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PG's Jackson makes trip to Arkansas

Genoa Central baseball wins two over weekend March 13, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Lance Jackson)

TEXARKANA, Texas -- Pleasant Grove defensive lineman Lance Jackson made a trip to Fayetteville this past weekend as Arkansas began hosting numerous top recruits in the nation.

Lance Jackson, who stands at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and is part of the Class of 2025, is the younger brother of former Pleasant Grove standout and current Arkansas defensive end Landon Jackson.

The Texarkana Gazette co-Defensive Lineman of the Year finished the 2022 campaign with 64 tackles, including 11 for a loss, two sacks and a blocked kick. He also was named to first team on defense on the 2022 7-4A All-District Team.

He has more than a dozen college offers on the table as is, including Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Tennessee and Texas Tech among others.

The university will continue bringing in recruits through April.

Former Texarkana College skipper moves up list

The University of Arkansas head baseball coach Dave Van Horn passed Andy Lopez and Tony Robichaux for the 30th-most wins recognized by the NCAA during their sweep against Louisiana Tech.

He surpassed the coaches after the Razorbacks' 7-4 win on Friday in the first game of the series and now sits at 1,180 career victories.

Van Horn's last 30 seasons at Arkansas, Nebraska, Northwestern (La.) State and Central Missouri State count toward his win total. He also won 214 games as a junior college coach in Texarkana that do not count toward his NCAA total.

Lopez won national championships at Pepperdine in 1992 and Arizona in 2012 as part of a 33-year career that also included coaching stints at Florida and Cal State Dominguez Hills. Robichaux coached 33 seasons at McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette before his death in 2019.

Frederick, Beard winners at New Haven tourney

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- The team of Ray Frederick and Eric Beard recently won the New Haven MGA monthly tournament.

The tournament was a two-man handicapped best ball contest.

Frederick and Beard scored 66 and defeated Kyle DeLaughter and Todd Erwin in a playoff. Michael Poret and Larry Poret finished in third place, with a score of 69.

Closest to pin winners were Beard on Hole 3 and Karl Kemp on Hole 14.

Genoa Central takes two over weekend

ASHDOWN, Ark. -- Down 4-0 early, Genoa Central found its groove in the third inning to knot the score and two more in the sixth to rally for a 6-4 win over Huntsville in its early game on Saturday.

With the bases juiced in the fourth, Joshua Kirkland and Riley Mudford drew walks to force the Dragons' first two runs of the game and Connor Reed belted a two-run double to settle the score at 4-all.

In the sixth inning, Cole Gammon drove in Lane Morton with an RBI-single and later scored after Braxton Robertson got a hit.

Reed and Lane Jeane led the Dragons with two hits apiece. Reed also had a team-high two RBIs.

Genoa Central edged Lincoln in the second game, 8-6, after rallying in the middle innings and survive a seventh-inning scare.

Reed got things going early for the Dragons when he hit an infield single to score Kirkland.

Lincoln would go scoreless until the fourth inning when it put four runs across the plate. Genoa Central, however, would answer back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, one in the fifth and four in the sixth before finally holding off Lincoln's two-run surge in the seventh to close out the game.

Reed's bat came alive in the contest, going 4-for-5 at the plate, including a double and three RBIs. Jeanne added three hits in the win and Brayden Cobb finished with two hits.

Each batter in the lineup had at least one hit.

Morton posted the win on the mound, striking out six and walking four through six innings. He allowed four runs on five hits. Mudford struck out one and allowed two runs on one hit in his one inning of relief.

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