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Digest for 04-02-14


COMMUNITY

UAM to hold football, cheer tryouts

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello football program will conduct tryouts on April 24 from 3-5 p.m.

Prospective student-athletes will be tested to evaluate their strength, speed, agility and football skills. Testing will include height and weight measurements, bench press, 40-yard dash, pro shuttle, agility drills and one-on-one skills competitions.

To be eligible for tryout participation, prospective student-athletes must submit a $35 registration free, a copy of an official high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores, proof of registration with the NCAA eligibility center, completed tryout form signed by parent, completed liability release form, results of sickle cell solubility test and a physical form signed by a physician that was completed within the past six months.

All forms are available at uamsports.com. For more information, contact assistant coach Cody Scribner at scribner@uamont.edu.

Tryouts will begin at 3 p.m. Registration will be held from 2-3 p.m.

The UAM cheerleading squad will hold open tryouts on April 12-13.

The actual tryout portion will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 p.m., but all prospective cheerleaders must participate in a mandatory clinic on Saturday, April 12 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. Mascot tryouts will be held at the same time.

For incoming freshman, tryout participants must submit a high school transcript, proof of intent to enroll at UAM and a completed tryout packet form. Additionally, freshman must meet two of the following three requirements to be eligible. 1) Have a minimum composite ACT score of 18. 2) Have a minimum high school cumulative grade point average of 2.0. 3) Rank in the upper 50 percent of their high school graduating class.

For current UAM students, tryout participants must be enrolled in at least 12 hours, must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and must have completed a tryout registration form.

The clinic and tryouts will be held at the UAM Indoor Practice Facility. The tryout form is online at uamsports.com. For more information, contact cheerleading coach Ashley Reiter at reiter@uamont.edu or 904-945-4554.

There is no charge for tryout participants.

LOCAL

Weevils ranked for eighth straight week

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello baseball team has been included in at least one of the four NCAA Division II national rankings outlets for eight consecutive weeks with a No. 23 spot in this week’s College Baseball Lineup Top 30.

The Boll Weevils (24-10, 14-7 Great American Conference) have won their last seven games, including back-to-back GAC series sweeps over Harding and East Central (Okla.).

College Baseball Lineup has had UAM in its top 30 in all of the last eight national rankings releases, including vaulting as high as No. 12 on March 2. UAM reached as high as No. 11 in the D2BaseballNews.com Top 30, also on March 2, after posting a 14-4 record in the first month of the season.

UAM is set to face off against Delta State on Wednesday in Cleveland, Miss. DSU is ranked as high as No. 13 this week, making the Statesmen the eighth ranked team UAM has faced this season. UAM is 9-5 against nationally ranked opponents this season.

STATE

A-State football changes dates of two games

JONESBORO — Arkansas State athletics announced Tuesday that two game dates on the Red Wolves’ 2014 football schedule have been changed, including their home game against Utah State and road contest at Texas State.

A-State and Utah State mutually agreed to move their game at Centennial Bank Stadium to Saturday, Sept. 20, after originally scheduling the contest for Sept. 27.

“We hope everyone understands we try to avoid changing home game dates, but this decision was made with the best interest of our program in mind,” said A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir. “We apologize to our fans for any inconvenience this change may have caused.”

Additionally, the Red Wolves’ game versus Texas State at Bobcat Stadium will now be played Thursday, Nov. 20, rather than Nov. 22. The Sun Belt Conference and ESPN announced today the game will now be televised by ESPNU and kickoff at 8:30 p.m.

NATIONAL

Wojciechowski hired as Marquette coach

MILWAUKEE — Marquette has named Steve Wojciechowski as its new men’s basketball coach.

The former Duke assistant replaces Buzz Williams, who left Marquette on March 21 to take the vacancy at Virginia Tech.

Wojciechowski, 37, spent the past 15 seasons as an assistant at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski and served on the staff for NCAA championship teams in 2001 and 2010.

Krzyzewski expressed his gratitude for Wojciechowski’s efforts, saying “Steve gave his heart and soul” to the program and “he was a vital part” of Duke’s success.

Wojciechowski played four years as a point guard for the Blue Devils.

Red Sox honored at White House

WASHINGTON — The Boston Red Sox were honored for their World Series championship by President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House.

“I thought I invited the Red Sox here today, but there must be a mistake because I don’t recognize all these clean-shaven guys,” joked President Obama. “Beards or no beards, it is an honor to welcome the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox to the White House.”

Obama singled out a few members of the team in his remarks, including World Series MVP David Ortiz, who presented the President a Red Sox jersey.

The President also praised the Red Sox for their contributions to helping the city of Boston recover from last April’s Boston Marathon bombings.

“There was something about this particular squad that was special,” said the President. “Not just because they went from worst to first, but because they symbolized grit and resilience of one of America’s iconic cities in one of its difficult moments.”