<strong>MYSA sets spring registration</strong>
In 2016, the Monticello Youth Soccer Association will have a truncated spring season for children ages 3 to 13 (a child must be 3 years old on or before Feb. 20 to be eligible to play). Registration times, dates and place for that season are from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 at the large pavilion in McCloy Park. Cost is $50 per player or $125 for a sibling group of three. Matches will be played on Saturdays only; match dates are March 12, March 26, April 2, April 9 and April 16. For more information, contact Stephanie Hill at 870-723-5375 or Armando Romero at 870-370-2831.
<strong>MYSB also opens registration</strong>
Children ages 4-15 (as of April 30) can register for youth baseball in the Monticello area, too. Monticello Youth Sports Baseball, affiliated with the United States Specialty Sports Association, has opened spring registration for its spring/summer leagues. One major change for the upcoming year is the ability for players in the 13-15-year-old age group to register on the same website as all other players, as the Monticello Baseball Association has been absorbed into MYSB. Registration is taking place online at www.monticelloyouthsports.com now through Feb. 27. The cost to play will be $50 for T-ball (two leagues, 4-and-under and 6U) and $60 for all other ages. The price covers a jersey, hat, 10-12 regular-season games (weather permitting), a postseason league tournament (weather permitting) and insurance. Tryouts in some age groups (to be announced later) will be in February, practice for all ages will be in March and regular-season games for all ages will begin in early April and run through late May. Players whose age is between 4 and 12 will play their games at the Monticello Sports Complex, while 13-15-year-olds will still compete at Burlington Field. For more information, visit the NYSB website.
<strong>Ellenwood makes Razorback history</strong>
University of Arkansas soccer forward Ashleigh Ellenwood has set several school records during her four-year career as a Razorback. Her final stat line might be the program’s best mark so far: the first player in program history drafted by a professional U.S. soccer team. Ellenwood was selected in the fourth round (39th overall) by the Chicago Red Stars Friday afternoon during the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft. From Michigan City, Ind., Ellenwood had a standout career as a Razorback, finishing in the top five in several Arkansas statistical categories, including fifth overall in goals with 30, second overall in assists with 23, third overall in points with 83, second overall in game-winning goals with 10, second overall in game-tying goals with five, fourth overall in games started, third overall in goals scored during a season with 14 in 2013, first in assists during a season with 14 in 2014, third in points scored during a season with 35 in 2013, first in game-winning goals scored in a season with six in 2013 and second in game-tying goals scored during a season with three in 2013. She also was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team in 2012; the SEC All-Conference second team, NSCAA Awards All-South Region second team and TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week in 2013; and the Academic All-District VI first team and College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer List in 2014. She was one of 24 players to participate in the U.S. National Team Camp in Seattle on 2014.
<strong>Harding midfielder makes NPSL team</strong>
Former Harding University midfielder Josiah Ireland has cleared the first round of tryouts for the new Little Rock Rangers of the National Premier Soccer League. The NPSL is a soccer league founded in 2003 and has more than 80 teams throughout the United States. According to the Little Rock Rangers’ website, 133 players participated in the Rangers’ initial tryout on Jan. 9 and Ireland was one of 25 invited to the initial pool of players for the inaugural team. The rest of the pool will be filled out with further evaluation in both team training sessions and the final tryout on April 2. Little Rock is in the South Central Conference and will play a 12-match regular season that begins in April. Ireland played in 62 games in his four-year Harding career and scored six goals with eight assists. He ranks ninth with 4,321 career minutes played. A mathematics major, Ireland earned College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America honors as a senior and received the Great American Conference’s Crafton Tull Elite Scholar Student-Athlete award.
<strong>Auburn fined for violation of SEC policy</strong>
The Southeastern Conference announced Monday that Auburn University will be fined for a violation of the league’s access to competition area policy, due to fans entering the court following its men’s basketball game against the University of Kentucky on Jan. 16. Auburn will incur a fine of $100,000 as this is its second offense since the league’s access to competition area policy went into effect on Dec. 1, 2004. Auburn was also fined for a violation following its football game against the University of Alabama in 2013. The policy states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.” Financial penalties, which were increased by action taken during the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings, are imposed for violations in all sports sponsored by the Conference. Institutional penalties range from $50,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $100,000 for a second offense and up to $250,000 for a third and subsequent offenses.
<strong>Greenlaw named FWAA freshman All-American</strong>
The Southeastern Conference leader in tackles among rookies, University of Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw continued to earn postseason praise when he was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America team. The Freshman All-American distinction is the third for Greenlaw, as he was also honored by Sporting News and Athlon after the season. Greenlaw was also a SEC All-Freshman team choice by the league head coaches and was the only player in the league to be named SEC Freshman of the Week twice this season. Greenlaw led all SEC freshman with 95 tackles this season—good for fifth nationally among freshman and 12th overall in the SEC. He played in all 13 games and recorded four double digit tackle games in his 11 starts, three of which were against SEC opponents. The SEC finished with the most players named to FWAA’s freshman team with eight.