3 from Hendrix to play for LR team

Three Hendrix College women’s soccer standouts will play for the Little Rock Rangers Soccer Club in their inaugural season this summer.

Graduates Ashley Baker and Symone Bennett and senior Jordan Rausch will play for the Rangers in the Southeast Conference of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

Baker, from Maumelle, was a two-time All-Southern Athletic Association defender.

Bennett, from Kingwood, Texas, was a team captain at defender.

Rausch, from Fort Collins, Colo., recorded a 1.24 goals against average, 109 saves and a .832 save percentage this past season to earn All-SAA First Team Honors for the second time. She had 11 wins and three shutouts and combined for five more. Rausch ranked second in the conference in saves and wins and fourth in save percentage.

The Rangers start play on Thursday, May 25, against the Memphis Lobos at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

Greenbrier’s McDearmon gets region honors

Greenbrier’s Dylan McDearmon of Arkansas Tech has been named to the first team of the 2017 D2CCA NCAA Division II Baseball All-Central Region First and Second Team teams.

McDearmon was honored as the region’s first team shortstop, as he led the Wonder Boys with a .353 batting average in 55 games this season. The sophomore from Greenbrier posted a .434 on-base percentage and .551 slugging percentage. McDearmon scored a team-high 46 runs and doubled 17 times. He also hit eight home runs and batted in 35 runs.

The team is voted upon by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from the region. The Central Region consists of 40 baseball teams from the Northern Sun, Mid-America and Great American conferences.

UCA’s Ma honored for academics

Following one of the most successful on-court seasons in program history, sophomore University of Central Arkansas tennis player QiLi Ma was named to the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team.

A native of Tainan, Taiwan, Ma carries a 3.70 GPA. She set a pair of Central Arkansas single-season records, tallying 21 singles victories and partnering with Rada Manataweewat to win 21 doubles matches. Her eight conference singles wins led the Southland Conference while her 10 league wins with Manataweewat was also tops in the conference.

Bulldog soccer completes successful season

After finishing the 2016 season 5-7 and missing the 4A playoffs, St. Joseph’s soccer team completed one of its best seasons in program history.

The 2017 team record was 11-2 overall and undefeated in 4A-3 conference. The team was also 7-0 at home.

The Bulldogs averaged 21 shots on goal and scoring four goals per game, faced 5.6 shots, and gave up fewer than a goal a game. Mena eliminate the Bulldogs, 5-4, in the first round of the 4A state playoffs at Batesville.

The Lady Bulldogs finished their season 5-5, 5-4 and fifth in 4A-3.

Hendrix’s Lincoln moving up in rankings

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Hendrix College senior Jared Lincoln moved up to 14th on the NCAA Division III discus leaderboard with a record-setting performance Thursday at the Augustana Twilight Qualifier.

Lincoln, from, Atlanta, Texas, broke his school record by nearly four feet with a throw of 49.99 meters (164 ft.), placing fifth.

To qualify for next Thursday’s NCAA National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, Lincoln must be in the country’s top 20.

He is likely to join fellow senior Victoria Amadi, who is third in the nation in the triple jump, who will compete in the national finals on Saturday, May 27.