Nowak earns national special teams honor
MAGNOLIA — Two days after being named as the Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, junior punter Dylan Nowak has been named as the D2football.com National Special Teams Player of the Weeks as it was announced by the media outlet on Wednesday.
Nowak earns the national honor in response to his tremendous punting performance in the Muleriders last game against Northwestern Oklahoma. In the game, Nowak was called upon to punt three times, and the Pearland, Texas native totaled 147 yards on those punts for an average of 49.0 yards per punt.
His longest boot went for 68 yards, which is the longest punt in the Great American Conference so far this season.
HSU’s Rodgers adds another award
Henderson State’s Kevin Rodgers continues to add to his list of accomplishments as the Reddie quarterback was named D2Football.com National Offensive Player of the Week.
Earlier in the week Rodgers earned Beyond College Sports Network’s National Player of the Week honors for the second time this season.
Rodgers set a single game HSU and GAC record throwing for 595 yards against East Central this past Saturday.
The Rockwall, Texas, product had touchdown tosses of 28, 32, 41, and 28.
The junior signal-caller also set a HSU record for completion percentage completing 42-of-50 passes for 84 percent.
This season, Rodgers has 16 touchdown tosses and has compiled 1827 yards for an average of 456.8 yards per game. He has completed 117-of-170 passes for a completion percentage of 68.8.
Rodgers leads all of college football in passing yards per game. Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois (D1-FCS) follows averaging 410.6 yards per game. Sean Mannion of Oregon State (D1-FBS) averages 403. 6 yards per game, while Graham Craig of LaGrange leads the Division III ranks averaging 382.3 yards per contest.
Rodgers’ career totals include 66 touchdown passes for 7096 yards for an average of 322 yards per game in 22 games played. He has thrown for 300 yards or more 13 times during his career and 500 or more yards three times.
SBC tabs Aubert for weekly honor
New Orleans, La. — The Sun Belt Conference has tabbed Arkansas State University’s Kristina Aubert as this week’s (Oct. 2) Women’s Runner of the Week Award recipient for her first-place performance at this past Saturday’s (Sept. 28) Rhodes College Invitational.
The conference recognition represents the second for Aubert this season as she previously attained the weekly award following her second-place finish at the season-opening Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic (Aug. 31).
Aubert, a junior, earned individual medalist plaudits at the 23rd annual Rhodes College Invitational in Memphis, Tenn., as she clocked a first-place 20:20.0 time on the 6K course to help Arkansas State claim top honors among the 25-team field. Aubert, who has been A-State’s top runner in each of the Red Wolves’ three races to date this fall, turned in a first-place showing at the Saint Louis Big River Forest Park Festival (Sept. 13) as a result of posting a 17:26.0 time in the 5K meet.
A 2012 All-Sun Belt Conference First-Team selection, Aubert has now been recognized as the SBC’s Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week on seven occasions during her A-State career. The two-time (2010 and 2012) U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) NCAA Division I All-South Central Region Team runner earned league weekly plaudits on four occasions (Sept. 14, 28 and Oct. 5, 19) in 2010 and once (Oct.3) this past 2012 season.
Aubert, who holds the distinction of being A-State’s first-ever women’s national qualifier, attained both SBC’s Freshman of the Year and all-conference laurels in the 2010 campaign.
A-State heads to Lousiville classic
JONESBORO — The Arkansas State University men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the 12th Annual Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic this Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
The Greater Louisville Classic, which features about 100 men’s and women’s teams over three races per gender, will be held at the E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park course. Arkansas State will be running against about 40 teams in the men’s race while the women’s event has about 30 teams participating.
The A-State women’s team is presently ranked 12th in the NCAA Division I South Central Region by the United States Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Red Wolves have captured the top team title at their last two meets to date — Saint Louis Big River Forest Park Festival (Sept. 13) and the 23rd annual Rhodes College Invitational (Sept. 28). Junior Kristina Aubert has earned individual medalist recognition in those two meets with a pair of first-place performances. Aubert along with junior Rexi Parcells and sophomore Abbey Dixon have been the Red Wolves’ top runners to date this season.
Sophomore Wil Norris, junior Luke Lindsley, and sophomore Lance Beckman have paced the men’s squad this fall, which turned in a fourth-place effort at this past Saturday’s (Sept. 28) 23rd annual Rhodes College Invitational.
HU men’s team posts 5-4 comeback
FORT SMITH — Harding freshman Yann Le Mat won two tiebreakers in his No. 3 singles match to clinch a 5-4 victory for the Bisons over Arkansas-Fort Smith on Tuesday at the Fort Smith Athletic Club.
Harding improved to 2-0 in dual matches in the fall and plays Oct. 11-13 at the Ozark Tennis Academy Tournament in Bentonville, Ark.
Harding trailed Arkansas-Fort Smith 2-1 after doubles. The Bisons’ No. 3 team of Caleb McReynolds and Brandon Hogland won 8-6 to earn Harding’s only point.
The Bisons quickly bounced back in singles. Mathaus Spiering won his match at No. 1 when his opponent, Jorge Salazar, could not continue the match due to leg cramps. Harding then took a 3-2 lead when Hogland won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4. Fort Smith’s Cris Ramirez then retired at No. 2 singles, giving Jon Mark Rowden a victory and Harding a 4-2 lead.
Fort Smith’s Matt Tabler won in straight sets at No. 5 to cut Harding’s lead to 4-3, but Le Mat won 7-6, 7-6 at No. 3 to give the Bisons the victory.
Lady Bisons fall to UAFS
FORT SMITH — The Harding women’s tennis team fell 8-1 to Arkansas-Fort Smith on Tuesday in its final action of the fall season.
The Lady Bisons participated in two tournaments and went 1-1 in dual matches.
Harding’s lone point against Arkansas-Fort Smith came at No. 3 singles where Benyapa Phumtip defeated Amy Belanger 6-3, 6-1. Both Ali Rowden (No. 2) and Arielle Butler (No. 5) lost in three sets, and Piper Huey dropped a very tight 7-5, 7-6 match at No. 1.