White Hall sets ‘Night of Champions’ for Aug. 7

White Hall High School’s baseball and softball teams will be honored for their 5A state championships during “A Night of Champions” ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7.

The state championship rings will be presented to players and coaches. Tickets are $20 which includes a steak dinner.

Limited edition state championship T-shirts honoring both teams are available for $20.

For tickets and/or order form for T-shirts, call Betsy McCarty at 870-818-6175 or Tim Atkinson at 870-794-5570.


Tracy, Cappelen receive recognition in golf

FAYETTEVILLE — Senior Ethan Tracy and Sophomore Sebastian Cappelen were each named honorable mention PING All-Americans by the Golf Coaches Association of America on Wednesday.

The duo led the Razorbacks to a record-setting year as Arkansas won seven tournaments and produced one of its lowest team stroke averages in school history. The honor for Tracy is his first PING all-America accolade while Cappelen takes his second honorable mention selection in two years.

Tracy capped off a fantastic career at Arkansas with the eighth best career stroke average by a Razorback at 73.10.

Cappelen’s 2012 season also earned him first-team All-SEC recognition by the league coaches and the Denmark native ranked second on the team with a 72.21 stroke average.

Bignall accepts second All-America honor

LITTLE ROCK — UALR outfielder Sean Bignall picked up his second All-America honor of the 2012 season on Wednesday with a spot on the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings All-America Third Team.

A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, Bignall enjoyed a breakout senior year in 2012, establishing new school records with 18 home runs and 149 total bases. The 5-8 outfielder became the first Trojan to reach 60 runs and 60 RBI in a season, on his way to earning Louisville Slugger Third Team All-America accolades.

A native of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Bignall ended the regular season ranked fourth in the nation in home runs, fifth in slugging percentage (.696), fifth in total bases and sixth in RBI (64).


Sandusky chooses to plead the fifth

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky has chosen to remain silent.

After much anticipation that the former Penn State assistant football coach would directly address the child sex abuse charges against him, his lead attorney, Joe Amendola, faced Judge John Cleland at 11:46 a.m. ET Wednesday and said, “Your honor, at this time the defense rests.”

The prosecution also rested. Such was the anticlimactic end of testimony in the Sandusky trial. Sandusky’s voice has been heard by the jury only in an excerpt of the interview he gave to Bob Costas of NBC last fall, shortly after he was arrested.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Thursday morning. The judge will then give his instructions to the seven women and five men of the jury, all of them residents of Centre County. They’ll be sequestered during deliberations, which will be complicated by the sheer number of allegations against Sandusky.

Attorneys for Sandusky would not speak to reporters after the morning session. Some audience members were upset that Sandusky didn’t take the stand.

Galvis suspended for 50 games by MLB

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis, who hasn’t played in two weeks because of a fractured back, has been suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

Galvis, 22, tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid, according to the office of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Galvis apologized to fans and accepted baseball’s punishment.

A native of Venezuela, Galvis is hitting .226 with three home runs and 24 runs batted in over 58 games in his first MLB season. He had been filling in at second base for the injured Chase Utley until injuring his back, and has not played since June 6.

Okafor included in trade between Wizards, Hornets

The Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets have agreed to a trade for the Hornets to acquire center Emeka Okafor.

The Wizards will get Okafor and Hornets forward Trevor Ariza for Rashard Lewis and Washington’s No. 46 pick in next week’s draft.

Okafor averaged a career-low 9.9 points and 7.9 rebounds last season, missing time with a sore left knee. Ariza averaged 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.