<strong>Alvy Early summer softball camp slated</strong>

<span>The 19th annual Alvy Early Summer Softball Camp, the Champ of Champions, is scheduled for July 8-10 at the Monticello Sports Complex. Early, coach of the seven-time Gulf South Conference West Division champion University of Arkansas at Monticello Cotton Blossoms and the first Great American Conference softball champions, will host the fast-pitch camp for girls ages 6-17. Each camper will receive individual instruction in all phases of the game of softball. The position and fundamental session will familiarize the campers with the basic fundamentals needed to play all on-field positions. The hitting session will provide every camper with extensive instruction in the mechanics and techniques of hitting. The pitching and catching session will give catchers a working knowledge of their position through drills and personal instruction, while the pitchers will work on the absolutes of pitching fundamentals as well as a performer on the field. </span>

<span>Camp instructors will include Early; his son Kent, the head coach at three-time Class 7A runner-up Bentonville High School; three-time UAM National Fast-pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America pitcher Kayla Jackson, now the head coach at Hallsville, Texas, High School; 2012 UAM Sports Hall of Fame inductee Lindsey Kight-Carmichael, a four-time All-GSC pitcher for the Cotton Blossoms; former UAM softball All-American Heidi Martin Cox, who recently led Benton High School to the Arkansas 6A state softball title; two other 2014 state championship coaches, Mark Atkins of White Hall (5A) and Foreman’s Richard McMillan (2A); and other high school head softball coaches Paul Ernest of Nashville, Bryant’s Eric Ryan, B.J. Jackson of Monticello and Jennifer Hickman of Bastrop, La.; two assistant high school coaches, Monticello’s Sarah Pace and Brandon Lynch of Bentonville; and several members of the current Blossoms squad. </span>

<span>Times for the camp will be 9 a.m. to noon all three days, and 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Registration for the camp is $100 per camper; $110 for campers do not preregister. For more information or to register online, visit The Holiday Inn Express in Monticello will offer special rates for campers and family members; for details, call 870-460-0100.</span>

<strong>Billie boosters set up messaging system</strong>

<span>To keep Monticello High School fans up to date with senior and junior high football, the Billie Boosters are setting up their electronic messaging system for the 2014 seasons. The system is free, although text messaging charges from providers will apply. To sign up for senior Billies’ booster messages, enter this number—720-924-4071—and text this message: @mhs2014fb. To receive senior high messages by email, send an email to To sign up for junior Billies’ booster messages, enter the number above and text this message: @mms2014fb. To get junior high message by email, send an email to All fans are welcome to sign up for both senior and junior high messages.</span>

<strong>’14 UA Sports Hall of Honor Class announced</strong>

<span>FAYETTEVILLE— A total of nine former University of Arkansas student-athletes will be inducted as members of the 2014 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor this September. The honorees include the top women’s professional golfer in the world, two National Football League greats, one of the Southeastern Conference’s most prolific three-point shooters, a WNBA first-round draft pick and one of the most dominant runners in the storied tradition of Razorback Track and Field. </span>

<span>The 2014 class is led by LPGA star Stacy Lewis, who won an NCAA national championship before ascending to the No. 1 ranking in the world in women’s golf. Former Razorback and NFL greats Kenoy Kennedy and Freddie Childress are joined by All-Southwest Conference football selection Pat Morrison and former football student-athlete and University of Arkansas Board of Trustees member Louis Ramsay. Former Razorback basketball stars Pat Bradley and Shameka Christon are joined by two-time track and field Olympian Graham Hood and longtime Razorback men’s tennis coach Robert Cox in the class. The 2014 inductees were elected to the UA Sports Hall of Honor based on a vote by former Razorback letter winners in conjunction with the A Club. </span>

<span>“The 2014 class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor is truly a reflection of some of the best student-athletes and coaches in our program’s history,” Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Jeff Long says. “These individuals not only distinguished themselves as Razorbacks, but later went on to successful careers in athletics and other professions. We are proud of all that they have accomplished and look forward to recognizing their extraordinary achievements during the Hall of Honor weekend in September.” </span>

<span>The 2014 class will be inducted during the Hall of Honor weekend, Sept. 5-6. Hall of Honor weekend includes a golf tournament at the Fayetteville Country Club and an induction banquet at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Springdale. Inductees will also be recognized during half-time of Arkansas’ football home opener against Nicholls State University at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. </span>

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