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For­mer punter joins UCA staff

John New­berry, a for­mer All-Amer­i­can punter for the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Arkansas, has re­turned to the school’s vol­ley­ball staff, Coach Jeni Jones Chat­man an­nounced Thurs­day.

New­berry, who will serve as an as­sis­tant coach and the re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor, is a

Crossett na­tive who first joined the UCA staff as an as­sis­tant from 2012-14. He was part of teams that had an over­all record of 79

21 (.790), a 46-6 record in the South­land Con­fer­ence (.885), con­sec­u­tive NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances in 2012 and 2013, and three con­sec­u­tive con­fer­ence tour­na­ment fi­nals. He was a punter on UCA’s foot­ball team from 2000-2003.

New­berry has spent the past two sea­sons at Mis­sis­sippi State, help­ing the Bull­dogs to two of the most suc­cess­ful sea­sons in over a decade. With New­berry’s help, MSU won at least 14 matches in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons for the first time since 2005-2006.

The Sugar Bears open the 2017 sea­son Aug. 25 in Buf­falo, N.Y.


Moon wins twice at U.S. Ju­nior Am­a­teur

El­iz­a­beth Moon of For­rest City won two matches Thurs­day to ad­vance to this morn­ing’s quar­ter­fi­nals at the U.S. Girls Ju­nior Am­a­teur at Boone Val­ley Golf Club in Au­gusta, Mo.

Moon, who won her fi­nal three holes Wed­nes­day to ad­vance to the Round of 32, de­feated Ivy Shep­herd of Peachtree, Ga., 3 and 2, to move to Thurs­day af­ter­noon’s Round of 16. In that round, Moon de­feated sev­enth-seeded Alexa Pano of Lake Worth,

Fla., also by a 3-and-2 score for a quar­ter­fi­nal pair­ing at 7:20 a.m. against Amy Gian­chan­dani of Watchung, N.J.

The No. 42 seed, Moon is the third high­est seed re­main­ing in the field of eight.

Phillips, Reed to meet in ASGA fi­nal

Nora Phillips of Hot Springs de­feated Hall of Famer Julie Ox­en­dine of Dover 1 up Thurs­day to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship of the Arkansas Women’s Match-Play Cham­pi­onship at Maumelle Coun­try Club.

Phillips will meet Tay­lor Reed of Lit­tle Rock in this morn­ing’s 8:30 fi­nal. Reed de­feated MaKen­zie Dou­glas of Clarksville in Thurs­day’s other semi­fi­nal.


Comp Cams se­ries vis­its Batesville

The Comp Cams Su­per Dirt Se­ries late mod­els will race tonight at Lo­cust Grove’s Batesville Mo­tor Speed­way, which will host a spe­cial ad­mis­sion pro­mo­tion.

The track will charge a flat fee of $30 per car­load.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing and com­i­cal to see how many peo­ple can pile into a sin­gle car,” se­ries CEO Chris El­lis said. “Thirty dol­lars ad­mis­sion for five or six peo­ple or more for a su­per late model show, you just can’t beat that.”

Green­brier’s Jack Sul­li­van, a two-time and de­fend­ing se­ries cham­pion, holds a 91-point lead in the se­ries stand­ings over Gar­rett Al­ber­son of Santa Fe, N.M. Round­ing out the top five in the stand­ings are Tru­mann’s Kyle Beard, Zach McMil­lan of Kil­gore, Texas, and Shreve­port’s B.J. Robin­son.

The track’s IMCA mod­i­fied, street stock, hobby stock and front-wheel drive di­vi­sions also will com­pete. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., hot laps start at 7:30 p.m. and rac­ing starts at 8 p.m.



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