University of Central Arkansas junior forward Adriana Lucar has been named to this season’s All-Southland Conference First Team soccer unit, marking the first time that a Central Arkansas player has been awarded the honor since the Bears joined the Southland Conference in 2006. Lucar was also honored as the Southland’s Newcomer of the Year.
The Lima, Peru native, who transferred to Central Arkansas from Harding University prior to this season, had one of the best seasons in Central Arkansas’ history. Her 30 points rank third in UCA history and are the highest single-season total since UCA moved to Division I in 2006. Her 1.67 points per game ranked 25th nationally, first in the SLC, and fourth in school history. She led the SLC with 14 goals, good for 12th nationally and second in school history. Four of Lucar’s goals turned out to be game-winners. Lucar turned in hat tricks against Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, and Texas Southern.
Only once prior to this season have the Bears had a player ranked as high as Second Team All-SLC.
"We did a good job all season long of creating opportunities to score, and Adriana did a really good job of finishing them off," said UCA coach Jeremy Bishop. She’s obviously a very good attacking player for us, Once conference play started, her production dropped a bit, but I think that is due to the fact that the other teams were keying in on her, as well as the fact that our whole group was better this season."
St. Joseph split junior boys and girls basketball games with Nemo Vista on Monday night.
The Bulldogs (2-0) won 44-31. Noah Bray led St. Joseph with 13 points and three steals while David Beck added 11 and seven rebounds. Owen Echols and Landon Bruich each had five points. Bruich had five rebounds. Nathan Hambuchen had four points. Trevor Jones had four rebounds and Brad Vandiviere, three assists.
The Lady Red Hawks won the junior girls game, 59-8. Erin Sterka scored six points for St. Joseph (1-1).
In seventh-grade girls, St. Joseph won, 9-4. Lizzie Whitley had five points for St. Joseph. St. Joseph won the seventh-grade boys game, 19-14. Clayton Heathscott had nine points and Triple Williams six.
CABOT — Conway High’s boys and girls cross country teams each finished fourth Monday in the 7A Central meet at Rolling Hills Country Club at Cabot.
The boys had 96 pooints. Little Rock Catholic, which had 10 of the top 12 runners, won with 20.2. The CHS girls had 80 points. Cabot won the meet with 33.
Toler Freyaldenhoven led the CHS boys, finishing 13th in 17:27.25. Other times by the Wampus Cats were: Chris Mendoza, 8:10.69; Bryan Wilson, 18:20.21; Pablo Hurtado, 18:23.28; Jacob Fahr, 18:55.99; Carson Davis, 19:15.88; Chance Garrett, 19:29.29; Sam Manion, 19:28.23.
Anna Tollefson led the CHS girls with a fourth-place finish in 20:29.83. Other times for the Lady Cats were: Abby Engelkes, 22:17.69; Ayla Fedor, 22:39.89; Faith Manos, 23:08.04; Katie Schorgl, 23:31.8; Haley Schichtl, 23:59.88; Jennifer Poole, 24:03.87; Christina Thompson, 24:18.72; Drake Rea, 24:34.12; Abby Bryant, 25:09.3; Kayla Hickey, 25:12.09; Morgan Sweere, 25:14.24.
Hendrix College freshman libero Jill Sikes was named the Southern Athletic Association Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Sikes averaged 4.29 digs per set as the Warriors split a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday.
The Brenham, Texas, native came up with 18 digs and three services aces in a four-set loss at Williams Baptist. She had 12 digs and four aces in a sweep over Crowley’s Ridge. Sikes also recorded seven aces for a 1.0 per set average.
Sikes and the Warriors will open the inaugural SAA Tournament in Mount Berry, Ga. on Friday as the sixth seed and will take on third-seeded Centre College.