UCA’s Howard makes all-academic team

University of Central Arkansas guard Jordan Howard was named Tuesday to the 2015-16 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic team.

Howard, a sophomore from Chandler, Ariz., has a 3.74 grade-point average in marketing.

Howard was a first-team All-SLC selection after leading the Bears in scoring at 20.2 points per game this season, which ranked second in the league. He also led the league in three-pointers made (95), which broke the UCA single-season record held by Rodney Dean since 1998-99. Howard was third in the SLC in free-throw percentage (87.6) and fourth in three-point percentage (42.8). He scored in double figures in all but one game and made at least one three-pointer in all 28 games.

Howard, the SLC Freshman of the Year in 2014-15, had three of the highest-scoring games in the conference this season with 37 points against Northwestern State and 36 points twice against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and New Orleans. He ranks seventh in the nation in 3-pointers made per game at 3.39.

The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad.

Golf center offers skills challenge

The Arkansas Golf Center will host the inaugural Big Break Challenge on April 16 for all golfers and those interested in the First Tee program in Faulkner County.

The event, sponsored by Community Service Inc. will consist of four, three-person skill challenges: longest accurate drive, knock down shot, bull’s-eye target and flop wall shot.

The Big Break Challenge will be held in two rounds with the top five scores advancing to the final round. The top score in the final round will be named the Big Break Champion. Teams will be competing for the top prize of sets of Nike Pro V Irons valued at more than $600. Runner-up will receive a Nike Golf stand bag valued at $150. All remaining finalists will receive a Nike accessory package valued at more than $60.

The event will also include food, beverages and a silent auction. All proceeds will go toward instilling essential life skills and core values into local youth through the CSI First Tee program.

Teams can register teams go to www.csiyouth.com or call coach Sam Taylor at (501) 733-3938 for more information.

Hendrix athletes get various honors

Athletes from Hendrix College have received Player of the Week honors from the Southern Athletic Association in three sports:

Karli Sewell: Freshman catcher Karli Sewell earned the award for softball. Sewell hit .538 (7-of-13) with four runs scored, seven RBI, two doubles and a stolen base as the Warriors went 5-0 at The Spring Games in Clermont, Fla. Sewell, from Castroville, Texas, recorded at least one hit in every game. She had a .692 slugging and .533 on-base percentage. She also threw out both runners that tried to steal on her.

Dominic Dachille: Hendrix College freshman defenseman Dominic Dachille was the Defensive Player of the Week in men’s lacrosse. Dachille, from Baltimore, Maryland, recorded 16 ground balls and six caused turnovers as the Warriors went 1-1 over the weekend.

Raychl Reger: Hendrix College junior midfielder Raychl Reger was named Defensive Player of the Week in women’s lacrosse. Reger, from Fort Collins, Colo., recorded eight caused turnovers, six ground balls, seven draw controls and four goals as the Warriors went 2-1 on the week.