NORTH LITTLE ROCK — The Hendrix College men’s tennis team split on the opening day of the 2012 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament at Burns Park on Friday.

The Warriors (7-13) lost the opening round match to Oglethorpe University 7-2, but rebounded to defeat Austin College 6-3.

Against the Stormy Petrels (9-11), freshmen third doubles tandem Nick Berardi and Bob Berardi defeated Craig Borne and Cedric Andre 8-5. Senior Michael Gardner defeated Ethan Motz 4-6, 7-5, 10-6 in No. 1 singles.

Against the ‘Roos (1-12), Hendrix took all three doubles with Gardner and freshman Robert Sheets defeating James Taylor and Tarun Palapati 8-0 in the first spot. Gardner also defeated Tyler Roush, 6-5, 6-0 in first singles. Sheets downed Taylor, 6-0, 6-3 in the second spot and senior Kent Dunson topped Palapati 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.

In women’s play, Hendrix’s season ended with losses to Rhodes, then Centre in the 10th-place contest.

Friday marked the last day of competition for Dorothy Schuler, the lone senior.

Lady Cat hoops camp begins this week

The Lady Cat Basketball Camp, for students in grades 4-7, will be Tuesday through Friday at Buzz Bolding Arena. The skills and drills camp, coordinated by Conway High players and coaches, will be from 4:30-7 p.m. each day.

Each camper will receive a T-shirt and instruction in all phases of the game.

Cost is $30. Checks, payable to the Conway Athletic Booster Club, should be sent to Athletic Office, Attention: Coach Ashley Nance, 2300 Prince St., Conway, 72034. For more information, call 450-6631 or email

Nagles leaves UCA for McNeese staff

Slade Nagle, a former McNeese State quaterback, is leaving the University of Central Arkansas staff, to return to his almoa mater to coach running backs.

has returned home, having been named running backs coach at McNeese State.

He will join the Cowboy staff on May 1 after serving as running backs coach and assistant head coach at UCA last season. Nagle has also had previous coaching experience at Texas State, LSU and Northwestern State.

A 2001 graduate of McNeese, the 33 year old Nagle played for the Cowboys for three years from 1999 to 2001, leading the team to two apppearances in the NCAA playoffs and to a Southland Conference title.

An all-conference selection during his playing time, he completed his career as the school’s seventh ranked performer in total offense (4,977 yards), sixth in passing yardage (4,596), fifth in passes attempted and completed (378 of 653) and fifth in touchdown passes (35).

Nagle’s career completion percentage of .578 is one of the best in school history. In 2001 he quarterbacked the Cowboys to the SLC title, completing 113 of 198 passes for 1,279 yards and 14 touchdowns. During his career he had a 19-8 won-loss record as the Cowboy starting quarterback.

He grew up in Lake Charles, earning all-state and all-district (three times) honors at Barbe High where he set school records for passing. He signed with Clemson out of high school and played as a freshman before transferring to McNeese

His father, John, is a veteran football coach in the state, both on the college and high school level.