Digest for 03-22-14


Correction

The photograph from Thursday’s Pine Bluff vs. Junction City baseball game on page 7 of Friday’s issue was taken by Sue Harper. A photographer was incorrectly credited with the photo.

Community

Free soccer clinic all next week

Pine Bluff Youth Soccer will host a free soccer clinic Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. at field No. 7 of Regional Park.

No registration is required. Snack bags will be available.

For more information call Randall Hampton at 870-592-1056.

Mustangs baseball registration Monday

The Sigma Mustangs baseball team will conduct registration for ages 5-13 Monday at 4:45 p.m. at Hutson Park, just off 6th Street.

All parents should bring valid birth certificate of each child to complete paperwork.

LOCAL

Tennessee State buys out deal with UAPB

Tennessee State won’t play a football game at Arkansas-Pine Bluff after all.

UAPB athletic director Lonza Hardy Jr. confirmed Friday that Tennessee State indicated it would buy out the contract it had with the Golden Lions to host them in Nashville in 2012 and travel to Pine Bluff at a later date. The buyout cost Tennessee State $50,000, Hardy said.

Tennessee State defeated UAPB 40-13 at LP Field on Sept. 29, 2012, the schools’ first football meeting since 1947. UAPB has never beaten Tennessee State in three meetings all-time.

Hardy did not indicate whether Tennessee State was the nonconference opponent UAPB will possibly have to replace for its 2014 schedule, which has not yet been released. UAPB will play at Texas State on Aug. 30 to start the season.

UAPB can schedule two nonconference opponents other than Texas State for a Division I-maximum 12 games. The other nine contests are SWAC games.

UAM falls to Harding in first ever meeting

SEARCY — In the first ever meeting between the two programs, Harding swept a Great American Conference doubleheader from the Arkansas-Monticello softball team on Friday.

Harding won the first game 4-1 and the second 3-2.

Senior Hannah Pendley led UAM (18-13, 9-9 GAC) with a 2 for 4 performance at the plate. Senior Courtney Wilson (10-5) took the loss after allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits in a complete-game effort in the first game.

In the second game, Harding (17-14, 9-9 GAC) used three solo home runs in the final three innings to record a come-from-behind victory.

UAM freshman McKenzie Rice led the Blossoms in game two, with a 3 for 4 outing, including a double in the fifth.

Junior Katie Slaughter (8-7) took the loss after surrendering three runs off eight hits in a complete-game effort.

The four-game series concludes today with a doubleheader starting at noon.

REGIONAL

James, Heat rally past Grizzlies

MIAMI — LeBron James had 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds and the Miami Heat defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 91-86, on Friday night.

James, who sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics due to back spasms, finished 7-of-14 from the field. Ray Allen netted 18 points off the bench, while Dwyane Wade netted eight of his 14 in the final frame for Miami, which has won three of its last four but are still just 4-6 over its last 10.

Zach Randolph tallied 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies, who had won six of their last seven contests coming in.

Back-to-back buckets by Mike Conley and Courtney Lee staked Memphis to an 84-77 lead with 4:08 remaining before Miami used its surge to go in front.