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SEC Network tries to identify top game of each week

LITTLE ROCK — Inspired by the SEC’s announcement that all 14 schools will play football on the conference’s new network during the first four weeks of the season, the exercise in long-range planning was to identify the must-see game of the week while dealing with some self-imposed parameters.

Seabrook finishes fourth

SILOAM SPRINGS — The Seabrook All-Stars pulled off two straight wins in the Babe Ruth 15-year-old Southwest Regional, but unearned errors in its latest outing cost them a chance to move closer to a championship.

Summer League Champions

The I Promise Stars, a group of Pine Bluff natives, recently competed in the Lonoke Community Center Summer Basketball League and won the regular-season title with an 11-2 record as well as the postseason tournament. Team members are, in no particular order; Theodis “Scooda” Fuller, Dantral Hence, Quincy Pridgeon, Jarvis Gunter, Antonio Scott, De’Andre Williams, Chandler Savage and manager John Proctor Jr. Not pictured: Jevon Barnes, Will Farris and George Davis. The team also plans on participating in the upcoming Pine Bluff Fall Basketball League in September. (Special to The Commercial)

Braves show no rust from lengthy break

BRYANT — The Pine Bluff Braves waited through a month’s worth of rainouts before returning to the field Sunday and beating the Bryant All-Stars 5-0 in semipro baseball at Bishop Park. The game ended after five innings because of the 2-hour time limit.

College cost isn’t big problem for poor students

To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

WH tosses one-hitter, falls to New Iberia

WEIMAR, Texas — Two pitchers combined to allow just one hit, but the White Hall 14-year-old All-Stars also issued 10 walks and the defense committed six errors as New Iberia (Louisiana) defeated White Hall 7-3 on Friday in the first round of the Babe Ruth Southwest Regional.

Rising Up

The third-grade Arkansas Rising Stars won the fourth-grade Bronze Championshp bracket of the HoopPlayUSA National Championships, held last weekend. Team members include (pictured in no particular order): coaches Steve Barnett and Jayden Miller, Torren Jackson, Jayden Miller Jr., Khamani Cooper, Xavier Nelson, Jabrae Shaw, Kelcy Morris, Anton Pierce, Jayden Martin, William Howell, Tommy Reddick, X’Zaevion Barnett and Michael Reddick. (Special to The Commercial)