Swanson earns SEC honors
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas center Travis Swanson earned another postseason honor Tuesday, when Southeastern Conference coaches named him a second-team all-conference performer.
It was the second consecutive day Swanson was named to an All-SEC team. The Associated Press recognized the senior as its first-team center Monday. Auburn’s Reese Dismukes was named the first-team center by the coaches Tuesday.
Swanson — who joins Dismukes among the six finalists for the 2013 Rimington Trophy — was one of three Razorbacks selected to the coaches’ All-SEC team on Tuesday. Defensive ends Chris Smith (11 ½ tackles for losses, 8 ½ sacks) and Trey Flowers (13 ½ tackles for losses, 5 sacks) also were named second-team All-SEC after neither was selected to the AP’s All-SEC team Monday.
The SEC’s individual awards will be announced Wednesday, while the conference’s All-Freshmen team will be unveiled Thursday.
Trojans unable to pass Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. — UALR got 15 points and 10 rebounds from senior Will Neighbour, but it wasn’t enough as the Trojans (3-5) fell to Tulsa (3-6) by a 78-64 final Tuesday night at the Reynolds Center. The double-double was Neighbour’s second of the season and ninth of his career.
Leroy Isler joined Neighbour in double figures with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Sophomore Josh Hagins totaled nine points and five rebounds while junior DeVonte Smith scored eight points in 35 minutes. White finished with seven points and four rebounds.
UALR returns to action on Friday when it travels to No. 16/15 Memphis for a matchup that can be seen on ESPN3. Start time is set for 7 p.m.
Lions Move Up Two Spots, Ranked No. 16
FORT SMITH — The undefeated UAFS men’s basketball team continued its climb in the national rankings this week, moving up two spots to No. 16 in the latest NABC/Division II Coaches Top 25.
It is the highest ranking for UAFS (6-0) since becoming a member of NCAA Division II in the fall of 2009 and its highest ranking overall since being ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA Top 25 on Jan. 13, 2009.
UAFS is the only Heartland Conference team to be ranked this week and only one of two league teams to receive votes. St. Mary’s was among "others receiving votes" with seven votes. St. Mary’s is one of four UAFS opponents to receive votes in the poll, joining Angelo State (26 votes), Northeastern State (17 votes) and Missouri Southern State (five votes).
There was no change among the Top 5 and little change in the Top 10 this week. West Liberty (W.Va.) received 13 of the 16 first-place votes to retain the No. 1 spot, followed in the Top 10 by Bellarmine (Ky.), Drury, Florida Southern, Western Washington, Metro State, Indiana, Dixie State, Southern Indiana and Montevallo.
UALR halts two-game skid
LITTLE ROCK – After struggling for two consecutive games on offense, the UALR women’s basketball team seemingly couldn’t miss on Tuesday night.
The Trojans (4-3) shot 51 percent from the field, played stifling defense in only allowing their opponent to shoot 20 percent and had two players tally double-doubles in an 82-34 victory against Incarnate Word (5-4) at the Jack Stephens Center.
Freshman Kaitlyn Pratt scored a career-best 16 points to lead the team and added a career-best 15 rebounds while sophomore Shanity James had 13 points and 11 boards for a double-double of her own. Taylor Gault and Kiera Clark also scored in double figures with 14 and 11 points, respectively, and freshman Di’Mond Jackson had eight assists apiece.
Four freshman on the roster set a career high in at least one category against the Cardinals. Jackson had new career highs with eight points, six rebounds and eight assists. Keanna Keys had a career-best nine points and shot 4 of 4 from the field. Besides points and rebounds, Pratt set new career bests with made field goals and free throws. Antoina Robinson had her first career points in the second half and also had two rebounds.
The competition gets stiffer this weekend as the Trojans host No. 13/14 LSU in the Jack Stephens Center on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Harding moves to No. 15 in coaches’ poll
SEARCY - The Harding women’s basketball team moves up to 15th in the latest USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll. It’s the highest the Lady Bisons have been ranked since joining the NCAA in 1997.
The Lady Bisons have started their season with a 7-0 overall record and are 2-0 in the Great American Conference.
Harding was ranked 19th in the last week’s poll.
It’s the first time Harding has been ranked in back-to-back weeks. Harding’s women have only appeared in the top 25 on one other occasion. The Lady Bisons were ranked 24th in 2008 when they started the season with 12 straight victories.
Harding is one of only 11 teams in the top 25 that is still undefeated.
The Lady Bisons will back in action on Friday as they host Central Baptist at 5:30 p.m., at the Rhodes Field House.
UAFS holiday basketball clinic set
FORT SMITH — UAFS men’s basketball coach Josh Newman and his staff will conduct their annual UAFS Holiday Basketball Clinic on Dec. 23-24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center.
The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-15. Cost is $80 per person and includes a camp T-shirt and certificate. Clinic applications are available at the UAFS athletics department office inside the Stubblefield Center or online at www.uafortsmithlions.com under the "camps" heading on the men’s basketball home page.
For more information, contact assistant men’s basketball coach Justin Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 479-788-7593.
Tech baseball to host winter camps
RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — The Arkansas Tech baseball program will host two winter camp sessions on Dec. 30 and 31, assistant coach Derrick Wynn announced today. Camp information and registration is available at atechbaseballcamps.com.
On Dec. 30, the camp will be for high school players ages 13-18. The camp will be broken into two separate sessions; the hitting session will be from 9-12 a.m. at a cost of $60 and the pitching/catching session from 1-3 p.m. at a cost of $50 or both sessions for $100.
The Little Wonders All Skills Camp for ages 6 to 12 will be on December 31 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at a cost of $100 with lunch provided. The camp will focus on teaching fundamentals and increasing the campers overall baseball knowledge using film analysis breakdowns and playing games.
For more information, contact Derrick Wynn at 479-968-0211 or email@example.com.