Former Bastrop High track standouts Ch'kilas Calhoun and Jessica Gray helped University of Arkansas at Little Rock relay teams make the podium at the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships in San Marcos, Texas over the weekend.
Travion Clark, Charles Okeze, Calhoun and Keshawn Andrews were clocked at 40.08 to finish third in the 4 x 100-meter relay Sunday afternoon. Troy edged out meet host Texas State 39.85-39.89 for first place.
Calhoun, a junior, also placed 22nd in the 200m-dash on Friday and 15th in the 400m on Saturday. He was timed at 21.51 in the 200m and 49.41 in the 400m.
Helensia Green, Gray, Keishawna Scott and Ka'Neisha Jackson placed third in the 400m. Gray, a junior, teamed with three freshmen for a readout of 3:44.20. Texas State compiled a winning time of 3:38.55, with Troy in second at 3:40.54.
Gray also finished 14th in the 400m with a personal record time of 57.36 and 25th in the 200m at 25.49.
KENTRELL SPENCER of Prairie View made the medal stand at the MAIS Class 2A Track & Field Meet, held Saturday, May 5 at Jackson Prep.
Spencer, a senior, placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.64. Greenville Christian's Eric Kingdom won the event at 23.53.
Spencer added a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Cody Tindall of River Oaks set the standard with an 11.53 readout.
CHASE COCKRELLcontinues to swing a hot bat for Ole Miss.
Cockrell went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs as the Rebels closed out the South Carolina series with a 6-5 victory on Sunday, May 6. It was the junior's second multi-home run game of the season.
Cockrell connected for another dinger in Friday night's 8-3 victory over Auburn. His two-run rocket, which traveled an estimated 413 feet, opened the scoring in the second inning as coach Mike Bianco notched his 800th career coaching victory (700th at Ole Miss). Cockrell finished the night 2-for-4. According to @OMBSBAAnalytics, Cockrell's sixth-inning groundout had an exit velocity of 113 mph — the hardest hit ball at Swayze Field this year.
Ole Miss completed a sweep of the Auburn series Sunday. Cockrell went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in the 10-3 triumph.
Cockrell has raised his season batting average to .348 — second on the team — and leads the Rebels with a .607 slugging percentage. He has a .417 on base percentage, 82 total total bases, eight home runs, 11 doubles and 33 RBIs while scoring 34 runs.
Ole Miss (39-13, 16-11) closes out the regular season this week with a four-game road swing. After playing a single game at Arkansas State on Tuesday, the Rebels open a three-game set with Alabama on Thursday.
BPCC SOFTBALL: Two former Bastrop Lady Rams, third baseman Chelsea Fagan and shortstop Shelrika Bryant, helped Bossier Parish Community College to a third-place finish in the Region XIV Tournament in Port Arthur, Texas. The Lady Cavaliers finished the season with a 44-13 record.
Fagan went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double as BPCC opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over San Jacinto-South on Friday, May 4.
Bryant went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in Sunday's (May 6) 10-2 win over Blinn.
Fagan finishes the season ranked No. 1 in NJCAA Division I in home runs and total bases, second in slugging, third in RBIs and 15th in on base percentage.
Her final season line includes a .454 batting average, a .551 on base percentage, a 1.195 slugging percentage, 79 hits, 208 total bases, 38 home runs, 15 doubles and 74 runs scored. She drew 35 walks and was hit by a pitch five times with only 28 strikeouts.
Bryant slashed .306/.388/.452 with 84 total bases, four home runs, two triples, 11 doubles, 35 RBIs, 60 runs scored, 18 walks, eight HBPs and seven sacrifice bunts. She also stole four bases without being caught.
Fagan and Bryant have concluded their junior college careers. Both recently signed with Southern Arkansas University.
DAVID RADER has been hired as the new head varsity basketball coach at Downsville Charter. Rader will coach the boys and girls teams at the Class C school.
Rader previously coached at Delta High School, Bastrop High and Morehouse Junior High. His resume also includes stops at Franklin Parish High, Delhi High, Caldwell Junior High, Richwood Middle School and Lee Junior High. He has coached five different sports, including a stint as head basketball coach at Franklin Parish.
Rader succeeds David Scott, who resigned to enter the ministry full-time.