Helping Hands 5K, RSHSHOF Golf Tourney Held

Thursday, September 7, 2017
A record number of runners took part in the annual 5K
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In recent years the RHSSHOF Golf Tournament and the Rector Helping Hands Foundation 5K have become key parts of the annual Labor Day weekend festivities. This year proved to be no different, as a record number took part in the run/walk and the golf tourney was also a big success.


A Rector Junior High athlete was the winner of this year's Rector Helping Hands Foundation 5k run, held this past Saturday morning.

Excellent weather was in place as a record 341 participants participated in the event, won by Joseph Baker, 15, of Rector.

Baker turned in a time of 19:42 to capture the event, which featured both running and walking divisions.

Jordan Kallsnick, 28, of Batesville was the winner in the female division, posting a time of 22:12. She is a former Lady Cougars standout athlete. She tied for 10th place in the overall standings.

Rounding out the top ten in the overall running division were Kirk Beshears, 17; Colton Lindsey, 16; Lane Stucks, 13; Landon McClung, 15; Frankie Salinas, 31; Trey Horton, 13; Hunter Householder, 17; Trey Rodden, 16, and Kyle Kallsnick, 28. All except Salinas (Paragould) and Kallsnick (Batesville) are from Rector.

In addition to Jordan Kallsnick, others in the top five in the female division were Bailey Chitwood, 14, of Rector; Cierra Rients, 13, of Rector; Ellie Ford, 13, of Rector, and Lesley White, 36, of Paragould.

Tracy Garner, 45, of Rector finished in first place in the walking division.

Also in the top ten were Ryan Wilson, 36; Vicky Gipson, 61; Alma Webb, 78; Amber Green, 34; Kathy Fowler, 54; Patricia Mabrey, 65; Ruthie Vancil, 16; Brittany Fair, 20, and Maggie Rabjohn, 10. All except Vancil (Dexter, Mo.) are from Rector.

Organizers of the event thanked the many sponsors and said revenue totals will be announced later in the week.

All proceeds from the race go to the Helping Hands project, which provides needed assistance to students in the Rector School District.

RSHSHOF Golf Tourney

The Rector High School Sports Hall of Fame golf tournament, held Friday at Kennett Country Club, once again was a great success. It is a popular event that kicks off the big Labor Day Picnic weekend in Rector.

Tournament organizers said approximately $11,000 was raised to help with the needs of the sports program and scholarships.

A full field of 18 four-person teams participated. The winning team was Kelly Scobey, Kirk Scobey, Greg Ward and Ron Benson, shooting 12-under-par. They won on a card-off with the team of Jacob Hester, Tom Tracy, Bo Gamblin and Michael Lindsey. Third place went to the team of Reed Wingo, Lawson Ford, Danny Ford and Kade Scott, shooting 10-under.

Numerous hole prizes also were given by the tournament sponsors.

"The tournament has been named the Dr. Owen Clopton Jr. RHSSHOF Memorial Tournament to honor a long-term supporter of the Hall of Fame," said tournament co-chairman Michael Lindsey.

"Our local businesses amaze us more each year," Lindsey added. "Many of these sponsors have been with us since the inception of the tourney and we've added several in the past few years. They are truly community minded. Please take note of these folks that are supporting our kids."

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