Several future Arkansas Tech student-athletes perform well at all-star games

From Arkansas Tech University

Several future Tech student-athletes concluded their high school careers in grand fashion last week in the 2011 Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star Games on the campus of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

In the All-Star Baseball game on Monday at Baum Stadium, future Wonder Boy infielder/pitcher Tanner Rockwell, who is a native of Heber Springs, was named the game's MVP after hitting a two-run triple to help the East Team to an 8-1 win over the West Team in the nightcap. In the first game, Rockwell went 1-for-2 at the plate to help the East Team to a 5-4 victory. In addition to Rockwell, outfielder/pitcher Cody Sullivan (Genoa Central) was named the Most Outstanding Player from the West Team and Lee Holmes (Elkins) also played for the West Team.

Future Golden Suns Ashton Long (Springdale Har-Ber) and Victoria Huie (Pottsville) each played for the West All-Stars, who split its doubleheader with the East All-Stars in the All-Star Softball game. The West Team won the first game, 4-0 and then lost the nightcap, 12-5 at Bogle Park.

In the All-Star Volleyball game on Tuesday at Barnhill Arena, future Golden Sun Rachel Roebuck (Cave City) was named the Outstanding Player of the East Team after recording 13 kills, five digs and two blocks to help the East All-Stars to a four-set win over the West All-Stars.

On Wednesday, in the AHSCA All-Star Basketball Games at Bud Walton Arena, five future Tech basketball players closed out their high school careers.

In the girls All-Star Game, future Golden Suns Haley Stinnett (Cotter) and Jaime Long (Russellville) played for the East All-Stars, who fell 75-49 to the West All-Star Team. In the game, Stinnett scored two points, while Long hit a three-pointer for the East Team.

Meanwhile, in the boys All-Star Game, three future Wonder Boys concluded their high school careers as Josh Byers (Wonderview) played for the East Team, while Nick Wayman (Valley Springs) and Marshawn Arnold (Arkadelphia) participated for the West All-Stars. In the game, the East All-Stars used a second-half rally to post a 77-70 win over the West All-Stars. Byers didn't score in the game for the East Team, while Wayman scored two points and Arnold added six points, including going 4-for-6 at the free throw line, to lead the West Team.

The AHSCA All-Star Week concluded on Thursday with the 2011 All-Star Football Game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The game featured five future Wonder Boys, including three playing for the West Team that fell 32-3 to the East All-Stars. Future Wonder Boy Hayden Severs (Rogers Heritage) scored the only points for the West Team on his 32-yard field goal with 10:05 left in the game, while Logan Genz (West Fork) was named the Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman after recording five tackles for the West All-Stars and Brandon Keaton (Camden Fairview) was 3-for-9 passing for 19 yards and had two interceptions in the contest. For the game, the West All-Stars committed seven turnovers, including four fumbles and three interceptions. On the East All-Stars, future Wonder Boy Deontae Mitchell (West Memphis) was named the game's Most Outstanding Defensive Back after collecting an interception in the win and Garrett Smith (Clinton) played on the offensive line for East All-Stars.