Spring camp begins today for A-State

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State football team turned its attention to 2014 with a successful recruiting class signed under new head coach Blake Anderson, and the Red Wolves are now set to enter their first spring camp under Anderson on Monday.

A-State will hold 15 practices, including its Spring Game on April 18, over a five-week period as part of its spring camp. The three-time defending Sun Belt Conference champions will hold their first four spring practices March 17, 18, 20 and 21, just prior to Arkansas State University’s spring-break week. The Red Wolves will hold scrimmages on April 7 and April 14.

The Red Wolves will then resume their camp practice schedule March 31 with 11 additional on-field workouts over four consecutive weeks. With the exception of the spring game, every A-State practice will start at 4:00 p.m. All spring practices are open to the public and media.

Since being named Arkansas State’s 30th all-time head football coach on Dec. 19, Anderson has assembled his coaching staff and signed 25 recruits that will be a part of the Red Wolves’ 2014 roster. Among its recruiting class are four midyear transfers available to participate in spring practices, including Carderious Dean (Jr., LB, Byhalia, Miss.), Kyle Harris (Jr., OL, Lindale, Ga.), Blaise Taylor (Fr., CB, Auburn, Ala.) and A.J. Turner (So., LB, Lepanto, Ark.).

Also on the Red Wolves’ spring roster will be 2013 All-Sun Belt Conference performers J.D. McKissic (Jr., WR), Qushaun Lee (Sr., LB), Michael Gordon (Jr., RB), Darion Griswold (Jr., TE), Bryce Giddens (Jr., OL), Rocky Hayes (Jr., CB), Sterling Young (Sr., S) and Chris Stone (Jr., DE). A-State returns six starters from the offensive side of the ball and eight defensive starters from last year’s 8-5 team that ended the season with a victory over Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl.


Marquez places fourth in Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Harding junior Brittany Marquez put together her second solid round and placed fourth of 36 golfers at the Southwest Minnesota State Spring Invitational played Thursday and Friday at the LPGA International Hills Legends Course.

Marquez was tied for sixth after a first-round 84, but moved up two spots after shooting 80 in the second round and finishing at 164. She finished just three strokes back of co-champions Kenya Sethasompobe of Minnesota State and Dana Wagner of Southwest Minnesota State.

Marquez has finished in the top five in three of the five events she has played in her junior season.

Harding’s team placed sixth in the event, shooting 366 in the first round and 360 in the final round for a 726 total. Ferris State won the event at 667, finishing 15 strokes ahead of Minnesota State.

Freshman Charles Ann Freeman was Harding’s next finisher. She tied for 21st at 180. Other Harding golfers include Lani Schwartz, Allyson Springer and Loren Cheatham.

Bears finish eighth at Border Olympics

LAREDO, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas Bears finished eighth on Saturday at the 17-team Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club.

Junior Pep Angles was UCA’s top finisher, shooting 73-75-73—221 for a tie for 25th place. Other UCA golfers finishing outside the Top 25 include sophomores James Newton and Jacob Oaks and freshman James Steven.

Houston won the tournament with an 858 total, followed by Oklahoma (859), Baylor (863) and Louisiana-Monroe (879). UCA finished one stroke ahead of Northern Colorado and two in front of McNeese State and Air Force.

UCA’s next tournament will be at UTSA beginning on March 23.


Hawks top Warriors

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Hendrix College men’s lacrosse team lost to Huntingdon College 10-3 on the road on Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks (5-3) outshot the Warriors (4-4) 39-36 but had a 26-12 advantage in shots on goal. The teams were even with 29 ground balls, but Huntingdon won 11 of the 18 faceoffs. Both teams were efficient on clears with Hendrix going 18-of-20 and Huntingdon going 22-of-24.

The home squad led 6-1 at halftime.

Freshman attacker Carson Boone recorded a goal and an assist for the Warriors. Freshmen TK Shaffer and Patrick Munn each scored and freshman Cody Eckes assisted one. Freshman midfielder Jason Blatt recorded seven ground balls and caused two turnovers. Freshman attacker Robbie Borrello picked up five ground balls. In his first start, freshman keeper Christian Wheeler recorded a season-high 12 saves in 39 minutes.

Hendrix will open Southern Athletic Association play at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., on Wednesday.



Lady Reddies blanks LSU-Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, La. — Henderson State turned in a 9-0 shutout of LSU-Shreveport, Sunday in women’s tennis action in Shreveport, La.

The Lady Reddies then made a 60-mile trip to Ruston later on Sunday where they lost a hard-fought battle with NCAA Division I Grambling by a score of 4-3.

Against LSUS, the Lady Reddies took a 3-0 lead by claiming all three doubles matches.

At No. 1 doubles, Hannah Watson and Sara Griffin defeated Jaynie Stewart and Heather McCutcheon, 8-0.

Sarah Camras and Brittany Harness cruised past Karie Pourciau and Harrah Ingerson at No. 2 doubles, 8-2, while Maddie McJunkins and Tyler Reaves beat Kelsey Ellender and Hannah Hough at No. 3 doubles by a score of 8-1.

In singles action, HSU had little trouble in sweeping all six matches.

It began at No. 1 singles as Griffin beat Stewart 6-0, 6-1, with Watson topping Pourciau 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Camras then blanked Ingerson 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles, while Harness shutout Sweatt at No. 4 singles 6-0, 6-0.

Reaves also recorded a shutout over Ellender 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles with McJunkins downing Hough at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

Against Grambling, Henderson State won the doubles point by wining matches a No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. NCAA Division I rules applied and doubles play is only worth one point.

Watson and Griffin beat Tee Kassim and Tabitha Nankya, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles, while Camras and Harness claimed a victory over Joy Jones and Tafadzwa Chiridza, 8-6, at No. 2 doubles.

The Lady Reddies claimed victories at No. 1 and No. 3 singles as Griffin beat Kassim 6-0, 7-5, while Camras downed Chiridza 6-4, 6-1.

The match came down to No. 2 singles where Watson battled Jones in a very intense match. Watson won the first set 6-3 before Jones rebounded to win the second set to force a tie-breaker. Playing her fourth match of the day, Watson came up short putting together a valiant effort in 10-8 loss in the final set.

The Lady Reddies will travel to Searcy on Tuesday to face Harding at 2 p.m.

A-State falls to ULM

MONROE, La. — The Arkansas State women’s tennis team dropped a 4-1 decision to conference foe ULM Friday afternoon.

Arkansas State’s Biljana Miloshevska was the lone bright spot for the Red Wolves as she won her fifth straight singles match by a score of 6-4, 6-1 over ULM’s Sthefani Rodriguez. A-State’s Jess Heeps-Eriksen was up by one set when her match was called due to ULM getting to the four points needed to win the match.

The Red Wolves (4-5) lost a tough doubles point the Warhawks (4-5)

A-State returns to action March 21 (Friday) against Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Lady Reddies come up short

ARKADELPHIA — Henderson State won three singles matches but fell short as the Lady Reddie tennis team lost to Southern Nazarene 5-4, Friday at the Betteye Wallace Tennis Center.

The team of Tyler Reaves and Maddie McJunkins won at No. 3 doubles beating Becka Stewart and Haley Cantwell by a score of 8-2.

Southern Nazarene, however, posted wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take a 2-1 lead into the singles matches.

In singles play, McJunkins made quick work of Cantwell posting a 6-0 and 6-0 shutout victory at No. 6 singles.

Reaves recorded a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Stewart at No. 5 singles, while Brittany Harness defeated Karina Kotova at No. 4 singles by a score of 4-6, 7-5, and 10-5.

The Crimson Storm swept the 1-3 singles in straight sets, to secure the win.

Hendrix falls to Mary Hardin-Baylor

CONWAY — Despite several close matches, Hendrix College lost 8-1 to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at the Hendrix Tennis Courts on Friday night.

The Warriors (3-5) only point came in number one singles, where freshman Pratheepa Ravikumar came from behind to win in a tiebreaker over Chaley Shiffler 1-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6). The Cru (3-2) took number three singles when Hannah Warren defeated freshman Lauren Mahaney 6-1, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3) in another tiebreaker. Senior Saranya Prathibha lost to Elizabeth Ostroff 6-4, 6-2 in the fifth spot.

The first two doubles matches were extremely close, with UMHB coming out on top. Shiffler and Warren defeated Ravikumar and Mahaney 9-7 in the first flight and AshLee Bilbo and Angelie Juaneza downed junior Hannah Smashey and Prathibha 9-7 in number two.

Hendrix will play again on Mar. 29 at Southern Athletic Association rival Birmingham-Southern College.


Cru top Warriors

CONWAY —The Hendrix College men’s tennis team lost to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 8-1 at the Hendrix Tennis Courts on Friday afternoon.

The Warriors (1-6) won their only point in number one doubles, when junior tandem Bob Berardi and Robert Sheets defeated Collin Davies and Scott Wilding 8-3. The Cru (3-1) won number two doubles with John Martin and Tevin Ogo topping freshmen Karthik Garimella and Ian McVinney 9-7.

In singles, Sheets fell in the first flight to Wilding 6-2, 6-3. Garimella lost to Martin 6-3, 6-3 in number three singles and Davies defeated McVinney 6-3, 6-4.

Hendrix will return to Southern Athletic Association play at Birmingham-Southern College on Mar. 29.