Digest for 10-23-13


LOCAL

Weevils picked fourth, Blossoms eighth in GAC basketball

MONTICELLO — The Arkansas-Monticello men’s and women’s basketball teams were picked to finish fourth and eighth, respectively, in the Great American Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.

The league announced the polls’ results on Tuesday.

The Boll Weevils, who finished last season with a 16-11 record (11-9 in conference play), were tabbed to finish behind reigning regular season champ Arkansas Tech, Harding and Southeastern Oklahoma State.

The Cotton Blossoms wrapped up last year with a 6-21 record and a 3-17 mark in conference play.

Harding was projected to finish first with Southwestern Oklahoma State coming in at second.

Defending regular season and tournament champion Arkansas Tech was tabbed to finish third.

The league’s coaches voted in their respective polls and were not allowed to vote for their own team.

DeLoach aces No. 9 at Jaycee

Matt DeLoach hit a hole-in-one Friday at Jaycee Golf Course.

DeLoach’s ace came on the par-3, 120-yard No. 9.

The hole-in-one was witnessed by Charles DeLoach.

Ridgway falls in five sets

The Ridgway Christian volleyball team lost at home to Cornerstone Christian 3-2 (19-25, 19-25, 25-19, 25-23, 9-15) Tuesday night.

Brandi Battles had 10 kills and Chandra Wiley had five.

Ridgway finishes the regular season 7-14 overall and 5-5 in the district. They will begin the Arkansas Association of Christian Schools district tournament on Saturday in Little Rock at Southwest Christian. Ridgway will face Victory Christian in the first match.

In the junior high game, Ridgway defeated Cornerstone Christian 2-0 (25-18, 25-8).

Taylor Allen had 18 aces and Allison Carpenter had seven. Ridgway finishes the regular season 10-4 overall and 6-2 in conference.

They will compete in the AACS junior high state tournament on Friday in Little Rock at SCA. Ridgway will face the Arkansas School for the Deaf in the first round.

NATIONAL

Reds name Bryan Price as new manager

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds have named Bryan Price their new manager.

Price had been the team’s pitching coach for the past four seasons and will be a manager for the first time. He will join San Diego’s Bud Black and Boston’s John Farrell as the only former pitching coaches as current big league managers.

“I couldn’t be happier to be the next manager of the Cincinnati Reds,” said Price. “It’s been a heck of a ride to this point.”

The Reds needed a new manager after Dusty Baker was dismissed following the club’s loss to Pittsburgh in the NL wild card game.

Price has helped develop a Cincinnati pitching staff that had the fourth-best ERA in the majors this past season. He never pitched in the majors and had previous coaching stints with Seattle and Arizona before joining the Reds in 2010.

Giants, Lincecum agree on 2-year deal

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants through the 2015 season, keeping the two-time Cy Young Award winner off the free-agent market.

The deal is pending a physical, the Giants said Tuesday.

The contract is worth $35 million, according to CBSSports.com and the San Francisco Chronicle — down from the two-year, $40.5 million deal Lincecum signed in January 2012 after his fourth straight All-Star Game appearance.

Lincecum’s production has decreased the past two seasons. The right-hander — who has won two World Series titles with the Giants — has posted a 20-29 record with a 4.76 earned run average and 383 strikeouts in 65 starts in 2012-13 after going 69-41 with a 2.98 ERA and 1,127 strikeouts from 2007-11.

The 29-year-old did throw his first career no-hitter this season, striking out 13 against the Padres on July 13. He finished the season 10-14 with a 4.37 ERA and 193 strikeouts in 197 2/3 innings.