UCA gets 2 Player of Week honors

The University of Central Arkansas Bears took two of the three Southland Conference Football Player of the Week honors on Monday after their convincing 66-31 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Ryan Howard of Vestavia Hills, Ala., was named the Offensive Player of the Week and freshman receiver/kick returner Jatavious Wilson of Bastrop, La., earned the Special Teams Player of the Week honor.

Howard, in just his second career start, completed 18 of 30 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns, the 11th 400-yard passing game by an individual in UCA history. He led the Bears to 38 points in the third quarter and to a season-high 681 yards of total offense on the day. UCA scored on six consecutive possessions in the period.

Wilson, a 5-foot-9, 171-pound freshman, returned the second-half kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, his second scoring return of the season, and also had an 80-yard run from scrimmage and caught five passes for 71 yards. His 314 yards of total offense broke the 20-year old record of 304 yards set by Tyree Davis against Arkansas-Monticello in 1993.

Wilson is leading the nation in kickoff returns at the FCS level with an average of 38.4 yards. He had a 93-yarder for a touchdown in the season opener against Incarnate Word.

UCA (5-3, 2-1) is on the road at Northwestern State in Natchitcoches, La., this weekend.

Hendrix swimmers 5th in relays

The Hendrix College men’s and women’s swimming teams combined to take fifth place at the 51st Annual Hendrix Relays at Bob Courtway Pool on Saturday.

Oklahoma Baptist won the Relays with 1,016 points. They were followed by Centenary (636), UT-Permian Basin (608), McMurry (474), Hendrix (388), UALR (366) and Oklahoma Baptist B (266).

The women’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of freshman Claire DePree, sophomores Kate Henricks and Bayley Krell and freshman Abby Schlenk placed fifth in 1:50.11. Krell, senior Jo Claire Robertson and junior Taylor Keplin were fourth in the 300 backstroke relay in 3:53.48.

Junior Laura Price, Keplin and DePree swam 18:25.18 in the 1,500 freestyle relay, taking fifth. Robertson, Krell and Schlenk finished seventh in the 300-yard medley individual medley relay in 3:31.88. Henricks, sophomore Sarah McHugh, DePree and Keplin were sixth in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:14.29

For the men, senior John Byford, sophomore Eric Mullins and freshmen Chris Griffin and Troy Koser placed fourth in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.52. Senior Samuel Maynard, freshmen Ben Robles, sophomore James Gill and senior Clayton Jacobs were fifth in the 800 freestyle relay in 8:51.98.

Koser, Maynard and Mullins swam 3:09.73 in the 300 butterfly relay, placing seventh. Robles, Jacobs, Byford and Griffin finished third in the 500 freestyle 50-100-200-100-50 relay in 4:34.06.

Hendrix’s Luna receives soccer honor

Hendrix College sophomore goalkeeper, Marco Luna, was named the Southern Athletic Association Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Luna recorded two shutouts, 26 saves and a 0.31 goals against average as the Warriors went 1-1-1 during the week. Luna, from Guatemala City, broke the Hendrix career shutout record with 10 saves in a 0-0 double overtime tie with NCAA Division II Harding on Monday night. On Friday, Luna stopped 12 shots in 3-0 win at Sewanee, the 11th shutout of his career. He had four saves in a 1-0 loss to Centre on Sunday.

Hendrix runners honored by conference

Hendrix College swept the men’s and women’s cross country awards in the Southern Athletic Association for last week.

Sophomore Jeffrey Scott was named the Southern Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Scott helped the Warriors retain the Crystal Trophy at the Arkansas Division III Championships against the University of the Ozarks on Wednesday. The Glenwood native placed second overall with a 4.1 mile time of 22:20.70.

The women’s Runner of the Week was Nicholle Cromwell of Houston. She helped the Warriors retain the Crystal Trophy with a first-place finish with a 5Ktime of 20:18.50, shaving 1:11 off her previous season-best 5K time.

UCA’s Berringer receives SLC honor

University of Central Arkansas junior libero was the Southland Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week in volleyball.

The Dickinson, Texas, native led the Sugar Bears (19-3, 11-0 SLC) in digs on the week, averaging 5.25 per set in Central Arkansas’ victories over Houston Baptist and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. She recorded the match high in digs in both matches, tallying 23 against HBU and adding 19 against the Islanders.