BASKETBALL

LR releases part of upcoming schedule

LITTLE ROCK – Another piece of the Trojans’ 2016-17 schedule was revealed on Monday morning as the WNIT announced matchups for its preseason tournament. Little Rock is slated to host North Texas in the Preseason WNIT’s opening round on Nov. 11, with game time set for 6:30 p.m. at the Jack Stephens Center. The Trojans will be taking on the Mean Green — a former Sun Belt Conference member – for the first time since 2013. North Texas left the Sun Belt after that season. The Trojans hold a 12-11 record all-time against the Mean Green and have won 11 of the last 13 contests dating back to 2007. With a victory against the Mean Green, the Trojans would advance in the 16-team championship bracket to take on the winner of Green Bay and Elon. A loss would send the Trojans to the consolation bracket where it would play at two more games guaranteed. Round two of the tournament will be held Nov. 13 or 14, and the semifinals will take place on Nov. 17. The remainder of the Trojans’ 2016-17 schedule will be released later this summer.

BASEBALL

Blue Jays draft OBU’s Eller

ARKADELPHIA — Former Ouachita Tiger right-hander Connor Eller was taken in the 22nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays earlier today. Eller was the 26th player taken in the round and the 672 player taken overall. The former Sylvan Hill Bear from Sherwood graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in May. In two seasons with the Tigers, Eller went 15-7 with a 2.88 ERA. He struck out 162 batters in 196.2 innings pitched and finished with 12 complete games in 27 starts. In 2015, Eller was named the GAC Pitcher of the Year after posting a 9-2 record with seven complete games, good enough for eighth-best in Division II. Eller is a two-time First Team All-GAC and a four-time All-Central Region selection. Eller’s selection marks the third Tiger hurler to be taken in the MLB draft since 2014. All three draft selections were under the instruction of Ouachita’s head coach, Kyle Hope.

TRACK & FIELD

Moore bows out at high jump

EUGENE, Ore. — University of Central Arkansas sophomore Eric Moore bowed out at 7-feet, 1/4-inches on Friday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s storied Hayward Field. Moore, a sophomore from Rialto, Calif., cleared the opening height of 6-11.25 on his first attempt. Moore and 10 other competitors then failed to clear 7-00.25. Moore tied for 13th place as 12 competitors advanced to the next height of 7-02.25. Moore reached the NCAA Outdoors for the first time by tying for fourth at the NCAA West Preliminaries two weeks ago in Lawrence, Kan. He also competed at the NCAA Indoors in March, tying for 14th after bowing out at 7-01.75. He wss UCA’s first national qualifier since moving to NCAA Division I in 2006-07. Moore, the Southland Conference indoor and outdoor champion this season, set school records in both indoor (7-02.50) and outdoor (7-01) in just his second season of competition at UCA. Moore holds the top seven indoor marks in UCA history and six of the top seven in outdoor history.

Farmer, Knott unable to make finals

EUGENE, Ore. — Arkansas State thrower Erin Farmer and sprinter Kristina Knott concluded their outdoor seasons at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday. Farmer narrowly missed out on a trip to the shot put finals as she ranked 10th after three attempts. Making her debut at the NCAA Championships, Farmer opened the competition with a throw of 15.58m (51-01.50) to rank 10th after the first round. She followed with a throw of 16.11m (52-10.25), but slipped to 14th despite the improvement. Farmer went to the ring for her final throw in 16th, but posted a throw of 16.61m (54-06.00) to move up to ninth. She owns the school and Sun Belt Conference record in shot put with a throw of 17.80m (55-10.50), a throw that meets the Olympic A Standard and qualifies her for the Olympic Trials. Knott earned honorable mention All-American accolades after placing 17th overall in the 100-meter dash. She sprinted to a time of 11.47 seconds in the second heat, placing seventh in the fastest of the three heats. The eight athletes that advanced to Saturday’s final are awarded first team All-America while the next eight (9-16) are second team honorees.

FOOTBALL

UAM completes coaching staff

MONTICELLO — The additions of Mitchell Pate and Dominique Bowman complete the defensive coaching staff for the University of Arkansas at Monticello football team, announced recently by sixth-year head coach Hud Jackson. Pate joined the Weevils during the winter as the program’s new defensive coordinator. He comes to Monticello with over six years of collegiate coaching experience and four years of coaching in the high school ranks. Most recently, Pate served as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Olive Branch High School in Mississippi during the 2015 season. He began his coaching career at the prep level as the linebackers and strength coach at Gateway High School in Fort Myers, Florida. He has also coached at Forest Hill High School in Jackson, Mississippi as the defensive coordinator. At the college level, Pate has made stops at Mississippi College, Southern Mississippi and Coffeyville Community College. Bowman is UAM’s new defensive backs coach. He comes to UAM following a two-year sting at the defensive coordinator at Cordova High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Bowman helped coach his team to a 9-2 record, and the No. 5 total defensive until in the state of Tennessee and No. 1 unit in the Shelby Metro. Over the past two seasons, Bowman has been selected as the defensive coordinator for the Liberty Bowl Memphis Metro All-Star Game. Jackson also hired two new graduate assistants during the offseason in Reagan Wise and Jeff Barnett. Both will aid in coaching the defense. Wise was a four-year letter winner as UAM’s punter and will also assists with special teams. Barnett most recently coordinated UAM’s video efforts. Both are UAM graduates.

A-State set to open on Sept. 2

JONESBORO — The Arkansas State Athletics Department announced Friday that its 2016 football season-and-home-opening game against Mid-American Conference member Toledo has been rescheduled for Sept. 2, to accommodate a nationally-televised broadcast of the contest by ESPNU. Originally scheduled for Sept. 3, the game will now be played one day earlier and is set for an 8:00 p.m. kickoff from Centennial Bank Stadium. With the addition of the ESPNU broadcast, the Red Wolves now have six games slated to appear on national TV in 2016. A-State’s second game of the season at Auburn (Sept. 10) will be televised by the SEC Network, and the Red Wolves’ next outing at Utah State (Sept. 16) will air on the CBS Sports Network. The team’s home game versus Georgia Southern (Oct. 5) can be seen on ESPN2, while its road contests at Georgia State (Nov. 3) and Troy (Nov. 17) will appear on ESPNU. Arkansas State is set to begin its season at home for the third time over the last four years after opening in Jonesboro just three times during the previous 24 seasons.

EUGENE, Ore. — Arkansas State thrower Erin Farmer and sprinter Kristina Knott concluded their outdoor seasons at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday. Farmer narrowly missed out on a trip to the shot put finals as she ranked 10th after three attempts. Making her debut at the NCAA Championships, Farmer opened the competition with a throw of 15.58m (51-01.50) to rank 10th after the first round. She followed with a throw of 16.11m (52-10.25), but slipped to 14th despite the improvement. Farmer went to the ring for her final throw in 16th, but posted a throw of 16.61m (54-06.00) to move up to ninth. She owns the school and Sun Belt Conference record in shot put with a throw of 17.80m (55-10.50), a throw that meets the Olympic A Standard and qualifies her for the Olympic Trials. Knott earned honorable mention All-American accolades after placing 17th overall in the 100-meter dash. She sprinted to a time of 11.47 seconds in the second heat, placing seventh in the fastest of the three heats. The eight athletes that advanced to Saturday’s final are awarded first team All-America while the next eight (9-16) are second team honorees.