Golden Suns defeat Savage Storm

RUSSELLVILLE — Freshman Anissa Pounds gathered a season-high 27 points, while sophomore Krisztina Velkey had 15 points and junior Jacinda Myers-Sanders totaled 16 points as the Arkansas Tech Golden Suns (16-8, 12-6 GAC) defeated the Southeastern Oklahoma Savage Storm (13-11, 10-8 GAC) Monday night at Tucker Coliseum.

The Golden Suns will travel to Searcy on Thursday for a game against Harding.

Beachum, Celsor share GAC weekly honor

Henderson State’s Krystal Beachum and Harding’s Kristen Celsor were named Great American Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Monday.

In two games, Beachum averaged 37.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and totaled 8 assists.

In Henderson’s double-overtime win against Southwestern Oklahoma, Beachum set a HSU and GAC single-game scoring record with 41 points. In the game against the Lady Bulldogs, Beachum was 15-of-29 from the field and 9-of-13 from the foul line.

Less than 48 hours later, the senior from Mexia, Texas recorded a double-double against Northwestern Oklahoma totaling 33 points and 11 rebounds. Beachum hit 12-of-18 field goals and converted on 9-of-11 free throws.

In her three years at Henderson, Beachum has totaled 990 points and needs just 10 points to become only the ninth player in Henderson State history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Celsor picked up her fourth Player of the Week honor this season after she averaged 26.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals as the Lady Bisons clinched the regular-season title and improved to 25-1. She totaled 32 points a 67-39 win at Southern Arkansas. She tied her career high with 15 rebounds in the Lady Bisons’ 84-54 win against Arkansas-Monticello.


Wonder Boys defeat Southeastern Oklahoma

RUSSELLVILLE — Marshawn Arnold scored 20 points with seven rebounds, Darrick Little and Tyler Friedel added nine points each, and Nick Wayman totaled eight points as the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys (18-8, 13-5 GAC) basketball team defeated the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm (8-16, 5-13 GAC), 73-55 in their final home game of the 2013-14 season in Tucker Coliseum on Monday night.

Tech will end the regular season on the road against Harding and East Central. The Wonder Boys will play Harding on Thursday before playing East Central on Saturday, March 1.

UAM’s Wilson grabs third GAC honor

RUSSELLVILLE — University of Arkansas at Monticello senior forward Brandon Wilson has been named the Great American Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the third time this season after leading the Weevils to wins over Arkansas Tech and Harding last Thursday and Saturday.

Wilson averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and two blocked shots per game, while shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in UAM’s 70-49 win over Arkansas Tech at home last Thursday and a 72-70 win over Harding at Rhodes Field House this past Saturday.

The Rayville, La. native started his league-high third player of the week campaign with 21 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots as UAM cruised to a 70-49 win over then league-leading Arkansas Tech at home this past Thursday night. He was 7-for-11 from the field and 7-for-10 at the foul line.

A-State’s Van Slyke grabs SBC weekly honor

JONESBORO — Senior Kirk Van Slyke of Arkansas State University has been selected as this week’s College Sports Madness’ Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Player of the Week for his performance in the Red Wolves’ two league victories this past week in an announcement Monday.

Van Slyke averaged 18.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in A-State’s two contests last week.

The 6-10 forward poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed a team-high tying six rebounds in A-State’s 83-60 conference home win over UT Arlington last Thursday at the Convocation Center. He followed with 14 points and six rebounds in the Red Wolves’ 73-68 conference home triumph against Texas State this past Saturday.


Weevils climb two national polls

MONTICELLO — Following a 5-1 week, the University of Arkansas at Monticello baseball team has climbed to No. 13 in each of the latest College Baseball Lineup and national rankings.

UAM jumped four spots from last week’s spot and received a three-spot increase from College Baseball Lineup.

The Weevils started last week’s five-win campaign with a 2-0 shutout victory over NCAA Division I Arkansas State on the road Tuesday in Jonesboro. A daylater, UAM crossed the double-digit barrier in scoring in each of its wins over Lemoyne Owen College at home before taking two of three Great American Conference games from Southwestern Oklahoma State this past Saturday and Sunday at Weevils Field.


Kvarnstrom leads Trojans through two rounds

MOBILE, Ala. — UALR sits eighth of 15 teams through two rounds of the 12th annual USA Women’s Invitational at Azalea City Golf Course. Junior Sofie Kvarnstrom leads the Trojans and is tied for 11th with a 36-hole score of 6-over par 150.

As a team, UALR sits at 45-over 621 through the first two rounds of play. Jacksonville State leads the 15-team field at 27-over 603, a stroke ahead of Memphis (+28, 604). Samford (+30, 606), Troy (+31, 607) and host South Alabama (+34, 610) round out the top five.

Kvarnstrom opened Monday with a 3-over par 75 before carding a 4-over 76 in round two. Junior Sofia Berglund sits in a tie for 18th at 9-over 153. Berglund opened with a 10-over 82 but rebounded with a 1-under 71 – the low round of the day.

Tuesday’s final round begins with a shotgun start at 8:15 a.m.

UCA fifth after two rounds at Islander Classic

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas women’s golf team stands in fifth place after two rounds of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Classic being played at the Corpus Christ Country Club.

Sophomore Sarah Brown is tied for fourth place overall after shooting rounds of 74-74 for a 4-over 148. Junior Kendra Mann is tied for eighth with rounds of 72-78_149.

Lamar is leading the field at 597, followed by Houston Baptist (602), Oklahoma City (606) and North Texas (615).

The final round tees off at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.


Boone nabs SAA offensive honor

CONWAY — Hendrix College freshman attacker Carson Boone was named the Southern Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Boone, from Allen, Texas, recorded 15 points with 10 goals and five assists in the Warriors’ pair of dominating wins last week. He tied the school record with 10 points in Wednesday’s 24-4 win over Dubuque. He recorded six goals and four assists in the game and also picked up eight ground balls. Boone added four goals and an assist in Hendrix’ 22-0 victory over Centenary on Saturday. For the week, Boone took 21 shots, 15 of which were on goal, and had 10 ground balls.

Boone and the Warriors will host Augustana on Wednesday at the Warrior Soccer Field.