Saturday, May 25, 2019

Activities Happening at Axley Field

It is good to see Axley Field being used.  A few years ago, the City of Warren and the Warren School District applied for a joint-venture grant and used the funds to turn the old football field into a soccer field.  Even though the recently-turfed field at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium is home to the Warren High School soccer teams for practice and games, the old Axley Field provides a venue for private leagues and younger youth to play while still available for school use.  

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Sutton Honored with Naming of Men’s Practice Gym at Basketball Performance Center

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – College Basketball Hall of Famer and former Razorback head men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton has been honored with the naming of the men’s practice gym at the University of Arkansas’ Basketball Performance Center.

A resolution submitted by Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz to the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees to name the men’s practice gym for Sutton was adopted at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“Coach Sutton is an integral part of the history of Razorback Basketball and it is fitting that he be honored in this way for his contributions to our program,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek said. “Coach Sutton helped transform the way our state thought about college basketball and provided Razorback fans with countless memories. His legacy is not only shaped by his many victories and championships, but also by the immeasurable impact he made in the lives of the young men who called him ‘Coach’.”

Sutton spent 36 years as a NCAA Division I basketball coach and became the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament. In 1974, Sutton took over the Arkansas program and over the next 11 seasons, he compiled a record of 260-75, including five Southwest Conference championships, nine NCAA tournament appearances and a Final Four appearance in 1978. Sutton helped lead the Razorbacks to national prominence, including coaching the the famed Triplets - Sidney Moncrief, Ron Brewer, and Marvin Delph - Joe Kleine, Scott Hastings, Alvin Robertson, Darrell Walker, and numerous other Razorback greats.

His Arkansas winning percentage of .776 is the highest in the history of the Southwest Conference. He is a member of both the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. In 2011, Sutton was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo. In 2016, the University of Arkansas honored Sutton with a banner in Bud Walton Arena.

Anne Yepes Signs With Williams Baptist

Anne and her family listen and Mr. Quoss speaks of her excellence.
Warren's outstanding soccer player, Anne Yepes has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Williams Baptist College, located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.  Williams Baptist recruited her and offered an athletic scholarship.  She will report to school this fall.

Anne  Yepes is a four-year Lady Jack lettermen in soccer, a four year lettermen in track and a two time All-State soccer player.   She also was a cheerleader and a very good student.  Comments praising her were made by Coach Bo Hembree, former girl's soccer coach Steven Quoss cheerleader sponsor JoAnna Young and girl's track coach Janice Calhoun Reddick.  Her parents and family members and friends were on hand for the signing.

Miss Yepes stated she was looking at majoring in pre-law.  Williams Baptist is a private four year college.  

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Two Warren Youth Earn Louisiana State Boxing Titles

Two young men from Warren and another from Monticello who train at the Seark Martial Arts Academy in Monticello recently competed in Louisiana State Boxing Championship.  Cecil Contreras of Warren earned the 2019 132 Weight Division Louisiana State Championship Boxing Title.  Sergio Roque, also of Warren earned the 2019 125 Weight Division Louisiana State BoxingChampionship Title.  Austin Stringfello of Monticello earned the 2019 178 Weight Division Louisiana State BoxingChampionship.


Lady Hermits Earn Runner-Up Title in State Playoff


The Lady Hermits softball team played Taylor Monday in Fayetteville for the 1A State Championship.  The Ladies brought home the second place trophy for their runner-up position.  Taylor won the game 10-0. 

Notae Transfers to Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE – JD Notae, a 6-2 guard who spent the past two seasons at Jacksonville University, is transferring to Arkansas for the 2019-20 season, Razorback head men’s basketball coach Eric Musselman announced.

Notae (pronounced No-Tay) earned second team All-ASUN honors this past season and was the 2018 ASUN Freshman of the Year. The Stephenson, Ga., native played in 60 games in two seasons as a Dolphin, totaling 929 points (15.5 avg.), 328 rebounds (5.5 avg.), 163 assists (2.7 avg.) and 101 steals (1.7 avg.).

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Anne Yepes to Sign With Williams Baptist

WHS Celebrates Athletes

Dino Nichols 2019 Award Winner
Treylon Burks
Warren High School held its 2019 All-Sports Reception and Induction into the 2019 Lumberjack Hall of Fame Monday night, May 20, in the WHS Cafeteria.  Athletes from football, cheerleading, boys and girls basketball, golf, tennis, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track and field, and baseball and softball were presented lettermen awards, all-conference, all-state, and special awards.  The top award ,which is presented to a senior, for the night was the Dino Nichols Lumberjack of the Year which is based on all four years of the athletes participation, his or her academic record and participation in activities.  The 2019  recipient of that award was Treylon Burks.

Inducted into the 2019 Hall of Fame were former Lumberjacks Joseph Davis for basketball, Ken Thomas for basketball, Terrence Hampton for football, Johnny Johnson (posthumously)  as an associate, and Janice Calhoun Reddick for basketball and track.  Each recipient was presented a plaque and given an opportunity to speak.
Joyce O'Neill accepted the award on behalf of Johnny Johnson, Terrence Hampton, Janice Calhoun Reddick, Ken Thomas, and Joseph Davis.

Individual awards are as follows:

Football-

All-State:
Keemontrae McKnight
Marcus Miller
Vincent Steppes

Cecil Kemp Award (Outstanding Offensive Lineman)-Dylan Higgins and Avery Weaver

Cecil Kemp Award (Outstanding Defensive Lineman)-Marcus Miller

Wayne Wisener Award (Outstanding Offensive Back-Keemontrae McKnight

Wayne Wisener Award (Outstanding Defensive Back)-Jimalichi Kinnard

PH Herring Award-Caleb Watson

Most Rushing Yards-Vincent Steppes

Most Tackles-Donovan Ross

Girls Basketball

All State-Ty'Shunna Steps

Lady Jack Award-Destiny Thomas

Girls Track:

All-State-Anyssa Henry

Thrower Award-Anissa Henry

Jumper Award-Destiny Thomas

Distance Award-Jovankah Rodriguez

Sprinter Award-Destiny Thomas

Lady Jack Award-Jovankah Rodriguez

Baseball:

Lumberjack Award-Lain Millerd and Braden Jones

Softball:

All-State-Jillian Goodwin
Trista Goodwin

Pitching Award-Samantha Meeks

Defensive Award-Anissa Henry

Offensive Award-Trista Goodwin

Girls Soccer

All-State
Xitlaly Gonzalez
Isabel Densmore
Anne Yepes
Jahaira Angeles

Offensive Player-Brittany Bradford

Defensive Player of the Year
Anne Yepes and Jahaira Angeles

Lady Jack Award-Kamire Harding

Defensive Player-
Anne Yepes and Jahaira Angeles

Boys Soccer:

All-State
Omar Villareal
Josh Morales

A number of students were named All-Conference in each of the sports and awarded letterman honors.

She Did It!

The University of Arkansas senior delayed her professional career to return to the Razorback team. That gamble paid off with an NCAA title at Blessings Golf Club on Monday.

Fassi and the teams endured weather delays and a shortened format but her final round was nothing short of spectacular. Fassi started her round in second place and her day began at 11:55 a.m. ending at 7:25 p.m. During that time, Fassi had five birdies and 13 pars shooting 68. She finished the rain-shortened championship shooting eight-under par with a 211.

The complete team effort allowed Arkansas to finish in fourth place moving on to the eight-team match play portion of the championship to determine the team title.

Darkness closed fast as Fassi and the crowd began the celebration of her title. Six teams remain on the golf course when play was suspended for darkness. Those teams resume play at 6:45 a.m. The top-8 finishing teams will then meet for a pairing selection with match play beginning shortly after.

If Arkansas is solidly in fourth place and would face fifth-place Wake Forest if the standings remain unchanged. Texas will be hard to displace in the top spot as they are currently +6 – eight shots better than Duke who is in second. Top-ranked Southern California is currently third, but all three teams still have holes to play in the morning.

 1         Maria Fassi (1)               72-71-68=211      -8

TBD    Kaylee Benton (2)           74-73-80=227      +8

TBD    Dylan Kim (3)                 80-82-72=234      +15

TBD    Brooke Matthews (4)       76-76-82=234      +15

TBD    Ximena Gonzalez (5)      88-76-85=249      +30

Notes - Team

Ten team appearances in the NCAA Championship including 7 of the last 8 years.
2019 is the first appearance in the match play portion of the NCAA Championship for Arkansas.
Former Razorback Stacy Lewis was the 2007 individual NCAA Champion.
Best team finish is T5 in 2011 at Texas A&M.
Five top-10 individual finishes including Stacy Lewis’ win in 2007.

Notes – Maria Fassi

ANNIKA Award Winner | 2018
Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Honorable Mention | 2016
WGCA First-Team All-American | 2018
2019 SEC Medalist
First-Team All-SEC | 2018, 2019
Second-Team All-SEC | 2016
SEC All-Freshman Team | 2016
SEC Women’s Golf Player of the Year | 2018, 2019
ANNIKA Award and WGCA Award Watch Lists | 2018, 2019
Palmer Cup Selection (International) | 2018
U.S. Women’s Open | 2016, 2017, 2018
Arkansas Academic Honor Roll | Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2018
Sponsor’s Exemption to the Walmart NW Arkansas LPGA Championship presented by P&G | 2016, 2018

Monday, May 20, 2019

Class 4A Baseball Softball Finals

Class 4A baseball and softball has concluded with the championship games having been played Friday, May 17th at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  The Lumberjacks and Lady Jacks competed in Class 4A and both made it to the regional tournaments.

Nashville defeated Shiloh Christian 2-1 to claim the state title.  In softball, Pottsville beat Farmington 7-4.

This makes two years in a row for the Warren boys to be in the playoffs and the Lady Jacks also competed well throughout the year. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Greg Long Hired as UAM Girls Basketball Coach

Coach Long comes to UAM from the University of Central Arkansas where he was the Associate Head Coach.

"I am truly excited to have Greg, his wife Jill and their daughter Aubree join the UAM Athletics Family! Greg brings a tremendous wealth of recruiting experience and teaching to this position and is extremely familiar with Southeastern Arkansas. His personality, drive, and passion for developing young women not only on the court but in the classroom and in life were evident in each of our conversations." said McMeel. "We talk about #WinnersWin, to win in everything we do and Greg has had success in each of his previous coaching stops. I know Greg will continue to build on the foundation set forth by Coach Ray as well as the tremendous history of Cotton Blossoms basketball."

It is time at Central Arkansas, the Sugar Bears won at an unprecedented clip -over his four seasons with the program's first two NCAA Tournament berths and Southland Conference Tournament championships, along with a Southland regular-season championship and the program's first national postseason tournament victories as the Sugar Bears advanced to the championship game of the 2018 WBI.

Following a 54-9 mark with the back-to-back titles in his first two seasons, Long was promoted to Associate Head Coach following the 2016-17 season.

In his three seasons in Conway, the Sugar Bears have finished each regular season in the national Top 10 in scoring defense - ranking 9th in 2016, 4th in 2017 and finished the year ranked 2nd in 2018 with a Southland Conference record 50.9 points per game allowed.

Before his time at UCA, Long was at Delta State as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator. During his time at DSU, the Lady Statesmen were ranked No. 1 in the nation, made back-to-back Sweet 16 appearances, won consecutive conference championships, and had a .820 winning percentage. He helped to develop 3 all-Americans, 7 all-region players, 7 all-conference players, and the Preseason National Player of the Year in NCAA Division II.

Prior to his time at Delta State, Long was a successful high school coach in his hometown of Ocala, Fla. - first as an assistant coach for the boys team at Ocala Forest High, where he helped guide the team to their first winning season in more than a decade; then as a head coach at Trinity Catholic. At Trinity Catholic, his teams improved from 8 to 22 wins from his first to the second season, winning a district title en route to a Sweet 16 showing in the state tournament an a Top 15 ranking in state media polls.

He played collegiately at Chowan College under head coach Bob Burke, who retired as the third-winningest coach in North Carolina collegiate history behind Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski and was an associate head coach at Hawaii and an assistant for the NBA's Portland Trailblazers. Long played high school basketball at Vanguard HS under legendary Florida high school coach Jim Haley, who compiled 655 wins and three state championships. In 1997, Long played on Haley's final team to be ranked No. 1 in the state and made a run to the Elite 8 en route to a 21-11 record for the season.

Long is married to the former Jill Trimmer of Marietta, Ga. They have one daughter, Aubree.

Lumberjacks In Spring Football Practice

The Warren Lumberjack 2019 football team is undergoing Spring Practice.  Drills began Monday, May 13th and will conclude next week.

The Lumberjacks will be defending their 2018 conference championship and again seeking a playoff spot and a chance to compete for a state title.  The 2018 team graduated a number of outstanding players, several of whom will be playing college football in 2019.  There are some experienced returners although the team will be overall younger.

The Lumberjacks have won the past seven consecutive conference championships and won state titles in 2014 and 2016.   They were second in the state in 2013 and 2017.  Coach Bo Hembree will be entering his 20th season as Head Football Coach.

During the tenure of Coach Hembree as Head coach, the Lumberjack Football program has won or shared a total of 15 conference championships and won 4 state titles.  That goes with three second place state finishes.  The Jacks have made the playoffs every year.

Coach Hembree always says that each year is a new team and the 2019 team will have to improve daily and perform on the field to win, just as past teams have done.  The season is just around the corner.  Get ready Lumberjack fans and turn out and support this team!  They will no doubt compete and always fun to watch.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Union Bank Honors Jr. Jacks

Union Bank honored  Coach Steed White and the Jr. Jack football team for an undefeated season and being named conference champions.

Monday, May 13, 2019

WALK ACROSS ARKANSAS

Following are the results for total minutes walked for week 7 of Walk Across Arkansas for the teams that have reported.  GFWC Warren Womans Club – 2093; Exxon – 0; Undertakers – 1877; Travelin’ Tomatoes – 3644; and Hwy. 189 Hunnies - 0.  Top three individual placements for week 7 are:  Tricia Wilkinson – 974; Randy Hollis – 920; and Joy Stewart - 400.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.  If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your Bradley County Extension Office as soon as possible.  Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Javion Robinson Signs to Play Basketball With SouthArk

Javion Robinson signs with SouthArk.
Javion Robinson, son of LaShonda Taylor and Kendrick Robinson, signed with SouthArk this morning to play basketball for their inaugural team to begin play this fall.  According to Coach Muldrew, Javion was the leading scorer for the Warren Lumberjacks.  It was also noted during the signing ceremony that seven Warren athletes have signed with colleges and will receive scholarships this year.