CAC: Spring sports headed to state tournaments

Central Arkansas Christian’s Mustangs have had a good spring — and it’s not over yet.

Every sport at Mustang Mountain is headed for the postseason, starting with the state track meet and regional baseball and softball tournaments next week.

“We’re really proud of our kids and coaches,” CAC athletic director Hayden Cruce said. “They’ve worked really hard, and just like everybody else, they’ve had to deal with changes and different things over the year, but they’ve done an incredible job of adjusting, overcoming adversity and being successful.”

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TRACK AND FIELD

The Lady Mustangs finished second and the Mustangs fourth in the 3A-6 District Track Meet at CAC on Thursday.

“Both teams ran well,” coach Chris Morse said. “We were able to qualify several student-athletes for state that will be held at Prescott on May 4.”

The Lady Mustangs finished with 103 points, behind only DeWitt (213.5). The Mustangs were fourth with 96, behind Helena-West Helena Central (181), DeWitt (118) and Palestine-Wheatley (108).

Freshman Madelyn Morrow won the triple jump (31-11.5) and finished second in the 100 (13.10), 200 (27.88) and 100 hurdles (17.87) and narrowly lost the high-point award.

“She should do well at state,” Morse said.

Other girls qualifying for state include freshman Madison Bisbee, first in the 800 (2:50.09) and second in the 1,600; seniors Nora McGill and Natalie Niemeier, sophomore Kristina Games and junior Stella Smith, second in the 4x100 relay; and Niemeier, Games, Morrow and Bisbee, second in the 4x400.

For the Mustangs, junior Andrew Haughaboo won the 3,200 (11:12.22) and finished runner-up in the 1,600. The 4x100 and 4x800 relay teams also qualified with runner-up finishes. The 4x100 included seniors Nathan Kennedy and Jackson Richmond, junior Tyler Williams and sophomore Judah Ward. The 4x800 was Haughaboo, juniors Andy Landis and Johnathan Allen and sophomore Caden Cash.

“I am very proud of both teams and their effort and looking forward to seeing how they perform at state,” Morse said.

SOFTBALL

A win over Palestine-Wheatley at Burns Park on Friday would give Lynn Brown’s softball team a 3A-6 conference championship ahead of next week’s regional tournament, also at Burns Park.

The Lady Mustangs are 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the league, tied with DeWitt. CAC knocked off the Dragons earlier this week, 4-2.

CAC beat Palestine-Wheatley earlier this month, 10-2.

“We have had to deal with some injuries this year, but we are looking to make a run in the postseason,” Brown said. “A win tomorrow would put us in a good position going into the regional tournament.”

The Lady Mustangs are led by sophomore pitcher Brooklynn White and freshman catcher Ella Blakely.

“We have been able to compete with some tough teams,” Brown said. “It’s been a great year with a pretty young team.”

BASEBALL

Patrick Smith’s baseball Mustangs will be the third seed from the 3A-6 to next week’s 3A Region 3 Tournament at Burns Park.

They’ll play the second seed from the 3A-5 in the opening round Thursday, with the winner qualifying for the Class 3A State Tournament the following week.

CAC (7-9, 6-3) will face league-leading Palestine-Wheatley (12-5, 8-1) at Burns Park on Friday to end the regular season.

“We have a very young team that is starting to play our best ball as of late,” Smith said. “Karsen Richard is a returning all-state pitcher who will be on the mound for us in the first round (of the regional). Caleb Cowley is the only other returning player with varsity experience.  We are very young, but the team has gotten better every week with great senior leadership from Richard and Brett Bell.”

SOCCER

Both the boys and girls teams have clinched 3A-South conference championships. Billy Sullivan’s Mustangs are 8-3-3 (5-1-1); Carter Lambert’s Lady Mustangs are 8-1-1 (4-0). 

The state soccer tournament will be at Burns Park in two weeks.