ARBCA banquet set April 19

The Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association will hold its fourth “Top Five” basketball banquet on Thursday at the Benton Event Center.

The banquet recognizes the top five players from each classification 1A-7A for boys and girls basketball in the state. Also, the coach of the year for each classification will be honored.

All honorees were voted on by the ArBCA membership at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season.

KATV sports director Steve Sullivan will be the master of ceremonies and former Razorback and NBA great ( and newly elected College Basketball Hall of Fame selection) Sidney Moncrief will be the keynote speaker. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the meal catered by Corky’s.

Tickets are $20 at the door. ArBCA member tickets are $10.

For more information, call Charles Hervey at 501-428-3553 or James Bates at 501-680-0441.

Gragg transferring from UCA

FAYETTEVILLE — Graduating from the University of Arkansas this May with a degree in sports management, Razorbacks tight end Will Gragg has told Arkansas 247 that he intends to transfer from the UA for his two remaining years of football eligibility.

Gragg of Dumas,and before that living in Pine Bluff and Warren, was redshirted as a 2015 Razorbacks freshman recruited as an Arkansas premier high school player by the Brett Bielema Razorbacks regime.

Gragg was on the scout team and didn’t letter in 2016 but  did letter last season. Gragg played 10 of Arkansas’ 12 last season and caught 5 passes for 61 yards, one a 33-yarder.

However this spring under the new Razorbacks regime of Chad Morris, it seemed Gragg was behind the depth chart eight-ball with lettermen Austin Cantrell of Roland, Okla., an incumbent starter, touted second-year junior college transfer Jeremy Patton and skilled pass-receiving lettermen tight ends Cheyenne O’Grady and Grayson Gunter, prominent this spring after redshirting last season because of shoulder surgery.

UCA women top seed SLC tourney

The 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Golf Championship tees off Monday at Woodforest Golf Club in Montgomery, Texas.

This is 17th edition of the championship and the second consecutive tournament at the 6,191 yard, par 71 course.

Eight teams – Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, UIW, Lamar, McNeese, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – will compete for the automatic team bid to the 2018 NCAA Regionals.

Central Arkansas leads the pack as the top-ranked team and search for its first Southland championship after finishing one stroke off the lead a year ago.

Senior Fernanda Lira and junior Emma Svensson lead UCA, claiming the second and third best adjusted scoring versus par in the conference. The two combined for the final three Southland Golfer of the Month awards with Svensson most recently winning April honors after a first-place showing at the Murray State Jan Weaver Invitational. 

LU earned the No. 2 seed in a season that saw the team claim three wins, including a victory at the HBU Invitational in March. LU most recently hosted the Cardinal Challenge, a match-play format tournament in which the Big Red fell 3-2 to South Alabama in the championship. Sophomore Elodie Chapelet, the 2017 Southland Player of the Year, returns to the field looking to lead Lamar to its fifth Southland championship in six years.