Chapel JH ends season with win

SHERIDAN — Even a 30-minute lightning delay couldn’t slow down Watson Chapel Junior High’s rushing attack in a 28-20 road win over Sheridan on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (6-3) rushed for 250 yards, highlighted by 105 yards from Ja’Kobi Jackson, to finish in third place in the River City Conference. Jackson had a pair of rushing touchdowns in a pivotal second quarter, which helped Chapel turn a 6-0 deficit into a 14-6 halftime lead. He also rushed for a pair of two-point conversions.

Keveon Dandridge (96 yards rushing) and Javarius Brown (56 yards rushing) added TD runs in the second half.

In other River City action, Maumelle defeated White Hall, 22-8.

Layne Hartsfield opened the scoring for the Bulldogs (3-5-1) with a short touchdown run in the first quarter. He also added the two-point conversion in what was White Hall’s season finale.

Blossoms’ Evans named offensive POW

RUSSELLVILLE — Arkansas-Monticello senior volleyball player Tasha Evans has been named the Great American Conference Offensive Co-Player of the Week after recording a combined .508 hitting percentage and an average of 3.64 kills per set in four matches.

Evans helped the Cotton Blossoms post a perfect 4-0 record last week, all sweeps at home in a pair of tri-matches. Throughout four matches, Evans totaled 40 kills on 65 swings with just seven errors. She also added 10 total blocks to her weekly numbers.

The Almont, Michigan, native reached double-digits in kills in three of four matches last week. She started her player of the week campaign with 13 kills and just one error on 22 swings in a 3-0 win over Henderson State. Later in the day, she added 11 kills on 18 swings with three errors in a win over Mississippi College.

Later in the week, Evans totaled four kills and no errors on six swings in limited playing time in a dominant win over Texas College, then responded with 12 kills on 19 attacks with just three errors in the Blossoms’ sweep of Mississippi Valley State.

This is Evans’ second honor from the league office this season. She was named the GAC Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 5. Evans shares this week’s offensive honor with Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Joey Collins, who totaled 73 kills for an average of 4.06 per set in four matches last week.

Evans and the Cotton Blossoms concluded their five-match homestand with a 3-1 loss to Southern Arkansas on Tuesday night inside Steelman Fieldhouse.

With the loss, UAM falls to 13-12 overall and 5-7 in GAC matches. SAU improves to 12-17 overall and 6-7 in the GAC. Final game scores were 25-14, 24-26, 25-17 and 25-15.


ESPN3 to carry A-State vs. Idaho and South Alabama

JONESBORO — ESPN3 is scheduled to feature the Arkansas State football team’s next two games, including the Red Wolves’ Nov. 1 road game at Idaho and Nov. 8 home contest against South Alabama.

A-State continues Sun Belt Conference play this Saturday against Idaho in a 4 p.m. game at the Vandals’ Kibbie Dome. The Red Wolves then return home for a 2 p.m. game the following Saturday against the Jaguars at Centennial Bank Stadium.

A-State will enter this week’s game with a 4-3 overall record and 2-1 mark in Sun Belt play, while Idaho stands 1-6 overall and 1-4 in league play. South Alabama is currently 5-2 overall and holds a 4-1 Sun Belt record.

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Rams land Barron from Bucs

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have dealt third-year safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline.

There were rumors of the 1-6 Bucs being active at the deadline, and while no blockbusters came to fruition, they did send Barron to the Rams in exchange for picks in the 2015 draft, which NFL.com reported to be a fourth and sixth-round selection.

Tampa Bay also traded linebacker Jonathan Casillas to New England on Tuesday for a reported fifth-round choice in next year’s draft.

Barron, the seventh overall pick of the 2012 draft, has recorded 49 tackles in seven games this year after totaling 88 each of his first two seasons. The Alabama product has recorded three career interceptions.