Wonder Boys ties for fifth at Las Vegas Desert Classic
LAS VEGAS — Jordan Hawkes tied for eighth place with a final score of 146 (+2) as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys tied for fifth at the Las Vegas Desert Classic in Las Vegas on Monday.
The classic opened up the spring season for the Wonder Boys, who got off to a good start in the fall. Tech shot a team score of 598 (+22), just 13 shots back from first-place finisher West Florida. Jeremy Gomberg of Redlands won the tournament with a 142 (-2).
Sunday’s round was called early due to darkness so both the first and final rounds were finished on Monday. The Wonder Boys improved four strokes on their first round of 301 (+13) to shoot a 297 (+9) in the final round.
Jordan Hawkes led the Wonder Boys with rounds of 75 (+3) and 71 (-1), Julio Arguelles shot rounds of 74 (+2) and 75 (+3) to tie for 15th. Three other golfers for Tech also competed.
The Wonder Boys will host the Dave Falconer Memorial in Danville at Chamberlyne Country Club on March 10 for their next tournament.
A-State opens play at Kiawah Island Classic
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. — The Arkansas State women’s golf team began play Sunday at the Kiawah Island Classic by shooting an opening-round 301, placing the Red Wolves tied for ninth among 36 teams with two rounds remaining in the 54-hole tournament.
A-State’s 301 was its best score this spring and matched its third lowest round this season. The Red Wolves ended the three-day tournament’s first round in a tie with Delaware and Elon, and they are only one stroke behind two teams tied for seventh place. Troy is in first place after recording a 291 and is followed by three teams tied for second with a 292.
Abi Laker and Maci Arrington both shot a 74 and are tied for 23rd place to lead Arkansas State.
The Kiawah Island Classic concluded Monday with the second round.
Angles ties for first at Argent Financial Classic
CHOUDRANT, La. — University of Central Arkansas junior Pep Angles shot an opening-round 70 on Monday and is tied for first at the Louisiana Tech Argent Financial Classic being played at Squire Creek Country Club.
Angles’ two-under 70 helped the Bears to eighth place after one round with a team score of 309. Sophomore James Newton is tied for ninth after shooting a 2-over 74.
Angles, from Barcelona, Spain, is tied with Monroe’s Calum Hill for first.
Host Louisiana Tech leads the field at 293, followed by North Texas (294), Southeastern Louisiana (297), Louisiana-Monroe (302), Louisiana-Lafayette (304), Texas State and Sam Houston State (307).
The final round tees off at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Lady Reddies cruise by OBU
ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State powered past Ouachita Baptist as the Lady Reddie tennis team beat the Lady Tigers 8-1, Monday at the OBU Tennis Complex.
The Lady Reddies (2-6) won all three doubles matches to begin the afternoon.
HSU’s Hannah Watson and Sara Griffin battled Valeriva Mansvetova and Pelina Tsymalova of OBU at No. 1 doubles with the Lady Reddie duo winning 8-5.
At No. 2 doubles, veterans Sarah Camras and Brittany Harness made quick work of Camila Ferreira and Mary Wolf winning by a score of 8-2.
Maddie McJunkins and Tyler Reaves shutout their opponents as the pair beat Keely Hawk and Katelyn Barber 8-0.
The Lady Reddies went on to win five of the six singles matches with Harness getting things started with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Wolf at No. 4 singles.
McJunkins cruised by her opponent at No. 6 singles, beating Barber, 6-0 and 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Watson defeated Pelina Tsymalova 6-1, 6-1, while Camras beat Ferreira at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-2.
Sara Griffin was beating Mansvetova 6-1, 1-0 at No. 1 singles before Mansvetova retired
Henderson State will next travel to Searcy on Wednesday to face Harding.
A-State falls to Troy
TROY, Ala. — The Arkansas State women’s tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to Sun Belt Conference opponent Troy Sunday afternoon at the Lunsford Tennis Complex.
Janie Nowland captured one of the Red Wolves’ two victories on the afternoon by defeating Lyubov Dorofeeva 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 match. Biljana Miloshevska also earned a victory in the No. 4 match by defeating Monica Gonzales 6-0, 6-1.
Troy won two out of the three doubles match to take the point to start the day. The Red Wolves’ pair of Miloshevska/Gauguery defeated De Haan/Gonzalez 8-5, but the Trojans won the other two matches to capture the point and control the early momentum in the match.
Arkansas State returns to action March 8 against Southeast Missouri State in Jonesboro at Allen Park.
Zaborowska claims mile title at LSC Indoor Championships
LUBBOCK, Texas — Harding junior Ewa Zaborowska defended her title in the mile at the Lone Star Conference Indoor Championships on Sunday.
Zaborowska won the event in 5 minutes, 8.88 seconds, and later ran an NCAA provisional time of 10:06.21 to finish second in the 3,000 meters.
Zaborowska accounted for 18 of Harding’s 23 points earned on Sunday, the second day of the two-day event. Harding collected 35 points at the meet and finished eighth of nine teams. West Texas A&M won the meet with 176 points.
Golden Suns opens league play at home on March 7
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.—The Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (7-5, 2-2 GAC) softball team’s doubleheader at Chartwells Women’s Complex against Northeastern State scheduled for March 4 has been cancelled due to inclement weather.
Tech will open their home schedule on Friday in a doubleheader against their first conference opponent of the season in Southeastern Oklahoma State.
Pairings, game times set for conference tournament
FORT SMITH — Pairings and game times have been set for this weekend’s Heartland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament hosted by UAFS at the Stubblefield Center.
UAFS (21-5, 14-4) won the regular-season conference title and will be the No. 1 seed. Texas A&M International (20-8, 13-5) will be the No. 2 seed, St. Mary’s (19-7, 12-6) will be the No. 3 seed and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (16-10, 10-8) will be the No. 4 seed.
UAFS will play UTPB at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and Texas A&M International will play St. Mary’s at 7:30 p.m. The championship game will be at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament.
Tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for non-UAFS students. An all-tournament pass may be purchased for $10. UAFS students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a current university ID. Heartland Conference passes also will be accepted.
Toupal earns conference honor
FORT SMITH — UAFS senior guard Jake Toupal has been named Heartland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his performance last week against Rogers State University in the regular-season finale.
Toupal’s heroic performance helped the Lions beat Rogers State 106-102 in overtime and win the Heartland Conference title. He tied a career-high with 26 points, draining a three-pointer and converting a seldom-seen four-point play with nine-tenths of a second left in overtime to win the game.
Toupal shot 57 percent from the field and from three-point range, while he was also perfect from the free throw line. He also contributed with four assists, one block and two steals.
The Broken Arrow, Okla., native helped the Lions win the outright regular-season title and earn the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, which UAFS will host on Friday and Saturday at the Stubblefield Center.
Miles earns second SLC honor
CONWAY — University of Central Arkansas guard LaQuentin Mile earned his second Southland Conference Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Bears to two victories last week.
Miles, a senior from Jacksonville, averaged 26.5 points and 13 rebounds in victories over second-place Sam Houston State on Thursday and Lamar on Saturday. Miles scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the upset win over the Bearkats. He followed that up with a stellar "Senior Day" performance against the Cardinals, scoring a career-high 30 points and adding 14 rebounds.
For the week, Miles shot 60.7 percent from the field and was 2 of 2 from three-point range. He also averaged 3 assists and 1 steal and had no turnovers in averaging 34.5 minutes per game.
The Bears close out the regular season at Northwestern State on Thursday and at league-leader Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.