SPORTS DIGEST

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Grace Preparatory Academy

Grace Prep announced the hiring of two new coaches who will also serve as school administrators.

Dr. Marc Evans, Head of School, said in a news release that Chris Jones has been hired as the school's new head football coach and Dean of Academics, while Richie Alfred will become the new head basketball coach and Dean of Athletics.

Jones was formerly the junior high principal and high school head football coach at Bay Area Christian School near Houston, where he transformed a program that went 2-7 in 2010 into district and area champions last season, as his team when 10-2. He was honored as a Houston-area TD Club Coach of the Year finalist and his team was also a finalist for the Houston Area Sportsmanship Award.

Alfred, recently the head coach of the Mansfield High School varsity boys basketball team, has more than 25 years of varsity boys basketball coaching experience (19 in the Arlington and Mansfield districts), along with 400 victories, 12 playoff appearances and seven Coach-of-the-Year awards. He takes over a Lions varsity squad that has won three TAPPS 4A state championships over the last 10 years, and in 2011, he was named the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game coach.

Arlington/Midlothian hockey

The Arlington/Midlothian summer hockey club took an emotional victory over a strong Southlake squad last Thursday in AT&T Metroplex league play, winning 6-5 in an overtime shoot-out.

Ross Roberts scored three of Arlington/Midlothian's five goals in regulation, including a crucial short-handed goal in the third period to send the game into a shoot-out.

Chipping in the other two regulation goals were Kyle Carpenter and Chris Jaynes.

Roberts would contribute another goal during the shoot-out, along with Ian Linna and Zach Loggins. The three shoot-out goals bested the Southlake total of two to seal the victory.

The win improved Arlington/Midlothian's record to 6-1 as the team keeps pace with first-place Coppell, which is 7-0, and put Arlington/Midlothian three points in the standings ahead of third-place Southlake.

Arlington/Midlothian next faces the Grapevine/Colleyville varsity squad at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Euless Star Center Green arena.

Optimist Club youth football

Optimist Club of Arlington will be registering for fall youth football leagues for six consecutive Saturdays through July and August.

Sign-ups will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays beginning July 6 and running through Aug. 10 at the Optimist Hut in Senter Park, 310 E. 3rd St.

Information: www.optimistclubofarlington.org.

Next Level Goalkeeping camp

Next Level Goalkeeping partnered with JATO Athletics and One Soccer Schools to provide two five-day goalkeeping camps this summer at UT Arlington, one of which will be held in July.

The camp will focus on developing technical proficiency in shot-stopping, service into the box, break-aways, distribution, speed, power, agility and more.

Mornings and afternoons will be filled with drills and training sessions, while evenings will feature matches to simulate game situations along with lectures and videos.

The last session of the camp is July 14-18.

Information: nextlevelgoalkeeping.com

City of Arlington adult leagues

Registration is under way for adult basketball, volleyball and kickball leagues through the City of Arlington and ends Sunday. Team fees: $220 for volleyball, $375 for basketball and $225 for kickball.

Information: www.naturallyfun.org

- Stephen English

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