Bears receive magazine honors

Two University of Central Arkansas football players were named to Phil Steele’s FCS All-American preseason team on Tuesday, while nine were named to Steele’s All-Southland Conference preseason team.

Senior safety Jestin Love of West Memphis was a second-team All-America selection, while sophomore defensive end Jonathan Woodard of Brentwood, Tenn., was a fourth-team All-American. Love was the SLC Freshman of the Year in 2010 and was a first-team All-SLC selection in 2012. Woodard was the SLC Freshman of the Year last fall.

Love and Woodard were both first-team All-SLC selections by the magazine, along with senior quarterback Wynrick Smothers, junior offensive lineman Cole Caruthers, senior defensive lineman Matt Hornbuckle and junior place-kicker Eddie Camara.

Second-team selections were junior wide receiver Dezmin Lewis, senior offensive lineman Dominique Allen and senior linebacker Justin Heard.

Smothers, a senior quarterback from Destrehan, La., was named the preseason SLC Offensive Player of the Year.

Basketball, volleyball camps set at CHS

Conway High will sponsor camps for volleyball and basketball, July 22-24, at Buzz Bolding Arena.

The basketball camp will be held from 12:30-3:30. Each camper will receive a T-shirt and a basketball. The cost is 50 dollars.

The volleyball camp will be from 8:30-11:30 on the same days. If the camper participates in both camps, lunch will be provided.

For more information please contact the Conway High School Athletic office at 450-6631. Campers can register early or the first day of camp.

UCA, adidas in 5-year pact

The University of Central Arkansas has reached a nership with Adidas to be the official supplier of uniforms, footwear, apparel and accessories for the school’s 17 NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletics teams through the 2017-2018 season.

"This opportunity is due only to our quick success in Division I athletics," said Dr. Brad Teague, UCA director of athletics. "adidas is an excellent partner to many major athletics programs across the country, and is a brand that carries great name recognition not only throughout our country, but internationally as well. Their interest in our athletics programs demonstrates the appeal of the Central Arkansas brand, and we look forward to the many benefits this partnership will afford our university."

adidas – the primary brand of the adidas Group – is the official uniform, footwear and apparel provider for more than 70 Division I collegiate programs, including 2013 Division I men’s basketball national champion Louisville, BCS runner-up Notre Dame, College World Series participants UCLA and Mississippi State, along with Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, and Wisconsin.

"adidas is paired with some of the biggest names in collegiate athletics, and understands the importance of producing products that are not only high in quality, but appealing to the student-athlete and consumer as well," Teague said. "This partnership will help our programs with a consistent quality apparel across all sports, and we will also realize a savings in uniform and apparel costs which is another tremendous benefit to our department."

Jason Anderson terminated as UNA coach

FLORENCE, Ala. — The University of North Alabama has terminated the contract of head softball coach Jason Anderson.

Athletic director Mark Linder announced the firing in a short release and added that the Lions would immediately begin a search for a new softball coach. No other details were provided by the school.

Anderson recently finished his first year as UNA’s softball coach. The Lions finished 40-20.

Previously, he led Central Baptist College to a 225-37 record as the school was in the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association.