Monticello woman named 2017 USTA Arkansas Hall of Fame inductee
Crystal Noble of Monticello will be inducted into the Arkansas Tennis Hall of Fame Friday at the Hilton Garden Inn in North Little Rock. Noble started playing tennis in Monticello with her sister when she was 16 years old. She played on the first Monticello High School girls’ team as a senior in 1975. A year later, she played on the first women’s team at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where she was regional runner-up in 1978. Following college, Noble began participating in United States Tennis Association League tennis. She has played on adult, senior, mixed, combo and tri-level teams. She has played on five teams that received the title of Southern Sectional Champion. In addition, her mixed team won a regional championship in 1995. In 2001, Noble became USPTA certified. Since then, she has been teaching tennis in Monticello and Southeast Arkansas. She also serves as the local league coordinator for this area of the state. She received the Victor Sheshunoff Meritorious Education Award in 2006 and was selected as the Arkansas Tennis Professional of the Year in 2009. In addition to these honors, she served as the president of USTA Arkansas for the 2015-16 term. Noble has represented Arkansas in Senior Cup competition in women’s 35s, 45s, and 55s. She has also captained the Arkansas women’s team the past two years.
UAM football trio earns Hanson Super Region 3 selections
The University of Arkansas at Monticello’s Jalen Tolliver, Jeremy Jackson and Hakim Gray were selected to the Don Hansen All-Super Region 3 team. Tolliver was a first-team pick at wide receiver after also earning a D2CCA first-team All-Super Region 3 nod after his accomplishments in 2017. He also earned the Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Year award and was a unanimous All-GAC first-team selection. The senior from Rayville, La. finished the season with record-breaking career totals at UAM. He broke both the all-time receiving yards and all-time receiving touchdown records this past year. He was also tied for first in the nation in receiving touchdowns and was 12th in the country in receiving yards. Tolliver finished first in the GAC in receiving yards (1,109), receiving touchdowns (16), total receptions (67), receptions per game (6.1) and receiving yards per game (100.8). Jackson was a first-team selection at cornerback, along with earning a D2CCA second-team All-Super Region 3 pick. A senior from Hahnville, La. and a former running back turned cornerback this season, Jackson anchored the defensive secondary for UAM by leading the GAC in passes defended (18), ranking tied for fourth in the nation in that category. Jackson finished fifth on the team in tackles with 40 and was tied for first on the squad in interceptions (two). Gray earned  a third-team pick, and was a first-team All-GAC selection. A junior from Shreveport, La., Gray anchored the defensive front for the Weevils this season, totaling 3.0 total sacks and 9.5 tackles for  loss. He ranked tied for 15th in sacks in the conference, and 10th in tackles for loss. He recorded 33 tackles on the year, with one pass broken up, two quarterback hurries and one blocked kick.
UAM anglers finish 10th in college tourney
Trey Rainwater III of Bastrop, La. and Hunter Fluitt of Sterlington, La., both students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, advanced to the 2019 College Fishing National Championship by finishing 10th in the first YETI FLW College Fishing event of 2018 on Sam Rayburn Reservoir Saturday, 70 miles noth of Beaumont, Texas. Rainwater and Fluitt caught three bass weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces. The YETI FLW College Fishing Southern Conference opener on Sam Rayburn Reservoir was hosted by the Lufkin Convention and Visitors Bureau, and was the first of three regular-season qualifying tournaments for Southern Conference anglers in 2018. The Tarleton State University at Stephenville, Texas team of Chad Jones of Stephenville and Graham Godwin of Princeton, Texas, won the tournament with four bass weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces. YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences— Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2019 FLW College Fishing National Championship. The tournaments are free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school. The next YETI FLW College Fishing events take place Feb. 10, when Southeastern Conference anglers take on Lake Seminole in Bainbridge, Ga., and Western Conference competitors take on Lake Havasu in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. The Arkansas Tech University duo of Kory England, of Hope and Will Lancett of Rogers also qualified for the national championships by weighing in five bass at 16-7. England and Lancett were also awarded $500.

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