Presenting a variety pack of "David Citations" for the interesting, weird and just plain zany in sports:
Best parents weekend: Jordan Howard's parents and brother, Desmond, were in Conway last weekend. The UCA star set the career scoring record Saturday, received the Marvin Delph Award for Sportsman of the Year on Sunday and scored 43 points and hit six 3-pointers in leading the Bears to a victory over Stephen F. Austin Wednesday.
Generations of connections: Mario and Micaela Thomas' eighth-grade son, Jaiden, was honored with a Marvin Student-Athlete Award at the Conway Athletic Awards Commission's Pitts-Delph luncheon. Former UCA Sugar Bear coach Ron Marvel was recognized with the Elijah Pitts Award for lifetme achievement. Micaela Thomas played for Marvel as well as the late Dandra Thomas, Mario's sister. Danny Thomas, Mario and Dandra;s father, played for Hendrix coach Cliff Garrison, a previous recipient of the Pitts Award.
The great autograph search: Autographs were a challenge last week at the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame's signing session for the release of its 60th anniversary commemorative book. Fifty-one members of the Hall of Fame were in attendance. The challenge was that many of the Hall of Famers were seeking out other members and lined up for their signatures — autographs begating autographs.
The great autograph food challenge: Appetizers were available at the ASHOF event. Try getting an autograph with a Sharpie, carrying a large book and eating cheese dip. Yep, disaster waiting to happen — on the clothes or the book.
Not home sweet home on tobacco road: Until Saturday, Duke and North Carolina have not lost on their home court on the same day since the 1970s.
Back in the day: Former UCA Sugar Bear star Terri Conder Johnson, noted at the Pitts-Delph luncheon the challenges of women's college basketball in Arkansas in the 1970s and 1980s. There was almost no money in the budget. "We didn't even have a locker room," she said. "For home games, we dressed in the baseball locker room (at the Farris Center) and you can imagine what that smielled like."
Special requests for the newbie: According to social media, two of the most frequent for new Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yuraqhek are: Naming the court at Bud Walton Arena for Nolan Richardson and put the slobbering Hog logo at midcourt.
Shooters galore: Looking about at the Pitts-Delph Awards luncheon that included former basketball stars Marvin Delph, Terri Conder Johnson, Natalie Shock, Mario and Micaela Thomas, UCA coach Russ Pennell told Jordan Howard, "You just might be the third-best shooter in this room."
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