Digest for 06-24


LOCAL

Hooten’s picks Zebras to win 6A-South

Pine Bluff was voted by league coaches to win the 6A-South Conference championship in the 22nd annual Hooten’s Arkansas Football magazine.

The 448-page book, which is now available at Brookshire’s and Walmart, is a preview of high school and college football in Arkansas and the region.

White Hall was picked to finish second in the 5A-South, with Watson Chapel predicted to come in third. Watson Chapel is going into its first season under coach Jared Dutton.

Dollarway, which reached the 4A semifinals and finished 13-1, is picked to finish second in its return to the 8-4A Conference after winning or sharing the last two 2-4A championships.

Locals lead EM Majors to repeat

Watson Chapel and White Hall 13-year-olds helped the Everett Maxey Majors claim their second straight state championship in a tournament that concluded Monday.

The tournament was held in Fort Smith. Devon Koonce, Ollie Reddick and Kam’Ron Hunt of White Hall and Kaleb Hill of Watson Chapel are the local team members for the Majors.

STATE

Lewis headlines UA Sports Hall class

LPGA star Stacy Lewis headlines the 2014 University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor class, which will be inducted Sept. 5-6 in Springdale.

Before ascending to No. 1 in pro golf rankings, Lewis won a national championship for the Razorbacks. She finished second in the U.S. Women’s Open to Michelle Wie on Sunday.

Other inductees include basketball greats Pat Bradley and Shameka Christon, two-time track and field Olympian Graham Hood, longtime men’s tennis coach Robert Cox, and football standouts Kenoy Kennedy and Freddie Childress.

NATIONAL

Hart Trophy goes to Pens’ Crosby

LAS VEGAS — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, already a Ted Lindsay Award recipient, was a double honoree on Tuesday when rewarded with the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player.

Crosby had been a finalist for the fourth time, and becomes a second-time winner, after leading the NHL with 104 points this season, registering at least one point in 60 of the 80 games he played. He scored 36 goals and led the league with 68 assists to capture his second Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s top scorer.

Bruins’ Rask takes home Vezina trophy

LAS VEGAS — Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was named the Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender.

Rask helped the Bruins to the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time since 1990 with a record of 36-15-6 and was the only goaltender to rank among the top five in all major statistical categories.

He led the league with seven shutouts, was second in save percentage at .930, finished fourth with a 2.04 goals-against average and was fifth in wins. The native of Finland allowed two goals or fewer in 37 of his 58 starts.

— Staff and wire reports