ASU introduces

priority points systemJONESBORO — The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Tuesday it is implementing a rewards-based “priority points” system for football season ticket holders and Red Wolves Foundation donors, which includes an initiative to offer equitable distribution of game tickets for the first-ever contest between the Arkansas State and Arkansas football teams in 2025.

The program calls for purchasing and donation incentives that provide opportunities for ticket options, parking locations and activities surrounding home ASU game days, plus future bowl-game appearances and the ability to obtain tickets through the Red Wolves’ allotment for their Sept. 6, 2025, match up against the Razorbacks at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The priority points system will be implemented starting with the 2021 season for Arkansas State football season-ticket holders and donors to the Red Wolves Foundation. Priority points will be awarded in several ways, but two primary ways are through purchasing football season tickets and giving to the Red Wolves Foundation.

Burnside earns SEC awardFAYETTEVILLE — For the second time this season, Arkansas infielder Braxton Burnside has garnered SEC Co-Player of the Week softball recognition after setting the school’s single-season home run record last week.

In game one of the series at No. 25 Auburn, Burnside slugged her 18th homer of the season, a three-run shot which broke the single-season record in a 6-1 win. The next day, the former Paragould High School star accounted for all three of the team’s RBI in a 3-0 victory, smacking two doubles and launching a solo home run, her 19th of the season.

Burnside did not record an official at bat in Arkansas’ 2-0 series finale victory, as Auburn walked her four times, including three times intentionally.

No. 8 Arkansas (31-3, 12-0 SEC) received its highest ranking in program history this week when the Softball Poll tabbed the Razorbacks to their first-ever top 10 spot.

Red Wolves finish seventhHOUSTON, Texas — Closing the regular season schedule, the Arkansas State men’s golf team finished seventh among 17 teams at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic.

ASU turned in a 1-over-par 289 on the final round to finish with a 54-hole total of 2-over 866. The Red Wolves wrap up the regular season with a record of 57-22 with 13 wins against GolfStat top 50 teams, including seven inside the top 30.

Luka Naglic posted the low round of the day among Red Wolves with a 1-under par 71. He finished in a tie for 27th with teammate Zan Luka Stirn totaling 216 for the tournament. Julien Sale carded a final round even-par 72 to total 219 to tie for 41st. Jack Madden tied for 53rd and Adam Thorp tied for 55th.

A-State heads to El Dorado and Mystic Creek Golf Club for the Sun Belt Conference Championship April 25-28.

Westside nips Heber SpringsJONESBORO — Grant Goodson and Conor Caldwell scored goals Monday night to lift Westside to a 2-1 victory over Heber Springs in boys’ high school soccer.

Tanner Darr and Cooper Gauntt finished with one assist each. Hayden Alls had 13 saves for the Warriors.

Lady Bearcats go 1-3 in tourneyVAN BUREN — Facing four Class 6A schools, Brookland finished 1-3 over the weekend in the River City Rumble high school softball tournament.

The Lady Bearcats (9-6) opened the weekend with a 3-2 victory over Bryant as Grace Davis hit a two-run home run. Taylor Reed had two hits while Helena Garcia and Keirstin Hammett added one each.

Hammett held Bryant to four hits during five shutout innings in the circle.

Rogers edged Brookland 2-0. Reed pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits. She also had a hit along with Ashlyn McNeese.

Brookland suffered a 10-7 loss to Bentonville West. Bella Byerly was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two RBI.

Davis hit a double and drove in two runs against Bentonville West; Emily Willett had a hit and an RBI; Katie Rainwater had two hits and an RBI; and Hannah Thompson added a hit.

Bentonville defeated Brookland 7-0 in a game that was 2-0 going into the final inning. Hammett pitched five innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits. Garcia had a hit for the Lady Bearcats.

Tuckerman drubs Des ArcTUCKERMAN — Cameron Jones and Aiden Canard drove in four runs each Monday to lead Tuckerman to a 12-0 victory over Des Arc in high school baseball.

Jones belted a grand slam home run in the third inning. Will King also drove in two runs for the Bulldogs.

Jayden Shannon and King combined to pitch a one-hit shutout while striking out 12 batters.

Servadio powers RiversideLAKE CITY — Ella Servado was 3-for-4 with a home run and four runs batted in Monday as Riverside defeated Marked Tree 16-3 in high school softball.

Laney Overman was 3-for-4 and scored three runs for the Lady Rebels (7-3).