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McIlroy challenged when it counts

LITTLE ROCK — Not on par with the “Drive,” or the “Miracle on Markham,” but Rory McIlroy’s response halfway through the final round of the British Open will stand for his defining moment until he crafts something better.

First Place

The Arkansas Bearcats seventh grade team finished in first place of the seventh grade bronze division in the HoopPlayUSA Nationals in Conway this weekend. They defeated the Texas Bulls 62-57 in the championship game. Players pictured are Mekel Kentle, Charles Harris, Kaleb Higgins, Javarious Brown, Jaden Crater, Jamarion Brown, Dewanje Hogan, Timquorian Johnson, Berkarion Black, Jamarcus Brown, Davion Graham, and Marquise Anderson. Also pictured is coach Brian Cal, team founders Jarrett Bell and Charles Woods; and staff Trenton Harris and Jordan Crater.

White Hall routs Rosston

WHITE HALL — Colby Donaldson hit two of White Hall’s home runs in the second inning as the host 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars scored 11 runs en route to a 13-1 victory over Rosston in four innings on Saturday night in the Little League state tournament.

Hit the Ground Running

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Devil’s Den houses the football coaches’ offices at Mississippi Valley State and is just adjacent to the expanding Rice-Totten Stadium. But new head coach Rick Comegy has spent very little time wondering when construction of the new press box or any other addition to the stadium will be completed.

Counting down to Hoover

LITTLE ROCK — Starved for fresh college football morsels, fans could O.D. on the expanded SEC Media Days event that begins Monday in Hoover, Ala. To help ease into the four-day glut of quotes from coaches and players, a 15-point countdown:

Northern comes alive late for rout

It took five innings and a 1-0 deficit, but the Pine Bluff Northern’s bats finally woke from their slumber as the team scored 15 runs on nine hits over the final two innings to defeat Arkansas Pulpwood of Camden 15-1 in the 15-year-old Babe Ruth state tournament at Taylor Field on Saturday.

PB Tigers prevail in wild finish

The Pine Bluff Tigers rallied late to win an 8-7 thriller over the Nashville Rangers in the opening round of the 19-and-under Dixie Majors State Tournament held on Eddie Bryan Field at Seabrook Family Christian Center on Friday.

Hartsfield gives White Hall lift over Hamburg

Soon-to-be ninth grader Layne Hartsfield tallied three RBIs and went four innings on the mound as White Hall defeated Hamburg 10-2 in the first round of the Babe Ruth 15-year-old state tournament at Taylor Field on Friday.

McKenzie, Bucher accomplish goal

During Friday’s modified shootout at the Harbor Oaks Golf Course, Star City native Cameron McKenzie leaned over and said, “If we can finish in second place, I will be happy.”

A tribute to my Willie

She never wore a frilly cap. She never wore a ruffled white apron over a black uniform with matching shoes because she wasn’t a real maid. Most of all, she was my babysitter and friend. She wore dresses she had sewn herself from feed sacks and navy felt house shoes when her feet ‘got to botherin.’ She was a heavyset woman with a large lap and bosom to cradle my head. She always smelled of Faultless Starch and I thought it was the best smell in the world. Her name was Willie Mae. And I loved her.