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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)

Make the right choice

Joshua, God’s servant, the leader of God’s chosen people Israel who succeeded Moses, his mentor, was growing old and knowing the character and the attitudes of his people was compelled to call them together. (Joshua 24: 14-14)

Birthday wows and woes

Since July is my birthday month, I guess I should write something about the past three-score and one anniversaries of the date. Actually, my very first memory is of my fourth birthday party. I have a vague recollection of playing “Drop the Handkerchief” and “London Bridge” and a birthday cake served on the front porch with presents. In 1947, we didn’t know about party themes, pizza/game parlors, or inflatable rentals for the lawn.

Explanations for changing odds of CFP winner

LITTLE ROCK — Decades ago, when mutuel windows at Oaklawn Park were denomination-specific and the color of a ticket corresponded to a particular wager, a couple of guys with limited resources heard about a doctor from Little Rock who was in the know.

Rising Star Champs

The second grade Arkansas Rising Stars won first place in the Elite Championship bracket. Pictured is coach Steve Barnett, coach Jayden Miller, Chauncey Haynes, Jayden Miller Jr., Kaden Higgins, Billy Reddick, Tommy Reddick and Jayden Shelton.

Olympic Qualifiers

Eight athletes from the Port City SPEED Track and Field Club qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics July 28-August 2 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

State Champs

The White Hall 14 and under all-star team won the South Arkansas state tournament on July 12 after defeating Union County 5-3 in eight innings in the championship game. The team travels to Weimar, Texas today to compete in the Southwest Regional tournament. Front Row: Zach Harbison, Wes Harp, Zack Motsinger, Walker Bailey, Carson Alexander, Baylor Owen. Back Row: Manager Jeff Johnson, Garrett Dennis, Tyler Greer, Reese Wilkerson, coach Ray Harbison, Bradley Reece, Ryan Ruff, Adam Johnston, coach Buddy Owen.

10th-Grade Bearcats

The 10th-grade Arkansas Bearcats finished second in the Elite Championship bracket of the HoopPlayUSA National Championships this past weekend. Team members include (pictured in no particular order): Darrian Evans, Kewon Douglass, Wayne Rouse, Cameron Girey, Brandon Lowe, Ja’Quavis Russell, Keith Peterson, Chris Slater, Derrick Marks, Amare Thompson and Carl Smith Jr. Coaches are Danny Evans and Christian Smith. (Special to The Commercial)