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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.

Surgical treatment available for osteoporotic spinal fractures

Osteoporosis is a common cause of spinal compression fracture in our society. The treatment should address both the associated pain and the underlying process of osteoporosis to prevent further fractures. Treatments have improved dramatically in the last decade. The majority of fractures heal with pain medication, reduction in activity, medications to stabilize bone density, and a good stiff close-fitting back brace. Most people can return to their everyday activities. Some people however, may need further treatment, such as surgery.

USSSA Champions

The Star City 12-year-old All-Stars won the USSSA state championship in Conway June 20-21, defeating Maumelle, Conway, Monticello, Ozark, Central Arkansas and Wynne 7-6 in the championsihp game. Team members include: front from left, Zavon Blackmon, Jaxon Hoyt, Caleb Muckleroy, Abby Myers, Nic Haley; middle row from left, Hunter Davis, Contrevion Thomas, P.J. Humphrey; third row, coach Brian McVay, John Grace, Bradyn Curtis, coach Greg Haley, Brandon McVay, Marvion Scott and coach Philip Humphrey. (Special to The Commercial)