Malcolm Robinson finished an 80-yard drive with a 3-yard TD run, his second score of the game, with 3:06 to play and Little Rock Central came away with a 24-10 win over Little Rock Catholic in the second Alumni Classic at War Memorial Stadium. The game is a benefit for the Central athletic department, and Friday night's crowd topped 4,000 fans, all of whom were drenched by heavy rain that hit in the third quarter.
Joe Johnson, who is owed $89 million over the next four years, has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets from the Atlanta Hawks. That means he’s joining a team in the nation’s most glaring — an unforgiving — media spotlight and becoming part of a franchise owned by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov and music mogul Jay-Z.
NFL Hall of Fame inductee Deion Sanders will bring his roster of youth football teams to Little Rock on July 21 for the Infiniti Youth Football Classic at Quigley-Cox Stadium on the Little Rock Central High School campus.
Sanders and his youth teams are slated to tour the historic Central High School and Museum when they arrive July 20. Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore will present Sanders with an award of recognition from the city that day in a short presentation at 6 p.m. at Central High.
The Garrett Uekman Memorial 7-on-7 Tournament that was announced several weeks ago for mid-July at War Memorial Stadium has so far drawn about a dozen high school programs, including Little Rock Catholic and Little Rock Central. Now, organizers hope to extend that reach to younger teams, not only through participation in the tournament but through a series of skills and drills clinic over the next month at War Memorial Stadium.
The changes in the various Arkansas Activities Association classifications have resulted in some unusual alignments. For instance, Little Rock Central and Little Rock Catholic remain Class 7A schools, and for years they've been in the same conference; but beginning this fall they'll be in different leagues. Central has been shifted to the 7A-6A East, while Little Rock Catholic remains in the 7A-6A Central. So, without a confernece matchup, the schools agreed to open the season against each other these upcoming two years of the new classification cycle. And the first matchup, Central's home game, is being moved to Catholic's home turf at War Memorial Stadium for the second annual Arkansas Alumni High School Football Classic.
Little Rock Catholic football coach David Estes and former Rocket Chase Miller are among the people putting together special event to honor a fallen friend: former Rocket and Arkansas Razorback tight end Garrett Uekman. The Garrett Uekman Foundation will be the beneficiary of a 7-on-7 tournament planned in July for War Memorial Stadium. Uekman, a key contributor as a redshirt freshman for the Razorbacks last fall, died the day after the Mississippi State game of an previously undiagnosed heart ailment.
There will be no shortage of big names on the Detroit Tigers roster for 2012. But it’s a name not on the roster yet that most intrigues Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski entering spring training. It’s former Razorback and Little Rock Central product Drew Smyly that Dombrowski touts as having his attention as the Tigers search for a fifth starting pitcher. Here’s more from the Detroit Free Press:
Here are the scores from the first week of playoffs in Arkansas high school football. The biggest upset of the night was Fort Smith Northside's 42-35 win in Bryant, while Springdale Har-Ber avoided a major upset and held off Little Rock Central 21-16.
Down by 8 and with the momentum clearly favoring Little Rock Central early in the fourth quarter, No. 2-ranked Fort Smith Southside caught a break on fourth down in its own territory when the Tigers were penalized two straight times for illegal substitution, giving the Rebels a first down. Southside took that cue to drive for the tying score, then added the go-ahead touchdown with 2:40 to play and held off a final Central drive for a 39-32 win Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium.
Despite its large student body, Little Rock Central's football team didn't boast big numbers in recent years. The low numbers and a cycle-down in talent led to a losing streak that eventually led Hall of Fame coach Bernie Cox to step down. His replacement, Ellis "Scooter" Register, vowed to hit the high school's hallways and build up the numbers, and apparently has succeeded.
In other circumstances, Saturday night's 5-3 lost to Florida might have been viewed as a heart-breaker for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Instead, when Hog coach Dave Van Horn met with the media at Baum Stadium afterward, he seemed somewhat satisfied. Considering Arkansas had lost five best-of-three SEC series coming in, that's understandable.
Forget Van Buren's school district suing the Arkansas Activities Asssociation and its board of directors over its football playoff seeding structure. The folks who should be suing are the state's high school football fans. They are getting short-changed with the current bracket system.
With the last week of the regular season in Arkansas comes a plethora of Thursday night games and less of load on Friday night. Thursday's biggest clash in Arkansas will feature 6A South rivals Pine Bluff and El Dorado meeting at El Dorado's venerable Memorial Stadium.
John Shannon's Beebe Badgers began the season finding their way against two of the better teams in 5A, Greenbrier and Vilonia, and started the season 0-3 with the demanding nonconference schedule. But because of that competition, the Badgers carry a 5-0 record in 5A-East into their last two games of the regular season and will play for the conference title next week against Batesville.
Author Jay Jennings discusses his new book, "Carry the Rock," which weaves the story of the 2007 Central High Tigers with the 50th anniversary of the "Little Rock Nine" and desegregation of the school, on Thursday night at the Clinton School of Public Service.