Faulkner finalists for football awards

Two Faulkner County coaches and one player are finalists for 2017 Farm Bureau Insurance Awards for football.

The awards honor the top offensive player, defensive player and coach of the year in each classification as selected by the staff of Hooten’s Arkansas Football.

Mayflower coach Todd Langrell and Conway Christian coach Justin Kramer are finalists for coach of the year in 3A and 2A, respectively.

Conway running back Michael George is a finalist for 7A/6A offensive player of the year.

UCA’s Anderson gets regional honor

After helping lead the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears to their fifth 25-win season in the past nine years, junior Samantha Anderson has been named to the All-South Region Team, the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.

Anderson, who was named the Southland Conference’s Player of the Year this season, ranked third in the SLC in hitting percentage (.331) and sixth in kill per set (3.35) the only player in the league to finish in the top ten in both categories.

In Central Arkansas’ 18 conference matches, Anderson collected double-digit kills 10 times, hit at least .300 11 times, and had at least four blocks nine times.

Anderson becomes just the second Sugar Bear to earn ACVA All-Region honors, joining former UCA great Heather Schnars who was named All-Region in both 2014 and 2015. She becomes eligible for All-American status, which will be decided upon by the AVCA’s All-American Committee and announced on December 13th.

Brodacki gets regional award

After the most successful offensive season in the Central Arkansas men’s soccer team’s Division I history, sophomore Niklas Brodacki was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-West Region First Team.

Brodacki, who was the only sophomore to earn first team honors in the West Region, led the nation with 17 goals scored this season, a figure which is tied for the second-most in a season in program history. The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, Brodacki also ranked second in the nation with 38 total points, fifth with an average of 0.81 goals per game, and seventh with an average of 1.81 goals per game. Brodacki set the UCA record for career Division I goals this season, and also set a program record for goals in a match with four against Oral Roberts.

"It’s an incredible achievement," said UCA head coach Ross Duncan. "Niklas is up there with the ten best players in the whole western region, and he’s still got two years to go. You look at that group and they’re all upperclassmen. All of this recognition comes from opposing coaches, which almost makes it cooler. Getting respect from your opponents is a big part of competing, and Niklas attracts a lot of attention for a good reason."