Sports briefs

<strong>Cal Ripken fall league planned</strong>

For players 5 to 12 years old, the Monticello Cal Ripken Baseball League is sponsoring a fall baseball league. The league will be instructional and developmental in nature. Games will be played but the focus will be on learning the game and developing baseball skills.

Players will be put in groups based on the age group players will play in next year. The league is open to any player in South Arkansas, and players not from Monticello will be grouped with players from their respective towns. All players must register, even out-of-town players.

Games will be played at the Monticello Sports Complex on Highway 278 West on Tuesdays and Thursdays during September and October. Whole teams from outside of Monticello asre welcomed.

To assure uniforms, umpires, field crews, etc. are obtained, the league is asking all players to register by Wednesday, August 7. For more information and to register, go to For questions, please email

<strong>McGehee basketball camp coming up</strong>

Coach Jerome Pace, McGehee head senior boys basketball coach, has announced the “Hooping With The Owls” youth basketball camp will be held July 24-26 at the McGehee High School gym. 

The camp is designed for boys and girls in grades 7-12 during the 2013-2014 school year. Skills performance drills will be conducted for state and national ranking. 

Individual rankings is designed to help ambitious ball players be recognized for their talents for future consideration. At the youth camp, campers will be taught basic basketball fundamentals, offensive and defensive plays, physical fitness, how to perfect their shooting and dribbling skills, and how to become a better ball player. 

Participants will learn the importance of good sportsmanship and good academics. Other motivation will come from scheduled guest speakers during the camp. 

Registration fee is $75 per camper. Group rates are available for youth organizations, teams, church groups and clubs. Attendants should register by Friday. Campers will receive a a camp t-shirt, personalized basketball and a book of Pace philosophies. 

To register, go to, call 870-723-9820 or 870-224-3971 or email

<strong>GAC provisional members advance</strong>

The Great American Conference’s two provisional members—Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Southern Nazarene University—both advanced in the NCAA Division II membership process, the NCAA announced following approval by the Division II membership committee.

Southern Nazarene moved from candidacy year two into provisional status, which puts them on track to obtain active status for 2014-15. Northwestern Oklahoma State advanced from the year one candidacy period into year two.

“This news is very expected,” GAC Commissioner Will Prewitt said. “SNU and NWOSU have each done an excellent job of moving their athletic programs towards full compliance with NCAA Division II rules. We’re happy to have both schools in the GAC and are glad to countdown one more milestone on the road towards each gaining full Division II membership.”

“We are excited to be one step closer in completing this process,” SNU Director of Athletics Bobby Martin said. “We couldn’t be happier with the job our coaches and administration have done over the past two years to put new processes in place and adapt to the changes. We look forward to another year full of challenges and feel confident in the job we are doing and people we have in place as we make this transition.”

And from Northwestern Oklahoma President Dr. Janet Cunningham: “We are elated at the news. Getting the go-ahead for step two further validates the efforts of our faculty, staff and the Alva community over the past year. The NCAA transition process is by no means an easy one, but we continue to rise to the challenge.”

<strong>UAM to hold junior/senior football camp</strong>

There will be a University of Arkansas at Monticello 2013 UAM Junior and Senior football one-day skills and technique camp on Saturday, July 27 from 1-5 p.m. 

The camp is open to high school players in grades 11-12 and is not only designed to help make campers better players, it will speed up the college recruiting process. Campers will receive hands-on coaching from members of the UAM football staff. Campers need to bring athletic shorts, T-shirts, football cleats and gym shoes. 

No other football equipment is required. Cost for the one-day camps is $35 per camper and each will receive a Boll Weevil camp T-shirt. There is a limited number of spaces for this camp, which will be held at the Indoor Practice Facility on the UAM campus. 

Campers are expected to arrive at noon, one hour before the scheduled camp starting time. For more information about the one-day camp, contact UAM football coach Hud Jackson at 870-460-1701.

<strong>UAM sports group begins membership drive</strong>

The University of Arkansas at Monticello Department of Athletics is beginning its annual UAM Sports Association Membership Drive with more levels of giving and more member benefits than ever before.

The UAM Sports Association is the exclusive private fundraising arm of UAM Athletics. Its mission is to raise private funds to support more than 200 Boll Weevil and Cotton Blossom student-athletes in competition and off the field.

Contributions may be directed to the UAMSA General Fund or earmarked for a specific program. Recent contributions have led the renovations of Weevils Field and Blossoms Field, the home facilities of the UAM baseball and softball programs.  

Other contributions have produced a first-class weight-training facility for all student-athletes, a top-of-the-line basketball shooting machine and other improvements, such as new team bench seating for use inside Steelman Field House. UAMSA funding also provides championship rings for teams winning conference titles or advancing to an NCAA tournament.

Memberships start at just $50 per year. Contributions can be made through cash, check and online credit card transactions. For more information about the different levels of giving and to donate online, visit the UAMSA website.

For additional information, contact Matt Whiting, Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations at 870-460-1758 or email him at

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