MCKINNEY, Texas — Conway’s Mary Michael Maggio shot 3-under over 48 holes this week to win the girls division of the Tour Championship of the Texas Collegiate Golf Tour at TPC Craig Ranch.
He fired rounds of 72-68-73 for a three-stroke victory.
Maggio, who plays for the Texas A&M golf team, is the points leader for Girls Player of the Year on the summer tour.
The University of Central Arkansas Sugar Bears have been tabbed as the favorites to win the 2012 Southland Conference title on Wednesday when the preseason polls and All-Conference teams were released.
The Sugar Bears, who have won four consecutive SLC division titles, were picked first in both the head coaches’ poll and the sports information directors’ poll. UCA received 75 points in the coaches’ poll and 74 in the SID poll. The Sugar Bears received four first-place votes in both polls, with the others going to newcomer Oral Roberts, Lamar and Sam Houston State.
UCA led all schools with four players named to the preseason All-SLC team, including two first-teamers. Junior setter Marissa Collins and junior right side Jessica Nagy were first-team selections, while senior middle blocker Taylor Hammonds and senior outside hitter Jessica Hays were on the second team.
Collins, from Pearland, Texas, was the 2010 SLC Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-SLC selection in 2011. She finished second in the league in assists (1,048) and averaged 11.64 assists in conference play a year ago. Nagy, from Carleton, Mich., had a team-high 295 kills last season and was third in the conference in services aces per set.
Hammonds, from Tomball, Texas, amassed 258 kills and finished seventh in hitting percentage (.285). Hays, one of the league’s top players throughout her career, missed most of the 2011 season with a knee injury. She was the 2008 SLC Freshman of the Year and a was a first-team selection in 2010.
Under the direction of second-year coach David McFatrich, the Sugar Bears return four starters and a libero from a team that claimed its fourth straight division title last season with a 10-6 conference mark.
UCA will host its annual Alumni Game at 2:30 Saturday at the Prince Center, and its Purple-Gray Game at 7 p.m. Monday. The Sugar Bears open the regular season at the Southern Miss Tournament beginning Friday, Aug. 24. The first home date for UCA is Thursday, Sept. 6 when they host the first day of the Sugar Bear Classic.
Two University of Central Arkansas baseball players earned honors recently in their respective summer leagues.
Senior outfielder Forrestt Allday set two league records while playing for the Wilmar (Minn.) Stingers in the Northwoods League. He broke the conference records for walks (77) and runs scored (68).
"Forrestt Allday has been a vital piece for us this season,’ said Wilmar general manager Ryan Voz said. "Without a doubt, he was the best lead-off hitter in the league with his ability to get on base, steal bases and score runs. Over the course of the summer it’s crazy to think he got a hit each game, walked more than once a game and scored each game.’
Junior outfielder Logan Moon won the "Pressbox Award" while playing for the Winchester (Virginia) Royals in the Valley League.
"The Pressbox Award weighs talent, leadership, attitude and commitment,’ said Royals Coach Steven Sabans. "His positive attitude, hard work and dedication led us to a 36-16 record, a North pennant, a championship berth and a No. 17 national ranking. The sky is the limit for Logan.’
Allday, from Friendswood, Texas, was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection last spring for the Bears, hitting .331 and leading the league in on-base percentage (.492) with a league-leading 55 walks. He was second in the SLC in runs scored with 49.
Moon, from Blue Springs, Mo., was UCA’s third-leading hitter last season with a .323 average, had two triples and a home run and also scored 18 runs in 41 games played.