Tigers rank ninth in preseason poll

ARKADELPHIA — The Ouachita Tiger wrestling team has been ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II preseason poll that was released Wednesday by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Tigers received 88 votes. They finished the 2012-13 season ranked 12th in Division II.

Two members of the Tiger squad were also named in the pre-season individual rankings by weight class. Junior Dallas Smith from Neosho, Mo., is ranked first in the 184-pound weight class. Sophomore Garrett Evans is ranked fifth in the 125-pound division.

This is the second consecutive season that the OBU Wrestling program has been ranked ninth to start the season.

The Tigers road to the NCAA championships in Cleveland, Ohio begins Nov. 16 when they face off against three Division I powerhouses in Chicago.


Greenwood wins invitational; OBU places 2nd overall

ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist golfer Drew Greenwood finished first in the UAM Fall Classic at The Greens At North Hills held Oct. 21-22, and the OBU Tigers Men’s golf team finished second overall.

Greenwood led the field at +1 after shooting a final round score of 70.

The Tigers had three golfers finish in the top 15. Will Hegi (77, 77) finished tied for eighth after shooting back-to-back scores of 77. Hegi had five birdies for the tournament. Chase Netherton (80, 75) finished 11th after posting a two-round score of 155. Netherton’s second round score of 75 moved him seven spots up the leader board on day two.

Greenwood (73, 70) was in first place after shooting a +2 on day one of the tournament. On day two, he followed up with a one-under-par performance to secure the individual title. Greenwood led all participants with seven birdies for the tournament.

Jamie Barker (83, 82) and Austin Sarabia (84, 86) helped the Tigers in finishing in second place for the team title. It was the highest finish for the men’s golf team this season.

The first home meet will take place at the Bill Vining Arena on Jan. 15.


UCA tops among conference GSR

CONWAY— University of Central Arkansas student-athletes ranked first in the Southland Conference among football-playing institutions in graduation success rate, according to numbers released this week by the NCAA.

UCA’s student-athletes had a combined graduation rate of 73 percent, beating out Northwestern State (72) and Lamar (70) for first among footballs schools in the SLC. Among all 14 schools, UCA was third behind Oral Roberts and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

The GSR figures came from the class of student-athletes who entered college in 2006-07. The NCAA’s GSR includes transfer students and student-athletes who leave in good academic standing, unlike the federal graduation rate, which does not count transfers. The GSC and federal rate calculations measure graduation over six years from first-time college enrollment.

UCA’s highest number came from women’s golf with a perfect score of 100, while three other programs had scores in the 90s — volleyball at 94, women’s soccer at 92 and women’s tennis at 91.

Golf had the highest score on the men’s side at 86.


Track & field/XC staff adds Raske

CONWAY — Andrew Raske has been hired to be Hendrix College’s assistant men’s and women’s cross country and track & field coach, head coach Patrick MacDonald announced Friday.

Raske, a former decathlete for Concordia University in Moorhead, Minn., spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division II member Minnesota State University, Mankato. While with the Mavericks, he coached five All-Americans, three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champions and the NSIC record holder in the decathlon and heptathlon. MSUM also won four conference titles during Raske’s tenure.

Raske spent the 2010-11 school year as an assistant at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., He coached the Prairie Fire’s pole vaulters and javelin throwers at Knox.

Raske has a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


Warriors dive into season with Hendrix Classic

CONWAY — The Hendrix College men’s and women’s swimming teams opened the 2013-14 season with the 46th Annual Hendrix Classic at Bob Courtway Pool on Friday night.

Senior Jo Claire Robertson, sophomore Bayley Krell and freshmen Abby Schlenk and Claire DePree took fourth in the 400 yard medley relay in a time of 4 minutes, 19.42 seconds.

Krell finished fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:34.47). Depree finished fifth in the 100 freestyle (57.74). Robertson was sixth in the 200 backstroke and placed 12th in the 200 yard individual medley.

Price, Keplin and sophomore Taylor Keplin and Sarah McHugh were sixth in the 400 freestyle relay (4:14.38).

The Hendrix men’s 400 medley relay tandem of senior John Byford, freshmen Chris Griffin and Troy Koser and sophomore Eric Mullins placed sixth (4:01.78). Senior Samuel Maynard, sophomore James Gill, freshman Ben Robles and senior Clayton Jacbos finished third in the 400 freestyle relay.

Byford finished fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:05.72) and was 12th in the 100 freestyle.

The Warriors will host the 51st Annual Hendrix Relays on Saturday. Diving will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the swimming events to start at noon.


Three A-State players advance to finals

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State women’s tennis team began play in its host tournament, the A-State Invitational, Friday at Allen Park with success in both singles and doubles play.

In singles play, Tamara Slijepcevic, Julie Gauguery, and Sofia Krsmanovic advanced to the finals of their flights. Slijepcevic defeated Carla Suga of Murray State 7-6, 6-3 and Valerria Kashina of Southeast Missouri 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the finals of flight one. Gauguery topped Belmont’s Abbey Mather 7-6, 6-1 before beating Murray State’s Erin Patton 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 to advance to the finals of flight three. Krsmanovic made her way to the finals of flight five by earning a bye and then defeating Maddi Gilley of Belmont 6-2, 7-6.

Slijepcevic/Nowland defeated Kelsey Williams/Kristina Horsikyan of UCA 8-6 in flight one action, while Heeps-Eriksen/Pisani defeated Sandra Kancheva/Nikki Maciel of Belmont 8-7 in flight three. Stefanov/Krsmanovic continued the A-State success in doubles with an 8-2 victory over Erica Marschall/Krakau while Miloshevska/Gauguery won their first match by default.

Day two of the A-State Invitational gets underway Saturday morning at Allen Park in Jonesboro.