Friday will be a special night for Guy-Perkins' retiring coach John Hutchcraft, who will coach his final home games against longtime rival St. Joseph.

A reception will begin at 5 p.m. at Thunderbird Gymnasium.

Hutchcraft will coach the senior girls game at 6:30 p.m. Between the girls game an senior boys game, he will be honored for his 2,000-win career in a special ceremony.

CBC picked fourth in baseball

The Central Baptist College baseball team ia picked to finish fourth in the American Midwest Conference coaches  poll.

The Mustangs went 30-27 last season and finished sixth in the AMC with a 15-13 record.

The Mustangs return 13 players from last year’s team, including AMC Newcomer of the Year and All-AMC first team selection Ben Madison, who led the nation in strikeouts (129) last season and broke the single-season school record in the process. Also returning will be offensive anchor L’Donta Howard, who hit .355 last season.

The Mustangs are scheduled to begin the season Friday against Ottawa University of Kansas at Victory Field at Conway Christian School.

Orr, Howard get monthly honor

University of Central Arkansas women’s basketball player Kamry Orr and men’s basketball player Jordan Howard have been named the Subway Student-Athletes of the Month for January.

The Subway Student-Athlete of the Month Award, which honors one male and one female-athlete at a college or university in Arkansas each month, is based upon academic and athletic success.

Orr, a junior from Little Rock, Arkansas, was an integral part of the Sugar Bears’ 6-2 record, all against Southland Conference foes, averaging 14.3 points, 2.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 steals. She carries a 3.26 cumulative GPA while majoring in Psychology and minoring in Health Education.

Howard, a senior from Chandler, Ariz., led the Bears in scoring during a 5-3 month that included wins at Lamar, over UIW, at New Orleans, against Stephen F. Austin, and at Northwestern State. Howard, who leads the SLC and ranks third nationally in scoring, had a monster month for the Bears, averaging 29.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game while twice setting the UCA record for points in a game. Howard led the Bears in scoring in seven of their eight games in January, scoring at least 24 points six times and paced the Bears on the boards twice. Howard, who is pursuing a degree in Digital Film with a minor in Marketing, has a 3.71 cumulative GPA.

 

Greenbrier's McDearmon on elite team

 Arkansas Tech baseball player Dylan McDearmon has been named an honorable mention on the 2018 NCBWA Preseason All-America Team, announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America on Thursday.

McDearmon was honored as the first-team shortstop on both the 2017 ABCA/Rawlings All-Central Region Team and D2CCA Division II All-Central Region Team after batting .353 with 46 runs, 35 runs batted in and eight home runs last season.

The junior from Greenbrier  played in all 55 games for the Wonder Boys, starting in 54. His 207 at-bats in 2017 are tied for fifth-most in a season in program history. He led Tech to a 34-21 record and the semifinals of the Great American Conference Tournament.

McDearmon is also the NCBWA Preseason All-Central Region First Team shortstop.