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Blount gets golfer award

by James Leigh | September 13, 2021 at 3:55 a.m.
Henderson State's Gracen Blount was named the first 2021-22 Great American Conference Golfer of the Week. - Photo submitted

Lakeside graduate Gracen Blount was named the first Golfer of the Week in the Great American Conference for the 2021-22 season.

The Henderson State junior opened the fall season by earning medalist honors at the Central Region Fall Preview, her first career tournament title. Blount opened the tournament with a 1-under 71 to take the lead in the first round before taking a 2-under 71 in the final round for a three-stroke win.

The Reddies won the team event by eight shots. The tournament featured seven of the nine 2021 regional qualifying teams.

Others nominated for the award were Arkansas Tech junior Jacqueline Klemm and Harding sophomore Brenda Sanchez.


Lakeside's ninth-grade Rams (3-2) volleyball team took control early and took a two-set win over Little Rock Christian Thursday at home, 25-18, 25-18.

Alexis Kessler led the freshman Rams with seven kills, 11 digs and a solo block, Lola Rucksthul had five kills, four solo blocks and three aces, and Alyssa Nugent had six kills and four digs. Laynee Throgmartin had two kills with 19 assists, Claire Vance had two kills and a solo block, and Maddie Kinder added 14 digs.

The eighth-grade Rams (8-4) won 25-23, 25-21, led by Taylor Mace with eight service points and three aces and Madeline Slaton with six service points and three aces.

The eighth-grade Lady Warriors B team took a two-set win over Lakeside's eighth-grade B team, 25-16, 25-14. Sophie Botter led the team with seven service points.

The junior Rams host Lake Hamilton Tuesday at the Ram Field House gymnasium starting at 4:30 p.m.

• The eighth-grade Rams also defeated Magnolia Tuesday, 25-13, 25-15. Botter had 13 service points and three aces, and Throgmartin had six service points and two aces.

The freshman Rams won 25-16, 25-15. Vance had four kills, two solo blocks and two digs, Penny Fuller-Freeman had two kills, and Ella Witherington, Kessler, Rucksthul and Kinder had one kills each. Throgmartin had seven aces and eight assists, Kinder added five aces and seven digs, and Rucksthul had a solo block.



Bismarck's boys and girls golf teams took wins over Poyen and Glen Rose Thursday at DeGray Lake Resort State Park Golf Course.

The Lions were the only team to post a score in the boys match with a 279. Braden Efird and Wyatt Clement were co-medalists with low rounds of 90, and Blake Smith (99), Nick Tucker (101), Gavin Urban (102) and Riley Tuttle (104) rounded out the team's scoring.

Poyen was led by Blayden Gillham with a round of 93, Ashton Heath shot a 100, and Dylan Spurlin finished with a nine-hole round of 50. Glen Rose's Bradley Tillery shot a 105, and Wyatt Stanley had a 115.

In the girls match, the Lady Lions turned in a team card of 268 for the win with Glen Rose (335) finishing second and Poyen (353) third.

Hannah Collie shot a low round of 81 for medalist honors while teammate Anna Cain was runner-up medalist with an 84. Ellie Norris (103) and Jenna Payne (115) rounded out the scoring.

Avery Fikes led Glen Rose with a 108, and Laney

Fountain Lake SPLITS


Fountain Lake's girls tennis team swept their matches against Episcopal Collegiate Thursday while the Wildcats won all but one match against the Cobras.

Lainey Mungle took a 6-1 win, and Paige Davis and Angela Coriaty both took 6-0 wins. In girls doubles, Emma Kaumeyer and Mary Drakes took a 6-1 win.

Andrew Lydon picked up the Cobras' only win, 8-2, while Andrew Bledsoe lost 8-0, and Gavin Nguyen lost 8-3. In boys doubles, Aaron Breshears and Bo Baker lost 8-1 while Paul Combs and John Carter lost 8-2.

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