The Sideline: Conway player in soccer development program in South America; Mayflower baseball

Christopher Holmes

Holmes selected for development program

Christopher Holmes, 17, of Conway, has been selected to compete in soccer for the Olympic Development Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

After participating in state competition in Alabama last summer, he was selected to the Region 3 pool team, consisting of players from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. He was the only player from Arkansas in the 1996 age group to participate in Region III games in Florida and now will compete against South American teams in Argentina.

Holmes is a junior at Catholic High School in Little Rock and participates on the soccer team as well as playing Club soccer for Arkansas Rush for the past seven years. He has been on the Rush Select National team for four years.

He is a son of John and Mandy Holmes of Conway.

Mayflower downs
St. Joseph

BAUXITE — The Mayflower Eagles (2-0) defeated the St. Joseph Bulldogs, 9-1, in the first round of the Bauxite FCA baseball tournament Wednesday night.

Pitching dominated the first two innings as Mayflower’s Austin Grundy and St. Joseph’s Nash Nichols combined for nine strikeouts and no hits.

The Eagles scored in the third with RBIs from Tyler Godwin, Jordan Burns and Mason Quick for a 5-0 lead. Jacob Lampe’s single got a run back for St. Joseph. The Bulldogs threatened in the fourth as they loaded the bases, but a double play by Mayflower ended the threat and the inning.

The Eagles scored twice in the fifth on RBIs from Quick and Garret Taylor. Michael Post and Godwin had hits in the sixth and a two-run single by Trey Bradley set the final margin.

Austin Grundy struck out 10 in throwing a two-hitter for the Eagles.

Nichols and Lampe combined to strike out 10 and Nichols took the loss for the Bulldogs.

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