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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -

LR Hall hires new coach

Kip­choge VanHoose was named the new head foot­ball coach at Lit­tle Rock Hall by the Lit­tle Rock School District on Wednes­day.

VanHoose was the head ju­nior var­sity coach at Bethel High School in Hamp­ton, Va., and brings a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence as a head coach and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in the semipro­fes­sional ranks, as well as var­i­ous coach­ing and as­sis­tant coach roles in both Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, the Kansas City Kaos of the North Amer­i­can Foot­ball League im­proved from a 5-5 record in 2007 to a 9-1 record in 2008.

VanHoose is a cer­ti­fied sec­ondary math in­struc­tor who earned a bach­e­lor of sci­ence in math­e­mat­ics from the Uni­ver­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas.

The War­riors were 2-9 last sea­son un­der Tim Scar­bor­ough, who re­signed in June.

GOLF Gib­son elim­i­nated at U.S. Ju­nior Am­a­teur

Wil Gib­son of Jones­boro was elim­i­nated Wednes­day in the round of 64 at the U.S. Ju­nior Am­a­teur at Flint Hills Na­tional Golf Club in An­dover, Kan.

Gib­son, the 29th seed, was de­feated 5 up by the 36th seed, Gar­rick Higgo of South Africa. Higgo led 4 up be­fore Gib­son trimmed the deficit in half af­ter the par-4 12th, but Higgo won the last three holes to win the match.

Gib­son earned his way into the match-play field af­ter fin­ish­ing 1 over in Mon­day and Tues­day’s stroke-play por­tion.

Four Arkansans at South­ern Am­a­teur

Luke Long of Fayet­teville had the low score Wednes­day among the four Arkansans play­ing at the 111th an­nual South­ern Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship at the Coun­try Club of North Carolina in Pine­hurst.

Long shot a 1-un­der 71 and sits in a tie for 47th place, six strokes be­hind the lead­ers. Lloyd Jef­fer­son Go and Karl Vilips opened the tour­na­ment with a 65.

Pey­ton Wil­hoit of Searcy is one stroke be­hind Long af­ter an even-par 72, which in­cluded a 2-un­der 34 on the back nine.

Con­way’s Car­son Roberts, who won the Arkansas State Golf As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day at Hot Springs Vil­lage, shot an even-par 36 on the front but slipped to a 4-over 40 on the back to fin­ish his open­ing round with a 4-over 76.

Gar­rett May of Hope also shot a 76 on Wednes­day af­ter a 3-over 39 on the front nine.

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