News and Notes

Monday, June 16, 2003

Sports news items that have fallen through the cracks, for the week of June 12, 2003:

Monk sweepstakes begin: It appears that EPC standout athlete Marcus Monk has caught the interests of schools from all the major conferences in America. According to the website, http://www.scout.theinsiders.com, Monk is a top recruit who has picked up high interest in the last few months. The website says that Monk is being recruited by Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Boston College, Ga. Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Stanford and Vanderbilt. The site also listed Monk as the top shooting forward in the nation for 2004.

ASU to appear on television twice this year: Arkansas State University announced last week that the ASU Indians football team will appear on ESPN-Regional Television twice this year against Sun Belt opponents. On Nov. 1, the Indians host New Mexico St. at 7:00 p.m., while on Nov. 20, ASU plays host to Middle Tennessee State in a Thursday night matchup. ASU hopes to build upon last year's six-win season.

Local athletes to compete in All-Star Games June 21: The Arkansas Activities Association will host the 2003 Arkansas All-Star Game June 20 and 21 at venues all throughout Fayetteville. Local athletes participating in the games include Anquion Williams and Brandon Gillis of Marked Tree (Football), Revis Kemper of Trumann (Baseball) and Michael Nix of Bay (Baseball). Also, EPC Head Basketball Coach Kevin Kyzer will serve as a coach for the East squad in the boys basketball game.

ASU, UA to have tough 2003 season: In schedules recently announced by their respective schools, both ASU and the University of Arkansas will face tough conference opponents, mixed in with even tougher non-conference opponents. ASU, under Head Coach Steve Roberts, begins its season on August 30 at Texas A&M of the Big-12 conference. After the Texas A&M game, ASU faces Tulsa and Memphis on successive weeks in September, in key road games. The season ends on Nov. 20, with an ESPN Regional TV game against Middle Tennessee State. The Arkansas Razorbacks again have a tough schedule in the SEC, mixed with tough games on the road. After the home opener against Tulsa on September 6, Arkansas renews one of the most bitter rivalries in college football on September 13, with a road game against the Texas Longhorns. SEC play begins on September 27 with a road game at Alabama and Arkansas faces the Florida Gators on Nov. 18 in Fayetteville. The season ends on Nov. 29, with a road game against LSU.

Weathers return to Lepanto: In the "Returning Home" file, the East Poinsett County School Board voted last Thursday to hire Brian Weathers as a coach at the school. Weathers, who started at quarterback for EPC in the mid-1990's, will serve as girls head basketball coach, assistant football and baseball coach. Weathers replaces Gary Williams, who is leaving coaching to become High School Principal at the school.

Lepanto League ends its season: Officials with the Lepanto Inner-City League recently ended its season, with a banquet last Thursday in Lepanto. Over 130 kids on 11 teams participated in T-Ball, Machine Pitch and Live Arm baseball in 2003. The Jones Drug Store Cardinals won the Machine Pitch championship, while the Barnes Body Shop Yankees won the Live Arm championship.

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