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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)

Dollarway’s Blair places fifth in QB competition

Dollarway soon-to-be junior Simeon Blair placed fifth out of 50 athletes in his age group at a national quarterback showcase that took place this past weekend in Canton, Ohio. Blair had finished in the top two at a regional camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to qualify for The Duel, a two-day competition put on by the National Football Academies. (Special to The Commercial)

Birthday victory

Jimbo Wrinkle celebrated his 50th birthday with a win in the Outlaw Streck Stock class last Saturday at Warren Arkansas Speedway. The Pine Bluff resident is pictured with Michael Brown of White Hall. (White Hall Journal/Tracy Stanfield)