Monday, June 18, 2018

Chris Gragg Conducts Gridiron Grind

Former Lumberjack, former Razorback and current New York Jets tight end Chris Gragg hosted his "Gridiron Grind" football camp Saturday, June 16th at Jim Hurley, Jr. Stadium in Warren.  A "Lil Divas Cheer Camp" was also held in the indoor workout facility. 

On hand to assist with working with the young athletes were former Razorback Brandon Barnett, former Lumberjack and ASU Red Wolf Jalen Marshall, former Lumberjack and Arkansas Tech Wonder Boy Terrez Hampton along with Jakoty Thomas, Rico Merriweather, Jr., Kolby McNeal and Blake Conner of UAPB.  Seventy two young men and 12 young ladies took part in the camp. 

Among the helpers for the cheer camp were: AlliBeth King of Rison, Addison Rinehart of Rison, Brandey Buggs of Dumas, Marshayla Haltiwanger of Warren, Reed Woodard of Warren and former Lumberjack and UAPB Cheerleader Morgan Gathen. 

The boys were put through a series of drills to help teach them the game of football and the girls were given cheerleading instructions.  Life lessons were also taught during the time spent with the young people.  Proceeds from the camp will be donated to the Donald W. Reynolds YMCA of Warren and Bradley County. 

Chris Gragg was an outstanding student athlete for the Warren Lumberjacks and the Arkansas Razorbacks.  He went on to play for the Buffalo Bills for several seasons and is now a member of the New York Jets.  He always gives back to Warren and the Lumberjack program.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Remembering Coach Alvy Early

MONTICELLO  —  The winningest coach in the history of college athletics in Arkansas has coached his last game.

Alvy Early, who won more than any coach in the history of college athletics in Arkansas, regardless of the sport or division, finally met an opponent he couldn't defeat. Early lost a short, sudden battle with cancer today, ending a storybook coaching career that covered a half century. Early coached the women's basketball and softball teams at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for 39 years, including three years when he coached both sports and served as the school's athletics director at the same time, never missing a beat. Before coming to UAM, he was a successful high school coach in West Fork.

Warren Track Closed

Due to resurfacing the track at Jim Hurley Jr. Stadium the facility will be closed until further notice. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

UAM Offers Youth Basketball Camps

MONTICELLO — The University of Arkansas at Monticello men's basketball team will be hosting two youth basketball camps this June inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

UAM will host a shooting camp on June 18 through June 20 for both boy's and girl's going into grades K through High School. Camp will run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each day as well.

The second camp of the summer conducted by the UAM Basketball staff will be held on June 25 through June 27. This camp will also run from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. each day.

The cost of each camp for an individual participant will be $75, and the camps will focus on defensive concepts, individual offensive moves, shooting, setting and receiving screens, ball handling moves, dribble moves, rebounding, passing and total player development.

Check-in for each camp will be inside the Steelman Fieldhouse lobby between 8:15 p.m. and 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 18, and on Monday, June 25. 

For more information please contact Coach Kyle Tolin at 870-460-1258 or Coach Kris Johnson at 870-460-1604.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Diamondbacks Take Plunkett; Arkansas Ties School Record For Draft Picks

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Redshirt junior catcher Zack Plunkett became the final Razorback taken in this year's Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon when he was selected in the 37th round, No. 1,119, by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Plunkett is the 11th Arkansas player selected in this year’s draft, tying the school-record of most draft picks in a single year set in 2013.

A Hurst, Texas native, Plunkett was a transfer to Arkansas after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons under head coach Jim Schlossnagle at TCU. Plunkett made 19 starts in 39 games for the Horned Frogs during those two seasons, totaling 12 hits with 10 runs scored and eight RBIs. Of his 39 appearances, 35 were either as a starter at catcher or as a defensive replacement behind the plate.

After sitting out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Plunkett has appeared in seven games this year for the Razorbacks, four as a pinch hitter. He’s registered two hits, coming against Dayton and No. 4 Kentucky. He hit a pinch-hit home run against the Wildcats in the eighth inning of the Hogs’ 14-2 series-clinching win, the second home run of his collegiate career. He’s one of two Razorbacks to hit a pinch-hit home run this year.

Day three of the draft concluded today with rounds 11-40. All selections can be found on MLB.com.

Plunkett and the Razorbacks will resume action this weekend at the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional against league foe South Carolina. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.




Angels Get Isaiah Campbell In 24th Round Of MLB Draft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Redshirt sophomore Isaiah Campbell became the sixth Razorback pitcher taken in this year's Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon when he was selected in the 24th round, No. 721, by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

With Campbell's selection, all three of Arkansas' 2018 starting rotation (Blaine Knight, Kacey Murphy) was selected in this week's draft and the six pitchers taken is just one less than the record of seven taken in 2013. Campbell is also the 10th Razorback taken overall in this week’s draft.

After suffering an injury in his only appearance in 2017, forcing him to miss the rest of the year, Campbell made his return to the starting rotation this year and started strong. He gave up just five earned runs over his first 24.0 innings, including an eight-inning appearance against then-No. 4 Kentucky, allowing just one run and striking out a career-high eight batters.

In total, Campbell has started 14 games this year, while compiling a 4-6 record over 58.1 innings pitched. He tallied a 3-3 record in SEC play, including wins over No. 4 Kentucky, South Carolina and No. 20 Texas A&M. His best outing came in a five-inning stint against the Gamecocks (April 14), where he didn't give up a run and allowed only two hits, walking one.

Two weeks ago in the SEC Tournament semifinals, Campbell got the ball against LSU and retired 10 in a row from the end of the second inning through the fifth inning. The seven strikeouts he had were just one shy of his career high.

Day three of the draft concluded today with rounds 11-40 starting at 11 a.m. All selections can be found on MLB.com.

Campbell and the Razorbacks will resume action this weekend at the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional against league foe South Carolina. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cubs Pick Reindl In Draft's 17th Round

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior right-hander Jake Reindl was the ninth Razorback taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft Wednesday afternoon when he was selected in the 17th round, No. 518 overall, by the Chicago Cubs.

Reindl is the ninth Arkansas player overall and fifth pitcher selected in this week's draft joining Blaine Knight, Kacey Murphy, Evan Lee, and Barrett Loseke. It matches the number of pitchers Arkansas had selected in last year's draft, which ties for the most in the last five years.

The junior out of nearby Shiloh Christian has given the Razorbacks 43.1 innings of relief this season and posted a 2.47 ERA with a 3-1 record and five saves. His ERA is the lowest among all relievers on the staff and has worked three or more innings on seven occasions this season. He's been particularly dominant in Southeastern Conference (SEC) play, posting a 1.25 ERA in 21.2 innings with three saves, his second-straight year with a sub-2.00 ERA in league play.

The Fayetteville native has been white hot of late out of the bullpen, posting 11.0 innings of relief combined in the SEC Tournament and NCAA Regional, while giving up just one earned run against LSU and Dallas Baptist in his last two outings.

This season, Reindl has the two longest relief outings by a Razorback, going 7.0 innings each against Auburn (April 8) and Dallas Baptist (June 3), earning wins in both games. Against Auburn, he retired the final 18 batters of the game, which is still the longest streak of any Razorback pitcher this year.

The final day of the draft concluded today on MLB.com, with rounds 11-40. All selections can be found on MLB.com.

Reindl and the Razorbacks will resume action this weekend at the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional against league foe South Carolina. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Biggers Selected in 8th Round by Texas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Junior infielder Jax Biggers was the fourth Razorback taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as he was selected in the eighth round, 239th overall, by the Texas Rangers Tuesday afternoon.

Biggers becomes the 13th shortstop in school history to be selected in the draft and first since Michael Bernal went to the Giants in 2016. With Biggers’ selection, it marks the second-straight season the Razorbacks have had four or more players drafted in the first 10 rounds and fourth time since 2000.

The Missouri City, Texas native has received high marks since taking over the shortstop position for the Razorbacks last year after transferring in from Cisco Junior College. Last year, Biggers hit .338, which led all Arkansas hitters and shortstops in the SEC. It was also the highest batting average by a Razorback shortstop since Scott Hode hit .309 in 2005.

Biggers went on to be named to the All-SEC Second Team and was named a Brooks Wallace Award semifinalist, an honor for the nation’s top shortstops.

This year, the junior has hit .281 in 53 games with nine doubles, four home runs, and 22 RBIs. His .388 on-base percentage is attributed to his 33 walks, the fourth-highest total on the team. Biggers suffered a fractured finger on his left hand at the beginning of the Texas A&M series last month, but since coming back from that injury (May 25), he’s hit .333 (5-for-15) with two multi-hit games and one home run.

Defensively, Biggers has only made 17 errors in 420 chances for a .960 combined fielding percentage for his career. He’s also helped turn 30 of Arkansas’ conference-leading 56 double plays this year.

Day two of the draft continues today on MLB.com. Rounds 3-10 will be conducted today. Wednesday will be the final day of the draft and will include rounds 11-40 starting at 11 a.m. All selections can be followed on MLB.com.

Biggers and the Razorbacks will resume action this weekend at the NCAA Fayetteville Super Regional against league foe South Carolina. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Shaddy Taken By Nationals In 10th Round Of Draft

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Redshirt senior infielder Carson Shaddy was the fifth Razorback taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as he was selected in the 10th round, 311th overall, by the Washington Nationals Tuesday afternoon.

Shaddy is the fifth Razorback selected on the draft’s second day and the second infielder. He joins Blaine Knight, Eric Cole, Grant Koch, and Jax Biggers as the other Arkansas selections today. With his selection, Shaddy also joins the rank of his father and former Razorback infielder Chris Shaddy, who was selected in the eighth round by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1982 MLB Draft.

Shaddy has had quite the career at Arkansas since arriving in 2014 from nearby Fayetteville High School. Shaddy redshirted his true freshman year and then was the Hogs’ primary catcher at the tail end of the 2015 season which ended in a trip to the College World Series. He hit .337 that year, second highest on the team in 44 games, including 14 starts as a catcher and an outfielder.

YMCA Girls 8U All Stars Win District 5 USA Tournament

The YMCA Girls 8U All-Star team won the District 5 USA softball tournament this past weekend. They were 4-0 in tournament play.
Team members include (L-R): Breize Fellows, Bayleigh Miller, Makayleigh Wilkerson, Jaycee Courtney, Livi McKinney, London Hicks, Caroline Harton, Abby Huitt, and Sophie McKinney.
Coaches (L-R): Jeromy Johnson, Bobby Harton, Jacob Courtney, Reid McKinney, and Roshaun Fellows.

Lumberjacks 15U End Season First in League

The Lumberjacks 15U Baseball team finished the season 12-0 and claimed 1st place in the Monticello USSSA League.

Team members:
Kneeling: Dawson Harton, Chris Strong, Landon Jennings, Zach Davis, Jaxson Case, & Brian Rupe

Standing: Coach Jason McDiarmid, Weston Gavin, Riley Cornish, Aidan Reynolds, Zander Hemphill, Maddox Lassiter, Connor McDiarmid & Coach Shannon Lassiter

Not pictured: Westin Hargrave & Delfino Rivera

Monday, June 4, 2018

Arkansas Locks Up Super Regional Spot

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The top-seeded and fourth-ranked Arkansas Razorbacks finished a clean sweep of the NCAA Fayetteville Regional Sunday night, defeating three-seed Dallas Baptist, 4-3, to reach their seventh NCAA Super Regional in program history.

The Razorbacks are back in the super regionals for the first time since 2015, a year they reached the College World Series. It was also the seventh time an Arkansas team made it out of a regional without recording a loss in history.

Arkansas will await to find out its opponent for the Super Regional, but knows it will face either South Carolina or UNC-Wilmington out of the NCAA Greenville Regional. As a top-eight national seed, Arkansas will host the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament, but dates and game times have not been set. It will be the third time Fayetteville has hosted a super regional in school history.

 In Sunday’s clincher, Arkansas (42-18) fell behind early to the Patriots, giving up two runs in the first two innings, but the relief pitching of junior Jake Reindl was what turned the tides for the Hogs. Arkansas responded with four unanswered runs over the remaining six innings, three coming by the fourth inning.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Mondragon Named Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Prepes Boys Soccer Player of the Year

Warren's recent graduate Daniel Mondragon has been recognized as the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette All-Arkansas Preps Boys Soccer Player of the Year 2018.  He was a senior midfielder who scored two goals in Warren's 2-0 victory over Berryville in the Class4A State Championship game May 19 at Razorback Field in Fayetteville.

Mondragon had 45 goals and 19 assists this spring leading Warren to its first State Championship in soccer.

In an article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Coach Taylor Wood, also a WHS graduate, was quoted as saying, "He obviously has great skill but what sets him apart is his intelligence on the field.  He knows where the ball needs to go.  No one can control the ball like he can."

Mondragon was a four-year starter for the Lumberjacks.

Miracle League Cuts The Ribbon

The Ribbon Cutting of the Miracle League Field

The Bulldogs Celebrated the Opening with an airshow.
A large crowd gathered at the Monticello Sports Complex, Saturday morning around 10:00 A.M. to officially open the Miracle League baseball field for handicapped youth.  According to the organizers, the idea began in September of 2014 and has been supported by all the counties of Southeast Arkansas.  It was mentioned that organizations from Warren, such as the Lions Club, contributed to the project.  Grants and private donations were secured to raise the $600,000.00 needed to build the field.
 Prior to the ribbon cutting the crowd was thrilled by an air show and dedication remarks were made by Monticello Mayor David Anderson.  The Mayor told the audience that all the engineering work was provided at no cost by ETC Engineers of Little Rock. 

Warren residents were present and games were played on the field.