,” coach Rick Comegy said in a release. “He was well liked by everyone in the football program and he will be truly missed.”

Jackson State will play the 2012 season in Jones’ honor.

— Staff and wire reports