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First-Year Champions

The Arkansas Lady Cardinals won the Hoop Play National Championship in their first year of existence. The tournament was held the weekend of July 18-19 in Russellville. The team is comprised of eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders from Watson Chapel, Pine Bluff, Dollarway, Jack Robey Junior High, Rison, Star City and Woodlawn. The Lady Cardinals lost their first game of the tourney to the Arkansas Sting by 15 points, and then defeated the Arkansas Chaos by 10. The team finished pool play with a 1-2 record after losing by five points to the Tennessee Team Dez. In bracket play, the Lady Cardinals knocked off the Arkansas Storm, 36-24. In the semifinals, edged out the Arkansas Hoyas, 39-35. The Lady Cardinals won a defensive battle with the Arkansas Intensity, 27-26, to win the championship. Those pictured are, first row from left, head coach Yolanda Scott, Amber Witherspoon, Kyamber Jackson, Kyaira Jackson and Jada Anderson; second row, Tymesha Cole, Sarah J. Linsy, Sana Ragland, Kierrie Brice, T’aja Williams and Kyaira Brice. Coaches Demetrice Nelson, left, and Charles Witherspoon are in the back row.

Second-Place Showing

The Pine Bluff American-Eastern softball team finished runner-up in the second annual Searcy Classic this past weekend. Pine Bluff defeated Ozark, 7-5, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game with Khylah Cross’ two-run double, securing the victory. Sh’Lanyna Lawson pitched a complete game to earn the win. Aryah Turner collected two hits to lead the team at the plate. Talah Hunter, Allison Jackson and Lawson chipped in with a hit apiece. Pine Bluff lost 6-4 against Ozark in a winner-take-all championship game. Ta’Kia Jackson paced Pine Bluff at the plate with two hits. Amiya Helloms, Sushma Dadlani and Sydney Fooster chipped in with one hit each. The tourney served as a warm-up for Pine Bluff as it will compete in the Little League Softball 11-12 year old Southwest Regional on July 31-Aug. 5 in Waco, Texas. Pictured are; front row from left, Kemya Edgerton, Jaden Justiss, Dadlani, Cross and Helloms; back row, coach Carl Jackson, Hunter, Ta’Kia Jackson, Lawson, Allison Jackson, Turner, Fooster and manager Dedrick Cross. (Special to The Commercial)

Omission for 07-25-15

Due to incorrect information submitted to The Commercial , a photo of the Pine Bluff Western Little League team in Friday’s issue omitted the name of Shauwn Howell Jr., one of the team’s members.

Back to Waco for Pine Bluff Western

Pine Bluff Western won the Little League state championship on Wednesday night at Piggott. After a 3-1 loss to Bryant in the first championship game, Western won a winner-take-all game by a 9-0 score with Randy Little Jr. pitching a complete game. It’s the second straight state title for Western, which will play in the Southwest Regional tournament on Aug. 7-13 in Waco, Texas. Pictured are; front row from left, Brady Claypool, Josh Bridges, Shauwn Howell Jr., Andrew Crossett, Daniel Koonce, Jaxson Anderson, Tink Hence, Brian Dobson, Curtis Standoak and Dalton Riggins; back row, coach Marvin Hence, Randy Little Jr., Charlie King, coach Randy Little, Brylane Wells and coach Andy Crossett. (Special to The Commercial)

Love not condemn

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18.