FOOTBALL

Tech heads south to Nicholls State

RUSSELLVILLE — The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys hit the road for the only non-league game of the 2013 football season, as Tech travels to Thibodaux, La. to face Nicholls State today. Kickoff from John L. Guidry Stadium is set for 6 p.m.

The Wonder Boys are coming off an impressive 49-7 win over Southern Nazarene this past weekend, in which Ketrich Harmon became the first Tech player to rush for over 100 yards since Casey Henderson in the 2011 season. For his 18-carry, 132-yard, three-touchdown performance, Harmon earned a selection as the Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Tech has been at its best both on third down and in the third quarter this season. The Wonder Boys have outscored their opponents 28-0 in the third quarter, and have the fourth-best third-down conversion percentage in the country, having converted on 55.6 percent of opportunities.

Nicholls State enters the game with a 2-2 record, and is coming off a 42-22 win over Langston, an NAIA program out of Oklahoma. The Colonels have had an up and down season, opening the season with a 66-3 loss at the hands of No. 2 Oregon, then topping FBS member Western Michigan 27-23 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Week three saw Nicholls drop a 70-7 decision to Louisiana-Lafayette.

SWIMMING, DIVING

Brisa joins Hendrix

CONWAY — Bri Birsa has been hired to be the Hendrix College men’s and women’s swimming & diving assistant coach and the Bob Courtway Pool Coordinator.

She will assist head coach Dan Lloyd to help guide the Warriors.

Birsa, from Joliet, Ill., swam competitively for 16 years and was a four-year letterwinner for Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. She served as team captain during her senior year.

From 2011-13, Birsa worked as a wilderness guide at Expeditions Unlimited, a Christian youth wilderness camp, in Baraboo, Wis.. She built an Outdoor Education program which taught outdoors skills such as rock climbing, canoeing, camping and team building to schools.

Birsa graduate from Carthage in 2011 with a B.A. in Biology with an emphasis on wildlife research.

Hendrix kicks off season

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s and women’s swimming teams kicked off the 2013-14 with the annual Orange & Black Intrasquad meet at Bob Courtway Pool on Friday afternoon. Coming down to the final 200 yard freestyle relay, Orange topped Black 221-215.

Senior John Byford and freshman Troy Koser each won three events for the Black squad.

Sophomore Bayley Krell won two more events for the Black team, placing first in the 50 yard breaststroke in 32.77 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.73.

Sophomore Eric Mullins led Orange with two victories. Senior Jo Claire Robertson took first in the 50 yard backstroke with a time of 30.31 and freshman Chris Griffin placed first in the 100 yard IM in 1:04.27.

Black opened the event with a 200 yard medley time of 1:57.11. Orange had a winning time in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46.04.

The Warriors, under first year head coach Dan Lloyd, will host the 46th Annual Hendrix Classic on Oct. 25.

SOCCER

OBU downs Harding

SEARCY – The Harding women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Ouachita Baptist in Great American Conference action on Friday at Stevens Field. The Lady Bisons fall to 1-5-1 overall and 0-1-0 in the GAC.

With the score tied at 1-1, Ouachita Baptist (6-0, 1-0 GAC) got the game winning goal in the 81st minute when junior midfielder Abby Emanuel found freshman midfielder Kaitlin Asher on a cross from the right side to the middle of the field. Asher’s shot found the middle left side of the goal. It was her first goal of the season.

Harding had a chance to tie the game at two apiece in the last minute of play when senior forward Jenna Taylor was fouled outside the top right corner of the box. Taylor’s free kick went right to OBU goalkeeper Sarah Boyles who made the save to secure the win.

Ouachita Baptist got on the board first in the 31st minute when sophomore midfielder Audrey Rodriguez took a shot from 30 yards out that went up and over the HU goalkeepers hands and into the middle of the net.

Harding tied the game in the 55th minute when senior forward Jenna Taylor found sophomore midfielder Audrey Adkison in the middle of the box on a cross from the left side. Adkison’s shot went to the upper left corner of the net.

Lady Bison goalkeeper Kaitlyn Miller had eight saves. OBU goalkeeper Boyles had seven saves.

Harding had 20 shots in the game, eight were on frame.

The Lady Bisons start a six-game road trip on Sunday as they travel to Cleveland, Miss., to face Delta State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. HU’s next home game isn’t until Oct. 25 against Southwestern Oklahoma.

Park’s OT goal Wins MIAA opener for Harding

SEARCY – Harding junior Ian Park scored on a header eight minutes into overtime to give the Bisons a 4-3 victory over Southern Nazarene on Thursday in MIAA action at the Stevens Soccer Complex.

The victory moved Harding to 2-1-2 on the season and 1-0-0 in MIAA play. The Bisons play their second of three consecutive home conference games Saturday at 1 p.m. against Fort Hays State.

Park’s goal gave the Bisons consecutive victories for the first time since defeating Williams Baptist and Delta State in 2011, and the Danville, Ill., native scored the game-winner in both victories. He had a two-goal game, including the game-winner, in Harding’s 3-1 win at Ouachita Baptist last Tuesday.

The teams combined to score three first half goals in the span of just over seven minutes.

Southern Nazarene (1-5-0, 0-2-0) tied it at 1-1 in the 26th minute with their only shot on goal in the first half. Blake Rodgers took a feed from Edgar Pineda and scored on a header.

It was the first time in Harding’s last seven overtime games that the Bisons came away with a victory. The previous six, including two this season, all ended in ties.

Harding had 28 shots in the game, the 13th-most in a game in program history and the most in two seasons in the MIAA. Southern Nazarene, playing its fifth straight road game, had only 11 shots but scored on all three of its shots on goal.

The Bisons also held a 16-2 advantage on corner kicks.